Dongchuan Red Land is located in the town of Xintian, about 250 km (155 miles) northeast of Kunming City, near the milepost named “Flower Stone”. The area covering over hundreds of square meters is the most concentrated, typical and unique red land on the Yunnan red land tableland. Besides the red land in Rio de Janeiro, the spectacular red land of Dongchuan is healed the most magnificent red land in the world. Comparing to red land in Brazil, the scenery here is even more beautiful.
Heading to the north from Kunming, you’ll be always on rugged winding roads. Overlooked from mountains, white plain formed by debris flows will be in your visual field. Dongchuan has been healed “the museum of debris flows”. You can never imagine such amazing scenery without having been to Dongchuan.
Dongchuan Red Land
Because of the humid and worm climate, the iron elements in the soil have been depositing year by year after oxidation, and then the glaring color is formed after centuries. Dongchuan has also been called “natural copper capital” since the ancient time. Glaring red land, green vegetable plot, unique shape and beautiful figure are set off by the blue sky, white cloud and capricious ligh, which is the whole dream-like picture is just like the colorful paintings, making you feel dizzy.
Reputedly, the discovery of Dongchuan Red Land should be owed to a photographer. He saw the spectacular gorgeous red land when he was passing by plane. Then he went to Dongchuan lots of times to search the red land area. Finally, the amazing land was found by him. As soon as his photos were seen by people, countless tourists went there and worked up much enthusiasm and passion of the land.
Every attraction here has its own specialty in different seasons and time. You could choose the place and time according to your own fancy. You could get good photos at every scenic here. Besides，according to the natives, the red land looks bright-colored and gorgeous after rain. I also found it is a little dim and dull in the morning and much better in the evening. In a word, the beautiful scenery is far beyond description of words. Dongchuan Red Land was selected as the Top Undiscovered China Attractions
How to Get There?
You could take shuttle buses from the two passenger stations in Kunming (Dongju passenger station and Nanjiao passenger station). There are shuttles every 20 minutes, from 7 am to 7pm everyday.
There are two shuttle buses everyday (depart at 8am and 12:50am) from the Dongchuan Passenger Station to Fazhe, which passes the main accommodation place in the red land area. (Flower Ravine, Flower Stone).
Another method to get to the Area Dongchuan is car renting. This renting price will increase if there are more than 2 persons. A travel group including 4~6 persons had better rent a minibus. Bargain is necessary since the quotations are really high.
There are two shuttles every day from Red land area back to the Dongchuan Passenger Station.
Dongchuan to Kunming: Shuttle Bus or Car Renting
1. Best time for photography: Mid- May to early June, Late October to November
There are a lot of hostels and taverns in Dongchuan area, centralizing around parking lot and passenger station.