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6 Days Diverse Guizhou Tour (Guiyang - Fanjingshan - Kaili)

Hidden Ethnic Villages and Wonderland Fanjingshan


In 2016, the French documentary "Rendezvous in an unknown land" mirrored the French actor Clovis Cornillac's journey to the Miao community living in Guizhou province, southwestern China was seen by 5.2 million viewers on the France 2 TV channel, which gets the hidden ethnic villages of Guizhou known by more and more people. Two years later in 2018, the UNESCO announced that Fanjingshan (Mount Fanjing) in Tongren, northeastern Guizhou was listed in the World Heritage Lists for its profound Buddhist culture, biological diversity and epic summit views. This is the tour to take you to explore the diverse Guizhou, which is full of fun.

  • Visit Fanjingshan, the World Heritage epic site which was considered to have "outstanding universal value" by UNESCO.
  • Venture into the idyllic villages of Miao ethnic group in Kaili of Guizhou, and join local friendly people to sing, dance and enjoy parties;
  • Explore Huangguoshu Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Asia with 77.8 meters high and 101 meters wide.

Basic Trip Information

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  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.
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Guiyang / Anshun / Guiyang / Fanjingshan / Kaili
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Day 1 Guiyang Arrival

Nihao, welcome to Guiyang, the Capital of Guizhou Province! Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Guiyang Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in Guiyang downtown. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Day 2 Guiyang - Huangguoshu Waterfall - Guiyang (B)

After breakfast, drive 128 km (about 2.5 hrs) to Anshun to explore Huangguoshu Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Asia.

Visit Doupotang Scenic Area which is one of the shooting places of well-known TV series of one of the four Chinese literature classics - “Pilgrimage to the West”. Walk pleasantly there to appreciate the 105 meters wide and 21 meters high waterfall formed on the more than 100 meters calcific beach bar, which dumps from the top giant pool of 15 thousand square meters wide. As the waterfall always roars strongly during flooding period, it is also named “Roaring Waterfall”.

Next, take the sightseeing vehicle to have a close admiration of Tianxingqiao Scenic Area. Catch all its essences of Karst landscape to know why it is complimented as a fairyland of Karst ecology miniature landscape with different sceneries at different angles and idyllic environment of birds and flowers, water and mountain, forest and cave, etc. Here you will watch the stone of forest of 0.4 square kilometers grows on water with verdant undershrub and cactus, meet the Beauty Banyan looks like a beautiful lady with graceful posture, have an enjoyable stroll in Heavenly Star Cave to see the diverse shaped karst stalagmites, columns, flowers, etc. with multiple lights, with some looking like fishes, chicken, rice terraces, and so on. You will also enjoy the view of the Waterfall of Silver Chain Dropping to the Pool to see its shimmering water branches falling like thousands of silver chains, white wedding veil, lotus leaves, etc. during different seasons.

Then, take the sightseeing vehicle to see the iconic Huangguoshu Waterfall of 77.8 meters high and 101 meters wide. With such magnificent and shocking scenery, it is the No.1 largest waterfall in whole Asia and one of the most famous waterfalls around the world. Walk around the waterfall to admire its distinct landscape from different angle and feel its breathtaking roaring of falling into the 17 meters deep shoal. Besides, you will encounter with more inspiring places including the 134 meters dragon-like Water Curtain Cave behind the waterfall, more than 3,000 excellent bonsais displayed exquisitely in the bonsai garden, and more to feel the grand sight of the large scenic area.

After the tour, drive back to Guiyang for accommodation.

Huangguoshu WaterfallHuangguoshu Doupotang WaterfallWaterfall of Silver Chain Dropping to the PoolTianxingqiao Scenic Area Stone Forest on Water
Day 3 Guiyang - Jiangkou (B, L)

Today you will be transferred to Jiangkou County which is coveniently located at the foot area of Fanjingshan. It takes about 4~5 hours to drive from Guiyang to Jiangkou. On route,you will take a visit to Qingyan Ancient Town, one of the four most famous ancient towns in Guizhou Province.

Qingyan Ancient Town was established during Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). It was built completely of stone. You will spend about two hours on the town to admire the ancient-style architectures, old alleys, great temples, etc. There are many shops selling lots of ethnic traditional items and local snacks. It is also interesting to see that there is one Christian church and one Catholic church on the town, living in harmony with local Buddhist temples and Taoist temples.

Accommodate at Jiangkou Count

Qingyan Ancient Town(1)
Day 4 Fanjingshan - Tongren (B, L)

Today is a full day exploration of the incredible Fanjingshan. You will take the South Route to ascend the mountain. First take park bus from the tourist center to Yu'ao Station where you will take a cable car up to the mountain top area, which will save you a lot of time for you to spend on the highlighting area. 

What to see at Fanjingshan

Located in Tongren, Guizhou province (southwest China), Fanjingshan is the highest peak of Wuling Mountains, 2,570m (8,430ft) above sea level. Besides standing out as a sacred Maitreya mountain for Buddhists, Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve was also established and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and later announced as a World Heritage Site in 2018.

 Red Cloud Golden Summit, a thumb-like peak, is described by UNESCO as an "island of metamorphic rock in a sea of karst", believed to have been formed somewhere between 2 million and 65 million years ago. For everyone else, one of the main appeals of visiting Fanjingshan is the stunning views from the summit.

Mushroom Stone is the landmark of Fanjingshan. Big on the top and small at the bottom, it is vividly formed like a mushroom. For more than one billion years , it has been standing there still and hit by the rainstorms, summer heat and winter snow year after year, which is the essence of what Buddhism says about "Remain unbiased" in every circumstance.

Old Golden Summit, with an elevation of 2,494 metres, is the highest scenic site of Fanjingshan. On the top of Old Golden Summit is a temple dedicated to Buddha Dipamkara which is as well as the best place to take some panoramic photos of Fanjingshan.

Cheng En Temple, located between the two summits with scarlet walls and black tiles, is the main building of Fanjingshan Temple Group and one of the four Royal temples in Fanjingshan which was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD).

After the fantastic sightseeing, drive to Tongren City for accommodation.

Fantastic Aerial View  of FanjingshanBizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone with Sea of CloudsCheng En Temple from Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD)
Day 5 Tongren - Kaili (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be transferred about 3 hours to Kaili which is a big gathering of ethnic minority villages, especially the Miao Villages. The rest of today, after arrival at Kaili, is to visit two spectacular ethnic villages - Shiqiao Miao Village and Upper Langde Miao VillageIn Shiqiao, you’ll see the old people still keep their old tradition of making special paper with trees’ bark by hand, which could be dated back to 700 years ago in Guizhou. The Upper Langde Miao Village , also known as  the Long Skirt Miao and Chinese Folk Art Village, is 30 km away from Kaili. You can appreciate the special Miao wooden stilted buildings , feel the enthusiasm and hospitality of Miao people and enjoy colorful Lusheng singing and dancing performed by the local villagers there.

Accommodate at Kaili City.

Upper Langde Miao Village
Day 6 Kaili Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will take a visit to Matang Gejia Village which is famous for its brilliant skills of making batiks and embroidery which are listed as provincial intangible cultural heritage. The buildings and custom there are also very original. Gejia group living in the village is not listed in the 55 minority groups in China just because of their tiny population.

After the tour, you will be escorted to the railway station in Kaili to catch your train to next destination. (Please note: if you are interested, you can extend your trip from Kaili to Rongjiang, Congjiang and Zhaoxing for an in-depth Guizhou Ethnic Culture Tour, and take a high speed train to Guilin from Zhaoxing in the end. Besides, if you want to get back to Guiyang to catch flight or train to other destination, we can also escort you to the airport or railway stations.)

Matang Gejia Village

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