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Yuanmou is a rural county in Central Yunnan. It is administratively part of Chuxiong Prefecture.


Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses are the quickest way to get here from Kunming and Chuxiong City. Most buses from Kunming depart from the Northwest Bus Station and take about 2 hours. Buses from Chuxiong City also take around 2 hours.

  • 1 Yuanmou Central Bus Station (元谋中心客运站), 221 Longchuan Street (龙川街221号), +86 878 8211015. Yuanmou County's main bus station. Buses to the Earth Forest depart from here.

By train[edit]

Only slow trains are available. Trains depart four times a day from Kunming Railway Station. The journey time from there is between 3 and 4.5 hours. There are no direct trains from Chuxiong City.

  • 2 Yuanmou Railway Station (元谋站, Yuanmou Station), Yuanxin Road, Nengyu Town (能禹镇元新路).

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Yuanmou Earth Forest (元谋土林), 1 Tulin Street, Wumao Township (物茂乡土林街1号) (About 30 kilometres north of the main town. Buses to the Earth Forest depart four times a day from Yuanmou Central Bus Station. The bus fare is ¥10), +86 878 8310000 (Wumao Earth Forest), +86 878 8385000 (Langbapu Earth Forest). ¥100 (Wumao Earth Forest), ¥90 (Langbapu Earth Forest), ¥140 (combo ticket). Tickets are half-price for children between 120 and 150 centimetres in height and adults aged between 60 and 69. Children under 120 centimetres in height and adults over 70 years of age are granted free admission. Tickets are valid for 3 days.
  • 2 Yuanmou Man Museum (元谋人博物馆), Fenghuang Avenue (凤凰大道) (About 2 kilometres from Yuanmou Central Bus Station), +86 878 6104259, . 09:00-17:00. Free.






  • 1 Yuanmou Hotel (元谋大酒店), 1 Yuanchang Road (源昌路1号) (Across the road from the north side of Yuanmou Man Square and near the Yuanmou Man Museum), +86 878 8222333. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star hotel. Not to be confused with a similarly-named hotel on Shengli Street. From ¥358 per night.


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