Insight into Ethnic Villages

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: Bilingual guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Experience varied folk customs and art performances in Miao and Dong ethnic villages.
  • Marvel at the grand landscape of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng.
  • A cruise on the emerald Li River for you to savor the essence of Guilin’s beauty.
  • Enjoy Yangshuo’s idyllic countryside and experience rural life at a farmer’s house.
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Day 1 Arrival in Guiyang
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
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
Visit Qingyan Old Town & drive 2.5 hours to Kaili; watch the traditional way of paper-making & continue to Qingman Miao Village. (B+L)
After breakfast, your private guide will escort you to visit the Qingyan Old Town. Ranking among the top ancient towns in China, it dates back 600 years and still keeps many well-preserved old buildings, of which the most famous city wall, city gates and a stone path are particularly worth your visit. Then, a 2.5-hour drive will take us to Kaili, the perfect place to find thick ethnic culture of Miao people, the main residents here. Check in at a well-chosen local hotel first, and go to a Miao village to wonder at their traditional way of paper-making. Continue the trip to Qingman Miao Village, where inhabits a branch of the Miao minority distinctive for their women’s iconic pleated long skirt. You will visit typical wooden stilt houses and see how they live their daily life. Afterwards, get back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Qingyan Old Town, Guiyang
Langde Long-skirt Miao Village
Day 3 Kaili - Rongjiang
Visit another two featured Miao villages: Datang Short-skirt Miao Village and Langde Miao Village with a Singing and Dancing Folk Show; drive to Rongjiang. (B+L)
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, whose name derived from Datang women’s traditional clothing featuring mini-skirt. You will also marvel at their wooden granaries built over a pond, an ingenious design in old days in order to protect crops from fire and pests like rats. Next, visit Langde Long-skirt Miao Village. (Women here wear long skirt!). People love to stroll along its stone-paved paths while appreciating the traditional wooden houses. There is also a splendid Singing and Dancing Folk Show in store to make your day. After that, let’s drive to Rongjiang and check in at a local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing
Visit Basha Miao Village and Huanggang Dong People's Village; afternoon continue to Zhaoxing Dong People's Village and watch a night performance of chorus songs; stay overnight at a hotel in Zhaoxing. (B+L)
Today's tour starts with a drive to Congjiang to visit Basha Miao Village, one of the oldest Miao villages in China where people still pass down their ancestral traditions and folklores. One feature is the peculiar hairstyle of their men, characterized by a bun - symbolizing masculinity - atop their head with the rest of hair all shaved off by sickle! They are also the only branch with legal permit from the Chinese government to hold gun or musket, which now has evolved to merely a symbol of their traditional hunting culture and is only fired during folk performance. On entering the village, you are likely to be welcomed by a firing ceremony.

Later, pay a visit to Huanggang Dong People's Village, which dates back more than 800 years. Dong people are known for their annual bullfighting festival, when all villagers would get excited and gather to see their revered animals demonstrating bravery. They also have art festivals like Duoye (group dance) and Grand Choirs. In these situations, women will dress them up with silver ornaments and costumes, all weaved, dyed, and sewed by their own hands.

In the afternoon, we will head for Zhaoxing Dong People's Village, the largest Dong village in China, and enjoy a feast of night performance that integrates folk dances and choral songs. Tonight, stay at a local hotel in Zhaoxing.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Miao Village
Traditional Houses in Miao Village
Making Traditional Clothes
Rural Life Scene in the Market
Day 5 Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng
Visit Tang'an Dong Village; drive to Sanjiang to visit Chenyang Wind and Rain Bridge and nearby Dong villages; drive to Longsheng. (B+L)
This morning will find you touring Tang'an Dong Village. Boasting thick atmosphere of authentic Dong cultures, it is now conserved by the government as the Tang'an Dong Ethnic Eco-Museum. Whether it’s their iconic drum towers, lifestyle, stilt houses, or beautiful terraced landscape, this place has something for everyone. After that, drive to Sanjiang to visit the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and another Dong village close by. Then continue our trip with a drive to Longsheng and check in at the hotel.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge
Tang'an Dong Village
Boji Miao Village, Danzhai
Local People
Day 6 Longsheng - Guilin
Visit Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and a Zhuang People's Village; drive to Guilin. (B+L)
A whole day will be spent at the spectacular Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Get your camera ready! Before you will be a blend of man-made feats and natural beauty, with endless rice paddy terraces spreading over hills interspersed by idyllic villages. If you come here during middle May to early June, you get to see the splendor multiplied by water-filled rice fields. You may also stroll the terraces and watch farmers working their plots of land. Later, stop by a Zhuang People's village to observe a clothing style and customs quite different from those of other ethnic groups you have visited. After that, we will transfer you to Guilin and check in to the hotel.

Meals: Western style breakfast, Lunch
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Our Guests in Longsheng
Our Guests in Longsheng
Day 7 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Li River cruise to Yangshuo, enjoy a Yangshuo countryside trip; drive back to Guilin. (B+L)
After breakfast, your guide and driver will transfer you from the hotel to a dock to take a Li River Cruise downstream to Yangshuo. You will pass by the best part of Guilin’s beauty, made up by grotesque karst hills, ethnic villages dotting the banks, and other breathtaking views including that seen on the back of RMB 20 note. Upon disembarking, go on a leisurely countryside trip to enjoy the rustic charm of Yangshuo. On the way, drop in at a farmer's house to experience local rural lifestyle. At the end of today’s tour, your guide will escort you back to Guilin through a private drive.

The cruise lasts around 4 hours and reaches the terminal Yangshuo at about 14:00. During midday, the cruise company serves a Chinese-flavor box lunch. You are suggested to have a generous breakfast at the hotel or bring some snacks to enrich your lunch.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Li River Cruise
Yangshuo Countryside
Yangshuo Countryside
Day 8 Departure from Guilin
Visit Reed Flute Cave and 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 and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Cave, with all its wondrous rock formations, is a karst geological wonder formed one million years ago, while the Hill is the landmark of Guilin city, not only for the resemblance of a giant elephant sucking water but also for its beautiful surroundings. Lunch is on your own arrangement, and your guide will help you find a suitable restaurant. After today’s trip, your guide will see you off at the airport. Have a safe journey back!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
DestinationsComfort HotelsLuxury Hotels
GuiyangHoward Johnson Plaza Guiyang Sofitel Guiyang Hunter
KailiGrand Metro Park Heaven-sent Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent
RongjiangShangping Hotel Shangping Hotel
ZhaoxingPost Office Hotel Post Office Hotel
LongshengPing An Hotel Ping An Hotel
GuilinGuilin Bravo Hotel Shangri-La Hotel
Tour Prices
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  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
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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