8 Days Guilin Tour and Guizhou Minority Discovery

The Guilin scenery is world renowned, especially its water landscape and mountains. During this tour, we will start with Guizhou province and explore its minority villages, after that, move on to appreciate the Longji rice terraces and then enjoy the best highlights of Guilin and Yangshuo.

Highlights:

  • Explore the Miao villages and Dong villages in Guizhou.
  • Visit the spectacular Longji rice terraces on a mountain village.
  • Enjoy the best highlights of Guilin and Yangshuo.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Guiyang Arrival
  • Day 2: Guiyang – Kaili
  • Day 3: Kaili – Rongjiang
  • Day 4: Rongjiang – Congjiang – Zhaoxing
  • Day 5: Zhaoxing – Sanjiang – Longsheng
  • Day 6: Longsheng – Guilin
  • Day 7: Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin
  • Day 8: Guilin Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Guiyang Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Guiyang
Meals:

Welcome to the Guiyang! Upon your arrival, a local tour guide will pick you up at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Guiyang – Kaili

Sightseeing and Activities: Qingyan Old Town, Qingman Miao village
Accommodation: Kaili
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, head to visit Qingyan Ancient Town, which is a famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, formed in the Hongwu years Ming dynasty.

Then drive to Kaili and visit Qingman Village, which is one of the most prominent and populated Miao Villages within the Province. See the Miao ladies dressed in their beautiful and colorful dresses along with their traditional headdresses and silver accessories.

Day 3 Kaili – Rongjiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Datang Short-skirt Miao Village, Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village
Accommodation:
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, head to Jidao Miao Village and Datang Miao Village to explore the culture of Miao people, where the female villagers here wearing their traditional skirt.

After the visit, drive to Rongjiang County for overnight.

Day 4 Rongjiang – Congjiang – Zhaoxing

Sightseeing and Activities: Basha Miao Village, Gaozeng Dong Village
Accommodation: Zhaoxing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, start the tour with Basha Miao Village, which is famed for being China’s last tribe of gunmen. Hidden away in a forest, Basha residents still live in their wooden houses, practice centuries-old customs and have their own unique beliefs. Then continue to visit Gaozeng Dong Village, which has a history of more than 600 years.

In the afternoon, drive to Zhaoxing.

Day 5 Zhaoxing – Sanjiang – Longsheng

Sightseeing and Activities: Tang’an Dong Village, Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge
Accommodation: Longsheng
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will head to Tang’an Dong Village. With a long history of over 700 years, it is a unique eco-museum of Dong Minority which was reputed as “one of the Top 6 Ancient Villages in China”, “the biggest living museum of Dong Minority”, “the cradle of ancient music” and “the land of festivals”. Drive to Zhaoxing for overnight.

After that, drive to Sanjiang and visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. Then continue the drive to Longsheng and check in the hotel.

Day 6 Longsheng – Guilin

Sightseeing and Activities: Dragon’s Backbone – Rice Terraces, villages
Accommodation: Guilin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, head to visit Dragon’s Backbone – Rice Terraces. It was reputed as “an absolute one under the heaven and the first one in the world”. Then visit the villages of Yao people and Zhuang people to experience the ethnic cultures and lifestyle.

After the visit, drive to Guilin and check in hotel.

Day 7 Guilin – Yangsuo

Sightseeing and Activities: Li River cruise, Yangsuo old town, West Street
Accommodation: Yangsuo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, take Li River cruise to Yangsuo for about 4 hours. On the twisty Li River from Zhujiang to Yangshuo, it covers hundreds and thousands of grotesque peaks. Breathe the fresh air, feel the gentle breeze and enjoy the spectacular landscapes here. Have lunch on board.

In the afternoon, disembark at the old town Yangshuo and check in hotel. Then explore the ancient town – Yangsuo. It has a history of over 1400 years. Walk around West Street to find a lot of unique shops selling traditional handcrafts, hand-made scarfs, snacks of local flavor etc.

There is an optional activity in the evening – Impression Liu Sanjie directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou.

Day 8 Yangsuo – Guilin

Sightseeing and Activities: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Accommodation:
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, drive back to Guilin and visit Elephant Trunk Hill, then move on to Reed Flute Cave, which is the “Palace of Natural Arts” with beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations illuminated by colorful lights.

After that, drive to airport for your flight. Service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.