Our epic adventure tour places you right at the heart of mountainous Guizhou province, a region in China so remote that its natural beauty has remained virtually untouched. We’ll venture deep into the countryside and encounter people whose ancient folk customs date back over hundreds of years. The majority of the tour will be dedicated to visiting villages inhabited by two of China’s most fascinating ethnic minorities: the Dong people and the Miao people.
Famed for their passionate folk songs and vibrant dances, a performance in a Dong or Miao village is a truly unforgettable experience. From studying their unique styles of architecture to exploring the stunning countryside that surrounds their villages, our tour is designed to fully immerse you in the authentic culture of the Dong and Miao people.
Dates: 27th of Apr – 8th of May / 7th of Sep – 18th of Sep 2018
Duration: 12 days and 11 nights
Cost pp: £1950
What's Included: 11 nights of accommodation; all entrance fees to the attractions; all meals during the 9 days spent in the mountainous region of southeastern Guizhou; all transportation costs during designated tour times; the services of an English speaking guide; a pdf file with information about the Dong and Miao minorities, and the destinations we will visit; help with any further travel in China following the tour.
In the late afternoon, we’ll be visiting the most iconic landmark in Guiyang: Jiaxiu Tower. This traditional Chinese pavilion was originally constructed in 1598, during the Ming Dynasty. Once we’ve visited the tower, we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant nearby.
After dinner, you’ll be free to enjoy the spectacular view of the tower as it is illuminated at night. If you’re lucky, you might even see some of the locals setting off Chinese lanterns in the square! As you wander leisurely around the tower, you’ll have the opportunity to witness what real local life is like in a typical Chinese city.
In the morning, we will travel from Guiyang to the bustling city of Kaili, which will take approximately 3 hours. In Kaili, we’ll have the option to stop for lunch and sample some of the delectable local cuisine. After that, it should only take us about 1 hour to get from Kaili to the village of Xijiang.
After we’ve enjoyed an eye-opening guided tour of the village, there may still be some time for you to explore the village on your own before we have dinner together.
After waking up to the peaceful sounds of rural life in Xijiang, we will arrange to see a traditional performance by the local Miao people. After lunch, our guide will organise a hike up the nearby South Hill so we can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole village from the top. Once we’re finished with the hike, everyone is free to explore the village at their leisure.
In the late afternoon, we will make the short journey to the small Miao village of Langdeshang.
In the morning, we will take a guided tour of the village, which will culminate in a spectacular traditional performance by the local people in the centre of the village. Once the formal part of the tour is over, you are free to either explore the village at your leisure or stay with our guide and do some shopping.
Langdeshang is the ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs related to the Miao ethnic minority, as there are many quaint craft shops selling their characteristic silver jewellery and even their traditional clothes. If you want to buy something, our guide will be at the ready to help you translate and get the best bargain!
In the afternoon, we will travel to the town of Rongjiang.
In the morning, we will travel from Rongjiang to Sanbao. Sanbao is a typical Dong ethnic minority village lying on the banks of the majestic Duliu River. Once we have arrived, we will enjoy a short scenic hike along the river bank.
In the afternoon, we will travel to the town of Congjiang.
In stark contrast to the tranquillity of the morning, the afternoon will be spent in the Miao village of Basha, the only place in China where the locals are legally allowed to own guns. We'll be greeted by raucous rifle displays and rowdy musical performances!
As we venture into the renowned village of Xiaohuang, known throughout China as the "Village of Songs", we will finally get to enjoy an unforgettable performance by one of the Dong people’s Kam Grand Choirs!
In the late afternoon, we will travel to the village of Zhaoxing.
We will dedicate the entire day to exploring the beauty and tranquillity of Zhaoxing. In particular, we’ll focus on visiting each of the five marvellous Drum Towers that can be found throughout the village.
In the evening, we will have another opportunity to watch a traditional Dong performance by the locals. This performance will be noticeably distinct from the one we will have seen in Xiaohuang, and will give you an insight into the subtle dissimilarities between different Dong communities.
In the morning, we will travel to Chengyang, which is celebrated as the home of the most beautiful Wind-Rain Bridge in all of China.
This is the last Dong village we will visit, so please feel free to explore at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere.
Guilin is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, places in China according to many tourists. It will take us about 3 hours to get there, but fortunately we will get to enjoy stunning views of the mountains along the way.
The Li River, also known as Lijiang, is the most famous scenic spot in all of Guangxi. It is so iconic that a tableau of the Li River is featured on the Chinese 20 Yuan note. The river is surrounded by Karst Mountains, which boast such unusual shapes and verdant greenery that they have an almost mythical appearance.
In order to experience the majesty of the Karst Mountains first-hand, we will take a bamboo raft down the Li River. We will also have the opportunity to stop and explore a natural Karst cave.
Once the tour has ended, you are free to head home or continue your travels in China alone. Guilin has an airport, from which you can easily fly to large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou.
We can provide you with information and help you with any other travel plans you may have if you need us to. We also provide a hotel booking service and a flight or train booking service for all of our members’ traveling in China outside of the designated days of the tour. We will also provide a consultancy service for you, which will help you to plan your journey across China and give you useful tips on traveling in China.
If you plan on continuing your exploration of Guangxi, we strongly recommend you visit the town of Yangshuo. Resting on the Li River and surrounded by the Karst Mountains, this backpacker’s paradise is the ideal place to relax and meet a few fellow foreign travellers.