Top 10 photography destinations in Yunnan for the golden fall

In the season of autumn, explore the destinations around the most colourful Yunnan with amasing views and don’t forget to take your cameras when you find your ways to any of these ten places.


Meili Snow Mt (Feilaisi, Deqin County, 805 km from Kunming)

Best time: October to May

Feilaisi is the best location for shooting the Kawakarpo Peak (6,740m) in the morning for the sunrise at 08:00-09:00. Photo by Lu Jiangtao


The Redland (Dongchuan District, 150 km from Kunming)
Best time: May-June; September-December
The colour of the Redland varies in different seasons of the year, and the reddest views appear one or two days after it rains. Photo by Guo Jianlin


The Gingko Village (Gudong Town, Tengchong County, 670 km from Kunming)
Best time: October-November
The village is named because it nestles in the forest of Gingko trees. “Golden” is the best word for everything here in autumn. Photo by Ruan Weimin


Pudacuo National Park (Shangri-La, 640 km from Kunming)
Best time: all the year round
As part the UNESCO site Three Parallel Rivers, the views of the park are breathtakingly amasing with superb fresh air. The autumn hues also make it a favourite destination of most photographers. You should be aware that the park is visited by many tourists every day. Photo by Lu Jiangtao


Luoping Sorghum (Luoping County, 230 km from Kunming)
Best time: August-October
The most impressive view in Luoping is the large plantation of canolas that bloom among Karst peaks from January to March. And the recently developed sorghum plantation also makes a stunning view. Photo by Yunnan Tourism


The Earth Forest (Yuanmou County, 190 km from Kunming)

Best time: all the year round
The Earth Forest is suitable for shooting nice photos all the year round if it doesn’t rain. You take nice night photos on the 15th day of each lunar month. Photo by Luo Dinglai


Chengzi Ancient Village (190 km from Kunming)
Best time: October-November
It is known for the earthen houses which are deemed as the Living Fossils among the traditional residences in Yunnan. The views of country life (such as harvested corns and pumpkins) are what you hunt for in autumn. Photo by Kong Bin


Bingzhongluo (Nujiang, 820 km from Kunming)
Best time: October-May
It is suitable for shooting photos all the year round but in summer mudflow occurs. On the way from Liuku to Bingzhongluo, many stops are good choices including Laomudeng church, the Stone Moon, Zhiziluo Town, the First Bend of Nujiang River, the Peach Island, villages of Qiunatong and Wulicun etc. Photo by A Wen


Hani Terraced Fields (Yuanyang County, 350 km from Kunming)
Best time: December-April
One of the UNSECO sites in Yunnan. Sunrise at Duoyishu; sunset at Laohuzui and Bada. You should be aware that in winter it is sometimes foggy or clouds float over the fields. Photo by Guo Jianlin


Wuliang Mt Cherry Blossoms (Nanjian County, 380 km from Kunming)
Best time: November-December
The cherry blossoms at Wuliang Mt flower earlier than anywhere else in Yunnan. The most captivating views are the cherry trees flowering among tea bushes. Photo by Wang Lin