5 days Guizhou Lusheng festival tour
Upon arrival at Guiyang airport or train station, to be met and picked up by our tour guide and driver. Then transfer to Kaili City, it takes about 3 hour’s drive. On the way to Kaili, you will visit Xiasi Ancient Town which was once known as the "Little Shanghai" and the "Pearl on the Qingshui River". You can walk along some of the cobbled streets of the old streets, feel the history, culture, and unique folk customs here. Afterward, you will be transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight at Kaili.
Today you will spend the whole day in Gulong for Lusheng festival activities. In the morning we will drive about 2 hours to Gulong Town to attend the Lusheng Festival (held on the 27th of the 9th month in the lunar calendar), the largest Miao national festival with the strongest ethnic features, which is being held here today. The local people are all dressed up, playing Lusheng, singing, and dancing. You will also see many interesting entertainment activities and wonderful performances. Late afternoon drive back to Kaili. Stay overnight at Kaili.
Note: If not during the Lusheng Festival, we will arrange to visit 1 -2 ancient villages or home visits instead.
Morning drives about 45 minutes to visit Upper Langde Miao village and experience a greeting ceremony in front of Langde if it is not raining. The local women who wear traditional costumes standing in front of the village gate will offer you cups of rice wine to drink when you enter their village, and there will be another dancing performance waiting for you inside the village. Afterward, drive 3 hours to Rongjiang Town. On the way to Rongjiang, we are going to visit Wudong Miao village which is isolated in Leigong Mountain (2,178meters), the village is about 1,300meters high above sea level. Then we pass through the old forest of Leigongshan State Nature Reserve. Stay overnight at Rongjiang.
Visit a morning market in Rongjiang, in which we will see Miao, Dong, and Shui women selling vegetables and meat. Some of them carry their fresh vegetables every morning with bamboo baskets walking on the market street and ask local people if they need it. After the market tour, we will drive along the Duliu river, we will make some stops for you to take pictures of villages on both sides of the river. On the way to Zhaoxing, we will visit the Zhanli Dong village and Huanggang village, the village that is thought to be one of the most interesting and traditional Dong villages in Guizhou. Stay overnight at Zhaoxing.
In the morning, we take a local shuttle bus or a local car to Tang’an, and start our hike from Tang’an to Zhaoxing, down the hills, and passing through terraced rice fields. After lunch in Zhaoxing, drive to Congjiang railway station, from which you can take the bullet train to your next visit or other cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guiyang) or drive back to Guiyang airport.
Note: The terraced landscape is affected by factors such as irrigation, crop harvests, and weather. The scenery seen every month is very different.