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Ethnic Minority Discovery

7-Day Guilin, Zhaoxing, Congjiang, Rongjiang, Kaili, Guiyang

Code:P14
Type:Private Tour
US$1319based on 2 persons
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Ethnic Minority Discovery

Combining magnificent Karst landscapes and diverse colorful minority cultures, this 7-day itinerary takes travelers deep into Southwest China to be amazed at the picturesque Li River, grotesque stones, wooden stilt houses, colorful costumes, ornate headdresses, traditional craftwork as well as authentic way of rural life.

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Tour Highlights
  • Indulge in Guilin's unique Karst landscape during a relaxing cruise journey along the Li River and bike around the rural villages in Yangshuo.
  • Delve into Guizhou to discover minority people's primitive way of life and experience their unique cultures as well as the spectacular scenery along the way.
  • Enjoy colorful activities in the villages including Grand Choir performed as a tradition by Dong people, ancient papermaking process and special way of haircut plus tasting the welcome wine of Miao people.

Ethnic Minority Discovery

7-Day Guilin, Zhaoxing, Congjiang, Rongjiang, Kaili, Guiyang

Code:P14
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
US$1319
Tour Highlights
  • Indulge in Guilin's unique Karst landscape during a relaxing cruise journey along the Li River and bike around the rural villages in Yangshuo.
  • Delve into Guizhou to discover minority people's primitive way of life and experience their unique cultures as well as the spectacular scenery along the way.
  • Enjoy colorful activities in the villages including Grand Choir performed as a tradition by Dong people, ancient papermaking process and special way of haircut plus tasting the welcome wine of Miao people.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Guilin
Airport/railway station pick-up and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day depends on you.
General: Sheraton Guilin Hotel

Upon your arrival in Guilin Airport, your guide will meet you with a name sign and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a free night and explore a bit on your own.

Note: Guilin has easy transportation connecting itself to all major cities in China. And you could also fly into Guilin from Hong Kong or take a high-speed train from Guangzhou or Shenzhen.

Day 2
Guilin-Yangshuo by Li River Cruise
Immerse in the magnificent natural scenery along the Li River Cruise journey. Bike around the local villages and soak up the rural landscape.
Breakfast, Lunch
General: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

After a hearty buffet breakfast, you will be driven to Mopanshan Pier to embark on the ship of 4.5-hour leisure Li River Cruise. Stretching over 83km from Guilin to Yangshuo, Li River like a ribbon winds its way through crystal clear waters and Karst pinnacles varied in shapes, like horses, snails or elegant ladies. Along the cruise, immerse yourself in the idyllic fantasyland with folk songs lingering around at intervals where buffalos leisurely enjoy their chewing time or farmers earn their life by fishing.

After arriving in Yangshuo, enjoy a bike ride into the rural villages, admiring the idyllic countryside view while encountering authentic rural life. Enjoy your free night in Yangshuo and West Street is a good choice to relax and have a drink.

Day 3
Yangshuo-Guilin by Private Vehicle, Guilin-Zhaoxing by High Speed Train
Visit the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. Then take a highspeed train to Congjiang. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and drive to Zhaoxing.
Breakfast
General: Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing

Today, drive back to Guilin and delight in its essence of Karst landscape, the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, where you will be feasted with the naturally shaped hill resembling a gentle elephant with its nose drinking water in Li River seen from a distance.

Then feel awe for the wonder of nature as you explore the underground Reed Flute Cave whose various stalagmites and stalactites in unique shapes decorated with different colored lights make up the grandeur of the amazing fairyland of natural arts.

Afterwards, your guide and driver will see you off in the train station and get to Congjiang where you will be met by your local guide and transfer to your hotel in Zhaoxing.

Elephant Trunk Hill
The iconic Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin
Day 4
Zhaoxing
Enjoy the hiking from Tang'an Dong village to Zhaoxing Dong Village and appreciate the Dong Grand Choirs performed by the local minorities.
Breakfast

This morning, explore the nearby Tang'an Dong Village and savor the ethnic customs as well as the rustic sceneries. Known as the Live Museum of Dong Village, it would delight you with its traditional stilted wooden houses and typical Drum Towers of Dong Village.

Then enjoy a 2.5-hour hike to the largest Zhaoxing Dong Village, passing the splendid rice terraces and absorbing the idyllic view of the lush surrounding mountains.

Upon arrival, you will be impressed by the world-recording drum towers, appreciating the appealing Dong Grand Choirs sung by the locals, encountering anything that happens at the time, for example a wedding, festival preparation or kids after school. Stay an overnight in Zhaoxing.

Day 5
Zhaoxing-Rongjiang
Drive to Rongjiang. On the way, soak up the untouched Huanggang Dong Village. Visit Biasha Miao Village and see the traditional way of shaving heads with a sickle.
Breakfast
General: Shangpin International Hotel

Continue your discovery and drive to Huanggang Dong Village, a well preserved primitive village boasting traditional craftwork like cloth dyeing or baskets weaving using bamboo. Built over the water, their granary is unique and special to protect their crops from rats.

Then enjoy your time exploring the original Basha Miao Village, where you might be able to encounter the locals who shave their heads with a sickle. Being the only tribe of gunmen, only the men there are allowed to carry their muskets.

Afterwards, check in at your hotel in Rongjiang.

Huanggang Dong Village
The Huanggang Dong Village with typical Dong Drum Towers and houses
Day 6
Rongjiang-Kaili
Drive to Kaili. On the way, delight in the Miao ethnic minority culture by visiting Datang Mini-skirt Miao Village. Hike from Shuidian Miao Village to Paika Miao Village. Discover Langde Long-skirt Miao Village.
Breakfast
General: Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort

Drive through Leigong Mountain and appreciate the primitive beauty all along the way. Then delve into Datang Mini-Skirt Miao Village, featuring in miniskirts of women's costumes and unique hairstyles of ancient Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD) that they wear all the year round.

Continue to hike through the rural villages from Shuidian Miao Village to Paika Miao Village to encounter the authentic primitive life along the way. Stop for a visit to an old folk artist's house to learn about how to make a traditional Chinese minority musical instrument Lusheng.

At last, visit the Langde Long-skirt Miao Village, where clusters of old traditional houses and the pebble-paved square used for grand ceremonies will greatly catch your eyes.

Then sit back and drive to Kaili. Enjoy your free night exploring the local life.

Day 7
Depart from Guiyang
Visit Qingman Miao Village and be greeted by the welcome-wine. See the traditional way of paper-making at Shiqiao Miao Village. Drive to Guiyang airport/railway station for departure.
Breakfast

Get refreshed for today's experience in Qingman Miao Village where you will be greeted by the local minorities in their gorgeous costumes with home-made wine, see the minority women making their traditional embroidery and weaving cloth and get immersed in their traditional folk customs.

Then wrap up your in-depth minority explorations with a visit to the quaint Shiqiao Miao Village, preserving the traditional paper-making craftsmanship with the bark of trees over generations for about 1,000 years. Follow your guide to capture the unique scene there and appreciate the exquisite artwork made on the paper.

After that, you will be driven to Guiyang for your departure flight or train.

Note:

Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou, enjoys easy transportation so departure from Guiyang will offer more choices.

Lunches during the trip will be recommended by your guide to allow more flexibility on when and what to eat.

Guizhou Province is preserved well in its original and authentic way of life, so for western tourists, it can be tough sometimes in terms of breakfast, accommodation and other facilities. Elysian Tour handpicks everything best of its level at different places and even so, please get prepared that it might differ from your expectation.

Qingman Miao Village
Local Miao women in traditional costumes doing exquisite embroidery work
Accommodations
GuilinYangshuoZhaoxingRongjiangKaili
Guilin
General

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

15 Bin Jiang Road, 541001 Guilin, Guangxi, China
Newly maintained rooms in 2017 and centrally located, Sheraton Guilin Hotel as a member of Starwood Group ensures great service and breakfasts. Next to the scenic city's pedestrianized Zhengyang Street, guests could easily go for a walk during free time.
Yangshuo
General

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Zhaoxing
General

Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing

Near Lituan Drum Tower, Zhaoxing Town, Liping, China
A well located elegant and comfortable hotel in the minority culture featured small town, offering set western breakfasts which is still rare in town. The receptionist speaks good English that is very helpful, ensuring a smooth stay.
Rongjiang
General

Shangpin International Hotel

No.5 Dongbinjiang Avenue Rongjiang China
The hotel is the best hotel in Rongjiang County, located by the river bank with spacious rooms, nice views and good service.
Kaili
General

Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort

No. 13, Yingbin Middle Road, Kaili, China
The best hotel in Kaili. Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort has spacious rooms with excellent facilities and service. Breakfasts are good with varieties of food.
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Guilin

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

15 Bin Jiang Road, 541001 Guilin, Guangxi, China
Newly maintained rooms in 2017 and centrally located, Sheraton Guilin Hotel as a member of Starwood Group ensures great service and breakfasts. Next to the scenic city's pedestrianized Zhengyang Street, guests could easily go for a walk during free time.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel

No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo, China
The only 5-star hotel in Yangshuo offers standard service and nice breakfasts. Travelers could enjoy a relaxing and fun night exploring West Street at night that is only 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Zhaoxing

Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing

Near Lituan Drum Tower, Zhaoxing Town, Liping, China
A well located elegant and comfortable hotel in the minority culture featured small town, offering set western breakfasts which is still rare in town. The receptionist speaks good English that is very helpful, ensuring a smooth stay.

Rongjiang

Shangpin International Hotel

No.5 Dongbinjiang Avenue Rongjiang China
The hotel is the best hotel in Rongjiang County, located by the river bank with spacious rooms, nice views and good service.

Kaili

Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort

No. 13, Yingbin Middle Road, Kaili, China
The best hotel in Kaili. Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort has spacious rooms with excellent facilities and service. Breakfasts are good with varieties of food.
Price / Enquiry
US$1319
  • The price above is for one person based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room of hotels specified in the itinerary. You will enjoy a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
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