7-day Ethnic Minority Culture Tour
Guilin is an easy place to go to some other hot tourist destinations in Southern China due to its good location and convenient transportation. Guilin Holiday offers extension tours to multi-ethnic Guizhou, for colorful ethnic culture.
Day 1Arrival of Guilin (D)
Upon your arrival in Guilin, meet your guide at Guilin airport or Train Station and transfer to your hotel. Free for rest of the day.
Day 2Guilin / Li River Cruise / Yangshuo (B, L)
Drive to Zhujiang Pier for a 4-hour' cruise on Li River - the highlight of your Guilin tour with lunch aboard. You will enjoy the beautiful mountains, verdant fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Get off at Yangshuo - famous for its spectacular and picturesque countryside. After check in your Yangshuo hotel, biking to the countryside with your guide for its breathtaking scenery and Chinese agriculture. Then back to your hotel in Yangshuo and enjoy your free time.
Li River Cruise - highlight of any Guilin tour
Taking a cycling tour at the countryside of Yangshuo
Day 3Yangshuo / Longji / Sanjiang (B, L, D)
Drive 3 hours to Longji and have a full day excursion there for the Rice Terraces and ethnic minority culture there. Visit Longji Terraced Fields, villages of Zhuang and Yao People. Then drive 1.5 hours to Sanjiang in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Sanjiang.
Longsheng Terraced Fields: They were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by Zhuang people. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop, with the highest place of an elevation of 885m and the lowest 380m.
Bird's eye view of Longji rice terraces and houses of Zhuang people
Yao women are performing a dancing show with their long hair
Day 4Sanjiang/ Zhaoxing (B, L, D)
Visit the Drum Tower and the Shelter Bridge of Dong people and the Dong village there. Dong people are well-known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, and wind & rain bridges (the Shelter Bridge), which are wooden covered bridges for sheltering people during bad weather. Then drive to Guizhou Zhaoxing after lunch. Stay tonight in Zhaoxing.
Mapang Drum Tower - the most famous tower in Guangxi Sanjiang region
Chengyang Shelter Bridge - the most renowned shelter bridge in Dong architectural style
Day 5Zhaoxing / Rongjiang (B, L, D)
Visit one of the largest Dong villages in the region, with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong can be easily recognized by their turbans (for men), and pleated skirts (for women). Enjoy the famous "Grand Song" performance of Dong. The Grand Song which is characteristic in multi-vocal parts, non-conduct and non-obbligato has beautiful sound and tune. It is the world's non-material culture heritage. Then drive 2 hours to Rongjiang.
Have a visit to Basha, a small Miao village with very little signs of modern influence. The local Miao people who are in their traditional costumes rarely venture out of the village except for selling firewood, crops and buying for daily necessities in markets. Stay overnight in Rongjiang.
Miao people are performing the incredible Grand Song
Unique hairstyle of Basha men
Day 6Rongjiang / Kaili (B, L, D)
On the way to Kaili, stop to visit Shui people and two other Miao villages where you can explore Miao’s traditional wooden houses, waterwheels, the aquatic granary and the Miao women's 'Mini skirt'. Stay overnight in Kaili.
Traditional wooden house structures of Miao minority
Distinct mini skirt dressing of "Short Skirt Miao" women
Day 7Kaili / Guiyang Departure (B, L)
Drive to Guiyang and leave for the airport.
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
For this tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
1. All transfers and city transportation
2. Entrance fees and meals as mentioned above
3. Private car or van with English speaking guide
4. All the hotels en route
5. The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
1. Tips to your tour guide and driver
2. Other personal expenses