Ethnic Culture Experience

706: 10 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Lijiang - Kunming - Lunan - Xingyi - Huangguoshu Waterfall - Guiyang - Kaili - Guiyang
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches

Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the nearly 1000-year-old town Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy the amazing Karst landscape of Wanfenglin and go hiking at Maling River Canyon
  • Visit Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of the largest and grandest waterfalls in the world
  • Visit ethnic minority villages & experience the unique and diversified folk customs
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Day 1 Arrival in Kunming
When your flight arrives at Kunming Airport today, you will find our guide is waiting for you outside the arrival hall, holding a welcome banner on which signs your name and TravelChinaGuide. We will take you to downtown Kunming to check in the hotel that we have reserved for you. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Kunming - Lijiang
Lijiang old town
Lijiang old town
A morning bullet train will take you to charming Lijiang with a duration of around 3 hours. Our guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel for a two-night stay. Afterwards, a private short drive will take you to Baisha Village, which is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang and the first gathering place of Naxi People. A visit to the local Naxi family will help you understand the Naxi culture and history better. Then proceed to visit the Baisha Murals which combine the culture of Han, Tibet and Naxi and reflect the religious life of Buddhism, Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism. Later, the journey will be extended to Old Town of Shuhe including Tea-Horse Road Musuem.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lijiang
Naxi People
Naxi People in the town
Full day is free for you to explore Lijiang Old Town at own leisure. If you are a photographic lover, it is suggested that you get up early and walk along the quiet lanes. You may find that every corner of the town makes a beautiful picture. In the daytime, you can pay a visit to the Mu's Residence which was the residence of the ancient ruler of Naxi from the Yuan Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (from 13th to early 20th century). You can also wander along the narrow lanes with the bustling crowd, and take a rest at a featured café.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Lijiang - Kunming - Lunan
Our guide will transfer you to take a morning bullet train back to Kunming. The train journey takes around 3 hours. You will take an excursion to the Stone Forest at Lunan. Walking in the maze of stone forest, you will be bewitched by the intricate karst formations of all kinds of shapes, such as the human figures, mushrooms, swords, towers and animals. Stay at the best local hotel in Lunan tonight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lunan - Shizong - Xingyi
Chinese traditional haircut in the countryside
After breakfast, you will head for Xingyi with a private transfer, the southwest gate of Guizhou Province. On the way, stop over at Shizong County and pay a visit to the Local Tobacco Farm and a Country Market if time permits. Upon arrival in Xingyi, visit the Guizhou Folk Museum of the Wedding Rituals to learn about the unique wedding custom of the Miao and Buyi ethnic groups. The museum is located in the Liu's Residence which is a traditional Chinese building with delicate decorations. Then we will transfer you to the local hotel in Xingyi and have a good rest.

Meals: Western style breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Xingyi
Today you will have a tour of nature in Xingyi. First visit the Wanfenglin (Ten Thousand Peaks Forest). As its name suggests, there are almost 20,000 grotesque peaks in the Wanfenglin Scenic Area. Due to its unique karst landscape and beautiful scenery, it is regarded as a wonder under heaven. Then proceed to the Maling River Canyon and go for a 2-hour hiking at the Tianxing Gallery (Heaven Star Gallery) in the scenic area, where you will be fascinated by the charming scenery of deep canyon, majestic waterfalls and unique karst waterfalls.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Xingyi - Huangguoshu Waterfall
On the way to Huangguoshu, you will stop off at Zuoqi Black Miao Village to discover women's traditional costume with big earring, black turban and black cotton jacket. Then pay a visit to the Buyi People Village to see their traditional way of spinning and weaving. Tonight you will stay at a local hotel.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Huangguoshu Waterfall - Guiyang
In the morning, you will take an excursion to the largest waterfall in Asia, the Huangguoshu Waterfall. The main waterfall is 74 meters (243 feet) high and 81 meters (266 feet) wide, like a milky way hanging on the cliff. Then we will transfer you to Guiyang. Upon arrival, continue your journey to the Jiaxiu Tower. Constructed on a huge rock in Nanming River, the Jaixiu Tower was first built around 17th century during the Ming Dynasty and rebuilt many times in the following years. The three-storey wooden Tower has been standing there for about 400 years and witnessed the development of the city. Then pay a visit to Qingyan Ancient Town which has a long history of more than 600 years.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Guiyang - Kaili
A free market in Kaili
Today we will transfer you to Kaili for a one-night stay. You will have an ethnic minority tour to the Qingman Long-skirt Miao Village. You will be greeted into the village by hospitable Miao villagers. Walking on the flat stone road in the hundreds of years old village, you will see the unique wooden stilt houses of Miao people. Afterwards, continue to sightsee Shiqiao Miao Village with a local family visit to get a deep insight into the Miao people's life. What’s more, you will see the process of traditional paper-making during your visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Kaili - Guiyang Exit
In the morning, you will go to visit Langde Miao Village. A fabulous Dancing and Singing Performance by local villagers will also be arranged. After that, we will transfer you back to Guiyang for your return flight. Wish you a pleasant trip back home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
LunnanYinruilin International Hotel Yinruilin International Hotel
XingyiGrand Argyle Hotel Grand Argyle Hotel
Huangguoshu WaterfallHuangguoshu Waterfalls Yingbin Hotel Huangguoshu Waterfalls Yingbin Hotel
GuiyangSofitel Guiyang Hunter Howard Johnson Plaza Guiyang
KailiGrand Metro Park Heaven-sent Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2389 $2150$2169 $1952$1709 $1538
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$2219 $1997$1999 $1799$1539 $1385
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fares
  • 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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Questions & Answers
Asked by Ben Lim from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 07, 2017 23:16Reply
Transport from Guiyang to Huangguoshu Waterfall
As I know , there are 2 ways to go to the Waterfall from Guiyang.:
1. Direct bus from Jinyang Bus station but I am staying near Guiyang railway which is far from Jinyang Bus terminal . May I how how long it takes to reach the Bus station from Railway station?
2. Take a train from Railway station to Anshun then Bus to waterfall: May i know how whether the bus t waterfall is just off the railway station or I have to take bus to reach?

Of the 2 above 2 options, which is the most convenience?


Answers (1)
Answered by Julie from UK | Aug. 08, 2017 04:27

It is about 20 kilometers from the railway station to Jinyang Bus Station. If you take a taxi there, it may take around 30 minutes.

Once you arrive at Anshun Railway Station, you also need to take a bus to Anshun East Bus Station and then catch a direct bus to the waterfall. However, the bus from Anshun Railway Station will also need you to walk a long distance to the bus station.

Relatively Speaking, the first route is more convenient.
Asked by Nely from INDONESIA | Jun. 19, 2017 05:56Reply
Is there many taxi out side of the entrance Huangguoshu Waterfall?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tess from UK | Jun. 22, 2017 00:36

Yes, you can find the taxis at the entrance of the scenic area.
Asked by IS123 | May. 02, 2017 15:58Reply
Who built the Huangguoshu waterfall?
What are the disadvantages and advantages of the waterfall.
Please reply soon!!
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from CANADA | May. 03, 2017 02:14

The Huangguoshu waterfall is not produced by human. It is a beautiful natural formation. It's 77.8 meters tall and 101 meters wide. It's the biggest waterfall in China. If you have enough time, you shouldn't miss this scenic area. :)
Asked by Ryan from UK | Mar. 15, 2016 22:19Reply
continuation of trail Tiger Leaping Gorge
Is it possible to continue the hike for more than just one or two days? Maybe up to Shangri la in a week? Not worried about accomodaton just wondering if there is more footpath
Answers (1)
Answered by Ben | Mar. 16, 2016 01:32

As far as I know, it is impossible to hike from Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-la. The classic route is to take bus from Lijiang or Shangri-la to Hutiaoxia Town(Qiao Tou) or Daju, then hike the upper and middle gorge.
Asked by Ms.Goh | Jan. 27, 2011 00:35Reply
Hi, I will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott Chongwenmen District of Beijing. Needs advise on how to get to hotel by airport shuttle. Also
needs advise on how to get to Mutianyu Great Wall from hotel.
Thanks Much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Qi Jian | Jan. 27, 2011 21:59

Take airport Bus Line 3 to Beijing Railway station. After arrival, you can take subway line 2 to Chongwenmen (only one stop), or just take a taxi to the hotel directly. From hotel to Mutianyu, take subway Line 2 at Chongwenmen to Dongzhimen. Find Bus 916 to Huairou. Then, get on minubus or take taxi to the Great Wall. Mutianyu should be the most distant among all walls nearby Beijing. It takes you over 2 hours I think.
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