Day 1: Kunming - Jianshui (205 km, 2.5 hours). Arrival in Kunming then bus to Jianshui which is the cultural center of southern Yunnan province. Visit the 400 year old Chaoyang Tower which is even older than Tian An Men in Beijing. It was historic center of the province and remains an important transportation crossroad. Overnight in Jianshui.
Day 2: Jianshui-Yuanyang (Hani and Yi minority area, 150 km, 3 hours). Sightseeing includes the Double-Dragon Bridge and Tuanshan Village, famous for its very old typical Chinese traditional houses, the famous Ximen Dabang Ancient Well, bean curd workshops, Confucius Temple, which is the second largest in China. In the afternoon we drive to Yuanyang. Overnight in Yuanyang.
Day 3: Yuanyang. Experience the highlight of the trip: in the morning, dawn visit to Terraced Rice Fields. A photographers dream, the rice fields are best seen in the evening and at dawn. Visit local morning market. Visit the Hani village around Yuanyang with the day market if you are lucky.
Overnight in Yuanyang.
Day 4: Yuanyang - Jinping (Yao, Miao, Dai minority area, 220km, 6hours). Jinping, which covers an area of 3677 square kilometers, is the home of multi-ethnic groups including residents of Miao, Yao, Dai, Hani, Yi, Han, Zhuang and Lahu. Overnight in Jinping.
Day 5: Jinping-Pingbian (Miao minority area, 135 km, 4 hours). Morning walk for about 3 hours through villages around Jinping. Visit Shili Village and Red Head Yao Minority. Drive to Pingbian, located close to Yunnan's border with Vietnam. Overnight in Pingbian.
Day 6: Pingbian. Morning walk in villages to observe daily life of ethnic local groups. Afternoon visit of Daweishan Park, a national subtropical rain forest reserve (40 min to Pingbian by bus). Overnight in Pingbian.
Day 7: Drive to Wenshan (Zhuang, Miao minority area, 249 km, 7 hours). Visit one of the local markets here. Overnight in Wenshan.
Day 8: Drive to Babao (Zhuang minority area, 175 km, 5 hours)
Sights include forests, caves, karst formations and waterfalls. This scenic spot consists of four sections: Babao, Heye, Tangna Cave and Sanla Waterfall. It covers a total area of 68 square kilometers. Visit of a small village near Babao and observe locals weaving. Overnight in Babao.
Day 9: Drive to Detian, Guangxi Zhuang Minority Autonomous Region (195 km, 5.5 hours). Visit the Detian Waterfall which is the second largest trans border waterfall in the world after Niagara Falls. Overnight in Detian (10 km from the waterfall).
Day 10: Drive into the Mingshi (180 km, 5 hours). Drive into the Mingshi countryside and take a bamboo boat down the picturesque Mingshi River (about 45 min). Lunch in Longzhou, an ancient town in Guangxi province. The very first French Consulate was built here in 1887 and is still well preserved. Then to Huashan (3.5 hours) to take a boat to see the "Flower Mountain" about 1h and 30min and stay at Huashan ethnic culture village and enjoy dinner and a Dong minority dance spectacle at night. Overnight in Huashan
Day 11: Early departure to Nanning (200 km, 6 hours). Early departure to Nanning which is the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Minority Autonomous Region in southern China. It is known as the "Green City" because of its abundance of lush tropical foliage. Visit to Nanning museum in the afternoon. Overnight in Nanning.
Day 12: Long drive to Sanjiang (500 km, 13 hours). Long drive to Sanjiang which is located at the junction of northern Guangxi, Hunan and Guizhou. It is an autonomous county mainly consisting mainly of Dong Ethnic Tribe, which makes up more than 54% of the people in this county. Lunch on the way after passing Liuzhou. Overnight in Sanjiang.
Day 13: Sanjiang. Visit the Sanjiang Museum, Mapan Old Tower and Bajiang County. Lunch in Chenyang. Walk across the beautiful Chenyang Wind and Rain Bridge. Then visit of Pingpu Village and Guandong Village, where you will see Drum Towers and meet the hospitable Dong People. Overnight in Sanjiang.
Day 14: Drive to Zhaoxing (Dong minority area 146 km, 4 hours). Zhaoxing is a lovely traditional Dong Minority Village with its remarkable five drum towers. Zhaoxing still boasts its traditional wooden structures, including a number of wind and rain bridges and theatre stages. Many of the town's inhabitants continue to wear traditional clothing and speak only their native Dong language. Surrounded by lush fields and hills, it is also a small oasis and well worth a day's stopover. Enjoy a dance and song spectacle performed by the Dong nationality. Overnight in Zhaoxing.
Day 15: Zhaoxing. Today we drive from Zhaoxing to Rongjiang (135 km, 4 hours). Between Zhaoxing and Rongjiang, we visit a number of Dong Villages. Overnight in Rongjiang.
Day 16: Rongjiang. In the morning visit of Dong Village of Chejiang. Zhang Lu Village of Chejiang is the largest settlement of Dong nationality in China. Then to Sandu and walk in a Shui Village (Shui/Water Nationality Village). Lunch in Sandu. After lunch we drive to Kaili (200 km, 5.5 hours), which is a city in the southeastern Guizhou Dong Autonomous Prefecture in Guizhou province. It has a population of approximately 450,000 and the area is 1306km².
A significant population of the Miao and Kejia people groups live in Kaili. It is a popular destination for backpackers and others seeking to experience rural China. Visit a village famous for its paper handicraft. Paper workshops here are traditional and the paper-making process is well-preserved as a "living fossil". Almost every household in the village engages in paper production, "Dayanjiao White Paper Village Workshop" produces "paper flowers" which are popular in Japan, South-east Asia and other places. Overnight in Kaili.
Day 17: Kaili. Subject to the season today we will visit local Miao people and their villages. Miao people celebrate the famous Lusheng Festival, which is the one of the most important festivals for ethnic Miao groups in Guizhou Province. This is a colorful courting party replete with exciting bullfights, horse races as well as lusheng (a traditional musical instrument) playing, singing contests, costume shows and traditional dancing.
The girls in their intricate silver head-dresses and beautiful embroidered costumes flaunt their wealth and beauty to attract their future husbands. The festival lasts for 4 to 6 days. You will be there for the best days to witness lusheng playing, costume shows, dancing and singing. You will be greeted at the festival by Miao girls eager to sing to you and share their plentiful rice wine. Take care to sip very little from each cup, as you may encounter as many as 16 to 20 cups on your way in. Then drive back to Kaili. Overnight in Kaili.
Day 18: Drive to Huanping (86 km, 2.5 hours). Huangping County covers a total area of 1,667.8 square kilometers and has a total population of 347,400 people, the vast majority of whom are Dong, Zhuang, Buyi and Miao ethnic groups. We drive to a Miao village to observe local girls weaving their beautiful embroideries. Overnight in Kaili.
Day 19: Today we drive from Kaili to Guiyang, capital of Guizhou. Then tour finishes.
- The cost is based on 4 star hotels and best available accommodation if there is no 4 star hotel in some remote areas.
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