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Day Trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

Dongchuan Red Land in Kunming is one of the best places for photography fot its splendid views, and it has attracted plenty of tourists to come and have a great day tour. For tourists who are planning a trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming, here we make this article to give you the most useful travel tips and the most needed information about how to get to Dongchuan Red Land Kunming, Dongchuan Red Land highlights, and sightseeing routes for how to visit Dongchuan Red Land, and the best observation place.


How to Get to Dongchuan Red Land

How to get to dongchuan red land from kunming

► Location of Dongchuan Red Land: Dongchuan Red Land is Xintian township, Dongchuan district, which is in the northeast of Kunming. From Kunming to Dongchuan Red Land, the distance is about 170 km, and it takes about 3 hours.

​​​​► How to get to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

Option 1 : by bus.

Tourists could go to Kunming North Bus Station, and take bus to Dongchuan Bus Station, then take direct bus to Huashitou Village, and begin your Dongchuan Red Land day tour from this village. Or you could take bus from Kunming to Fazhe at Kunming North Bus Station, and get off at Huashitou Village, but the bus departs at 7:40 AM, and 08:00 AM only.

Bus from Kunming North Bus Station to Dongchuan Bus Station.

  • Bus is available from 07:30 to 18:30, every 10 min.
  • Ticket: 50 yuan.

Option 2: charter a car.

Chartering a car is the best way to get to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming, and it is convenient to visit Dongchuan Red Land because Dongchuan Red Land is large and each spot is not so close to each other. But the fare will be expensive, over 1000 yuan for a round trip. 


Dongchuan Red Land Facts

how to plan a day trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

Dongchuan Red Land is a natural site to see the splendid colors made by the nature. Dong Red Land is formed by its hot and rainy climate, and the iron in the solid is slowly deposited by oxidation under this climate, and gradually forms dazzling colors. The red land in Dongchuan is the most typical and the most characteristic red soil in Yunnan Red Plateau. The red land, together with greenery, plants, blue sky, and white clouds, makes the most beautiful natural view for people and the best place for photography, and it has attracted tremendous tourists to come and enjoy its beauty.

Best time to visit Dongchuan Red Land: September-November.

At this time, some red land is plowed for planting, and some crops are mature for harvest, like buckwheat, and those crops and trees on the mountain and roadside are in golden colors, which make a beautiful golden picture for visitors. September to November is also the best time for photography.


Dongchuan Red Land Highlights

► What to see in Dongchuan Red Land

how to plan a day trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

A large scale of red land is the highlight for you. The beauty of red land is the harmony picture forming by the red land, crops, plants and mountains around. Moreover, it has surprises for tourists who come to here at different time, because its beauty could change with season.

In January and February, Dongchuan Red Land is planted with wheat, and you could see those small seedlings on the red land.

In May and June, you could a vast land of rapeseed flowers, and mature wheat.

In September to November, you could enjoy the golden world, where everything is stunning to your eyes.

► Tips:

1. Photography routes: sunrise at Damakan, sunset at Luoxiagou, and others are Qicaipo, Jinxiu Garden, Yuepu’ou, Old Dragon Tree, etc.

2. The next day of a rainy day is also perfect for visiting Dongchuan Red Land, because its red color would be brighter than that in usual days.


Dongchuan Red Land Day Tour Itinerary

how to plan a day trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

► Departure time to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming: before 9:00 AM. The more earlier you depart, more time you have for Dongchuan Red Land sightseeing.

► Driving time from Kunming to Dongchuan Red Land: 3-4 hours.

► Returning time: before 5:00 PM.

► Sightseeing time: 3-5 hours.

► Sightseeing way: charter a car or walk.

The most convenient way of sightseeing is to charter a car, and in this way, you could visit 3 lines in one day, and go back to Kunming without looking for a bus or another car.

► Sightseeing routes: northwest line, northeast line, south line.

The scenic spots in Dongchuan Red Land are not so close to each other. At the place near to Huashitou Village, there is a three-way intersection which heads to Hongtudi Town, Dongchuan District and Kunming. And it also cut Dongchuan Red Land sightseeing into these three lines.

how to plan a day trip to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

Northwest line. From south to north, there are Langdadi, Jinxiu Garden, qicaipo and damakan scenic spots. Langdadi is located in the west of the three-way intersection, and got its name due to those wave-like terraces. Qicaipo and Jinxiuyuan are scenic spots for the same piece of land, but from different angles. This piece of land is planted with lots of crops such as potatoes and buckwheat, the scenery is quite spectacular when those crops are in blooming season. Damakan is in the northernmost of this northwestern line, and it is the most suitable place for taking photos of sunrise views.

Northeast Line. Scenic spots from south to north are Dapingtang, Old Dragon Tree, Dongguawan, Luoxiagou, Moon Field, etc. The Old Dragon Tree is a 1000-year old fir, standing alone on the red land, witnessing the changing of this quiet and colorful land. In May, when the terraces are watered for transplanting seedlings, Luoxiagou is just like a Chinese lute. Moreover, Luoxiagou is also one of the best locations for shooting sunset pictures in the evening. Moon Field is about 20 kilometers away from Huashitou Village, where you could see terrace landscape and canyon landscape. It is also a favorite place for many photographers.

South line. The south line is the road to heading to Kunming direction. There are many scenic spots on its both sides, such as Yuepu'ou, Dawotang, Dayakou and so on. Dawokou is only a kilometer away from Huashitou Village. One layer of the terrace overlays with another, forming a colorful music score, and farmers working in the fields are like jumping notes.

For these three lines, we suggest that you should visit them all. But if you are so limited by time, you could visit the northeast line and the south line. Of course you choose any one you like the most.

► What to eat. Tourists could prepare some simple food for yourself, or taste local food in Huashitou Village.

► Where to stay. If you want to stay a night in Dongchuan Red Land, you could look for an inn run by local people in Huashitou Village.

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