9 Days Southeast Guizhou Highlights Tour
Group Size: 2-15 people
Difficulty level: Moderate or mild
Hightlights:Experience the Sister's Meal Festival in April. Families of Miao Ethnic dress up to show their costumes by the bank of Qingshui River. We come back to this area again and again every year!
Day and day itinerary
Place & Transport:Guilin & Flight
Today's Activities:Pikup from Guilin airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time to explore Guilin in the evening.
Guilin：Situated in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the scenery of Guilin has been called the finest under heaven. Must-do attractions and activities in Guilin are: Li River Cruise, Impression Liu Sanjie Life Show, Longsheng Rice Terraces, Reed Flute Cave.
[ Optional ] Evening cruise on Li River and surrounding lakes: You will enjoy the evening cruise through Li River, Fir lake, Banyan Lake and Peach River, which was part of the ancient moat surrounding Guilin.
Day02:Li River Cruise & cycle tour ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Guilin & Auto
Today's Activities:Pickup from the hotel at 08h30. Transfer to the dock. The Li River Cruise departs at 09h30. The total Journey is around 30 Kilometers and takes 4 hours. Arrive at Yangshuo old town at 14h30. Two hours cycle tour to rice paddies.
West Street：West Street is all flanked by small shops and vendor's stands selling all kinds of souvenirs and snacks. Chinese and the young Western bicyclists and backpackers are seen hanging out everywhere. Parties after parties till midnight.
Li River Cruise：The 83-km-long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo is the masterpiece of Li River, decorated with rolling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, leisurely boats and lined bamboos. A poem says: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hair-pins."
Bike ride in Yangshuo：Sinoway Travel runs a Bike Club in Yangshuo and Guilin. Dozens of mountain bikes in good conditions are available for rent for our clients only. You might pickup our bikes in Guilin, or Yangshuo. We have some great bike rides that are available to you.
[ Optional ] Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River: Cycle to Hongqi Dock, take bamboo rafting for 1 hour on Yulong River through limestone mountains and trails. The excellent composition of water, ancient bridges and mountains along this waterway is one of the favorite choices of photographers and artists coming to the area.
Day03:Guilin-Sanjiang ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Sanjiang & Full auto
Today's Activities:Drive 3 hours to Longji Rice Terrace. 2 hours walking around the rice paddies on the mountain top, meet minority ethics of Zhuang and Yao people. Continue your trip after lunch for 1 hour drive to Sanjiang. We will visit the Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge in the afernoon. Stay overnight near the Ma'An village of Dong Ethnic.
Longji Rice Terrace：Longji Rice Terraces, located in Longsheng County about 2 hours from Guilin, are built into the hillsides, nearby Pingan village. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill...
Chengyang Dong Villages：Chengyang is 20 km north of Sanjiang, is becoming a popular tourist destination with backpackers. It is a region traditionally inhabited by the Dong people, bordering Guizhou to the northwest and Hunan to the northeast.
Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge：Chengyang Roof Covered Bridge: One of the most beautiful & well protected shelter bridges in China,constructed in 1911,finished in 1925. The bridge is 64.4 meters long, 3.4 meters wide, 10.6 meters high, with beautiful shelters construction on it. It is supported by five big stone piers and the whol……
[ Optional ] Huangluo Yao Longhair Village: Huangluo Yao village is located at the foot of a mountain with a beautiful river zig-zagging around Longsheng rice terrace. It was known for the long hairs of Yao ethnic women. They use a long cloth to twist the hair into a knot, go down to the river to wash their hair in summer time.
Day04:Sanjiang-Zhaoxing ( B+L )
Place & Transport:zhaoxing & Full auto
Today's Activities:3 hours drive to TangAn and Zhaoxing, the biggest Dong Village in this area. Our journey is Sanjiang → Tongle → Yangxi → Deping, visit Deping Roof Covered Bridge → TangAn → Zhaoxing. Total journey is about 160 KM. The coach will drop you off at TangAn. 3 hours walk around the village of TangAn and Zhaoxing. Stay overnight in Zhaoxing.
Zhaoxing Dong Village：Zhaoxing, one of the largest Dong villages in the region, with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong people in Zhaoxing are all surnamed Lu. According to an old man, the head of the Dong people in Zhaoxing divided the people into five groups in order to make administration easi……
Drum Towers in Zhaoxing：The most famous buildings in Zhaoxing are the five drum towers. According to the tradition of the Dong people, each individual drum tower represents one group of local people. The five towers represent kindness, righteousness, politeness, intellect and creditworthiness.
TangAn Village：The TangAn village is located about 6 km east of Zhaoxing, half way up Mount Longbao, about 840 meters above sea level. The village was first built in the Jiaqin years of Qing Dynasty (A.D 1795-1820). It is now home to over 170 households and more than 800 people. The Sino-Norway cooperative 'TangA……
[ Optional ] Dong Drama Performance: The opera troupes in Zhaoxing is well known for their folk drama. Their literary is abundant with narrative poems, pipa songs and epics. Usually the performance is hosted in a traditional drum tower at night.
Day05:Zhaoxing-Rongjiang ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Rongjiang & Full auto
Today's Activities:Today's journey is Zhaoxing → Congjiang → Basha → Chejiang → Rongjiang. Total journey is about 153 KM. Stay overnight in Rongjiang. The highlight today is Basha, which is a Miao Ethic village with the history of over 2000 years and holly land where the Miao ethinc originated.
Basha Miao Ethnic Village：Basha (Biasha) Miao Ethnic village is a very special and old Miao Ethnic village. The villagers remain their unique tradition since Qing Dynasty( about 2200 years ago). All the men comb their hair with a very special hair, caring a knife on the waist and a traditional fowling piece, dressing like an……
Chejiang Dong Village：Dong village in CheJiang is famous lots of acitivities under dozens of Banyan trees. People are busy pounding the life out of some black (indigo-dyed) cloth with a heavy, wooden mallet. The pounding softens the cloth and then it into a shiny blue-black color. It takes hours and days of pounding to ……
[ Optional ] Diaojiaolou: Diaojiaolou is the name for houses in minority ethnic inhabited areas, mostly be seen in Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan and Hunan Provinces. There are subsidiary buildings at the two sides of a house with staircases for up and down. People live on the upper floors, and on the ground level is kept for domestic animals. Each family owns a fire pit for sitting around together to keep warm in cold days.
Day06:Xijiang Village ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Kaili & Full auto
Today's Activities:Today's highlight is Xijiang Village, the biggest Miao Village in Kaili. Our trip is Rongjiang → Shui Ethnic Village → Paika village, know more about Lusheng - the Miao people's most important musical instrument → Leishan → Xijiang Miao village. Total journey is about 170 KM. Stay overnight in Xijiang Village
Xijiang One Thousand Family Miao village ：Xijiang is thought to be the largest Miao village. It's a superbly picturesque place, set in a natural basin and bordered by paddy fields drenched in green, with wooden houses rising up the hillside. The village is a site in itself and there are also plenty of pleasant walks you can take around the ……
[ Optional ] Sunset Photo of Xijiang Village: At sunset, the mountain village looks brilliant. It is a good photo chance. The best position is the welcome pavilion at the entrance of village, where you have a bird eye view of the whole area.
Day07: Sisters' Meal Festival ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Kaili & Full auto
Today's Activities: The hight today is the Sisters' Meal Festival. We drive 2.5 hours to little town Shidong, a small Miao village situated on the banks of the Qingshui River. We will see local craftsmen making silverwares, the dancing, singing ceremony of Sisters' Meal Festival. Young Miao girls dress up in front of us to show their beauty! Only today! Later in the afternoon, we will head for Zhenyuan (1.5 hrs' drive), a tranquil ancient town hidden in east Guizhou, surrounded by mountains and rivers. Miao People are main inhabitants. Stay overnight in Zhenyuan.
Kaili：Kaili city is the capital of Miao and Dong Minority Autonomous Prefecture and the central market town in the southeastern Guizhou, most of travelers come here by road, you might either take a taxi for 2-hour ride from Guiyang airport, or fly to Guilin, drive 3-4 days through Zhaoxing to Kaili.
Sisters' Meal Festival：The Sisters' Rice Festival (sister's meal festival) brings villagers from many remote mountain areas together in search of a mate. A kaleidoscope of colors, local customs and traditions, signature costumes and hairstyles provide a never-ending fashion show.
[ Optional ] Shidong: Sidong is a small town 3 hours drive from Kaili. Part of the countryside road might by muddy and crowded in Sisters Meal Festival, hard to find a clean place to eat, you need to walk a long way to the place where the ceremony is taking place. Compare with all dificulties, the photos worth everything.
Day08: Visit Qinglong Cave ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Kaili & Full auto
Today's Activities: Visit Qinglong Cave (Black Dragon Cave), the largest ancient Architecture remnants of Guizhou, including multi-storied pavilions, temples, shrines, palaces. Confucianist, Taoist and Buddhist temples were put together here represents a combination of the three beliefs. Drive back to Kaili in the later afternoon.
Black Dragon Cave (Qinglong Cave)：Black Dragon Cave (Qinglong Cave) is the largest ancient architecture remnants of Guizhou, included single and multi-storied pavilions, temples, shrines, palaces etc. The complex were constructed according to the natural features of Zhonghe Mountain which is precipitous. The architectural sculptures……
[ Optional ] Zhenyuan Ancient Town: Zhenyuan is an ancient town in the northwestern part of Guizhou province, 3 hours driving from Kaili city. Zhenyuan is famous for its beautiful landscape, historic sites and dense minority ethnic customs. Miao people inhabit there for thousands of years...
Day09:Kaili-Guiyang ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Guiyang & Flight
Today's Activities: Today we will visit Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum and Shiqiao Miao village, it has a history of paper making whose ancient traditional methods of production are still followed today (30 KM from Kaili to Shiqiao). Later we will transfer to Guiyang airport for your evening flight to your next destination.
Ancient Hand-made Paper in Shiqiao Village: The tradition of hand-made paper is still kept in Shiqiao. Shiqiao Village of Danzhai County is one of the villages where villagers continue to earn their living by producing and selling hand-made papers and products.
[ Optional ] Kaili Ethnic Minorities Musem: one of the "100 Distinctive Museums of China", is entitled "the Origin of Chinese Folk Arts". The Kaili museum has a collection of over ten thousand items of different ethnic groups.
Price per person
Your Group Size
single room supplement
(Apr.01 - Nov.30)
(Dec.12 - Mar.31)
-Accommodation in Guilin, Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, Rongjiang, Xijiang, Kaili, Zhenyuan.
-Private escorted tour with service of English Speaking tour guide.
-Private land transfers by air-conditioned company coach from Guilin, Longsheng, Sanjiang, Zhaoxing, Rongjiang, Xijiang, Kaili, Zhenyuan, Guiyang airport.
-All entrance fees of attractions mentioned in the itinerary.
-Service charge, room tax & baggage handing fee.
-Meals as mentioned in the itinerary "B" stands for American breakfast, "L" for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.
-Flight or train transfers before arriving at Guilin and after leaving Guiyang.
-Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, telephone bill, laundry etc.
-Other tours & meals than mentioned in the program.
-Gratuities to service staffs. Please read our "Tipping Policy".
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