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Overview

Veer off the beaten track to experience a more authentic corner of China. Travel across the Guangxi and Guizhou regions, trekking through incredible terraced rice fields and encountering a kaleidoscope of ethnic villages. Keep the camera batteries charged- this trip is full of spectacular images.  

Trip Highlights

Tribes and Rice, Exploring Guangxi and Guizhou

Explore the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’

Admire China’s most beautiful rice terrace from afar then take an early morning trek for a closer look.

See a variety of ethnic groups

Learn about the unique customs and traditions of China’s ethnic groups, visiting villages of the Dong, Miao and Yao.

Get active in Yangshuo

After a bamboo rafting trip on the Yulong River continue exploring the spectacular landscapes on foot or by bike.

Itinerary

1

Guilin airport / Yangshuo

Estimate distance and journey time: Guilin airport – Yangzhou (approx. 80km): 1h30 min *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Begin the day flying from Guilin to Yangshuo. Upon arrival, a guide and driver will meet and provide transport to the hotel.

Free time at leisure.

Overnight in Yangshuo

2

Yangshuo

Relax in the morning, taking in the beautiful surroundings of Yangshuo.

After lunch in the afternoon, there will be a picturesque Bamboo Rafting (about 2 hours) excursion along on Yulong River, where guests can admire silently the spectacular landscapes, gently pulled by the current. After the tranquil raft, enjoy a leisurely cycle through the magnificent karst countryside: the environment is comprised of the iconic Guangxi rice terraces, water buffalos, and “sugar loafs” mountains.

In the evening, enjoy the show Impression Liu Sanjie (Secondary VIP Seat), created by Zhang Yimou.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY  (morning) Cooking Class

Transfer with the driver (without a guide) to the cooking school located in the superb Yangshuo countryside. Classes start at 9:30am (10:30am between December and February) and last four hours. Class includes a visit to a local market (where ingredients are selected), followed by a group class at the school (maximum of 16 people per class), before enjoying the fruits of the day’s labor.

Overnight in Yangshuo

Note: The accommodation selected is in the countryside; we find the most adequate choices for experiencing both nature and the local atmosphere. 

3

Yangshuo / Longji

Estimate distance and journey time: Yangshuo – Longji (approx. 160km): 3h30 *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Spend the morning doing one of the following activities:

OPTION 1: Half day kayaking experience along beautiful karst sceneries. From Yangshuo, transfer to Fuli for a guided kayak ride from Fuli to Liugong (total six kilometres, taking 3-3.5 hours to complete). The route runs along the Yulong and Li Rivers.

OPTION 2: Rock climbing experience: a morning transfer to the climbing school: to choose equipment (size of climbing shoes) and continue from the school to the site. There are three different level of walls, depending on personal experience. This experience lasts about 3 hours, however the experience can range from half-day or one day to multi-day programs.

OPTION 3: Traditional foot massage. Enjoy a relaxing foot massage, the perfect way to get prepared for the following days’ adventures!

OPTION 4: Cycling the countryside. We can offer a range of different itineraries based upon personal level of fitness and preferences; from karst landscape cycles to village explorations, the memorable cycle is always led by our experts

Note: we can provide the same activities on different days as well.

After lunch, drive to Longji (about 3.5 hours) to reach the “Dragon Backbone”, one of the most beautiful stretches of Guangxi rice terraces in the country. It was over 700 years ago that the locals worked tirelessly to sculpt these mountains (whose high point is at an altitude of more than 1000m), in order to grow rice, sweet potatoes, other vegetables, and tea. Today the region looks like a succession of humongous staircases, along which sit various small villages typical to the Dong, Miao, Yao, and above all Zhuang minorities.

The village is reachable through stone staircase amid the Guangxi rice terraces.(10 to 20 minutes, depending of the hotel location), and presents a mix of traditional wooden structures and concrete ones. It is the perfect location for morning hikes, as local tourists do not reach the area before lunch time, leaving the overnight guest’s time to explore the terraces with ease.

Overnight in Longji

4

Longji

Spend the morning with a hike along the region’s panoramic vistas. Start to take a walk from Ping’an Village to the Ancient Zhuang Village and then heading back. Of particular note is the way all along in between the two villages, from where the most spectacular panoramas can be seen. The hike will take up to 4 hours, depending on personal pace. Numerous photo opportunities will be available along the way.

Option1:  If there is a further interest of hiking with more challenge, another route of 4 hours hiking (one way) from Ping’an Village to Dazhai Village, passing by Zhongliu and Tiantouzhai, can be a choice.

Option2: If 4 hours walking takes too much strength, there is a possibility of getting down the hill from Ancient Zhuang Village, and being transferred back to the entrance before walking back to hotel in Ping’an Village.

Note: we are able to provide shorter or longer routes based on personal preferences.

After the hike, enjoy some downtime. Either relax in the hotel or along the café terraces in the village.

Overnight in Longji

5

Longji / Zhaoxing

Estimate distance and journey time: Longji to Zhaoxing (approx 145 km):3h30(not counting stops) *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Proceed today to the Guizhou and Dong regions.

Nestled in the valleys, the peculiar architecture of these villages stands out: ‘horned’ towers and “rain & wind” slender bridges, very unique in Chinese styles.

Zhaoxing is one the main villages and also one of the best preserved in the whole region. Largely untouched by tourism, this village is the perfect starting point for trekking the Guangxi rice terraces, with small neighbouring villages following closely nearby. 

Visit first the Chengyang Dong Village (housing the aforementioned Wind & Rain Bridge and the Drum Tower), continuing onwards Zhaoxing. There will also be an opportunity to walk in the villages of Heli and Tang An along the way.

Overnight in Zhaoxing

Note: the itinerary can be shortened here upon request. We may arrange a direct transfer to Guiyang to the next destination, or drive to Sanjiang (45km from Zhaoxing) and board a bullet train to Guilin.

6

Zhaoxing / Jiapang

Estimate distance and journey time: Zhaoxing – Jiapang (approx. 150km): 4h (not counting stops) *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Drive to Jipang, exploring the nearby Jiapang Rice terraces and the Basha village.

Today we will explore an area more densely inhabited by the Miao ethnic group – famous for its festivals and the beautiful dress and jewels of its ladies.

Overnight in Jiapang

7

Jiapang / Rongjiang

Estimate distance and journey time: Jiapang – Rongjiang (approx. 120km): 3h30 (not counting stops) *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

The Jiapang area is known for its Jiashui Terrace, which houses the unique Jiaqu (Miao) village

The drive will continue to Rongjiang, one of the bigger enclaves of the region.

8

Rongjiang / Kaili

Estimate distance and journey time: Rongjiang – Kaili (approx. 150km): 2h30 (not counting stops) *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Wake up for the drive from Rongjiang to Kaili, an area known for its high concentration of traditional villages. The drive will run from the Qiaotu Village (inhabited by Shui People) on towards the Wuji Village (Miao people) known for its batik technique (spectating the process along the way.)

The itinerary will include two more stops: Datang – the so called “short-skirted” Village (Miao), and Langde, before arriving into Kaili.

Miao is an ethnic group with many differences among them; visiting their different villages will help provide insights into how each area is entirely different from the next (despite being only a few kilometers away from one another.

Overnight in Kaili

9

Kaili / Guiyang

Estimate distance and journey time: Kaili – Guiyang (Approx 3h not counting stops): 180km *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

The day will be spent traveling from Kaili to Guiyang. En route, there will be a final chance to visit Matang, where another ethnic group (the Gejia) live. Their customs and culture differs from the Miao and Dong; while less colourful than the other groups, they follow their customs even when working in the fields.

Transfer to Guiyang Airport with driver and guide for departing flight. 

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide(no shopping basis rates) (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Visa for China
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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