Ethnic Discovery

804: 8 Days Private Tour of Guiyang - Kaili - Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches

Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Miao villages in Kaili and experience 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
Upon your arrival in Guiyang today, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this city.
Day 2 Guiyang - Kaili
The free market in Qingyan Old Town, Guiyang
After you enjoy the hotel breakfast, your private guide will escort you to visit the Qingyan Old Town. With a history of more than 600 years, this town has kept many elaborate old buildings together with lots of exquisite stone and wood carvings. Then we will drive to Kaili, which is the center of ethnic Miao culture as more than sixty percent of the population is Miao people. We will check in at the best local hotel first, and go to a Miao People village to see the traditional way of paper-making. Continue the trip to Qingman Miao village, which is inhabited by a branch of the Miao minority known for its female villager's ethnic dress - long skirt. You will visit the typical wooden stilt houses and see how their daily life is. Afterwards, we get back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Kaili - Rongjiang
Kaili-Rongjiang land transfer. Datang Short-skirt Miao Village, Langde Miao Village with Dancing and Singing Performance. (B+L)
Miao people dancing during festivals
Today we will visit another two featured Miao villages to explore more about the Miao minority. The first village is called Datang Short-skirt Miao Village as the female villagers here wear their traditional mini-skirt. You will also see the famous wooden granary built over a pond, which was an ingenious design in old days in order to protect crops from fire, rat and pests. Next you will visit Langde Long-skirt Miao Village. Most travelers enjoy strolling along the stone-paved paths and looking at the traditional wooden houses. Moreover, a splendid Singing and Dancing Show will definitely bring you a great enjoyment. After that we drive to Rongjiang and check in at a local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing
Rongjiang-Congjiang-Zhaoxing land transfer. Basha Miao Village, Huanggang Dong People's Village, Night Performance of Dong people’s chorus songs. (B+L)
Female Miao villagers
Today's tour starts with a visit to 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 off most hair, but only leave the middle part and put the braid into a bun. This tradition has been kept for generations. What a great cultural heritage!

Later you will pay a visit to Huanggang Dong People's Village, which has a history of more than 800 years. During the festivals, all villagers get excited by engaging in 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 head for Zhaoxing to visit the largest Dong People's Village in China and enjoy a feast of night performance of Dong people’s chorus songs. Tonight, you will stay at a local hotel in Zhaoxing.  

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 authentic ethnic life of the past, so it is also known as Tang'an Dong Ethnic Eco-Museum. The well-preserved Dong culture and captivating scenery make this village a tempting place for travelers. After that, we drive to Sanjiang to visit the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and another Dong village close by. Then continue driving to Longsheng and check in at 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. If you come here during middle May to early June, you will have an opportunity to see the rice field filled with water, a splendid scenery. Most travelers just cannot 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 and their customs are quite different from that of other ethnic villages you have already visited. After that, we will transfer you to Guilin and check in to 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
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the dock, where you will take a Li River Cruise downstream to Yangshuo. The best scenery of Guilin and some dotted villages of Zhuang minority are along the riverway. Don't miss the real scenery that is on the back of a RMB 20 note. Upon disembarking, we will arrange a leisurely countryside trip for you to enjoy the natural and rural beauty of Yangshuo. On the way, drop in at a farmer's house to experience the local's lifestyle. Your guide will escort you back to Guilin in a private drive at the end of the day tour.

Tips: The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches the 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 to 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 visits to the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. At the first 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, the landmark of Guilin city, is located on the west bank of the Li River and looks like a huge elephant drinking water with its long trunk. Lunch is on your own arrangement, but your guide will help you find a suitable restaurant. After the day's sightseeing, your 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
GuiyangSofitel Guiyang Hunter Howard Johnson Plaza Guiyang
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 Guilin Bravo Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part 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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Questions & Answers
Asked by Boon from THAILAND | Feb. 07, 2018 11:14Reply
Pingpa cherry blossom in Guizhou
How can I go to Pingpa (cherry blossom farm)
from Anshun by bus? What is the better way to go there by public transport? Thanks for
every Anders.
Answers (1)
Answered by Angela from GERMANY | Feb. 07, 2018 21:08

Actually, it’s Pingba Farm~ You can take a bus from Anshun South Bus Station. By the way, the bus leaves at 9:00am on weekdays, and 9:00am, 9:30am at weekends.
Asked by Henry from THAILAND | Sep. 08, 2017 12:06Reply
How can i go from Guiyang high speed train station to Xijiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Felicia from USA | Sep. 11, 2017 03:38

You are suggested to take a train to Kaili South within 40min. After getting out of the station, walk to the nearby Tourist Service Center (a small log cabin) where many people are gathered. There you can buy a ticket for Xijiang. They will tell you where to board.
Asked by James Lee from SINGAPORE | Sep. 06, 2017 21:32Reply
I am planning to Guizhou in early December, what is the average in the day and night.
What are the recommended places to visit and what to expect?
Thank you

James Lee
Answers (1)
Answered by Robin from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 07, 2017 21:25

Hi, James, GZ is a big province, so I can’t tell you the exact temperature of the whole area.
I will take Guiyang as an example, according to former data, in early Dec., the day average temperature may be 10 C, and the night may be 5 C. So you are suggested to take your warm clothes like sweater, coat and jeans.

You can visit many attractions, such as Jiuxiu Tower, Qingyan Ancient Town, Flower Stream Park, and Tianhe Pool Scenic Area.
Asked by Janice from SINGAPORE | Jul. 24, 2017 00:20Reply
Guiyang - XiJiangQianHuMiaoZhai (西江千户苗寨)
Kindly advise road and train journey from Guiyang to the XiJiangMiaoVillage -
1) Bus from where in Guiyang to reach the Miao Village?
2) Train : which station in Guiyang to arrive which station in KaiLi (凯里) and means
of transport to the Village?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Maria | Jul. 24, 2017 04:37

There are direct buses available from Guiyang East Bus Station to Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, the bus is available at 10:40, 13:50 and 16:00 everyday and the bus fare is CNY80 per person.

If you take trains, you can take a high speed train from Guiyang North Railway Station to Kaili first. Upon arrival at Kaili South Railway Station, take the local bus to Xijiang Miao Village.
Asked by Bernice from SINGAPORE | Jul. 07, 2017 03:47Reply
Which mode of travelling is more efficient from Guiyang(GY) to Huangguoshu waterfall?
1) Time taken for direct bus GY-HGS?
2) Time taken for fast train GY-Anshun then bus to HGS?
(where in Anshun to board the bus and its nos).
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from UK | Jul. 11, 2017 22:34

1. You are advised to take a direct bus from Jinyang Bus Station. This bus tour may take around 2.5 hours.
2. If you take a train to Anshun first and transfer a bus to the scenic spot, this whole trip may take around 3 hours. You can take the bus at Anshun East Bus Station. Well, this bus doesn’t have the number, but you can find the Chinese characters “安顺-黄果树瀑布” on the bus. Have a nice trip.
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