South China Tribal Encounters

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South China Tribal Encounters
South China Tribal Encounters
Carved from limestone, the southern provinces of Guizhou and Guangxi are home to a rich diversity of
minority tribes. Blessed with a haunting landscape of monolithic karst hills and meandering rivers, they
present some of the most quintessentially Chinese backdrops anywhere in the country.
This journey though begins amongst the bright lights of Shanghai, before swiftly moving on to Guiyang, the
capital of Guizhou Province. Here you will visit Huangguoshu (China’s largest waterfall) and the ancient town
of Tianlong, before journeying through the beautiful countryside to Kaili and on to Leishan County, the heart of
China’s Miao community.
Continuing to Zhaoxing you’ll visit the villages and markets of the Dong people, before continuing up into the
mountains to experience the incredible rice terraces of the famous “Dragon’s Backbone”. The journey on to
Yangshou then takes you through a breathtaking landscape of karst hills, meandering waterways and rice
paddies, allowing you a couple of days to explore the area by bike or raft before ending this incredible
encounter on the bustling streets of Hong Kong.
Highlights
Enjoy the bright lights of Shanghai and Hong Kong
Visit China’s highest waterfall and the historic setting of Tianlong
Explore the colourful village communities of the Miao and the Dong
Journey through the spectacular rice terraces of Longsheng
Relax amongst the beautiful karst landscapes of Yangshou
Tour Includes:
1 internal flight
7 nights four star hotels, 6 nights three star hotel
13 breakfasts
Private guided sightseeing
Private driver and vehicle
Sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
Private guided transfers to and from all airports
Please note the prices shown above are based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
Itinerary
Day 1: Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day
is free to rest or explore this bustling, modern city.
Day 2: Shanghai - Guiyang
Fly to Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province. Guizhou has a huge amount to offer the more adventurous
traveller and in the afternoon you are free to walk around Qianling Park. (B)
Day 3: Guiyang
Today see China's largest waterfall, Huangguoshu, and visit the ancient town of Tianlong. On the way back
stop off at Shipouzai village to view the Bouyi architecture. (B)
Day 4: Guiyang - Kaili
This morning drive through some lovely countryside to Kaili. Visit the folk museum in Kaili before exploring the
local villages of Qingman Miao, Xijiang Qianhu and Shiqiao Miao to see traditional paper making. (B)
Day 5: Kaili - Rongjiang
Today drive to Leishan county, the centre of the Miao culture in South-east Guizhou. From Leishan, travel to
Miao He Miao village and Lang De Village, which is known for its Long-Skirt Miao, a minority group. Overnight
in Rongjiang. (B)
Day 6: Rongjiang - Zhaoxing
Drive to Zhaoxing stopping to visit traditional villages en route such as Bashan Miao and Dong village.
Zhaoxing is the largest Dong community in China and has five drum towers built in the form of pagodas. (B)
Day 7: Zhaoxing - Sanjiang
This morning explore Zhaoxing visiting the village of Jitang and its bustling market, where the minority ladies
sell their handicrafts, and see the Drum Towers at Gulou village with their exquisite murals. (B)
Day 8: Sanjiang - Longsheng - Longdi Village
Drive along windy roads through amazing scenery up into the mountains to Longdi village, near Longshend.
This region is the ultimate China experience, set high up in the mountains, surrounded with terraced rice
fields. Walk up to the Longdi village, which is located on the famous Dragon's Backbone Rice Terrace. (B)
Day 9: Longdi Village
Spend the day enjoying walks along the rice terraces to Yao or Dong villages in the area. (B)
Day 10: Longdi Village - Yangshuo
Leaving Longdi, drive through beautiful limestone scenery to Yangshuo.
These peaks along with Yangshuo's rivers and rice paddies are
delightfully photogenic. (B)
Day 11: Yangshuo
Yangshuo is a lovely place in which to relax and there are many things to do. Over the next two free days you
might like to rent a bicycle and ride through the enchanting back roads of the Yangshuo countryside, or raft on
the beautiful Yulong River. (B)
Day 12: Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong
Enjoy another free day in Yangshuo and in the late afternoon drive to
Guilin for the flight to Hong Kong. (B)
Day 13: Hong Kong
The day is left free, Hong Kong is a modern city and easy to get around. We suggest you visit Victoria Peak,
Aberdeen Fishing Village and Stanley Market. (B)
Day 14: Hong Kong
Day at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Accommodation
Yangshuo
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

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