China travel map - Educational Student Tour in Yunnan & Guizhou

On this 7 to 12 days educational study tour of China, students will learn the colorful ethnic cultures of Bai, Naxi, Yi and Miao in Yunnan and Guizhou in varied ways. See Dali local Bai people’s batik factory, enjoy the fantastic and unique Dynamic Yunnan ethnic dance show, study Naxi Dongba writing at Lijiang old town, learn traditional Miao paper-making and embroidery dress making in Kaili's villages... Moreover, the students will get close to the amazing nature of the Southwest China - following the ancient Tea-horse Road caravans' steps to hike tiger leaping gorges, take in Erhai Lake, view Jade Gragon Snow Mountain reflected on Black Dragon Pool... 

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights (or 11 days & 10 nights if extending your tour to Guizhou)

Destinations:  Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Guiyang - Kaili

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Arrive in Kunming, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Meal: D

After breakfast in hotel, drive 2hrs to visit Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park. Two parts of the park, the Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village were listed as part of the South China Karst by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Visit a Yi minority village afterwards and then transfer back to hotel. Optional evening show of Dynamic Yunnan (also called to Yunnan Impression), an original and primitive ethnic song and dance show, showing the different dances from the minorities in Yunnan. Students will be amazed by the unique music and dance.

Meal: B, L, D

Stone Forest

Check out after breakfast and then transfer to visit Yunnan Nationalities Museum situated in the beautiful Kunming Dianchi National Tourist Resort. The museum houses more than 40,000 sets (pieces) of cultural relics, and best are the most complete collection of ethnic costumes and accessories in China. It is one of the best ways for the students to have a general idea of Yunnan’s ethnic cultures.

Take high speed train to Dali. Visit the ancient town of Dali, whose layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged for centuries.

Meal: B, L

After breakfast, drive to Xizhou Old Town, visit the morning market of Xizhou, where you will find all kinds of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms for sale. And then visit and learn batik dyeing in a batik workshop in Xizhou Old Village. After lunch in local restaurant, visit Xizhou Bai Minority village to see its stunning buildings. Visit Three Pagodas in the late afternoon. Not only the majestic pagodas, but also its back stories will amaze the young generations.

Meal: B, L, D

Xizhou market

After breakfast, transfer Lijiang by private car and explore the famous Lijiang Ancient Town, originally called Dayan, it is a very well preserved old town built by Naxi people with unique cultural background. It was listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997. In ancient time, Naxi people had their own written language - Dongba Script - the one and only living pictographic script in the world. The students will take a class to learn to write some simple ones. In the afternoon, you will visit Baisha Naxi Village, where you will have another class in an embroidery workshop to learn some special embroidery techniques.

Meal: B, L, D

Lijiang Ancient Town

Drive 60KM to Shigu Ancient Town, named after a drum-shaped marble plaque, it was built in Ming Dynasty. Then visit the First Bend of Yangtze River, and Iron Chain Bridge. Drive to Qiaotou for lunch, after lunch visit the upper reach of Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the Yangtze River surges through one of the world's deepest gorges. Walk down to the Jinsha River to see the Tiger Leaping Rock. Drive to Tina's Hostel in the middle Tiger Leaping gorge, one of the most beautiful valleys in China, connecting with the legendary Tea-horse trading route.

Meal: B, L, D

In the early morning, trek 2.5 hours up to Bendiwan Village, enjoy the great view of the Middle Tiger leaping Gorge between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. Pass the Bamboo Forest, Guanyin Temple and Guanyin Waterfalls along the cliff. After a shot break in Halfway Hostel, trek down to the road, meet the driver. On the road, listen to your guide talking about the historical significance of Tea-horse Road, and merchant travelers’ stories happened on this once world’s longest trading route hundreds of years ago. Then transfer to Lijiang for evening flight to next destination.

>> Note: You may end the tour in Lijiang, or extend it to Guizhou for a more immersive ethnic culture study tour. << 

Meal:B, L, D

Tiger leaping Gorge hiking

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel in Guiyang city, the capital of Guizhou province. Both Yunnan and Guizhou are provinces with the most ethnic groups in China. Miao and Dong are two main ethnic groups in Guizhou. For this extension to Guizhou, you will visit the Miao area to see Miao people’s life and their culture.

Meal:B, L, D

After breakfast in hotel, drive 3hrs to Kaili by private car. En route, visit Qingman, a well preserved Miao Village. After a walk in the village, have lunch in local restaurant with their special welcome ceremony. After lunch, go to Shiqiao Miao Village, which is famous for paper making in ancient way. The best of the paper it makes is specially provided for the restoration of national ancient books and cultural relics. You will learn the processing procedures and can try one of them. Continue to Kaili and overnight.

Meal:B, L, D

Miao paper making

This morning, you will Visit Datang, a Mini-skirt Miao Village. Traditionally, ladies in the village wear distinctive style mini-skirt measures 16 centimeters in length. Women dress their hand-making miniskirt to dance in festivals. Besides the fabulous dances, the special architecture in the village is another highlight. The barn built on the water was designed in case of fire, rodents and pests, which clearly reflect the wisdom of ancient Miao people. 

Afterwards, go to Langde Long Skirt Miao Village, where you will walk around 30min along the river to get to the village. A Singing and Dancing performance will show you how Miao people celebrate their festivals.

Visit an embroidery workshop in later afternoon and learn the techniques of Miao people.

Meal:B, L, D

Miao village

Visit Kaili Nationality Museum in the morning to learning more of the minority cultures and custom of the area. And then head to Shidong Miao Village to see silver decorations making. Silver decoration is another important thing besides embroidery, and Shidong Village is the most famous one in Guizhou.

Transfer to Guiyang Airport after the visit.

Meal:B, L


What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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