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The Hidden Beauty of Southwest China
Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, Longsheng, Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, Rongjang, Kaili, Guiyang
Code: GL-P09
Tour Type: Private Tour
This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It's always available for your schedule!
Duration: 9 days
Departure : Daily
Vehicle: Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
Guide Service and Language: Professional English-speaking guide
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Discover the hidden beauty of Southwest China from this gorgeous private tour. During nine days, you will spend a leisure time in scenic Guilin and Yangshuo; and you have every chance to see unique life scenes in minority villages, including Yao Village surrounded by picturesque terrace field in Longsheng, diversified Dong Villages in Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, and Rongjiang, as well as colorful Miao Villages in Kaili. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and wonderful cultural shocks all way along.

Tour Highlights

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guilin

Upon arrival in Guilin, your private tour guide and driver will give you a warm welcome at airport or railway station. You will hear a lot of interesting things about the city from your informative guide on the way to hotel. You are getting to know about this scenic city then and beginning to enjoy your time in Guilin.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (5 star)
Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (5 star)

Day 2Yangshuo (B)

Li River Cruise

Yangshuo is the highlight for the day. Be excited by approaching to the destination through a fantastic Li River Cruise. Boasting of wonderful river scenery, Li River will impress you with emerald water belt, rolling hills with peculiar peaks, fresh air, as well as fairyland-like serene ambiance.

After cruising over a natural art gallery, finally arrive in Yangshuo. Spend your pleasant time in this most popular destination featured with peaceful ancient town, unique field scenery, traditional folk culture, etc.

Yangshuo

Stay overnight in the beautiful town.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Amari Yangshuo (5 star)
Superior: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (5 star)

Day 3 Guilin (B)

Reed Flute Cave

Transfer back to Guilin in the morning for a thorough visit to top attractions. You will get to Reed Flute Cave first, which is a palace of natural sculptures. Walking into the cave, you will feel like entering a dreamlike world which is full of oddly-shaped rocks and stone pillars that are illuminated by multicolored lights.

Afterwards, move to Elephant Hill. Exclaim at the extraordinary hill of perfect resemblance to an elephant standing quietly in water. It is meaningful to take a photo with the most representative landmark of Guilin.

Elephant Hill

Return back to hotel at the end of the day. And enjoy your peaceful night in Guilin.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (5 star)
Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (5 star)

Day 4 Longsheng (B)

Longji Terrace Rice Field

Leave Guilin this morning to Longsheng for splendid leisure sightseeing. Reach the destination after around 2 hours' drive. Being reputed as "A Crown among World Terrace Rice Field", Longji Terrace Rice Field impresses you with its imposing natural beauty as well as ancient minority villages scattering around. Trek along the winding road up to the commanding point where you could get a striking panoramic view of the field.

Later, you will visit Yao Village. The mountainous Longsheng is home to Yao Minority; and Yao villages are scattered over the hillside terrace field. Walking close to the village, you will admire the unique minority atmosphere of their ethnic architectures, food, and costumes.

After a full day pleasant journey in Longsheng, you will head to Sanjiang. Stay overnight here and expect wonderful scenes in this Dong Minority region.

Accommodation:
Dong Xiang Guest House

Day 5 Sanjiang & Zhaoxing (B)

Diversified Dong Villages in different areas are the highlight for the following two day. After breakfast, start the tour from Sanjiang, where is the best place to explore Dong Minority. Move to see most representative Dong architecture: Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge that were built in 1912, being the best preserved and the largest one among all Dong bridges.

Zhaoxing

After the visit, you will be transferred to railway station for bullet train to Congjiang (Zhaoxing) in Guizhou province, another famous region for large scale of Dong Villages. In the afternoon, you will go to Tang'an Dong Village nearby. Surrounded by mountains, the village nestles quietly upon terrace field. Walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, fantastic scenery as well as the vivid local life of the village.

Come back to Zhaoxing and stay overnight in the unique wooden Dong house.

Accommodation:
Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing

Day 6Zhaoxing & Rongjiang (B)

This morning, you will get abundant time for appreciating this largest Zhaoxing Dong Village, which is also praised as the most beautiful Dong Village. You may also have a chance to enjoy the striking Dong Ethnic Folk Music that are performed by local villagers regularly.

Afterwards, move to Biasha Miao Village in Congjiang. The ancient Miao Village will leave you a strong impression with its remarkable minority ethnic culture. You could see villagers dressed in their special daily ethnic costumes. The males here still retain unique hairstyle of long hair with a braid..

Later, you will head to Rongjiang to visit Chejiang Dong Village. Experience Dong Minority culture more thoroughly in this most densely populated Dong Village, which is reputed as the "The First Dong Village in China".

At the end of the day, come back to the hotel and stay overnight in Rongjiang.

Accommodation:
Dong Xiang Mi Hotel

Day 7 Kaili (B)

Set out to Kaili in the morning where you will be excited about exploring a series of colorful Miao Villages. Traversing over wonderful scenery of Leigong Mountain, you will arrive in Matang Gejia Village which is boasting of batik art. The girls in the village are specialized in making colorful batik with unique techniques. You may have a chance to watch the making process on spot.

Kaili

Go on to visit notable Jidao Miao Village. Admire the magic Hundred-year-old Barn in the village, which serves the whole village storing grains for hundreds of years. Strolling around, you will have a great chance to capture interesting vivid life scenes of the village.

After the visit, drive to Kaili and check in the hotel for a good rest.

Accommodation:
Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort (4-star)

Day 8 Kaili (B)

Explore two more Miao villages today to appreciate profound folk art and exquisite handicrafts of Miao Minority. After breakfast, drive to Shiqiao Miao Village, expecting to see paper-making with ancient traditions and techniques which have already been valued as national intangible cultural heritage. You have chance to watch how the locals making tree barks and roots into paper as well as colorful pieces decorated with fresh leaves and petals.

Qingman Village

Later, make your way to Qingman Miao Village, hometown to Miao Minority embroidery. You will be attracted by engrossed young and old ladies who are absorbed in doing embroidery; they are dressed in gorgeous ethnic costumes and keep traditional hairstyle in Tang Dynasty. Strolling around the village, you may encounter interesting scenes of local females preparing floss along lanes.

After the visit, you will transfer to capital city Guiyang for staying overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Sheraton Guiyang Hotel (5-star)
Superior: Novotel Hotel, Guiyang (4-star)

Day 9 Guiyang (B)

In the morning, you will go to visit Qingyan Ancient Town lying in southern suburbs. Walking into the town, you will be amazed at large scale of historical architectures of Ming and Qing Dynasty, both distinctive buildings and detailed carvings of which are worth your time to appreciate. The temples of the town are also the highlight, ranging from ancient Chinese temples to exotic Christian church.

Later, head to visit the four-hundred-year-old cultural landmark Jiaxiu Tower in downtown. Admire the ingenious structure of the tower built on a huge turtle-shaped rock over Nanming river. The tower once were a popular gathering place of literati and poets, in which you could still see relics of carvings, paintings, and calligraphy works left by ancient celebrities.

The tour concludes here. Your private guide and driver will see you off in the airport.

Tour Price

Departure: Daily 2017/2018

Prices (USD/PP) Based on Twin Occupancy (2-5 Persons)
Year Round
Luxury USD2179
Superior USD2050
  Jan 01, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
Note: The prices shown above are not valid during China's Official Holidays (such as National Day - 01 to 07, Oct. Chinese Spring Festival - 04 Feb to 10 Feb, 2019, etc.).

Price Inclusions

• Entrance fees specified in the itinerary

• Activities specified in the itinerary

• Land transfer with professional drivers

• Professional English speaking guide

• Hotel pickup & see off

• Hotel accommodation

Price Exclusions

• Flights or trains to Guilin/from Guiyang

• China visa fees

• Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature

• Meals: lunches are excluded for your freedom to taste local cuisines while guides will give recommendations and guide you there. Dinners are left to your own arrangement.

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The Hidden Beauty of Southwest China
  • Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, Longsheng, Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, Rongjang, Kaili, Guiyang
  • Code: GL-P09
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Departure : Daily
  • Vehicle: Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Guide Service and Language: Professional English-speaking guide
Itinerary Breakdown

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guilin

Upon arrival in Guilin, your private tour guide and driver will give you a warm welcome at airport or railway station. You will hear a lot of interesting things about the city from your informative guide on the way to hotel. You are getting to know about this scenic city then and beginning to enjoy your time in Guilin.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (5 star)
Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (5 star)

Day 2Yangshuo (B)

Li River Cruise

Yangshuo is the highlight for the day. Be excited by approaching to the destination through a fantastic Li River Cruise. Boasting of wonderful river scenery, Li River will impress you with emerald water belt, rolling hills with peculiar peaks, fresh air, as well as fairyland-like serene ambiance.

After cruising over a natural art gallery, finally arrive in Yangshuo. Spend your pleasant time in this most popular destination featured with peaceful ancient town, unique field scenery, traditional folk culture, etc.

Yangshuo

Stay overnight in the beautiful town.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Amari Yangshuo (5 star)
Superior: Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel (5 star)

Day 3 Guilin (B)

Reed Flute Cave

Transfer back to Guilin in the morning for a thorough visit to top attractions. You will get to Reed Flute Cave first, which is a palace of natural sculptures. Walking into the cave, you will feel like entering a dreamlike world which is full of oddly-shaped rocks and stone pillars that are illuminated by multicolored lights.

Afterwards, move to Elephant Hill. Exclaim at the extraordinary hill of perfect resemblance to an elephant standing quietly in water. It is meaningful to take a photo with the most representative landmark of Guilin.

Elephant Hill

Return back to hotel at the end of the day. And enjoy your peaceful night in Guilin.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (5 star)
Superior: Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (5 star)

Day 4 Longsheng (B)

Longji Terrace Rice Field

Leave Guilin this morning to Longsheng for splendid leisure sightseeing. Reach the destination after around 2 hours' drive. Being reputed as "A Crown among World Terrace Rice Field", Longji Terrace Rice Field impresses you with its imposing natural beauty as well as ancient minority villages scattering around. Trek along the winding road up to the commanding point where you could get a striking panoramic view of the field.

Later, you will visit Yao Village. The mountainous Longsheng is home to Yao Minority; and Yao villages are scattered over the hillside terrace field. Walking close to the village, you will admire the unique minority atmosphere of their ethnic architectures, food, and costumes.

After a full day pleasant journey in Longsheng, you will head to Sanjiang. Stay overnight here and expect wonderful scenes in this Dong Minority region.

Accommodation:
Dong Xiang Guest House

Day 5 Sanjiang & Zhaoxing (B)

Diversified Dong Villages in different areas are the highlight for the following two day. After breakfast, start the tour from Sanjiang, where is the best place to explore Dong Minority. Move to see most representative Dong architecture: Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge that were built in 1912, being the best preserved and the largest one among all Dong bridges.

Zhaoxing

After the visit, you will be transferred to railway station for bullet train to Congjiang (Zhaoxing) in Guizhou province, another famous region for large scale of Dong Villages. In the afternoon, you will go to Tang'an Dong Village nearby. Surrounded by mountains, the village nestles quietly upon terrace field. Walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, fantastic scenery as well as the vivid local life of the village.

Come back to Zhaoxing and stay overnight in the unique wooden Dong house.

Accommodation:
Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing

Day 6Zhaoxing & Rongjiang (B)

This morning, you will get abundant time for appreciating this largest Zhaoxing Dong Village, which is also praised as the most beautiful Dong Village. You may also have a chance to enjoy the striking Dong Ethnic Folk Music that are performed by local villagers regularly.

Afterwards, move to Biasha Miao Village in Congjiang. The ancient Miao Village will leave you a strong impression with its remarkable minority ethnic culture. You could see villagers dressed in their special daily ethnic costumes. The males here still retain unique hairstyle of long hair with a braid..

Later, you will head to Rongjiang to visit Chejiang Dong Village. Experience Dong Minority culture more thoroughly in this most densely populated Dong Village, which is reputed as the "The First Dong Village in China".

At the end of the day, come back to the hotel and stay overnight in Rongjiang.

Accommodation:
Dong Xiang Mi Hotel

Day 7 Kaili (B)

Set out to Kaili in the morning where you will be excited about exploring a series of colorful Miao Villages. Traversing over wonderful scenery of Leigong Mountain, you will arrive in Matang Gejia Village which is boasting of batik art. The girls in the village are specialized in making colorful batik with unique techniques. You may have a chance to watch the making process on spot.

Kaili

Go on to visit notable Jidao Miao Village. Admire the magic Hundred-year-old Barn in the village, which serves the whole village storing grains for hundreds of years. Strolling around, you will have a great chance to capture interesting vivid life scenes of the village.

After the visit, drive to Kaili and check in the hotel for a good rest.

Accommodation:
Grand Metropark Heaven-sent Resort (4-star)

Day 8 Kaili (B)

Explore two more Miao villages today to appreciate profound folk art and exquisite handicrafts of Miao Minority. After breakfast, drive to Shiqiao Miao Village, expecting to see paper-making with ancient traditions and techniques which have already been valued as national intangible cultural heritage. You have chance to watch how the locals making tree barks and roots into paper as well as colorful pieces decorated with fresh leaves and petals.

Qingman Village

Later, make your way to Qingman Miao Village, hometown to Miao Minority embroidery. You will be attracted by engrossed young and old ladies who are absorbed in doing embroidery; they are dressed in gorgeous ethnic costumes and keep traditional hairstyle in Tang Dynasty. Strolling around the village, you may encounter interesting scenes of local females preparing floss along lanes.

After the visit, you will transfer to capital city Guiyang for staying overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Sheraton Guiyang Hotel (5-star)
Superior: Novotel Hotel, Guiyang (4-star)

Day 9 Guiyang (B)

In the morning, you will go to visit Qingyan Ancient Town lying in southern suburbs. Walking into the town, you will be amazed at large scale of historical architectures of Ming and Qing Dynasty, both distinctive buildings and detailed carvings of which are worth your time to appreciate. The temples of the town are also the highlight, ranging from ancient Chinese temples to exotic Christian church.

Later, head to visit the four-hundred-year-old cultural landmark Jiaxiu Tower in downtown. Admire the ingenious structure of the tower built on a huge turtle-shaped rock over Nanming river. The tower once were a popular gathering place of literati and poets, in which you could still see relics of carvings, paintings, and calligraphy works left by ancient celebrities.

The tour concludes here. Your private guide and driver will see you off in the airport.

Tour Highlights
Inclusions
Exclusions
Dates & Prices (USD/PP)
Departure:Daily 2017/2018
Based on Twin Occupancy (2-5 Persons)
  • Year Round
Luxury USD 2179
Superior USD 2050
Note: The prices shown above are not valid during China's Official Holidays (such as National Day - 01 to 07, Oct. Chinese Spring Festival - 04 Feb to 10 Feb, 2019, etc.).