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Yuanyang & Yunnan 2024

Capture the breathtaking Yuanyang rice terraces from sunrise to sunset, appreciate the expansive fields of rapeseed flowers and gorgeous red earth, uncover the mysteries of the interplay between light and shadow on reflective surfaces.

  • Capture stunning images of the Yuanyang Rice Terraces

  • Photograph yellow rapeseed flower fields

  • Interactive with local minority people

  • Admire the amazing redland in Dongchuan

  • Experience the ancient culture and architectures in Jianshui

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Per Person



Kunming - Luoping - Yuanyang - Jianshui - Dongchuan


8 days, 7 nights

Fitness level


Drone friendly


Group Size

Less than 8


March 7-14, 2024

Mercier Zeng

Instructor & Workshop Leader

Having years of experience, Mercier Zeng has designed the itinerary for the workshop and will personally lead it.

Mercier has earned over 100 excellent reviews on Trip Advisor after guiding more than 300 photographers from various parts of the world. He has even accompanied some photographers on multiple occasions to Guilin, guiding them since 2014 and helping them capture portfolio-worthy shots, regardless of their level of expertise.


A taste of what to expect…

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Day 1-2: Kunming Arrival + Luoping Rapeseed Flowers

Arrival in Kungming followed by a welcoming dinner at 6 pm, during which the tour leader will provide details about the trip.

The next morning, we will depart for Luoping to capture photographs of the yellow rapeseed flowers and surrounding waterfalls.

Shoot the sunset over 'Golden Chicken Peak' rapeseed flower fields.

Stay overnight in Luoping.

Day 3: Rapeseed Flowers Sunrise + Sunset in Yuanyang 

We will shoot the sunrise over the 'Golden Chicken Peak' rapeseed flower fields.

Following breakfast, we will drive for approximately four hours to reach the Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Here, we will photograph the sunset at the Bada rice terraces.

Stay overnight in Yuanyang.

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Day 4: Yuanyang Rice Terraces Sunrise + Sunset 

The following morning, we will start early to travel to the Duoyishu Rice Terrace, which is the best sunrise location in Yuanyang. We will capture the sunrise over the golden terraced fields and witness colorful clouds, sea of clouds, and mist surrounding the village, making it an ideal location for photography.

After the sunrise, we will visit Aichun Village, where the terraced fields will display a beautiful crystal jewel blue under the sunshine. Here we will photograph the rice terraces in various angles and capture the working minority people in the fields.

In the late afternoon, we will photograph the sunset over the Tiger Mouth Terraced Fields, the largest rice terraces in this area.

Overnight stay will be in the village.

Day 5: Sunrise + Jianshui Ancient Town


Capture the sunrise over Jingkou Terraced Fields in the early morning, followed by a stroll through the Hani minority village to photograph the mushroom room, millstone, waterwheel, village path, and Hani tribe village.

Head to Jianshui ancient town in the afternoon. Visit the famous 'Zhu's Family Garden', a group of large-scale Qing Dynasty residential buildings known as the "Grand View Garden of Southwest of China".

Stay overnight in Jianshui.

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Day 6: Sunrise + Dongchuan Red Land


The following day, photograph the sunrise at the picturesque Shuanglong (Twin Dragon) Bridge, named one of the most beautiful photography spots by China National Geographic.

At noon, drive to Dongchuan Redland, considered to be the most imposing red land in the world. Capture the stunning lines of Yuepuao and the sunset at Waliang House.

Stay overnight in Dongchuan.

Day 7: Sunrise + Yuanmou Soil Forest


Begin with sunrise photography at Damakan village before heading to Yuanmou Soil Forest. The magnificent soil-like deposits shaped into columnar terrain resembling a forest make for a spectacular sight. Photograph the magnificent forests before sunset and enjoy the "eternal and changing landscape".

Stay in Yuanmou and shoot the Milky Way at night if visible.

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Day 8: Soil Forest + Kunming Departure


On the final day, enjoy the stunning morning scenery of the soil forest. Capture the light and shadow when the first sun shines on the village, around 7:30 am. Finally, drive back to Kungming and departure for home.

Payment Info

  • Deposit payment of $600 USD upon booking

  • Payment in full is required 40 days prior to the tour starting date

  • Single occupancy accommodations for 7 nights at hotels

  • Double occupancy is USD 2400 per person

Tour price: $2,700 USD

What's Included

Photography guide + local professional

Private van transportation

7-night accommodation (5-star or best in local)

Inclusive entrance fees to photography locations

Personalized processing instructions

Complimentary Fresh Coffee for Early Morning Outdoor Shoots

Pick-up and transfer in Kunming airport or railway station

Camera Gears Suggestions


Better to bring two bodies, DSLR or mirrorless camera both are ok



Tripod is very necessary in low light conditions, such as at sunrise and sunset moments

Long Zoom Lens


Such as 70-200MM, 100-400MM lenses, for photographing subjects in a distance



Bring it if you have it, it is good for photographing rice terraces at sunrise and sunset

Wide-angle Lens


24-70MM, 16-35MM  for landscapes at sunrise and sunset

Other Gears


Torch light, GND filters, romote control or shutter release, extra memory card, battery ...

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Photography Begins Here

All you need to do is provide us with your requirements, and we will connect you with an experienced local photography guide.

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