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Dongchuan Red Land Overview

Dongchuan Red Land(Red Earth) is a new rising tourist destination near Kunming, loved by photographers and backpackers, and praised as "God's palette". These red lands, extending for nearly 50 kilometers (30 miles), are the most striking and distinctive in the world.It is believed to hold the world’s most imposing red earth, located in the northeast of Kunming. Even the people living there are not so aware or familiar with its existing beauty. But for those who have seen the pictures of the Red land(Red Earth), no one can resist being attracted to its beautiful scenery! 

Where is Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land (also called Red Earth) is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Kunming, with an altitude of 1,800–2,600 meters (5,900–8,500 feet). It is located in Huashitou Country, Xinxiang Town, Dongchuan District, Kunming, Yunnan Province. Full Chinese address: 云南省昆明市东川区新乡镇花石头村

‣Basic Information

●Chinese Name:东川红土地

●Key Words:God's palette

●Altitude:1,800–2,600 meters

●Opening Time: the whole day

●Recommended Visiting Time: 1 or 2 days

‣Geographic Conditions of Dongchuan Red Land

Red Earth is a kind of low yield barren soil, mainly because of human and natural weather factors accelerated "red soil desertification". Due to much people and less land, excessive development, deforestation, combined with the characteristics of the soil itself, the soil productivity of red soil area reduced and soil erosion is serious. Severe degradation happens in many regions, forming the "red desertification". Steep slope land reclamation or excessive reclamation, or destroying forest for reclamation, destruction of surface vegetation leads to soil erosion and land degradation. In addition, in the southern mountain area hills, soil erosion is serious and the harm is greater than the loess plateau that the rocky exposed can not be recovered and forms a "red desert".

‣What to See in Dongchuan Red Land

Sunset Valley(Luoxiagou 落霞沟):Surrounded by mountains, Luoxiagou looks like a sunken depression from a distance. Traditional local villages adorn the colorful fields.

The 'Hit Horse Hole' Sunrise(Damakan 打马坎):A large spread of red fields are in the arms of continuous mountains at the skyline.

The 'Tiled House Bridge' Sunset(Wafang Liangzi 瓦房梁子):the best place to see a sunset with Dongchuan's red fields.

River Snail Bay (Luosiwan 螺蛳湾)the first beautiful red field stop on the way to Dongchuan.

North River Village(Beihecun 北河村):an untouched village set with a background of a red field hill

Dongchuan Red Land

           Sunset Valley 

Dongchuan Red Land

                        The 'Hit Horse Hole' Sunrise

Dongchuan Red Land

                        The 'Tiled House Bridge' Sunset

‣Where to Stay in Dongchuan Red Land

●Hongtudi Luoxiagou Chunqiu Hotel(红土地落霞沟春秋大酒店)

●Red Earth Shanju Hotel( 红土地山居酒店): a nice courtyard hotel

‣The Best Time to Visit Dongchuan Red Land 

●May to June

Photographers can capture strongly red fields just after ploughing and before the crops grow, and farming photos. Potato flowers opens in the summer and golden wheat decorates the red fields. With various crop colors, red earth, and blue sky, it's one of the best times to get blood red field photos.

●September to November

Autumn is another wonderful season to photo the red fields. Some fields will be turned over for new crops, and there are large expanses of highland barley and wheat. Yunnan's unique white cole flowers make the fields more colorful. This is another good time you should not miss.

‣Dongchuan Food

Only Chinese meals are available in the Red Land. Our guide will prepare some instant coffee for you. Even shops selling bottled water are limited.

‣Transport inside Dongchuan Red Land

There are no shuttle buses in the Dongchuan Red Land(Earth). Private transport needs to be used in the Red Land because it's big. Luoxiagou and Damakan are around 40 minutes from the hotel. Other attractions are around 10 minutes' drive away.

‣Dongchuan Language

Dongchuan Red Land(Red Earth) is still undeveloped for foreign travelers. Local people can't speak English at all. It's a minority area, where their Mandarin is not so good either. To hire an English-speaking driver is extremely difficult. We arrange an experienced local driver and an English-speaking guide for your tour.

‣Attraction Travel Tips

•Photographers had better stay two nights in the Red Soil because of the changeable weather there. You can get to Damakan in the morning and the rest time get to Qicaipo, Jinxiu Yuan, Yuepu'ao. Then get to the Luoxiagou at dusk to shoot the sunset.

•You shouldn't step into the fields, as you might be asked for money by the locals. If you want to take some photos in the fields, ask your guide to discuss permission and a price with the locals first.

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