Spring Yunnan Photo Tour to Luoping
Stone Forest, Golden Rapeseed Flowers Ocean & Nine Dragon Waterfalls
The best place in China to take photos of canola flower farms, Luoping in Yunnan is a magical, heaven-like place for photographers and nature lovers. Escape from the disturbingly noisy city to the idyllic town of Luoping where the golden canola flower fields stretch uninterrupted to the horizon, resembling a flower ocean, and the Nine Dragon Waterfall reaches 56 meters high creating a spectacular scene.
Yunnan Discovery design the Luoping photo tour program for you to get fantastic photo opportunities, meet local minority people, experience a relaxed countryside life, and everything you need.
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Travel style: original, private tour, photography tour, nature tour
Best time to travel: spring time from February to early April
Destinations: Kunming, Luoping
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Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Your tour guide of Yunnan Discovery will pick you up at hotel, and transfer from Kunming to Luoping (4 hours driving, 170 km). Start your Yunnan photo adventure with a visit to the Stone Forest (Shilin) en route. A UNESCO World Natural Heritage and World Geopark, Stone Forest is part of the South China Karst and home to a diversity of pinnacle karst formed over 270 million years ago. You can record the amazing nature and the beautiful pinnacles shaped in column, mushroom and tower with your camera. Walk through the “forest” to see various karst caves, lakes, bridges, cliffs, waterfalls, as well as stalactites and stalagmites.
Continue your way and get to Luoping bordering Guangxi and Guizhou, known as the “hometown of canola flower”, as it is the largest plantations of canola flowers in China and beyond. Luoping canola flower fields even entered the Guinness World Record. Firstly, visit the Luositian scenic spot - the blooming rapeseed flowers fields, paddy fields and arid farms are spirally arranged, due to the karst landform.
After hotel check-in, transfer to Jinji Fengcong, where you can photograph the sunset over the golden canola flower sea. A practical photo tip for you: don’t shoot against the light, but use the light or the sidelight to balance with shadow and take incredible images.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Watching a sunrise over the canola flower sea is a delight for all of us, let alone for the cameraman. Let’s pray that the weather is good, so get up early and get to Lingji Fengcong of Golden Rooster Hill for the beautiful scene when the sun gradually rises and the sunlight sprinkles on the golden flower farms. The serene countryside is slowly waking up but reminds peaceful. That vast expanse of rapeseed fields has so much like an extraordinary rural painting, stretching far away through villages, country roads, streams, hills… and to connect the azure sky!
Afterwards, visit Lingyi Temple built against a hillside. Keep driving and hike up Baila Mountain to get to Nine Dragon Waterfall (Jiulong Waterfall) that comprises 10 small falls running down for 4km. The Mighty First Fall is the most spectacular, as being 112 meters wide and 56 meters high. Hike around to locate the best spots to take Nine Dragon Waterfall images in different angles.
Visit Duoyi River scenic spot that abounds with beautiful sights and quaint Buyi ethnic villages where local Buyi people live in traditional dwellings made of stone, bamboo or wood. Take adelightful bamboo raft on Duoyi River and indulge in intoxicating surroundings. If your travel dates happen to be on a traditional festival, you can experience more of the Buyi culture and traditions, with more photo opportunity for humanity and minority folklores.
Then drive back to the hotel and relax.
> Cable car ride on Baila Mountain is available to have a panoramic picture of Nine Dragon Waterfall and save more time and energy for photography.
Meals included: Breakfast
Your 3 days Kunming & Luoping photo tour comes to an end. Your guide of Yunnan Discovery has tried best to make sure you captured the beauty in camera. Take it home and let all those beautiful moments become eternal memory.
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Useful things to know before you go
It is estimated 13333 hectares of canola flowers fields in Luoping.
Every spring from February to early April is the best time for Luoping canola flower photography and sightseeing. The weather is comfortable with average temperature at around 10-16℃ (50-60.8℉). But there is temperature difference between day and night, so you’re suggested to pack thick coat and dress adequately.
The scenery of Jiulong Waterfall is varied in different time. It is at its biggest and most spectacular in July and August during the wet season. When in spring, it is still very beautiful and consists of about 10 falls in different sizes. Moreover, there will be Song Festival and Water-Splashing Festival held beside Jiulong Waterfall and Duoyi River by the local Buyi people on the 2nd day ofthe 2nd lunar month (early March) and the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month (early Aprial).