China: Minorities of the Southwest

A 11 day trip to China 
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This tour takes you along the backroads of Guizhou province, through myriad minority villages, from the Biasha tribe whose men dress as ancient warriors, to the Datang “mini skirt” Miao. You will hear the polyphonic singing of the Dong, see an abundance of local arts and crafts and explore the traditional architecture of villages with over 2000 year histories. Continue into north-western Guangxi to the delightful Dong village of Chengyang and the Longjii Rice Terraces before arriving in Guilin.

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General Information

Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Guiyang - Kali - Taijiang - Xijiang - Chejiang - Zhaoxing - Chengyang - Longjii - Guilin

Departure Dates 

Flexible and customizable for private departures.
Best April through November.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

Meet your guide/driver in Guiyang city - capital of Guizhou Province. Visit the Bird and Flower Markets followed by dinner in the night market.

Day 2

Travel from Guiyang to Kaili. In the afternoon visit the Kaili Minority Museum and the Matang Gejia Village. The Gejia are classified as Miao minority people; however they have their own unique costume, language and customs. Overnight in Kaili.

Day 3

Drive for 1.5 hours through beautiful countryside with terraced hillsides and quaint villages to reach Shidong, the center of the Long Miao culture in South-East Guizhou. We will have lunch here and see the local embroidery and silver-making before driving onto our hotel in Taijiang

Day 4

A short drive takes us to Kongbai where we begin a 5 hour walk to Xijiang Thousand Family Village. On the way, we will cross two mountains and pass through several small minority villages. Overnight in a Xijiang guesthouse.

Day 5

Today will be a long day of driving from Xijiang to Rongjiang. Along the way, enjoy spectacular high mountain and river views, and a variety of local costumes including the interesting miniskirts of Datang’s Miao minority. On arrival in Rongjiang, continue out to Chejiang Dong Villages, famous for their enormous banyan trees and traditional drum towers.

Day 6

In the morning, hike for 1.5 hours to Zaidang Dong Village. Here, you will enjoy the local people’s amazing chorus singing and have lunch with a local family. Then drive onto Zhaoxing, a gorgeous Dong village nestled in a deep valley, surrounded by terraced hillsides. Overnight in a Zhaoxing guesthouse.

Day 7

Today will be spent exploring the area around Zhaoxing, visiting the Tang’an Ecological Museum and shopping for local handicrafts.

Day 8

Set off early from Zhaoxing, arriving at Biasha village in the early morning for a song and dance performance. After a late lunch in Congjiang, continue onto Chengyang Dong Village.

Day 9

Spend a full day in this beautiful Chengyang Dong village, particularly famous for its wind and rain bridges and indigo dyed handicrafts, and wandering through nearby villages. Relax by the river listening to the sound of the waterwheels.

Day 10

Set out in the morning for a long, bumpy drive to the Longji Rice Terraces, near Longsheng. Settle into your hostel high up in the terraces above Dazhai Yao village, then enjoy hikes out to several viewpoints.

Day 11

Relaxing morning taking in the views before driving onto Guilin. Tour concludes in Guilin.


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.