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9 Days Guizhou Guilin Minority Villages Exploration Tour

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Tour Code: CTG-22

Tour Description

Unlike other regular travel routes, this tour is definitely tailor-made for those people who is interested in Chinese minority culture and beautiful rural scenery. Offering dynamic knowlegde about Chinese minorities and colorful image of China landscapes, this tour spans over several Miao, Dong and Yao villages with various custom, as well as wonderful terraces with unbelievable natural views. Also you will discover fascinating rural scenery through Li River cruise and Yulong River rafting.

Explore the old Miao and Dong villages and know more about their unique culture and custom

Wonder at unbelievable Jinkeng Rice Terraces, the best in the realm of Longsheng rice terraces

Appreciate picturesque rural scenery in Li River cruise and Yulong River rafting

Day 1 Pick-up in Guiyang and transfer to Kaili
Today's Activities

Wish you a good journey to Guiyang, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Guiyang Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to Kaili to check in the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel. We recommend you to strool around night market to experience local life. You can taste the delicious street food and appreciate the delicate handicraft made by local minority people. Tonight you will stay at hotel in Kaili.

Day 2 Kaili ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast, drive to visit Wangba Gejia Village. The Gejia although classified as Miao are in fact a separate group. You will enter the village to appreciate the beautiful mountain scenery and get close touch with local people to understand Gejia's featured custom. After the visit, spend about 40 minutes to hike down the hill. On the way the wonderful country scenery will feast your eyes.


After lunch in Chong' An River, transfer to explore the Jidao Long-Skirt Miao Village, located in the border of Kaili and Leishan county. It is a well-preserved village with strong Miao flavor, and is well-known for old Miao folk song, granaries, and bluestone roads. You will also visit a local family to get a close touch with the Miao people's life. Tonight you will stay in the local family. 

gejia girls jidao women old villagers singing songs          
Exquisite hairdresses of Gejia girls Jidao women Old villagers singing songs          
Day 3 Kaili - Rongjiang ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

Today's Activities

Today our first stop is the Paika Miao Village. You will see the scenery of spring ploughing and autumn harvest. Then enter the village to visit local people for appreciating how the Lusheng is made. Lusheng is the Miao people's most important musical instrument.


Afterwards, we will visit the famous Datang Short-Skirt Miao Village, where women have worn a kind of traditional short skirt for 500 years. Another highlight in this village is the granary built over a pond with the multi-function of fire-proofing, rat-proofing and ant-proofing.


After having lunch in Qingman Miao Village, you will explore this beautiful village. Different from others, all women here are wearing unique short skirts. Then, we will take a side-trip to Shiqiao Miao Village to see China mysterious Traditional Paper-making process, which is a big attraction nowadays to travelers. At last we will drive back to hotel at Rongjiang.

spring ploughing in paika Village lusheng-making granaries on the water          
Spring ploughing in Paika Village Lusheng-making Granaries on the water          
Day 4 Rongjiang - Zhaoxing ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today's Activities

In the morning, reach Congjiang County to visit Basha Miao Village, which is reputed as the 'Last Gunmen's Tribe in China', for almost all the adult male villagers usually carry hunting guns on their shoulders and gunpowder bags, bullet bags and knives around their waists. Besides, the male villagers' distinctive hair dresses are known as the existing most ancient style in China.


Afterwards, drive to Zhaoxing. In the afternoon, you will explore Zhaoxing Dong Village - the largest Dong People's Village in Qiandongnan area, and Tang'an Dong People's Village - the first ecological museum of Dong people. You will find many wooden stilt houses standing one by one as well as charming Drum Towers in the villages.

And the scenes of farming and the beautiful village scenery will feast your eyes with a pure country life style, which is a nice experience. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Zhaoxing.

little boys in basha miao village zhaoxing dong village hiking from tang'an to zhaoxing          
Little boys in Basha Miao Village Zhaoxing Dong Village Hiking from Tang'an to Zhaoxing          
Day 5 Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, you will take a relax stroll on local market of Zhaoxing, to experience local life and appreciate ethnic handicrafts. Here you could buy some exquisite souvenir. Then depart Guizhou Province to Guangxi Province. Drive about 3.5 hours to reach the quaint little village of Chengyang. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful rural scenery and see the villagers working in the farmland. Then visit the renowned Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, which is one of the four famous old bridges in the world. Amazingly, this bridge is made of wood and stone, without the use of any nails or rivets. Walking out onto the bridge, you can sit on the bench and appreciate the picturesque scenery.


Our next stop is the eight famous stockade villages which offer a peek into the Dong's life and customs. They are Ma'an, Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang-Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guandong. Here you will enjoy the perfect pastoral life and experience the customs of the Dong people. In every village you can find its drum tower which has many-roofed structure and serves as the community's main meeting place. Wandering from town to town provides a fascinating series of glimpses of rural life, from live pigs for sale in the market to chickens wandering freely through village lanes. Afterwards we will take you to Longsheng. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Jinkeng VIllage.

zhaoxing morning market chengyang wind and rain bridge eight famous stockade villages          
Zhaoxing morning market Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge Eight famous stockade villages          


Day 6 Longsheng ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast you will hike uphill to appreciate the world-famous Longji Terraces - Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in the district. Leisure time for you to walk along the mountain road, and you will be intoxicated in its fantastic scenery. If you don't want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, there are sedan chairs available for you.


Then you will head to Jinkeng Rice Terraces, which is higher, wider, and more beautiful, spectacular than Longji Terraces. And there are two Yao villages in Jinkeng Rice Terraces. You will first visit the village at the foot of the mountain - Dazai Village. There you can appreciate the unique Yao minority's buildings, which are nestled against the breathtaking man-made wonder. The layout of the village mimics the terraces fields symmetry, giving an appearance that the houses are stacked on top of one another- an integrated part of the land. Climbing up the hill for 60 minutes, you will arrive Tiantouzai Village, where you will have a panoramic view of the whole area of Jinkeng Rice Terrace. Recommend you to have a rest in a small cafeteria " Countryside Cafe", the only place where English menu is available.


In the afternoon we will drive to Guilin for checking in. After short rest in hotel, you can walk around the hotel to appreciate beautiful night scenery of Guilin.


(Note: Spring , in May and June, is the best time, when the amazing green rice terraces are filled with water. Autumn, in Sept.and Oct. , offers a different color of the striking rice terraces. )

jinkeng rice terraces yao women tiantou village after rain          
Jinkeng Rice Terraces Yao women Tiantou Village in the rain          
Day 7 Guilin ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

On this day you will visit famous Scenic Spots of Guilin. First, you will be dazzled in the Reed Flute Cave, which is known as "the Palace of Natural Arts". You can enjoy beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. 


Then you will wonder at the the symbol of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill, which is is shaped like a huge elephant drinking water from the river.


After enjoying the classic of karst landscape you will exclaim at the cute giant panda in the Seven Star Park, which is the biggest park of Guilin. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Guilin.

reed flute cave elephant trunk hill seven star park          
Reed Flute Cave Elephant Trunk Hill Seven Star Park          
Day 8 Guilin - Yangshuo ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Zhujiang Pier. From the dock let's start the fascinating Li River Cruise. During the next 4 hours, you will wonder at the splendid scenery of Guilin landscape. Meanwhile, you'll enjoy a delicious local lunch buffet.


At 13:30 you will arrive at the Yangshuo Dock. Your tour guide will rent a bicycle for you to head for Zhaoyang.  On the way you can feast your eyes on the beautiful landscape. Then you arrive in Zhaoyang, where the part of rafting begins, just enjoy the 1-hour rafting along Yulong River, the main tributary of Li River. Sitting or laying on the raft, you will feel as wandering in a roll of Chinese landscape painting. In addition, you can see buffaloes swimming in rivers and how the local farmers work on the riverside farmland. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Yangshuo.

li river cruise yangshuo cycling rafts floating on yulong river          
Li River Cruise Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Rafts floating on Yulong River          
Day 9 Depart Guilin ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities After breakfast at hotel, your tour guide will escort you to Guilin Airport for your next destination. Though you leave this beautiful land, all the fantactic pictures still remain in your mind.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Kaili
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
JK Regency Hotel Kaili
JK Regency Hotel Kaili is nestled in the most prosperous Beijingxi Road, Kaili downtown from which main city attractions and shopping malls are within easy access. In addition, the hotel is linked to the main transportation hubs and Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport by expressway.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Crown Plaza Hotel Kaili
Crown Plaza Hotel Kaili is a comprehensive 4-star business hotel in Kaili. The landmark of the local hotels is located right opposite to the landmark of Kaili, Kaili Stadium. What's more, it's not far from the City Administration Center and Bonan Bus Station.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Heaven-Sent Dragon Hotel Kaili
Heaven-Sent Dragon Hotel Kaili is the earliest established international 4-star business & tourism hotel in Kaili. The hotel boasts prime location, providing much convinience to the guest. It neighbors the Kaili National Leisure Square, National Museum and the main entertainment and dining places in Kaili.
homestay in jidao village
Homestay in Jidao Village
This homestay is located in Jidao Village. Although its facilities are simple, the rooms are clean and comfortable. The family members are friendly and hospitable. You can chat with them to learn about their exotic dress, daily life, and diet, etc. You will spend a pleasant night here.
Hotel in Rongjiang
Dongxiangmi Hotel
Dongxiangmi Hotel is the best and highest starred hotel in Rongjiang County. The 3-star business & tourism hotel is located near the Rongjiang Coach Station and newly built expressway. Besides, it neighbors the prosperous Xiangrong Trading Center, providing shopping convenience to the guests.
Hotel in Zhaoxing
Zhaoxing Hotel-VIP building Liping County
Zhaoxing hotel is a theme hotel of Dong ethnic culture. The VIP Building makes the hotel the only 3-star one in Liping County. All the details are designed to convey the essence of Dong ethnic architecture and pull the guests nearer to Dong culture.
Hotel in Guilin Longsheng
Jinkeng Hotel Longsheng
Situated in the famous Jinkeng Terraces Scenic Area, Jinkeng Hotel is a stilted buiding implementing Yao ethnic style. The hotel features 3 floors and 26 rooms (including 14 viewing room). All the guestrooms are fully equipped with a 24-hour supply of hot water, dry and cleanrooms.
Hotels in Guilin
Sheraton Guilin Hotel
Description First opened in 1988 and renovated in 2008, Sheraton Guilin Hotel is ideally located on the west bank of Li River within minutes' walk from the Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. It's about 2km from the Railway Station and 30km from the Guilin International Airport.
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Guilin Bravo Hotel
Guilin Bravo Hotel (Holiday lnn Guilin) is located in the city center besides the Banyan Lake Park. 28km from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and 3 km from Guilin Railway Station.
City Hotel Xian
Hotel Universal Guilin
Hotel Universal Guilin is situated on the bank of Li River, within walking distance to the local market,shopping area and tourist hot spots, It houses 222 tastefully decorated guest rooms, and provides a comprehensive range of facilities and services.
Hotels in Yangshuo
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel
Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, where bears the famous saying, "Guilin's Landscape tops those elsewhere, while Yangshuo's landscape tops that of Guilin", and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature.
Yangshuo New Century Hotel 
New Century Hotel Yangshuo is a 4-star hotel centrally located in downtown Yangshuo. It is adjacent to the well-known Yangshuo West Street and the beautiful Yangshuo Park.
Magnificent International Hotel
Yangshuo New West Street Hotel
Located on the center square of Yangshuo, Guilin, the New West Street Hotel has elegant environment, convenient traffic and faces Yangshuo Park with beautiful scenery. It's only 3 minutes from the world famous foreign street - the West Street.


Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 8 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 7 lunches and 3 dinners.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promises no worries about the dining quality, plus flexible choices that you can have depending on your preference. If having any special requestment, just tell our trip advisor directly. In all, we aim to satisfy your tongue and stomach with our recommendation as follows:


Guizhou cuisine is known for its spicy and sour tasts. Here we list some most welcomed cuisine for you to make a better catering choice.
-- Great Northeast Restaurant: featuring seafood, Sichuan food, Canton food, food of China Northeast Region
-- Gold Palace Restaurant: featuring Canton food, Sichuan food, Shandong food, Japanese & Korean food
-- Tang Yuan Restaurant: featuring Canton cuisine

Miao Sour Soup Fish Hotpot Siwawa

Guangxi (Guilin, Longsheng, Yangshuo)

China serves the best flour food in the world; and it is said that Shanxi ranks first in China in preparing flour food." Shanxi Province boasts nearly 1,000 kinds of flour food, made of a wide variety of materials. Shanxi flour food may serve as staple food, snacks or art works. Besides, you could taste other famous dishes and snacks in Datong and Pingyao as you prefer.

Guilin Rice Noodles Yangshuo Beer Fish


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Customer: Ms. Ortiz

Destinations: Beijing- Xi'an - Chengdu – Guilin – Longsheng - Yangshuo – Shanghai – Hong Kong

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Customer: Ms. Guell

Destinations: Beijing – Datong – Pingyao – Xi'an –Shanghai – Zhouzhuang - Shanghai

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