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10 Days Yunnan & Guizhou Amazing Minorities Tour

Wonderful Cultural and Scenic Vacation at Kingdoms of Minorities

Yunnan and Guizhou are two major kingdoms with brilliant diverse ethnic minorities to savor the specific minorities culture in China!

This 10 days Yunnan and Guizhou tour is the best trip taking you to go deep into the towns and rural villages of local Yi, Naxi, Tibetan, Miao, Dong and other ethnic minority groups in Yunnan and Guizhou. You will spend memorable days in the two vast provinces and closely appreciate the exquisite and colorful ethnic costumes, exotic songs and dances, outstanding skills of traditional handicrafts, jubilant festive atmosphere and beautiful architectures of tilted houses, temples, courtyards, drum towers, etc. and know the authentic life style of the local smiling young and old people! Furthermore, with the great admiration of the natural and cultural highlights in Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Fanjingshan, Kaili, Congjiang and Zhaoxing, you will finally understand how happy Yunnan and Guizhou ethnic people are living in such fabulous land in Southwest China! Of course, you will not miss the top natural and cultural highlights, including Stone Forest, Lijiang Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Monastery, Mount Fanjing, Langde Upper Miao Village, Biasha Miao Village, Huanggang Dong Village, Zhaoxing Dong Village and more villges, lakes, parks, old towns, etc. Join this tour to enjoy wonderful parties with amazing ethnic minorities in Yunnan and Guizhou!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code: CD-EMYG-10
  • Price: from $1667
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Trip Length: 10D/9N
  • Theme: Nature / Hiking / Minority

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Wander at the Karst maze of Stone Forest in Kunming to enjoy the performance of hospitable Yi minority people and the excellent forest of jagged stones;
  • Have a romantic stroll around famous Lijiang Old Town as UNESCO cultural heritage for the happy life of Naxi ethnic group and savor the mysterious Dongba culture;
  • Visit the plateau Shangri-La to admire the peaceful idyllic life of local Tibetans at the magnificent Buddhist monastery, lovely lake park, etc.;
  • Step into the best Miao villages in Southwest Guizhou to see various kinds of Miao costumes, primitive village scenery, amazing ethnic customs performance, etc.;
  • Explore deeply the rural ethnic villages of Dong minority to appreciate their harmonious countryside with drum towers, Grand Songs and attractive culture;
  • Soak in the fairyland sightseeing of mist-shrouded Mount Fanjing with peculiar peak columns and antique temples guarding this remote land of sea of Karst;
  • Enjoy a classic hiking experience at world famous precipitous Tiger Leaping Gorge to feel the wild gorge scenery with powerful roaring of the turbulent river;
  • Get calmed down by the cross-regional flying and scenic high speed train with all typical Karst landscape in nice green from central Yunnan to northeast Guizhou.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Pick-up in Kunming & Hotel Check-in

Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel and help you check in. If you want to explore nearly, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideas: You can take a direct flight from more than 110 domestic cities and some international destinations including Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, San Francisco, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles. Also, you can take a bullet train from Chengdu (5.5 hours), Chongqing (4 hours), Guilin (8 hours), Guiyang (2 hours), Guangzhou (7 hours), Beijing (11 hours), Shanghai (11 hours), Hong Kong (7.5 hours), etc. with convenience!

Free Time Ideas: If time permits, enjoy a cultural trip to Yunnan Nationalities Museum for a wonderful understanding of the 25 ethnic minority groups in vast Yunnan. This largest minority museum in whole Asia boasts a collection of over 20 thousand pieces (units) of precious cultural relics to show you the beautiful costumes, diverse ethnic festivals, daily life scenes, exquisite musical instruments, brilliant cultural texts, and so on to know the essence of Yunnan culture!

  • Yunnan Nationalities Museum Yunnan Nationalities Museum

Day 2 Kunming & High Speed Train to Lijiang (B, L)

Stone Forest (Greater Stone Forest Scenic Area - Lesser Stone Forest)

After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. As the “Essence of World Karst Landform”, Stone Forest has been listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage with the incomparable coverage of 12 square kilometers’ stone pinnacle groups. Take the sightseeing bus to visit the Greater Stone Forest Scenic Area to admire the typical concentrating cinerous stone pinnacles by walking through the maze of stone peaks and jumping high for the panorama of the forest of protruding stone peaks. Also, you will see the famous peak on many photos and even stones towering over 40 meters. Then, continue to ride the bus to explore the Lesser Stone Forest to closely look at the iconic stone “Ashima” like a young lady, listen to the touching love story of Ashima, and fill your eyes with the emerald garden-like park of wilder stone peaks surrounded by lush green plants and blossoms. Take the sightseeing bus to exit the scenic park.

Then, be escorted to take a 3-3.5 hours bullet train from Kunming railway station to Lijiang.

Welcome to Lijiang, a very impressive ancient city! Upon arrival at the railway station, your guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall and transfer you to the hotel in ancient town area with a private car which is comfortable, air-conditioned and non-smoking. The rest of the day is on your own to discover the surrounding of the famous old town! Have a good sleep!

  • Kunming Stone Forest Kunming Stone Forest
  • Lesser Stone Forest Lesser Stone Forest

Day 3 Lijiang (B, L)

Yuhu Village - Baisha Murals - Shuhe Ancient Town - Dongba Culture Museum - Black Dragon Pool Park

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll be transferred out of Lijiang Old Town to Yuhu Village which is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Walking into this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone houses, Naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, kids playing, a tranquil Yuhu Lake…explore leisurely around the village and then go to explore the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, who was an Austrian-American Botanist came to Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years and made huge research work on Naxi minority.

Later, head to Baisha Village and appreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Houses here are arranged on a north-south axis around a central, terraced square. Visit Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which depict subjects relating to Buddhism, Taoism and the life of the Naxi people, incorporating cultural elements of the Bai people. (Optional experience: You can have in-depth cultural experience to learn how to make Baisha embroidery instructed by the local masters in Baisha Village.)

Then, it is followed by a relaxing trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people as well as the well-preserved stop of the Ancient Tea Horse Route. This ancient town is less crowded than Lijiang Dayan Old Town. Take a nice stroll here to explore local cultures, folk customs and traditions over several centuries.

After that, transfer to Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Take a gentle walk to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy gorgeous view and peaceful surroundings. If weather permits, get to the best spot to overlook the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and shoot some amazing pictures.

  • Black Dragon Pool Park Black Dragon Pool Park
  • Shuhe Old Town Shuhe Old Town
  • Yuhu Village Yuhu Village

Day 4 Lijiang - Shangri-La (B, L)

First Bend of Yangtze River - Tiger Leaping Gorge & Transfer to Shangri-La

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, drive about 52 kilometers from Lijiang to view the First Bend of Yangtze River. The upper reach of the Yangtze River is Jinsha River coming down from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and when it arrives at Shigu Town, it is obstructed by Hailuo Mountain and forms a V-shape turn. Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast. You’ll reach the observation deck to catch a panoramic view of the bend, an extraordinary turn nearly about 180 degrees with beautiful and marvelous views like a wonderful landscape painting unfolding before your eyes. You’ll have a look at local market and Red Army’s Long March Memorial Monument in Shigu Town.

Later, be transferred to visit the one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyon in the world - Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site called Three Parallel of Yunnan Protected Areas. This steep gorge is situated between the 5596 meters Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the south and 5396 meters Haba Snow Mountain to the north. Measuring 17 kilometers in length, the whole gorge is divided into three parts: upper, middle and lower gorge and you’ll pay a visit to the maturest section - Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. Walk about 1,000 stairs along the plank road from the entrance to the Tiger Leaping Rock. Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent gorge view and rolling waves. (Travel tip: This gorge is suitable for most travelers with easy walk. Comfortable shoes are recommended.)

After the hiking tour, you’ll be driven to Shangri-La. With 2 hours' driving, enjoy the enchanting natural scenery along the way. Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian, altitude: 3459meters), the Garden of Eden! Upon arrival, check in your hotel and explore this earthly paradise on your own. 

Recent News: Tiger Leaping Gorge Tourist Area is going to be closed from November 1st, 2020 to April 30th 2021 due to the road construction. Please plan your trip accordingly or contact us to help you plan your Lijiang and Shangri-La trip properly!

  • First Bend of Yangtze River Magnificent First Bend of Yangtze River in Yunnan
  • Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 5 Shangri-La (B, L)

Songzanlin Monastery - Pudacuo National Park - Local Tibetan Family Visiting - Dukezong Old Town

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll be transferred with 7 kilometers’ driving to Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtseling Gompa), reputed as the “Little Potala Palace” for it was built according to the complex of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is also the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province with around 700 monks and lamas. Walk 147 steps to get atop of the monastery and pay clockwise visit to the three main lamasery buildings where you can not only see the Buddhism treasures, but also enjoy large number of monks of all ages going about their daily routines, praying, chanting, cooking and resting. It should a nice trip to get in-depth understanding about Tibetan Buddhism. If time permits, take some quiet time to walk around the peaceful Lamuyangcuo Lake and shoot panorama view of Songzanlin Monastery with reflection in the clear water.

Then, drive about 27 kilometers to Pudacuo National Park. This 1,300-square-kilometer national park is notable as the first first national park in China to meet International Union for Conservation of Nature standards. It is renowned for well-preserved primitive landscape, which is endowed with lakes, wetlands, forests, meadows, streams, brooks, rare plants and animals. Visit the spots by clockwise and throw yourselves into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake (hike 3.3 km, about 1 hour). (Note: the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m and you should avoid strong activities. There’s no problem to hike in the park.)

Important Notice: Militang Pasture (弥里塘草场) and Bita Lake (碧塔海) in Pudacuo National Park are closed for tourists due to maintenance from 3th September, 2017. The administrative office of Pudacuo National Park hasn't confirmed when they will be open exactly. Shudu Lake Scenic Area (属都湖) is still open for tourists. If you want to adjust today’s itinerary, please contact your travel consultant.

After the merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people and taste some special Tibetan snacks and butter tea. (Optional Experience: If you are interested in the Tibetan people’s daily drinks, you can follow the locals to involve in the process of making butter tea.)

After the visiting, be escorted back to your hotel and have a good sleep!

  • Songzanlin Monastery Songzanlin Monastery
  • Dukezong Old Town Dukezong Old Town
  • Shangri-la Sumtseling Monastery Outlook Shangri-la Sumtseling Monastery Scenery

Day 6 Shangri-La - Fanjingshan (B)

Fly to Kunming from Shangri-La & High Speed Train to Tongren

Today, you will be transferred from Shangri-La to Fangjingshan in Guizhou Province via Kunming!

After breakfast, be escorted to the Shangri-La Zhongdian Airport for your flight to Kunming! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to Kunming South Railway Station for your 4 hours’ high speed train to Tongren in Guizhou Province.

Welcome to Guizhou! After your arrival, your local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall and then escort you directly to your hotel around Fanjingshan (about 1.5 hours) and help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the surrounding part of the sacred beautiful mountain. Have a nice sleep to prepare for the hiking exploration of Mount Fanjing on the next day!

Fanjingshan National Nature Preserve was listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2018 with the peculiar conspicuous mountains formation in sea of karst retained from the remote era 65-2 million years ago and praised as the No.5 Buddhist Mountain in China for being the place of enlightenment of Buddha Maitreya.

  • Diqing Shangri-La Airport Diqing Shangri-La Airport

Day 7 Fanjingshan - Kaili (B, L)

Fanjingshan Sightseeing Bus - Cable Car - Mushroom Stone - Old Golden Summit - Red Clouds Golden Summit - Chengen Temple - Transfer to Kaili

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Then, you will be driven to the entrance of Fanjingshan to discover this world well-known fantastic holy mountain along the popular south route.

Enter the mountain and take a sightseeing bus to Yu’ao Station and continue to take the cable car there to catch a bird’s eye view of the dense emerald forest of Mount Fanjing. Now, start your hiking from the Forest Hiking Road to witness the famous Mushroom Stone. It is the landmark of Fanjingshan and draws people’s follow by its unbelievable image of the bigger top quadrate putting off center on the smaller quadrate bottom, which forms like a mushroom vividly and seems easy to fall. However, for one million years, it just stands so still there after centuries of rain, snow, wind and sunburn. Remember to take a standard photo of tourists with it!

Then, continue to hike to the Old Golden Summit and walk up to its peak. With an elevation of 2,494 meters, it is the best observation deck to appreciate the panorama of Fanjingshan. Also, from the summit, you will see the iconic Red Clouds Golden Summit clearly from a distance. Then, walk down gradually to admire the natural scenery along the way to visit the sacred Buddhist attractions including Wanming Cave, Buddha Worshipping Stage, Monk Pagoda, Pudu Square, etc. You will not miss the Cheng En Temple that was built first from the Ming Dynasty and one of the four royal temples at Fanjingshan. Walk in the major temple with solemn scarlet walls and dark tiles, worship among the about 10 halls, and imagine the rising and falling and recovery of Fanjingshan’s Buddhist status in the past hundreds of years.

Here, take your challenge to hike along the narrow, steep and rough steps with iron chain up to Red Clouds Golden Summit that shows particularly often on Fanjingshan photographs. This thumb-like peak is a world rare miracle erecting about 100 meters high from the flatter mountain bed millions of years ago and is separated with two peaks and a gorge by natural wearing and with a bridge linked between. After reaching the top, visit the appealing Temple of Buddha, the bridge and Maitreya Temple in sequence to feel walking from present to the future in Buddhist belief. While witnessing the hard-to-believe difficulty of building houses on such a steep crest, stand on the peak to command the panoramic view of Fanjingshan and enjoy the feeling of being in the “space in the sky”. (Note: You can choose to go up or not considering your physical condition at that time. Just tell your needs to the guide.)

After the physical consuming hiking, walk by Jingxin Pool and go to see Wanbao Rock. You will truly believe Fanjingshan was in fact a part of ocean in the remote 1.4 million years ago by the strong proof of the cobbles, shells, paleontological fossils, and so on left within the shale rock there.

After the fantastic sightseeing, drive 3.5 hours to Kaili City and check in at your hotel. Have a good sleep!

  • Bizarre Mushroom Stone of Fanjingshan Bizarre Mushroom Stone of Fanjingshan
  • Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan
  • Scarlet Halls of Fanjingshan Cheng En Temple Scarlet Halls of Fanjingshan Cheng En Temple
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest

Day 8 Kaili - Congjiang (B, L)

Langde Upper Miao Village - Wudong Miao Village - Xinqiao Miao Village

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll be transferred about 28 km for a visit to Langde Upper Miao Village which is reputed as “the Hometown of Chinese Folk Song and Dance Art”. It is with less crowds, peaceful natural atmosphere, friendly villagers and rich cultural heritage. Upon arrival at the village, you will be warmly treated with a traditional welcome ceremony by the beautiful ladies and girls dressed in traditional Miao costumes (long skirt). They will set twelve tables with “block-the-way” wine and you can taste the wine to feel their hospitality. Once the toasts are completed, you will continue to experience the singing and dancing performance at the Lusheng Ground. The men will play Lusheng and the ladies will dance. If you like, you can participate in the dance to enjoy more fun.

Next, you’ll move to Wudong Miao Village which is 30 km away from Langde (0.5-1 hour’s driving). Wudong Village is at 1300 meters above sea level nestled on the hillside of the Leigong Mountain, among terraced fields, vegetables gardens and lush forests. The whole village is made out of the traditional Miao type of dwelling - Diaojiaolou which usually have 3 floors - the first is for livestock, the second is where people live, and the third floor is used for storage. You can take a look at the oldest water mill/wheel in all of Leishan County. The most interesting part is to go fishing with Miao group’s bamboo baskets in the local rice paddy fields and get to know their farming system and daily life better. After that, the local hostess will show you how to cook Miao famous cuisine - Fish in Sour Soup. Enjoy the lunch at the local house.

After the fantastic experience in Wudong, drive about 20 km (about 0.5hr) to Xinqiao Miao Village in Datang Town. It is known for “the First Village with Short Skirt Miao” and the hundred-year-old Water Granary. Walking into the village, you can see the local women wearing a kind of pleated skirt about 5-8 inches, with colorful ribbons decorated at the waist. If you are lucky, you can enjoy they perform Jinji dance in traditional costumes. Don’t forget to have a look at the 47 granaries on water made of wooden which are used for protecting against fire and mouse while duck and goose are raised in the ponds.

After the tour, be escorted to Congjiang County (about 2.5 hours' driving).

  • Wooden Granaries on Water at Xinqiao Miao Village Wooden Granaries on Water at Xinqiao Miao Village
  • Upper Langde Miao Village Performance Upper Langde Miao Village Performance
  • Upper Langde Miao Village Upper Langde Miao Village
  • Wudong Miao Village Wudong Miao Village

Day 9 Congjiang - Zhaoxing (B, L)

Biasha Miao Village - Zhanli Dong Village - Huanggang Dong Village

After breakfast, you’ll start an exciting exploration for a visit to Biasha Miao Village with 84 kilometers’ drive from Rongjiang to Congjiang. Biasha Miao Village is called as “the Last Gunslinger Village in China”. This is the only place in China where residents are still legally allowed to own and carry guns. The Biasha people are said to be the descendants of Chi You, a mythological warrior in ancient China, and have traditions dating back 2000 years. Men of Biasha dress as ancient warriors with black waistcoats and straight black trousers as well as swords, hunting dogs, and firelocks. Women of Biasha wear black pair shirts and pleated skirts, which are simple but embroidered with bright colors. Once getting into the village, you will witness the welcome ceremony - Biasha men line up and fire 3 shots to welcome guests! Later, enjoy the folk performance to learn more about Biasha culture, including customs of farming, hunting, ancestor-worshiping, gaming and marriage. You can even watch an amazing haircut ritual - a live shave with a sickle. If you have more time, you can take a walk around this beautiful village.

In this afternoon, drive to Zhanli Dong Village to listen to the mysterious legend with “one boy and one girl” tradition. Ancestors of Zhanli made a rule during the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to achieve balance between the population and the amount of cultivated land. According to the legend, there is a herbalist in the village who uses the mythical herbs to control the population. Before couples try to have a second child, they come to the herbalist. She will take water out of one of two wells - a “boy well” and a “girl well” - and brews a soup with a local herb with it. By drinking the mixture, the couple can allegedly decide the sex of their next baby. This happens real in the village, and most of families in Zhanli have two children, with 98% having one girl and one boy. Take a simple walk along the brook and view the boy well and girl well here.

Next, head to Huanggang Dong Village, a village considered as one of the most beautiful and traditional Dong villages in Guizhou. Huanggang, hidden in the mountains, built in ancient Song Dynasty (960-1297), has preserved the most authentic Dong culture. The villagers have had simple and unsophisticated ethnic life for hundreds of years. You can explore their local life and enjoy the unique architecture in the village. There are five drum towers standing in different directions and you can see the elders chatting in the tower or weaving their cloth. Festivals are special here - “Goddess of Thunder Worship Festival” and “Tai Guanren Festival”. If time is right, you can witness such a unique scene. (Note: For the exact time of the festivals, you can contact our travel consultants for more info.)

After the tour, be transferred to Zhaoxing Dong Village for accommodation.

  • Huanggang Dong Village Huanggang Dong Village
  • Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle
  • Biasha Miao Village's Wooden Houses Biasha Miao Village's Wooden Houses
  • Zhanli Dong Village - A Primitive and Mysterious Village Zhanli Dong Village - A Primitive and Mysterious Village

Day 10 Zhaoxing - Congjiang Departure (B)

Zhaoxing Dong Village - Tangan Dong Village - Train off Congjiang

After breakfast, you’ll explore the largest Dong village in Guizhou - Zhaoxing Dong Village. Zhaoxing Village has been selected as “one of the six most beautiful countryside in China” and together with its drum towers were listed into the Guinness World Records in 2001. It is divided into 5 natural small villages, living in five different areas - which are called “Tuan” locally. Besides, there are five drum towers, five Wind and Rain Bridges and five stages setting in the village. Start your exploration from the village gate and get atop of the viewing platform to enjoy the panorama, where you can also clearly appreciate the five drum towers standing beautifully in the village. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Zhaoxing Dong Culture Museum to have a better understanding about Dong people and its culture in all aspects. Follow the route to visit Xin Tuan (means faith) with the highest drum tower at 25.9 meters, Zhi Tuan (means wisdom), Yi Tuan (means righteousness), Li Tuan (means Rritual) with the first drum tower in Zhaoxing built in 17th century and Ren Tuan (means benevolence). You won’t miss the great performance in this morning and watch the famous Grand Song of Dong People and other interesting programs.

After that, you can choose to hike from Zhaoxing Dong Village to Tang’an Dong Village which needs about 2 hours or you can take the sightseeing bus there. If by hiking, you’ll pass by the intoxicating rice paddies and primitive Dong villages. In spring, the rice terraces are filled with water; in summer, green seedling grows well at the terraces; in autumn, the rice terraces are decorated with golden rice. Tang’an Dong Village is perched on hillside terraces and it is called the “living museum of Dong minority” with authentic feelings and beautiful landscape around. Visit the Eco Museum and enjoy more peaceful time in the village.

After the tour, get back to Zhaoxing and your guide and driver will escort you to Congjiang Railway Station to catch your train to next destination.

Departure Ideas: High speed trains are well connected Congjiang with Guiyang (1.5-2hrs), Guilin (about 1hr), Yangshuo (1-1.5hrs), Guangzhou (3.5-4 hours), Chengdu (about 5hrs), Chongqing (3.5-4hrs) and more destinations.

  • Zhaoxing Dong Village Zhaoxing Dong Village - the Biggest and Oldest Dong village.
  • Tang'an Dong Village Tang'an Dong Village

Recommended Add-on Options

+3 more days to explore all Guilin Highlights (Li River, Yangshuo and Longji)

Guilin, the darling of tourists!

Guilin is famous for having the best landscape under Heaven which can be seen in three most popular places - Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng. Only 3 days are needed to get them all in a single trip. You will visit the essential sites in the city, enjoy a relaxing cruise along Li River, and have a pleasant time of countryside exploration in Yangshuo Town. Another highlight is the unique trip to Longji Terrace which is an ideal place for experiencing ethnic culture, hiking and photography.

Panoramic View of Yangshuo Town

The quotation for this trip is from $1667 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !

Hi Wing,

Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen ,  i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.

(1)  How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?

Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people.  I will recommend to friends for sure.  

(2)  Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?

The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits.   The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3.    Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even  included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.   

From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient.  First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice.   Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen.  We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight.  I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.  

(3)  If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?

Yes.  I would certainly consider

 

Regards

Chew - 2020.09.23‚ Singapore, September 23, 2020

Dear Wing,

The hotel is beautiful. We took a walk around and end up having dinner in the hotel. It's very nice.

We got back to the hotel a while ago. We enjoyed the trip with Sara very much. She is a lovely woman like you. And once again thank you very much for the lovely souvenirs.

Werawan - 2020.09.23‚ Japan, September 23, 2020

Dear Johnson,

Sorry for my late reply.

We were really very happy with the whole trip to Yunnan province. It was very special and we still talk about it a lot.

The program you suggested was great, and we had a fantastic time. Everything was flawless, convenient and no long waiting times.

We specifically liked:

  • Your responsiveness
  • That the guides are locals and can really introduce the local culture to the guests.
  • That the guides were flexible in the day to day arrangements
  • English skills of all guides were excellent!
  • That the guides take pictures J
  • The driver Mr. Yu was super. We felt very safe

Alice was fantastic. We enjoyed that she told us about her village, family etc. to help us to understand the Bai culture better. We liked her personal style. It felt like walking around with a friend, joking and having a good time.

Tom also made the Lijiang experience a very memorable one. He also opened up, reflected and gave us great insight in traditions and culture of Naxi. He knows everyone.

The best about Aten was that he made some suggestions how to optimize the program and how to avoid tourist crowds. He loves to talk to the guests, exchange ideas and make this a mutual learning experience.

We would without any doubt recommend your agency. We consider to book trips with you in the future.

Thank you very much for everything.

 

Best regards,

Christine

Christine - 2020.09.21‚ Germany, September 21, 2020

Hi Vivien,

Yes it was great. Bruce handled everything for us including assisting us with our hotel arrangements and our transportation the following morning. The mountain itself was beautiful.

Matthew - 2020.09.21‚ USA, September 21, 2020

Hi Riley,

Thanks for the follow up. Again, we are so happy with the trip and the services. Tour guide very good, car and driver very good and the places we visited are really nice. Also lunch was good.

Alejandro - 2020.09.21‚ Mexico, September 21, 2020
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We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Yunnan Nationalities Museum Yunnan Nationalities Museum
  • Kunming Stone Forest Kunming Stone Forest
  • Lesser Stone Forest Lesser Stone Forest
  • Black Dragon Pool Park Black Dragon Pool Park
  • Shuhe Old Town Shuhe Old Town
  • Yuhu Village Yuhu Village
  • First Bend of Yangtze River First Bend of Yangtze River
  • Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Songzanlin Monastery Songzanlin Monastery
  • Dukezong Old Town Dukezong Old Town
  • Shangri-la Sumtseling Monastery Outlook Shangri-la Sumtseling Monastery Outlook
  • Diqing Shangri-La Airport Diqing Shangri-La Airport
  • Bizarre Mushroom Stone of Fanjingshan Bizarre Mushroom Stone of Fanjingshan
  • Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan Magnificent Red Clouds Golden Summit of Fanjingshan
  • Scarlet Halls of Fanjingshan Cheng En Temple Scarlet Halls of Fanjingshan Cheng En Temple
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest
  • Wooden Granaries on Water at Xinqiao Miao Village Wooden Granaries on Water at Xinqiao Miao Village
  • Upper Langde Miao Village Performance Upper Langde Miao Village Performance
  • Upper Langde Miao Village Upper Langde Miao Village
  • Wudong Miao Village Wudong Miao Village
  • Huanggang Dong Village Huanggang Dong Village
  • Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle
  • Biasha Miao Village's Wooden Houses Biasha Miao Village's Wooden Houses
  • Zhanli Dong Village - A Primitive and Mysterious Village Zhanli Dong Village - A Primitive and Mysterious Village
  • Zhaoxing Dong Village Zhaoxing Dong Village
  • Tang'an Dong Village Tang'an Dong Village

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