Ethnic Discovery

703: 8 Days Private Guiyang - Kaili - Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Miao villages in Kaili and feel the unique folk customs of the ethnic minorities
  • Marvel at the grand scenes of the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng
  • Cruise on the meandering Li River & admire the essence of Guilin landscape
  • Enjoy the quiet countryside life with romantic aromas in Yangshuo
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Day 1 Arrival in Guiyang
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival in Guiyang airport, our tour guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore this city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Guiyang - Kaili
Qingyan Old Town. Guiyang-Kaili land transfer. Traditional way of paper-making, a Long-skirt Miao Village. (B+L)
The free market in Qingyan Old Town, Guiyang
This morning your private guide will escort you to visit Qingyan Old Town. With a history of more than 600 years, the town has kept many elaborate old buildings together with lots of exquisite stone and wood carvings. After that we will drive you to Kaili, which is the center of ethnic Miao culture as more than sixty percent of the population is Miao people. After checking in the best local hotel, we will guide you to a Miao People village to see the traditional way of paper-making. Then go on to Qingman Miao village, which is inhabited by a branch of Miao minority known for its female villager's ethnic dress - long skirt. You will visit the villager's typical wooden stilt houses and see what their daily life is.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Kaili - Rongjiang
Kaili-Rongjiang land transfer. Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village, Datang Short-skirt Miao Village. (B+L)
Miao people dancing during festivals
Today we will lead you to visit two more featured Miao villages to learn more about this minority group. The first village is called Datang Short-skirt Miao Village as the female villagers here wearing their traditional mini-skirt. You will also see the famous wooden granary built over a pond, which is an ingenious design in old days in order to protect crops from fire, rat and pests. Next you will visit Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village. Most travelers enjoy strolling along the stone-paved street and watching the old wooden houses. After that we drive you to Rongjiang and check in the local best hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing
Rongjiang-Congjiang-Zhaoxing land transfer. Basha Miao Village, Gaozeng Dong People's Village. (B+L)
Female Miao villagers
You will visit the Basha Miao Village. It is one of the oldest Miao villages in China and people there still keep their pristine traditions and folklores. The male villagers have a peculiar haircut throughout their life. They shave most of their hair off and only leave the middle part and put the braid into a bun. This tradition has been kept generations to generations. What a great culture heritage!

Later you will pay a visit to Gaozeng Dong People's Village, which has a history of more than 600 years. During festivals, all villagers get excited by engaging the bullfighting, Dong Opera and Grand Choirs. Women will also wear their gorgeous costumes and silver ornaments at that time. All dresses are hand made by them from weaving, dyeing and sewing. In the afternoon, we drive you to Zhaoxing, where you will visit the largest Dong People's Village in China.  

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng
Zhaoxing-Sanjiang-Longsheng land transfer. Tang'an Dong Village, Chenyang Wind and Rain Bridge, nearby Dong villages. (B+L)
This morning, you will visit Tang'an Dong Village. People there live a life relatively close to the authentic ethnic life of the past, so it is also known as Tang'an Dong Ethnic Eco-Museum. The well-preserved Dong culture and the captivating scenery make this village a tempting place for travelers. After that we drive to Sanjiang, where we schedule visits to Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and a Dong village nearby for you. Then continue driving to Longsheng and check in the hotel.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Longsheng - Guilin
Longsheng-Guilin land transfer. Terraced Fields, Zhuang People's Village. (B+L)
Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge
Today you will visit the spectacular Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. The rice paddy terraces spread over the hills and rustic villages dotted around. This amazing view is a unique blend of man-made farm and natural beauty. Most of travelers just can not stop snapping pictures. You may walk through the terraces and watch farmers planting rice. Later you will visit a Zhuang People's Village, where the people's clothes, customs are quite different from the ethnic villages we already visited. After that, we will transfer you back to Guilin and check in the hotel.

Meals: Western style breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, Countryside trip. Yangshuo-Guilin transfer. (B+L)
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Departing from Guilin, you will take a Li River Cruise downstream to Yangshuo. The best scenery of Guilin and some dotted villages of Zhuang minority people are along the river. Upon disembarking, you will take a car to visit the rural villages around Yangshuo. On the way, drop in at a farmer's house to experience the local's lifestyle and have a rest. Our guide will escort you back to Guilin by our private car at the end of the day tour.

Tips: The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. Lunch is available on board, but the basic Chinese box lunch may fail to meet with your approval. So we recommend you prepare for the cruise with a generous breakfast at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Departure from Guilin
Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill. Drive to the airport & see you off. Wish you a pleasant journey! (B)
Your one-day Guilin City Tour today includes the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. At the previous two sites, you will see the amazing landscape in the karst cave and the most comprehensive scenery of water and mountain. The Elephant Trunk Hill, on the west bank of Li River, just like a huge elephant drinking water with its trunk, has been the landmark of the city for many years. Lunch is on your own arrangements, but your guide is ready to help you find a suitable restaurant. After the day's sightseeing, our guide will see you off at the airport so that you can board the flight back home loaded with pleasant memories.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
GuiyangSheraton Guiyang Hotel Novotel Hotel
KailiGrand Metro Park Heaven-sent Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent
RongjiangThe best local hotel The best local hotel
ZhaoxingThe best local hotel The best local hotel
LongshengPing An Hotel Ping An Hotel
GuilinShangri-La Hotel Grand Link Hotel
Tour Prices
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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