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5 Days Guizhou Minority Tour with Huangguoshu from Guangzhou

Walk into Primitive Ethnic Minority Villagers by High Speed Train from Guangzhou

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Guizhou boasting the excellent ethnic minority gems and cool landscape treasure of special Karst type is one of the most popular destination to savor both nature and culture!

This 5 days Guizhou vacation is specialty designed for you to discover the primitive Guizhou by a fast 4 hours’ high speed train from metropolis Guangzhou in South China! Take the “Time Machine” train from the cosmopolitan city toward north to the peaceful ethnic rural villages. In the 3 days in Zhaoxing, Congjiang, Rongjiang and Kaili, you will successfully make unforgettable fresh visits to the top best ethnic Miao and Dong minority villages with their characteristic harmonious countryside view, distinct appealing ethnic dresses and accessories and a quite series of wonderful handicrafts performance and festive gatherings with songs, dances and ceremonies! After the closing up to the authentic slow paced life of brilliant ethnic minority villagers, drive toward west to Anshun to admire the Asia largest waterfall - Huangguoshu Waterfall of 77.8 meters high and 101 meters wide and release all your pressure on the joyous playground with drops, forests, streams, gardens, rockeries, etc. to draw a happy ending of your relaxing trip from Guangzhou!

Highlights of this tour

  • Treat your eyes and mind at Huangguoshu Waterfall, the Asia largest and world most magnificent one, by walking around to see the abundant shapes of the fabulous drops, having great fun at the interesting forests, gardens, ponds, etc.
  • Discover the best natural and cultural highlights of diverse Guizhou by the convenient and comfortable sightseeing bullet train within 4 hours directly from Guangzhou gateway!
  • Enjoy a leisure wonderful day at top Miao villages around Kaili, including Langde Upper Miao Village with grand welcome ceremony and long skirts Miao costume admiration, Wudong Miao Village with tranquil and beautiful countryside view, and Matang Gejia Village with excellent women with exotic attires and skillful batik art.
  • Pay a special visit to famous Biasha Miao Village in Congjiang County to appreciate the unique performance of gun firing, hair cutting, etc. of the Last Gunslinger Village in China living on the lovely terraced mountain range.
  • Walk into famous Zhaoxing Dong Village to admire the 5 outstanding drum towers, idyllic countryside scenery, beautiful Dong girls wearing characteristic dresses, and the fine performance!

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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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.
Travel Route:
Guangzhou / Zhaoxing / Congjiang / Rongjiang / Kaili / Anshun / Guiyang
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-GZGT-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Guangzhou High Speed Train to Congjiang - Zhaoxing

Good morning! On this day, you’ll be escorted to Guangzhou South Railway Station and take a 4-hour high speed train to Congjiang in Southeast Guizhou. Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at Congjiang Railway Station and escorted to check in at your hotel in Zhaoxing.  (Please note: Guangzhou-Guiyang high speed rail has stops connected with Guilin, Sanjiang and other cities. You could feel free to choose your enter city to Guizhou.)

After a short break, 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 visiting, be escorted to your hotel in Zhaoxing and have a nice sleep!

Zhaoxing Dong Village Zhaoxing Dong Village Tang'an Dong Village
Day 2 Zhaoxing - Congjiang - Rongjiang (B, L)

After breakfast, your local guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and then escort you for about 1 hour 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.)

Next, drive about 1 hour and 10 minutes (37 kilometers) to Congjiang to 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.

Then, drive about 2.5 hours (110 kilometers) to Dali Dong Village in Rongjiang County. Dali Village is a quiet village with 400 ancient phoebes and over 40 are with a history over 500 years. Once you enter into the village through Wind and Rain Bridges, you’ll step on the ancient stone-paved path built in the reign of Qianlong in Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). All the buildings are built from wood and the most common of which are built as quadrangle dwellings. Don’t miss Yang Family Quadrangle Courtyard with over 200 years with 93 generations living here. Come to the center of the village to see the drum tower where performances are held at the square. If time permits, you can do a little hiking to the beautiful Sandie Waterfall about 2 kilometers away.

After the tour, be escorted to Rongjiang County for accommodation. 

Huanggang Dong Village Dali Dong Village Panorama View Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle Biasha Miao Village's Wooden Houses
Day 3 Rongjiang - Kaili (B, L)

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.

Later, you’ll be transferred to Matang Gejia Village, a primitive Miao village with over 400 Gejia people who are called the 57th ethnic group in China unofficially. According to the legend, Gejia people are the direct descendants of Hou Yi, a legendary hero who was said to shoot the nine scorching suns in order to save his people. Matang Village is famous for exotic attires, colorful festivals and countryside feelings. The women and girls here are specialized in batik that you can fully appreciate the uniqueness of the Gejia batik patterns and embroidery as well as the excellent craftsmanship of the villagers. If you are interested, you can learn how to make batik with wax from a local master and create your own batik work (optional experience).

After the tour, be escorted back to Kaili City.

Matang Gejia Village Upper Langde Miao Village Performance Wudong Miao Village
Day 4 Kaili - Anshun (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and then drive about 4 hours to Anshun.

After lunch, start today’s trip to Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is the largest waterfall in Asia. You will appreciate different views of the waterfall, especially go behind the waterfall and see how water starts dropping and touch the waterfall.

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 (Heavenly Star Bridge). 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 visiting, your guide and driver will accompany you to the hotel in Anshun and help you check in. Have a nice sleep!

Doupotang Waterfall in Huangguoshu Waterfall Scenic Area Huangguoshu Doupotang Waterfall Tianxingqiao Scenic Area Stone Forest on Water
Day 5 Anshun - Guiyang & Guiyang Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport / train station in Guiyang for your flights / train to the next destination or home! Service Ends!

Note: if you want to travel further to Mount Fanjing, Guiyang, Libo, etc. in Guizhou, contact us and we’ll arrange the private tour for you.

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