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Photography Tour in Yunnan

7 Days Trip in Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake

This tour will present you the major local attractions full of the captivating and rustic charm.

7 Days / 630 USD View Dates & Prices


Day1 Stone Forest

Yunnan Stone Forest, situated in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province, is 78 kilometres away from downtown of Kunming. It is the only world’s class of subtropical plateau with similar karst geology and geomorphology. It was awarded and included in the World Natural Heritage List by UNESCO in June 2007. It is also the first batch of world class  geological parks, a well-known tourist resort for relieving heat and cold, and one of the most charming tourist resorts in the world.

  • Private tour car service
  • Boutique/Comfortable hotel
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made
Day2 Yuanyang

Yuanyang terraces lie in the southern part of Ailao Mountain which belongs to Yuanyang County, Yunnan Province. They are masterpieces that created and left by Hani people for generations. They cultivated about 170,000 acres of terraced fields in Yuanyang. These terraced fields stretch across the territory of the Red River and vary with the mountain topography and adjust measures to local conditions. Huge terraced fields could be reclaimed from larger lands with gentle slopes, while the minor terraced fields from smaller lands with steep slopes. Even the rock gaps under ditch ridges are reclaimed as terraced field too. Therefore, the terraced fields here can be as large as a few acres, and also be as small as just a dustpan. Usually, there would be thousands of acres of terraced fields on each slope. Filled with water and paddy, layers of terraced fields are rippling and sparkling with silver waves. From the foot to the top of the mountain, the terraced fields present a scene of boundless variety and magnificent.

  • Private tour car service
  • Boutique/Comfortable hotel
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made
Day3 Jianshui

Known as Lin’an ancient town from long times ago, Jianshui County, as a city still preserving its classic tranquillity, has always been mentioned at the same breath with Dali. The beauty of Jianshui County bases on its elegant and sedate air. Inside and outside of this historical town, its classic beauty materialized from the splendid traditional construction disposition is released and spread, from the imperial ancestral temple to the marketplace, from the seclusion to the wild fields.

The beauty of Jianshui County also comes from the local delicious cuisines and handicraft art of purple pottery. The well water and soil here possessing the distinctive local traits, which fully revealed on the products made of these ordinary materials, even a piece of tofu and pottery can emerge its extraordinary quality.

  • Private tour car service
  • Comfortable/Boutique Hotels
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made


Prices per person for the months of July and August (Chinese Summer Holiday):旺季
Participants Luxury Comfort Plus Comfort Economy
1 person -- US $3,802 US $2,968 --
2 persons -- US $1,947 US $1,614 --
3 persons -- US $1,762 US $1,354 --
4 persons -- US $1,447 US $1,113 --
5 persons -- US $1,521 US $1,094 --
6 persons -- US $1,298 US $964 --
7 persons -- US $1,298 US $946 --
8 persons -- US $1,206 US $872 --
9 persons -- US $1,243 US $835 --
10 persons -- US $1,113 US $760 --
11 persons -- US $1,168 US $798 --
12 persons -- US $1,076 US $742 --
13 persons -- US $1,113 US $760 --
14 persons -- US $1,039 US $705 --
15 persons -- US $1,076 US $723 --
16 persons -- US $1,020 US $630 --


1:The price above is only applicable for the twin-beds room (One room for two persons to share, with two separate beds or a king bed alternatively). The extra expense would be charged if the extra room is required.

2:Luxury hotels include 5 Star international luxury hotel, such as Banyan Tree, Aman Resorts; Comfort plus hotels include local top-scale 4 Star hotels, such as Hilton, Shangri-La;  Comfort hotels include local general hotels and Inns.

3:The list of recommended hotels will be presented to the clients for their references before the order is placed, and the standard prices are made based on the average level of the boutique comfortable hotel.  In this itinerary, we will select and recommend hotels according to their locations, facilities, service and previous customer feedback. Besides,  there are also chances that these hotels are all fully booked or have limited quantities of rooms that cannot match up with your demands. But we will rearrange other hotels that in the equal standard for you if these recommended hotels are fully booked. If you have any accommodation preference in the equal standard, please feel free to contact us to adjust the arrangement.

4: Sometimes, the service fee for a tour group with participants in an odd number will be higher than a tour group with participants in an even number. It’s mainly because that based on different numbers of participants, the arrangement for transportation and accommodation will be different too. A tour group with an odd number of participants will have to afford more fees for a single room or more space on transportation.

Prices per person for the months of March, April, May, June, September, October and November (excluding public holidays*):淡季
Participants Luxury Comfort Plus Comfort Economy
1 person -- US $3,116 US $2,597 --
2 persons -- US $1,614 US $1,354 --
3 persons -- US $1,447 US $1,113 --
4 persons -- US $1,150 US $872 --
5 persons -- US $1,243 US $927 --
6 persons -- US $1,057 US $798 --
7 persons -- US $1,057 US $779 --
8 persons -- US $983 US $705 --
9 persons -- US $983 US $686 --
10 persons -- US $909 US $612 --
11 persons -- US $927 US $630 --
12 persons -- US $872 US $575 --
13 persons -- US $853 US $556 --
14 persons -- US $834 US $537 --
15 persons -- US $834 US $556 --
16 persons -- US $834 US $500 --

* Chinese public holidays: Spring Festival (according to Lunar calendar of the specific year), Golden Week (1st – 7th Oct.) and Labor Day (1st – 3rd May)

  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 10,17, 24, 31
  • October 10, 17, 24, 31
  • May 10, 17, 24, 31
  • August 10,17, 24, 31
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • June 3, 10, 24
  • September 3, 10, 17
  • December 3, 10, 17, 24


Hotel Category Luxury Comfort Plus Comfort Economy
The first night (in Yuanyang)
The second night (in Yuanyang)
The third night (in Jianshui)
The forth night (in Jianshui)
The fifth night (in Fuxian Lake)
The sixth night (in Fuxian Lake)
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  • 【Personalized Consultant Service】: To meet your very personal demands, we provide 1 to 1 professional consultant service to all travellers.
  • 【Accommodations】:We pick suitable and tasteful hotels bases on your requirements.
  • 【Transfer】:We provide a private and comfortable vehicle during your journey.
  • 【Tickets】:Entrance ticket for the sightseeing places that listed in this program.
  • 【Activities】:All the activities listed in this program.
  • 【Tour Guide/Driving service】:Professional driver and English speaking guide
  • 【Insurance】:Travel accident insurance and Travel Agency’s Responsibility insurance.
  • Other personal expense during the journey
  • Meals (lunch and dinner).
  • Train Station pick-up and drop-off service.
  • The extra expense due to transportation delay, cancellation, wars , natural accident and strike.


We travelled with Ancient Yunnan. They provide everything. We visited three of the big cities. Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La. And also a lot of little villages. These villages we saw, they are all parts of the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. I personally think I travelled a lot in China and Yunnan is actually my favourite area. It’s the best destination for the geographical location is perfect. It’s never too cold or too hot. When you’re going to visit Shangri-La, it’s very interesting. The beautiful fact is that you can enjoy the Tibetan view without going to Tibet. It was a very beautiful experience. Ancient Yunnan booked the awesome boutique hotels for us. Both accommodation and food are amazing.

Yunnan is the best area to visit in China.  But China is too vast to easily travel. So you can just rely on a professional guide who can take you around and help you with the language, which is very important.

Matteo | Italy - Classic Ethnic Minorities Tour of Yunnan (2 Days in Lijiang)

We had 6 days of travelling time through Yunnan. We went to Shilin, the Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake. Yuanyang counts half of the trip and also the most beautiful part you will ever see in Yunnan. You need to wake up very early, to see the sunrise, which is really worth it. And I really like Jianshui for two reasons. The first one is tofu. I love tofu. You can see how it’s done in the local workshop. The second one is the old town of Jianshui. You have a good feeling when you go there because it’s kind of like an open area of a museum.  You can see real people’s daily life, not just tea shops. It’s pretty interesting. I think this trip is pretty good. You can practice your Chinese a lot, which is what we always need to do as a Chinese language learner.

You really need to come over to Yunnan!

Joe | France - Photography Tour of Yunnan (7-Day in Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake)

I have been visiting the region of Xishuangbanna for five days. I visited the Wildelephant valley where I could see elephant performance. We also visit a small village on the same day, where Dai group is living here. We went to see the tropical rain forest too, which presents you with a very tropical climate. You would sweat a lot if you can’t get used to it. We visited Jinghong city, the capital city of Xishuangbanna the other night. There was a huge night market. I’m not used to seeing such a big market in Spain. There are some special dishes. I tried the insect dishes for the first time in my life in this market. I also recommend it because it’s some kind of new experience. What I love most about this journey, is the facility of the hotel and the multiple categories of hotels for my choice. Ancient Yunnan provided me with the best hotel in this region. Ancient Yunnan also provided me with a personal driver and a tour guide. They helped a lot during the journey.I really enjoy this trip and strongly recommend this trip to the region of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan!

John | Spain - Tropical Adventure in South of Yunnan (5 Days in Xishuangbanna)

Haven’t visited many places in China. I was looking for a place that combines both traditional Chinese culture and some unique features.  After visiting ancient Yunnan, I decided that Yunnan is the best choice that I could make . Due to the location and historical background, Yunnan is the most diverse province in China. There are 26 minorities, 15 of which are unique to this area. Ancient Yunnan helped me to organize the trip, to explore the whole Yunnan province .

So, if you want to combine both historical experiences and enjoy the natural scenic spots, you should definitely go to Yunnan!

Oksana | Ukraine - Ethnic Minorities Tour (7-Day Classic Adventures in Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-La)