hilly areas we visit on this tour are covered by azalea groves.
In late March and April, the azalea flower is in full bloom and
turn the hillsides into a riot of colour
more than 30 miles long. This
spectacular flower show has confirmed this region as being one of
China's most beautiful national parks. Additionally the blooming
season coincides with many colourful ethnic festivals with music
- Meal: L/D
in Guiyang in the morning and we drive to the ancient town of Qingyan.
Qingyan was built more than 600 years ago and has a rich history
and many cultural relics to explore.
Town is constructed completely of stone, surrounded by spectacular
city walls and is a great example of rural Architecture of times
gone by. Enjoy wandering through the streets watching local traders
and soaking up the atmosphere of this unique place. Regal
Hotel Guiyang (4 star)
2: Guiyang - Anshun (Huangguoshu Water Fall) - Meal: B/L/D
breakfast, meet your guide and take a tour to the Dragon Palace
Cave National Park, where we'll explore the vast cave network
and underground karst river by boat.
continue our journey to the spectacular Huangguoshu waterfall,
which is the largest waterfall in Asia and mystical home to the
Monkey King. The stunning Huangguoshu waterfall is 74m high and
81m wide and is where the mighty Baihe River pours into the Rhinoceros
Pool below. A highlight is to walk behind the falls through Water
Curtain Cave for an unique view of the falls from behind.
Waterfall is located right in the heartland of Bouyei county, where
you find clusters of Bouyei style stone houses amongst terraced
rice paddies on the hillsides and in the valleys.
will spend some time exploring an authentic Bouyei village and meet
the ethnic Bouyei villagers and see their handcrafts. The Bouyei
women are renowned as being wonderfully skilled batik artists. They
draw their complex pictures and ethnic designs on fabric cloth with
beeswax and then dye the cloth in indigo.
miles down river from the Huangguoshu Waterfall lies the scenic
stone forest area located near Heavenly Star Bridge.
Star bridge was formed by a large slab of stone which forms a natural
bridge across the steep gorge below. We will walk along winding
paths and enjoy the beauty of this scenic area, which has stunning
views reminiscent of the natural landscape of the 'Dinosaur roaming'
back to Guiyang. Regal Hotel (4 star)
3: Guiyang - Kaili -
we take a scenic and leisurely drive (approx 2.5h) through the mountainous
countryside of Guizhou enjoying views of rice paddies terraced into
the mountain sides, on our way to visit remote Miao ethnic minority
villages. The friendly Mao people are mainly mountain dwellers and
their homes are tightly packed wooden structures built on stilts,
arrival at Kaili, which is the capital of the Southeast Miao and
Dong Minority Autonomous prefecture, we visit Kaili Minority
Museum. The museum is a great place to obtain a general understanding
and basic knowledge of Miao and Dong people's long history, daily
lifestyle, customs and textile technique, etc.
we visit Shiqiao, a rural Miao village where we meet with
local people and see them paper making using traditional and ancient
techniques passed down through generations.
we visit another quaint Miao village called Qingman village,
which is a quiet village inhabited by the Folded & Silkfelt Miao.
This village is a real gem and we enjoy strolling around the narrow
streets of traditional wooden houses, meeting friendly locals and
learning more about Miao culture and their way of life. Overnight
in hotel in Kaili.
4: Kaili - Rongjiang - Meal: B/L/D
Sundays there is a fantastic morning market in Kaili, which
caters for locals to buy and sell a vast selection of exotic goods
including clothes, fish, meat, spices and vegetables. This is really
an exciting cultural experience not to be missed. Only available
first ethnic minority village we explore today is Jidao,
which is home to the long skirt Miao people. Then by contrast
we visit Datang Mini Skirt Miao Village. We have plenty of
time to informally meet with local Miao residents and enjoy experiencing
and understanding more about their unique way of life and culture.
The ethnic villages we visit are not 'tourist destinations' and
the way of life and friendly culture is authentic. Therefore we
ensure that we visit in a responsible manner to preserve and respect
their traditions and culture and make friends along the way.
the way to Rongjiang, we will also meet and visit the ethnic
Shui people. (Total travelling time is about 4.5 hours through
scenic countryside) Overnight in Rongjiang.
5: Rongjiang - Zhaoxing - Meal: B/L/D
we travel (2 hours) to the fascinating remote village of Basha,
which is a Miao village located in the Dong area of Guizhou. The
most suitable description for Basha is 'the last tribe with guns
in China'. The small Miao village has very little signs of modern
influence and people rarely venture out of the village except for
selling firewood and shopping for daily necessities in markets.
Both men and women can be seen in their traditional costumes and
the custom is still to wear their hair long.
we will take a 2 hours drive to Zhaoxing. Zhaoxing is one
of the largest Dong Ethnic Minority villages in the region,
with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong
ethnic peoples costumes and lifestyle is distinct from any other
ethnic group. High rise sacred drum towers and roofed bridges and
stages for local opera performances are landmarks of their communities.
Zhaoxing Hotel (VIP Department 3 star).
6: Zhaoxing - Sanjiang (110km, 4hours) Meal: B/L/D
breakfast enjoy a leisurely walk around Zhaoxing, informally
meeting local residents and enjoying the rural atmosphere.
we visit Tang An Dong village, which is the first ecology
museum for the Dong in China. Enjoy seeing beautiful terraced rice
fields as we continue our journey from Guizhou into Guangxi Province
on our way to Sanjiang. (total journey time approx 4 hours 110km).
is a village inhabited by the South Dong, one of two
subgroups of the Dong ethnic minority. A short drive away from Sanjiang
will take us to Chenyang, a quiet little village with one
of the largest Fengyuqiaos (Wind and Rain Bridge) in the region.
Here we will explore the Dong villages on foot, visiting lively
markets and hillside farms. Sanjiang Hotel (3 star)
7: Sanjiang - Guilin - Meal: B/L/D
we leave Guizhou province and travel to Longsheng, where
the stunning mountains are covered with terraced rice fields, some
of them reaching up to 1,000m high.
the afternoon, we arrive at Guilin, transfer to our Hotel
in Guilin (4 star hotel).
8: Guilin - Meal: B/L/D
breakfast, We take a tour to the delightful Fubo Hill and
Elephant Trunk Hill. Later we visit Reed Flute Cave,
a vast underground cavern of exotic rock formations. In the evening
you have the oportunity to attend an optional tour to see the fantastic
Ethnic Dragon dance theater show (contact us for show prices etc).
9: Li River cruise - Yangshuo - Meal: B/L
breakfast we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock, where you
will board our boat and start cruising down the picturesque
Li River with lime stone pinnacles, water buffalos, farms
and villages on both sides of the river bank. Lunch will be served
on board and we will disembark upon arrival at Yangshuo,
a charming ancient town that is famous for its beautiful scenery,
often thought to be the most beautiful in China. You will get a
chance to visit its famed West Street. Overnight stay in
(3 star hotel)
10: Yangshuo - Guilin - Homeward - Meal: B
the morning, you will be taken by electric bus to Yangshuo's beautiful
country side. Along the route you will pass serene pastoral view,
fantastic limestone mountains, peaceful farming villages, and roaming
water buffaloes, After this tour of the countryside, you will be
escorted back to Guilin airport (2-hour drive) for your flight to
your next destination. There are frequent flights to Hong Kong,
Macau, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai etc, we can assist in arranging
out sections of the tours if required, please ask.
Dates & Price 2012 - per person (£)
visiting times: 1) Azalea blossom viewing - mid April; 2) Sister's
Meal Festival: fair, folk song singing, dancing, hose races- early
April; 3) Lusheng Festival: fare, bullfighting, singing, Lusheng
dance - November. Please note itinerary may be amended during 2)
& 3) period.
possesses 470 varieties of Azaleas, over half of the different
the world. The hilly areas we visit on this tour are covered by
azalea groves. In late March and April, the azalea flower is in
full bloom and turn the hillsides into a riot of colour
more than 30 miles long.
This spectacular flower show has confirmed this region as being
one of China's most beautiful national parks. Additionally the blooming
season coincides with many colourful ethnic festivals with music
tours can also be arranged, please enquire. We also welcome group
booking enquiries, and discount is available for group over 10 people.
Price will Include.
airport/hotel transfers within Mainland China.
tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
as specified in the itinerary.
Does Not Include.
- can be provided upon your request.
fee - We can arrange Visa's subject to your request.
we can assist in obtaining flight tickets. Some of our programmes
can also be combined for a longer tour, please enquire at the time
Accommodation for this tour:
Carefully selected good hotels & guesthouse accommodations.
In some remote areas the standard can be lower but we will provide
you with one of the best available in the area.
Meals: As specified in the itinerary. Dishes are using
local cooking style with on-season fresh ingredients and vegetables
when possible. We think this forms part of the important experiences
to visit these charming areas, and experience the authentic, healthy
and delicious meals.
fact of our tour arrangement: Our itineraries are regularly
checked, inspected and updated to provide ideal and latest sightseeing
spots for our travellers, and we organise our own special activities
to try to introduce the real China to you, and connect closer to
group travel with like minded people and flexibility on tour. Normal
group size 10 people. Suitable for all age travellers.
is designed according to the most updated information of flights
available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities
are visited, duration of time spent can change due to local conditions
which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the
main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places
of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide
unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We
reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although
we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please
refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.