Exploring Ethnic Minority Cultures 

 

 Introduction: Southwestern China’s Guangxi and GuizhouProvinces are home to over a dozen of China’s ethnic minorities.  Each minority often divides into tribes and sub-tribes, each with their own customs.  Previously isolated regions deep in the mountains and hills reveal splendid villages and harmonious tribes.  This trip focuses on bringing you closer to their amazing architecture, food, traditions, and way of life. 
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Day 01: Entry Beijing
Upon your arrival in Beijing---the capital of China, our professional tour guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel with air-conditioned van or bus. The rest time is at your leisure.
Day 02: Beijing
Visit the Tiananmen Square, the must place to see in Beijing. Cross the gate of Tiananmen into the Forbidden City, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and the ritual center of the imperial government in Ming & Qing Dynasties. Enjoy Beijing roast duck dinner in the evening.
Day 03: Beijing/Guiyang
Take a morning flight to Guiyang from Beijing. Upon arrival, the local guide will meet you at the airport and accompany to a hotel. Then go to visit the Qingyan Ancient Town. It is one of the four famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province.
Day 04: Guiyang/Sandu
Travel to Sandu – the only autonomous county of Shui People in China. The residential areas of the Shui people are located at the south side of the Miaoling Mountain where forests are densely covered, mountains and rivers are like pictures. Visit the Yangweng Shui People's Village. The Shui people make beautiful handicrafts -- embroideries, batiks, paper cuts and woodcarvings. You will find the special Baby-carrier from Horse-tail Embroidery and villagers' distinctive clothes there.
Day 05: Sandu/Rongjiang/Congjiang
Visit a Dong minority village in Rongjiang County. There will be a wonderful performance of local singing and dancing. The tallest drum tower in all of Guizhou province is in this ancient Dong village. Nowadays the drum tower is used as a place where the Dong people can congregate to make important community decisions, or for ceremonies and festivals. After that, board a bus to Congjiang county. There will be many opportunities to stop along the country road to take pictures of the stunning landscape and the picturesque villages.
Day 06: Rongjiang/Zhaoxing
In the morning, we will go to a famous stockaded Miao village called Basha, known as the home of “The Last Gunman Tribe”. You will learn firsthand how they got their name and witness the local customs. The next stop is Zhaoxing, the biggest Dong village in southeast Guizhou province. The village is divided into five family groups, each with its own covered bridge and drum tower. The tallest tower is 25 meters high and built without a single iron nail or rivet. Intricate wooden joinery hold the drum towers together. Inside the tower you see carvings of people, animals, and flowers full of energy and color.
Day 07: Zhaoxing/Sanjiang/Longsheng
Visit the Tangan Eco-Museum, all about the Dong minority culture, and history. Afterward, stop at Sanjing to see the Chengyang Bridge, considered a Dong minority cultural relic. You will cross from Guizhou to Guangxi and arrive in Longsheng in the late afternoon. Longsheng is known for the Terrace Rice Fields and Yao & Zhuang Minority Villages.
Day 08: Longsheng/Guilin
Visit the Longsheng Terraced Field and Yao & Zhuang Minority Villages. Afterward go to Guilin and check in a hotel. “The Dragon’s Backbone” terraces are built into the steep mountain range. The terraces look like ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the mountain. Zhuang and Yao minority villages dot the area and feature traditional unique architecture where no nails are used in construction. The different minority customs and dressing styles are especially interesting.
Day 09: Guilin
Visit the most famous sights of Guilin. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin. Reed Flute Cave is the largest, most impressive and fantastic cave in Guilin. Folded Brocade Hill is the tallest hill in Guilin offering some of the best views for viewing and photographing the beautiful city.
Day 10: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
A cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. Among the spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts. Then visit the West Street – known as “a global village” and a good place for shopping.
Day 11: Yangshuo/Shanghai
Take a Bamboo Raft through the most scenic section of the Yulong River or ride a bicycle along the river bank to enjoy picturesque countryside. Then transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Upon arrival, the local guide will accompany you to a hotel.
Day 12: Yangshuo/Shanghai
Visit the Shanghai Museum, especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, painting and calligraphy, Jade Temple, Yu Garden and the neighboring old Shanghai bazaar, fill with curio shops and souvenirs. Wander along the Bund—a symbol of Shanghai. Enjoy an amazing acrobatic show in the evening.
Day 13: Departure
Transfer to the airport and take a flight to your next destination, your China tour and service end.
Price: From US$1260/per person
Inclusions:
1. All domestic airfare (Beijing/Guiyang, Guilin/Shanghai) airport taxes and charges.
2. All ground transportation and airport transfers with private van/bus
3. All 4-star hotel accommodation with double occupancy as specified in the itinerary
4. Western style breakfast in the hotels and Chinese lunch & dinner as listed in the itinerary at fine local restaurant specializing in regional cuisines.
5. All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in the itinerary
6. Professional English speaking national guide fully escorted for the whole trip and experienced local guides in each attraction to show you.
Exclusions:
1. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, and phone calls etc.
2. Gratuities for guides and drivers Note: Prices and programs are subject to change without notice. All prices quoted in US dollars. For booking information, terms and conditions, please contact us: tour@eduabroadchina.com
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