If there is one word that best captures Dongchuan Red Land, it must be "palette". It is such an amazing spectacle that you can never imagine if you have never been there. God knocked over his palette, dropping the heaven paint, which makes Dongchuan such a stunning masterpiece. Red, green, white, and yellow is matched into rolling rainbow ribbons stretching to the sky.
Dongchuan, a rural area in the northeast of Kunming, is believed that it has the world's most imposing red earth, even more, magnificent than that in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Because of the warm and humid climate in Yunnan, the iron oxide in the soil deposited slowly through the years and gradually developed into an extraordinary reddish-brown soil. It is seldom visited by general tourists for its remoteness and inadequate lodging facilities, however, the land with picturesque scenery is a paradise for photography fans.
Dongchuan Red Land represents Yunnan mountain valley's most attractive colors. It is decorated with multi-color crops. Fiery red soil, emerald green barely, golden yellow buckwheat, and snow white oil flowers against the floating clouds, ever-changing light, and the dramatically blue sky make a marvelous painting, bringing not only a strong visual impact but also the banquet of a soul.
Dongchuan Red Land
Covering an area of over 200,000 square kilometers, the Red Land scenery is centralized around Huashitou of Xintian Township, about 50km away from the Dongchuan County seat. The highlights include Jinxiu Garden, Qicai Slope, Yuepu Hollow, Yueliang Field, Damakan, and Lexiagua.
Lexiagua is the most dazzling color in this painting. Lexiagua, also called Luoxiagou in Chinese, means a gully of fallen rosy clouds and it's situated between two mountains on both sides. Thanks to Creator's superb craftsmanship, it is a wonder that the breathtaking landscape should hide in such a gully. It is outlined by the crops' curve, ornamented with a terrace in various shapes, vibrant out of the multi-color wave. There are no words that can completely describe the gorgeousness of Lexiagua. Besides, it is really difficult to capture the best of Lexiagua as well. For photography fans, Lexiagua is a dream and also a test.
How to get there: Driving to Dongchuan from Kunming takes about 3 hours.
Best Time to Visit: September - December. The crops in this season get ripe and present gorgeous colors. It is highly recommended for photographers to take their cameras and photo of some fantastic landscapes. Dongchuan Red Land is basically an all-year-round destination. In Spring it is the ocean of flowers; in Summer it is the wave of a cornfield; in Autumn it is the fairyland on earth.
Accommodation: There are no modern advanced hotels in Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Area, so the travelers generally stay in the hostels or local families there.