The Minority Village Tour in Guizhou and Guangxi province

About This Trip:

Guizhou is one of the provinces in China which has most diverse ethnic groups living there. Plenty of them still live in the traditional buildings, eat local food, and celebrate local festivals. We will give you the opportunity to join those happy people singing and dancing in the rural area of Guizhou and Guangxi. Moreover, we are visiting the rice terraces in Longsheng, famous for its particular shape, which demonstrates how the Chinese minority developed agriculture in ancient society, and still does today.

Starting in Guizhou, we hike through remote pastures and rice paddies as we trace local footpaths from village to village, stopping to share meals and spend nights with local ethnic minority families, each with their own customs.

Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime,” this journey takes you on an exploration of the breathtaking backcountry and vibrant ethnic minority culture of these historically secluded areas. Starting in Guizhou, we hike through remote pastures and rice paddies as we trace local footpaths from village to village, stopping to share meals and spend nights with local ethnic minority families, each with their own customs.

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Priced From: Upon request
  • Time to Visit: All year
  • Destination: Guiyang-Kaili-Rongjiang-Congjiang-Zaoxing-Guiling-Yangshuo
  • Theme: Nature, Culture,Minority
  • Itinerary

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    Day 1 Guiyang

    Upon arrival you will be transferred to your  hotel. In the afternoon we will visit Qianling Park, named after Mount Qianling which incorporates the soul and spirit of the Guizhou Plateau. More than 1,500 kinds of trees, flowers, plants and over 1000 kinds of rare medicinal herbs grow naturally on the mountain. In the evening you can take a short walk to the night market.

    Day 2 Guiyang-Kaili. (200km, about 3 hours)

    We will drive about 3 hours to Kaili. After lunch we will visit Qingman, a quiet village inhabited by the Folded & Silk Felt Miao, and learn about their culture. Another visit will be arranged to a Miao village to see the traditional paper making. Enjoy the nice natural view on the way. You’ll have a chance to hike on the county road. 

    Day 3 Kaili-Langde-Datang-Rongjiang

    A short drive along the Bala River will take us to the Miao village of Langde. It is a real gem of a village with traditional wooden houses and waterwheels. After this we will continue our journey to Datang, a Miao village with an aquatic granary and the Miao women's ‘Mini skirt’. After lunch, we will meet and visit Shui people on the way to Rongjiang. 

    Day 4 Rongjiang-Congjiang-Zhaoxing

    On the way we will visit Basha, a small Miao village with very little signs of modern influence. The local people rarely venture out of the village except for selling firewood and buying daily necessities in markets. Both men and women can be seen in traditional costumes, wearing their hair long. 2 more hours’ drive will take us to Zhaoxing, one of the largest Dong villages in the region, with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong can be recognized by their turbans (for men), and pleated skirts (for women). They are also best-known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, and wind and rain bridges (Feng Yuqiao), which are pavilions for sheltering people during bad weather. Enjoy the famous “Grand Song” performance of Dong at night.

    Day 5 Zhaoxing-Sanjiang

    This morning is left either free or hiking to one of the small villages nearby for their special celebration activities if there are. Then we will drive to Sanjiang to visit Chengyangqiao Dong village, which is famous for one of the most beautiful wind and rain bridges (Feng Yuqiao). 

    Day 6 Sanjiang-Longsheng

    We will drive about 5 hours to Longji. This afternoon and evening are left for us to hike around the Longji terraced paddy to take pictures and visit the small villages around. 

    Day 7 Longsheng-Guilin

    We will drive about 5 hours to Guilin. Once arrived, we will take a city tour through Guilin.

    Day 8 Guilin-Yangshuo

    Full day Li River Cruise to Yangshuo with lunch on board. Depart from the hotel in the morning. You will be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. Enjoy the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, and cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the one-thousand-year-old town Yangshuo in the afternoon. You will get free time to explore the old town after checking in into your hotel. Enjoy the Liu Sanjie Impression show at night. 

    Day 9 Guilin

    Free in the morning, transfer from the hotel to Guilin airport. The end of the tour.

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