Among Guizhou minorities

From 600€ / person 6 days

Mountain land and ethnic groups

Guizhou is the only Chinese province without flat land. Its karstic mountains have kept the local population more isolated for centuries, and the various ancient settlements evolved into different minority groups, all characterized by different habits, customs, festivals, sometimes dialects, architecture or clothing. According to the PRC official registration, 18 minority groups live in Guizhou (among 56 recognized all over the country), when the whole province covers only 2% of China's surface area. Imagine the diversity of a trip to Guizhou!

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Visiting ethnic minorities

Since tourism gets more and more developed in the country, Guizhou also falls under this trend and its villages may sometimes look like a folklore show for city people in search of exoticism and fairy tales. However Guizhou province is still less-known and less visited than many other parts of China, and a real air of authenticity will strike you in these remote villages.

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Guiyang, leave the big city to reach Qiandongnan, an area that stayed isolated for a long time and is home to many ethnic minorities. For several days you will discover local life in the villages you'll cross, and observe the traditional crafts and techniques that make each of them special. If you like, the hotels at night can be changed for simple homestays in smaller villages: this way, your immersion during this trip to Guizhou will be much more complete!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Guiyang – Gaoyao – Shiqiao – Danzhai

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.

Hotel: 3* local hotel
Day 2: Danzhai – Rongjiang (B)

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.

Hotel: 3/4* local hotel
Day 3: Rongjiang – Zengchong – Jiabang (B)

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.

Hotel: 2/3* local guesthouse
Day 4: Jiabang – Zhaoxing (B)

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.

Hotel: 3* local hotel

Day 5: Zhaoxing (B)

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.

Hotel: 3* local hotel

Day 6: Zhaoxing – Guiyang Departure (B)

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.

Information

Inclusions:
  • 2/3/4* hotel with breakfast (B)
  • Private driver
  • English speaking guide from day 1 to 5
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic train on day 6
Exclusions:
  • Visa
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the driver and guide
  • Insurances
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