Upon your arrival at Guiyang airport, your driver will greet you and take you to Qiandongnan, an area that stayed isolated for a long time and where several ethnic minorities still live today (~3hrs drive).
Crossing rice and corn fields, you’ll stop on the way in Gaoyao village for an amazing panoramic view on its terraced fields. You’ll keep going to Shiqiao village where paper is still locally produced with ancient techniques. Finally, you’ll reach your hotel in Danzhai, a small town nearby.
This morning you’ll be driven to the water “Shui” people county (~2.5hrs drive). According to the dates, you’ll stop here or there to explore the local markets. Meet the Shui and Miao people, who still naturally wear their traditional clothes. Spend the day discovering their villages, before reaching your hotel in the small town of Rongjiang.
Today you’ll reach a Dong minority village called Zengchong. Surrounded by a river and terraced fields all over the hills, it also contains the oldest Drum Tower in China dating back to 1672 (beginning of the Qing dynasty). Then you’ll go on to the Moon Hills to explore their terraced fields. it is said the Jiabang village terraced fields are the most beautiful in China ; who knows, but they also possess the advantage of receiving very few visitors. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in this area inhabited by Red, Green and Black Miao people.
This morning, keep visiting Jiabang area or go for a longer trek (5-6hrs) towards Yintan village. On the way, you’ll discover the Miao village of Gaodiao, where women and men wear the traditional costume and hair bun! Then your driver will take you to Zhaoxing (~2.5hrs drive), a bigger and authentic Dong village with many narrow canals and streams, also well-known for its specific Dong architecture.
Today you’ll explore Zhaoxing and its surroundings. Discover the traditional wooden architecture that make the Dong minority very reputed. Traditional theaters for Dong opera shows, the five Drum Towers erected by each of the five local clans, the amazing construction technique of the Wind and Rain Bridges: the Dong minority has perfected its art over the centuries. In the afternoon, you’ll reach Tang’an village by car in order to walk back to Zhaoxing, surrounded by the area’s lush vegetation.
Enjoy a half-day rest or discovery on your own: immerse yourself in the village streets or in the local nature.
In the afternoon, your driver will take you to the train station, where you’ll take a fast train back to Guiyang to end this trip to Guizhou. In Guiyang, you will board a flight to your next destination.