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11-day Mountain Tribe Adventure

Tour code: ETC-Q32   

This mountain tribe adventure is for travelers who are interested in stunning mountains and go off the beaten track. Your eyes will be feasted with idyllic rural life, stunning landscape, unique architecture, colorful markets, interesting local lifestyles of Dong, Yao, Miao people in Guangxi and Guizhou Mountainous areas.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Guilin
Arrival in Guilin
2 Guilin
Li River Cruise, countryside Yangshuo
3 Yangshuo
Bamboo Rafting Yulong River, Hiking around
4 Yangshuo / Guilin / Longsheng
Reed Flute Cave, transfer to Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang Village
5 Longsheng / Sanjiang
Treking from Ping'an village to Dazhai village, transfer to Sanjiang
6 Sanjiang / Yangxi
Chengyang Rain and Wind Bridge, half day trecking
7 Yangxi / Zhaoxing
Tang'an Dong village, treckking to Zhaoxing
8 Zhaoxing / Rongjiang
Xiajiang market, Visit Miao and Shui Tribe Village
9 Rongjiang / Leishan
Datang Miao Village
10 Leishan / Kaili
Kaili Museum
Tonggu Miao Paintings, transfer to Guiyang, departure
Day 01 Arrival in Guilin (no meal)
Arrival in Guilin, you will be picked up at the airport or train station. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 Guilin-Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely Li River cruise, disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape--Yangshuo. After you check into the hotel, it is followed by an excursion to the countryside to see the local farmer’s life and beautiful landscape by either bike or golf-car-like vehicle. Overnight at Yangshuo.

Day 03 Yangshuo (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to take a 1.5-hour bamboo rafting trip down Yulong River and an easy hike to the countryside near old town of Yangshuo. Free afternoon at leisure.

Day 04 Yangshuo-Guilin-Longji (B, L, D)
Drive back to Guilin in the morning. Visit the famous Reed Flute Cave, also called “Natural Arts Gallery”, which is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Then enjoy a stroll at the central lakes at downtown. After lunch, transfer to Longji to see the stunning Dragon’s Back Rice Terraces and colorful minority lifestyle. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scare arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. Overnight at the local guesthouse at Ping An Village.

Day 05 Longji - Dazhai-Sanjiang (B, L, D)
Around 500 years ago, immigrants of various tribes began to settle here building it into an earthly paradise. Trekking along stone trails to Dazhai Yao village. (about 4-5hrs). After shower and lunch at the local guesthouse, walk down the mountain and continue driving onward to Sanjiang, which means the confluence of 3 rivers, is the political hub of surrounding Dong tribes. Overnight at Chengyang Guesthouse.

Day 06 Sanjiang - Yangxi (B, L, D)
Chengyang is famous for the covered Rain and Wind Bridge. It is made up of 8 villages, offering a chance to observe the local people' life. Drive from Chengyang to Heli and visit the Dong King Temple. This is a legendary site of "Night man Kingdom", which has been recorded in many Chinese epics since Han Dynasty 2000 years ago. Proceed to Yangxi for uphill trekking (4-5hrs) to visit Yao, Miao and Dong three tribes coexisting peacefully in one community. Overnight at Yangxi Guesthouse with basic accommodation.

Day 07 Yangxi - Zhaoxing (B, L, D)
Drive from Yangxi to Tang'an Dong village. Tang'an, a good example of human living harmoniously in an agro-eco system, it has been listed as an eco-museum by the joint efforts of Guizhou provincial government and Dr. John Aage Gjestrum, a leading museologist in Norway. After visit to this village, we will start trekking down to Zhaoxing (2-3hrs). Overnight at Zhaoxing Guesthouse with basic accommodation.

Day 08 Zhaoxing- Rongjiang (B, L, D)
Drive on to Rongjiang. Stop over at Xiajiang market. During the market day, minority ladies in their traditional colorful costume come here buying articles for daily uses. Visit Miao and Shui Tribe Village and have a walk around Rongjiang. Overnight at Rongjiang Hotel.

Day 09 Rongjiang - Leishan (B, L, D)
Transfer from Rongjiang to Leishan. You will be amazed by the dazzling sliver costume of short skirt Miao ladies at Datang. Being the 4th largest minority group in China, Miao well-maintains their deep-rooted custom and heritage from ancestors. During their traditional festivals, many celebrations are sponsored in the town. 2-3 hours trekking required (Estimated driving time: 6hrs). Overnight at Leishan Hotel

Day 10 Leishan - Kaili (B, L, D)
Driver from Leishan to Kaili. Visit a Miao village famous for making musical instruments-Lusheng, popular among South-China mountain tribes at a family-based workshop. Then proceed to Kaili and visit a local museum boasting a large collections of minority handicrafts. Overnight at Kaili Hotel

Day 11 Kaili - Guiyang departure (B, L)
Take a visit to Tonggu (30 kms), a village well known for Miao paintings with their specific tastes and aesthetics, which have been introduced successfully to some other countries. Then transfer to Guiyang for the flight to next stop.

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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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