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13-day Gateway to China Minorities

Tour code: ETC-Q112   

Chongqing would be a good starting point for visiting the minorities areas in Guizhou and Guangxi: Take a flight from Chongqing after viewing the famed Dazu Rock Carvings, to the mountainous area of Guizhou for the authentic cultures of Miao, Dong and others; Take a cruise along the picturesque Li River and Hiking along the rice terraces in Longsheng, staying at the minority people’s wooden house for unique experience…

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Chongqing Arrival in Chongqing
2 Chongqing Three Gorges Museum, Dazu Buddhist Grottoes
3 Chongqing / Guiyang Fly to Guiyang, Qingyan Ancient Town, Jiaxiu Tower
4 Guiyang / Kaili Drive to Kaili, Kaili Museum, Matang Village
5 Kaili Jidiao Miao village, Datang Miao village, Paika village
6 Kaili / Rongjiang Drive to Rongjiang, Chejiang Dong village
7 Rongjiang / Congjiang Head for Congjiang, Basha Miao Village, Yintan Dong Village
8 Congjiang / Zhaoxing Drive to Zhaoxing, Zhaoxing Dong villages
9 Zhaoxing / Sanjiang Drive to Sanjiang, Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, Dong villages
10 Sanjiang / Longji Drive to Longji, Ping An Village, views of rice terraces
11
Longji / Guilin Drive to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill, downtown lakes
12 Guilin / Yangshuo Take a cruise down Li River, disembark at Yangshuo
13
Yangshuo Biking or driving to see the countryside, optional Bamboo rafting down Yulong River, service end

Day 01 Arrival in Chongqing (No meal)

Arrival in Chongqing, transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 Chongqing (B, L)

Visit the Three Gorges Museum, then drive to Dazu to see the Buddhist Grottoes.

Day 03 Chongqing / Guiyang (B, L)

Transfer to fly to Guiyang. Be met and transferred to visit Qingyan Ancient Town and Jiaxiu Tower.

Day 04 Guiyang / Kaili (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Kaili (200 km, 2.5 hours). After arrival, visit the Kaili Museum, where you can have some knowledge of the textiles of Guizhou's ethnic minorities. In the afternoon, visit the Matang Village of the Gejia people, where you will learn about their unique culture, which is temporarily classified as a sub-branch of Miao nationality. Overnight at Kaili.

Day 05 Kaili (B, L)

Drive along the Bala River to Jidiao Miao village of Jidao (65 km, 1 hour). After lunch, continue your trip to Datang, a Miao village famous for short skirts worn by local Miao ladies. Then visit the Paika village to learn about the Lusheng, a traditional musical instrument with multiple bamboo pipes. Drive back to Kaili for overnight stay.

Day 06 Kaili – Rongjiang (B, L, D)

Drive to Rongjiang (173 km, 5 hours). Visit the Chejiang Dong village, the ethic group is regarded as the talented architects in China, you will see the drum towers and Wind & Rain Bridges in every Dong village. Overnight in Rongjiang.

Day 07 Rongjiang – Congjiang (B, L, D)

After breakfast, head for Congjiang. On the way visit a small Basha Miao Village (80 km, 2 hours), where you will see the unique hairstyle of local men and watch their hair shaving if lucky. Later visit Yintan Dong Village, and see the authentic traditional lifestyle. Overnight in Congjiang.

Day 08 Congjiang - Zhaoxing (B, L, D)

This morning you will be driven to the village of Zhaoxing 90 kilometers (3 hours). The village with over 700 households and a population of 4,000 is one of the largest Dong ethnic minority villages in the region. After dinner, you will be entertained by the Dong minority's welcoming ceremony (singing and dancing included) held in the Dong Drum Tower. Stay overnight in Zhaoxing.

Day 09 Zhaoxing / Sanjiang (B, L, D)

After breakfast, continue your adventure to Sanjiang and visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, and Dong villages with their unique architecture.

Day 10 Sanjiang / Longji (B, L, D)

Drive to Longji, walk up to the Ping An Village, explore the Zhuang village and enjoy the fantastic view of rice terraces. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 11 Longji / Guilin (B, L)

Drive to Guilin, and visit the Reed Flute Cave, Fubo Hill and stroll around the downtown lakes.

Day 12 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Take a leisurely cruise down Li River, and disembark at Yangshuo. Free time for your own exploration. Optional Impress Sister Liu Sanjie show at night.

Day 13 Yangshuo / Guilin departure (B, L)

Biking or driving to see the countryside to see the stunning landscape and local farmer’s life. Optional Bamboo rafting down Yulong River (1 hour). After lunch, drive to the Guilin airport and fly to your next destination.

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PRICES START FROM PER PERSON

As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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