Approach to Guizhou Folkways

ST12: 10 Days Beijing - Guiyang - Anshun - Kaili - Xijiang - Guiyang - Beijing
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Day 1 Warsaw - Beijing
As the capital of China and a famous tourist city, Beijing operates the direct flight with many international cities of the world, including Warsaw. It offers a convenient way for people planning a tour from Poland. From Warsaw to Beijing, you can choose to take Polish Airlines LO091 14:40/06:35+1 with a duration of around 10 hours, or LO089 22:45/13:10+1 with a duration of around 8.5 hours. These two non-stop flights will make your trip to China much easier.
Day 2 Beijing
Your flight will land in Beijing today. Upon arrival, you will need to make your own way to the downtown hotel in Beijing. From Beijing Capital International Airport, you can take the Airport Express from Terminal 3, and after 4 stops, you will get off at the Bei Xin Qiao Stop. Walk for around 350 meters, you will come to the West Bei Xin Qiao Road and take Bus No. 82 for 10 stops to arrive at your hotel. Taxi will cost around CNY150 per cab. From Daxing International Airport, you can take the Airport Shuttle Bus to South Qianmen Street, and then take the bus No. 2 from nearby Zhu Shi Kou South Stop for 5 stops to get to your hotel. Taxi will cost CNY200 to CNY250 per cab. For your convenience, taxi is more recommended. 

Here we would like to remind you that the normal check-in time for most hotels in China is after 14:00. For those who arrive at Beijing in the early morning, you may talk to the hotel for free early check-in. 

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If this is your first time to Beijing, you are recommeneded to take our 2 Days Mini Group Beijing Tour, which includes highlight attractions of the Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong Alleys and Bird's Nest. If not, please follow this student tour to Guizhou tomorrow morning, which is a mult-minority province boasting not only beautiful countryside sceces, but also diversified ethnic minority life and cultures. 

Accommodation: Hotel Yoo Beijing
Day 3 Beijing - Guiyang
This morning, you will proceed to the airport by yourself to take flight from Beijing to Guiyang. Upon arrival at the airport, our professional guide will meet and escort you to the hotel. You will visit the Jiaxiu pavilion, the landmark building of the Guiyang city, and later the Hongfu Buddhist Monastery on top of the Qianling Mountain.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Hotel
Day 4 Guiyang - Jichang - Tianlong - Anshun
Kaili minority people
Welcome Ceremony of Miao Minority
Your Guizhou minority tour officially starts today. Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and then transfer you to Jichang Old-Han Chinese village. A small welcome ceremony and lion dance is arranged by the locals to welcome your student group visit. Then witness the Dixi or ground opera performance, a very unique art form in Guizhou. It is performed by the locals to ward off evil spirits and calamities, characterized by exaggerated expression, unique design of figures, distinctive characters as well as colorful costumes. You may even have the chance to learn some simple performing skills from the locals. Next, take a hiking trip to Tianlong Old-Han Chinese village to explore its rural ancient stone architecture. The guide will teach you some simple Chinese conversations. You will also be informed of the dos and don'ts when visiting a local family in the village.

Today's lunch will be at a Tianlong village café, after which you will proceed to Anshun to visit a small batik museum and shop owned by one of the top 10 folk artists in China. Grab the chance to learn some simple batik skills. Then, we will make our way to a bustling night market of Anshun.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Puhua Hotel
Day 5 Anshun - Huangguoshu - Guiyang
Huangguoshu Waterfall, noted as the largest waterfall in China, is definitely a highlight of the group tour to Guizhou. We will spend the whole morning to visit the waterfall as it is located in the outer suburb of Anshun and will take about one and a half hours' hike to reach it. After lunch, visit the Tianxingqiao scenic spot that is well known for its stone forest on the water and limestone karst caves. Finally, return to the Guiyang city and then check in at the Novotel Hotel.    

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Cruises: Novotel Hotel
Day 6 Guiyang - Kaili
Chinese countryside
Ploughing the fields
Visit Kaili, the capital city of Guizhou's southeast autonomous prefecture of Miao & Dong people. Your first stop there is Qingman Miao village. A welcome ceremony awaits you, where beautiful Miao girls offer rice wine contained in ox horn. You may just take a sip as a good gesture. Bear in mind not to hold the horn for by doing so indicates that you are able to finish the drinks. After the brief ceremony, enter the village and visit the Miao's residences on stilts. With its rich ethnic and regional features, with the house raised above ground, it helps to keep the rooms dry and ventilated and keep away snakes and other wild animals. The first floor is usually used for raising poultry and keeping agriculture tools & heavy objects; the second floor as the living areas and the third floor as storehouse, due to its dryness, ventilation and favorable position.

Lunch will be in the village to taste the local food. After that, visit Shiqiao Village to see their traditional paper making from tree bark. The guide will give you a detailed explanation about its basic principles and processes. Return to Kali City. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent
Day 7 Kaili - Maliao - Kaijue - Xijiang
Countryside school in Guizhou
A local primary school
Take a 1.5 hours bus ride to extend your Guizhou group tour to Maliao and then a four-hour hiking trip along a challenging zigzag mountainous path with gorgeous landscape views of terraced paddy fields. On the way, we will stop by Kaijue town, known as silversmith Miao village, and visit some local families. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch on the mountain top, before walking some distance to Xijiang, the largest Miao village in China with one thousand households. The same traditional rice wine welcome ceremony as in the Qingman Miao village the previous day awaits upon your arrival. After that, meet the family members whom you will stay with for the night. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore the village and the local culture on your own or have a good rest with the family. Please don't wonder off too far away without the guide or unaccompanied by a local. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Village Home-Stay
Day 8 Xijiang
Village life
Team-building with the local students
You will have a first-hand experience of farm-work such as field-plowing with the aid of a water buffalo, carp-fishing in paddy fields, or digging for potatoes in the mountain fields. You may choose any one or all of them. The guide and the locals will be around to direct and help. Please always keep safety in mind. Lunch today will be food cooked from the fish and potatoes harvested from your own hard labor.

In the afternoon, visit the Xijiang Middle School. Take the opportunity to communicate with the Miao ethnic students to learn about their education. The kind and diligent Miao people are innate singers and dancers, so you can also learn to sing traditional Miao songs and play their musical instrument called the Lusheng (bamboo reed pipe). At the same time, a basketball match will be played between your team and theirs. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Xijiang - Kaili - Guiyang - Beijing
Miao village
Playing basketball
Bid farewell to the hospitable Miao people after breakfast and head back to Guiyang via Kaili. En route, drop by Ms. Yang Jianhong's embroidery workshop to learn about the unique Miao embroidery. Take the opportunity to embroider your own piece. Miao embroidery plays an important role in the historical heritage of their culture. Almost every pattern has its own origin or legend, exhibiting the Miao people's history and life.

Continue to drive to Guiyang afterwards, and then we will transfer you to the airport directly to catch your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, please find an airport hotel to live in. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Beijing - Warsaw
Today you will board your homeward flight. From Beijing Capital Internationa Airport, you can take Polish Airlines LO092 08:45/14:35 (11h50m) or China Airlines CA737 13:25/17:40 (10h15m). From Daxing International Airpirt, you can take Polish Airlines LO092 14:50/18:35 (9h45m). If your departure flight is at the same airport you stay in, it will be very convenient for you. If in a different airport, please make sure you leave enough time to take taxi there. Have a nice trip!
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