The neighboring provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou are amongst the poorest and least developed in the whole of China, but hidden in the mountainous interior is some of the country's finest scenery and most vibrant ethnic minority groups. This is a region of fabulous local festivals, spectacular tiered rice terraces and beautiful rural landscapes. The infrastructure here is constantly improving, but at present basic accommodation and bumpy roads mean longer journeys require greater stamina than the more visited destinations. Most visitors find their efforts amply rewarded any discomfort more than compensated by a truly unique experience.
Day 1: Fly to Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province.
Day 2: Visit China's largest waterfall at Anshun before driving on to Shipouzai to admire the fine Bouyi architecture.
Day 3: From Kaili drive to Changian and minority villages to witness the colorful markets and unique arts and crafts.
Day 4: Drive on through stunning scenery to Langde Miao Village and Paika, famous for fine hand-crafted musical instruments.
Day 5: Journey to Zhaoxing, home to fine examples of traditional wind and rain bridges and huge wooden drum towers.
Day 6: Drive through a lush, fertile river plain to Sanjiang. Stay overnight in picturesque Chengyang Village.
Day 7: A short drive brings you to Longji's spectacular rice terraces.
Day 8: A day to hike amongst the rice terraces.
Day 9: Travel on to the relaxed market town of Yangshuo, with your afternoon at leisure.
Day 10: Depending on your preference, we can navigate around this picturesque town on foot or bicycle.
Day 11: We take a Li River Cruise back to Guilin and fly out.
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