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Yunnan Dongchuan Red Land - Paradise for Photography Tour

Dongchuan Red Land is a photography paradise in YunnanSITUATED on the west part of China, Yunnan shares its border with Myanmar to the west and Laos, Vietnam to the south. The terrain of the province, with a total area of 400,000sqkm, is rugged and mountainous with the highest peak Karwakapo at 6,740m and average altitude of 2,000m. Yunnan has a diverse topography that ranges from alpine snowy peaks to tropical rainforests, possessing the greatest number of plant species in China as well as an incredible array of animals.
 
At the north of the Yungui (Yunnan-Guizhou) Plateau, Dongchuan is largely unknown among tourists. People come to do tours in Yunnan are amazed by the magnificent Meili Snow Mountain in Deqen and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, they probably don’t realize that Dongchuan has a similarly gorgeous mountain, the 4,223-meter Jiaozi (sedan chair) Snow Mountain, a less-known area 150 kilometers from Kunming. Dongchuan boasts high mountains and deep ravines, resulting in unique landforms and landscapes. Among them, red soil is a special feature. The rural area of Hongtudi Town, in the Wumeng Mountain area, is hugely popular among amateur and professional photographers for its unique red earth scenery, for which the town wins its name.
 
In the mid-1990s, professional Chinese photographers started discovering the Wumeng scenery, but instead of exposing the natural gem, they chose to keep it a secret to protect the area. But with the photos widely exhibited, more and more visitors and amateur photographers are making the arduous trip to the mountainous area. The brilliant red earth, a sharp contrast with the yellow rapeseed flowers and the deep blue skies, makes the region in Dongchuan a paradise for adventurers. The famous Dongchuan Red Land scenery which can be mostly found between 1,800 and 2,600 meters above sea level results partly from high temperatures and frequent rain. Rich in iron and aluminum, the soil is arid and lacks in organic matter.
 
The best place to see a vast, typical red land scene is at Huashitou (109km marker), where mountains and fields display different shades of reds - crimson, magenta and rusty red. Hilltops afar are blooming with layers of layers of colors, such as green, white and gold. Experts say Huashitou red soil is one of the world's most imposing such scenes, second only to that of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
 
Damakan, a viewpoint about 9 kilometers away from Huashitou along a bumpy dirt track, is one of the photographers’ favorites for sunrise of Dongchuan Red Land. When the light comes out, the small village several hundred meters below gets busy and smoke starts rising from the farm houses. After lunch, it’s time for another shoot as the light turns warmer and brings out the best in Dongchuan’s colors.
 
Travel Tips: The best time to visit Dongchuan Red Land is from May to June, or from September to December.
 
Yunnan Travel News - Travel West China Tour Information Centre

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