16 days South China minority tour from Beijing

⇀ Xi'an
⇀ Guilin
⇀ Kaili
⇀ Rongjiang
⇀ Congjiang
⇀ Zhaoxing
⇀ Sanjiang
⇀ Longsheng
⇀ Yangshuo
⇀ Guilin
⇀ Shanghai
Discover rich cultural diversity on our China minority tour. Visit ethnic minority villages and towns in Guizhou and Guilin on an overland journey. Explore classic cultures in Beijing and Xi'an.
16 days
1st Time travel to China, Culture and Heritage, Natural scenery, Overland, Photography
Trip code
From CN¥ 14,800 per person
Starting with a visit to the Great Wall in Beijing, this China minority tour balances the discovery of three highlight cities—Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai—with an overland trip from Guiyang in Guizhou to Guilin in Guangxi, passing through Kaili, Rongjiang, Congjiang, Zhaoxing, Sanjiang, and Longsheng, noted for its multi-ethnic cultures. Experience the folk customs of the Miao, Dong, and other minorities by visiting several famous ethnic villages on this tour, which helps you gain an in-depth understanding of the minorities in Southwest China.
Day 01 :
Arrive Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is the first destination of your 16 days south China minority tour. Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport, be met and assisted to your hotel by your Beijing tour guide. Have the rest of the day to walk around this city on your own. Our guide will be glad to offer professional suggestions on where to go. 

Day 02 :
Beijing City Tour (B)

Start today with a visit to Tiananmen Square, which is the largest public square in the world. After a short stroll around the world's largest public square, you will head to the north and walk across the Golden Water Bridge to get to the Forbidden City, magnificent imperial Palaces of Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years. Then climb up Jingshan Park to have a bird-view of Forbidden city.

After lunch, drive to visit Summer Palace, originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. In the evening enjoy the Kongfu show after dinner. After, return to the hotel for retire.

Day 03 :
Beijing Great Wall Tour (B)

Morning head to the Temple of Heaven, a place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. After that, continue to make an excursion to the most beautiful section of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall in the suburb of Beijing city. Upon arrival, spend 2 to 3 hours to hike along the walls. See the wall spreads over the majestic mountaintops and learn the history of this great ancient project from your local guide. Late afternoon, drive back to your hotel, rest is on your own.

Day 04 :
Beijing Cultural Tour - High-speed train to Xi'an (B)

After breakfast, drive to Shichahai Area, which is the old part of Beijing, First, you will have one hour tour of a 300-year-old courtyard. With the help of your guide, the housekeeper of the yard will give you a detailed explanation of the old courtyard (Siheyuan) - its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved. Then have about 1.5 hours' rickshaw tour driving through the narrow alleys (Hutong) to experience the real-life of local Beijing residents. Two people share one rickshaw. Drop off at the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and walk along the 800-year-old Yandai Xiejie ( Tobacco Pipe Lean Street ) to the Drum Tower. Visit the big drum tower and have a great view of the surrounding hutongs and traditional courtyards.

After lunch, transfer to Beijing railway station for the high speed train to Xi'an (about 4.5 hours). Upon arrival at Xi'an, to be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Xi'an.

Day 05 :
Xi'an Day Tour (B)

Today make an excursion to see the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China's first Emperor, Qin Shihuang, discovered in 1974 by farmers while digging a well. This archeological excavation site is a stunning exhibit of more than 7,000 ancient life-size terracotta statues of soldiers, officers, horses, chariots, and other artifacts.

After that, drive back to the downtown to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later then, visit the Great Mosque and have some free time to explore for some souvenirs or antiques in the Bazaar near the Mosque. In the evening after the local specialty, Dumpling Banquet as dinner, enjoy the splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. Then return to your hotel to retire.

Day 06 :
Xi'an City Tour - Flight to Guiyang (B)

Today you will start another half day tour to visit Xi'an, firstly drive to visit Beilin Museum (Forest of Stone Steles Museum), it is a treasure trove of Chinese calligraphy, historical documents, and stone carvings, housing over 3,000 steles.

Next is a stop to the oldest and best preserved city walls in China, Xi'an City Wall. Time permitting you can choose to rent bicycles and ride around the whole thing. Or head straight to Shuyuan Men, this ancient street where you observe people's life as it was during the Tang dynasty. A great place to buy some local souvenirs for your family or friends.

After lunch, transfer to Xi'an airport for the flight to Guiyang. Upon arrival at Guiyang airport, to be met and assisted to your hotel.

Day 07 :
Guiyang City Tour - Drive to Kaili

In the morning, visit the Qingyan Old Town, which is a very small ancient town with only 3 square kilometers, here most houses and buildings still keep Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture style. Over 30 temples are other highlights in this town.

Afterwards, drive about 2 hours to Kaili. Kaili is called the town of Hundreds of Festivals as there are festivals every year here. Experience the most attractive ethnic culture and custom in China by visiting different minority villages. In Kaili you will visit Langde Long-skirt Miao Village and visit a local family there to get close to the local people's life. Meanwhile, you can appreciate the Miao people's typical architecture, Wooden Stilt House. 

Day 08 :
Tour in Kaili - Drive to Rongjiang (B)

You will be driven to Shiqiao village to see traditional paper-making, then stop at Gaoyao terrace, one of the top 10 most beautiful terraces in China, to take some nice pictures.

Late afternoon, arrive at Rongjiang county. Rongjiang in Chinese means Banyan tree and river. As it is located in the meeting point of three rivers and there are many Banyan trees along the rivers. During your visit at Rongjiang, head to the Dali Dong village to explore the ethnic culture of this place, then return to the local best hotel of Rongjiang.

Day 09 :
Drive to Congjiang - Congjiang Village Tour - Drive to Zhaoxing (B)

Drive to visit Yintan Dong Village. Here you will know another minority people's life, Dong People. A local family visit will be arranged for you. Then explore Basha Miao Village noted for men's hair dresses. In the afternoon, drive to Zhaoxing, visit the largest Dong People's Village in China. Upon arrival, get settled into the hotel. 

Day 10 :
Drive to Sanjiang - Sanjiang Sightseeing - Drive to Longsheng (B)

Morning explore Tang'an Dong Village, noted as the first ecological museum of Dong people. Then drive to Sanjiang. Here you will arrive in Guilin Province. Visit the unique Chenyang Wind and Rain Bridge and explore the Dong villages nearby. Late afternoon, arrive at Longsheng, which bears abundant tourist resources. The Terraced Fields are the most highlights there. Stay at the Longsheng.

Day 11 :
Longshen Sightseeing - Drive to Guilin (B)

Longsheng Rice Terraces Fields were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by Zhuang people. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop, with the highest place of an elevation of 885 m. (2,904 ft.) and the lowest 380 m. (1,247 ft.). Here some moderate climbing is involved, you'd better have comfortable walking shoes. Continue to visit the Yao People's Village in Longsheng. Afterward, drive to Guilin, the journey takes 3 hours, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Check into your hotel. The remainder of the day is on your own.

Day 12 :
Li River Cruise - Yangshuo Sightseeing

Drive to Zhujiang Pier or Moupan Hill Pier and take a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo which takes 3 to 4 hours. The cruise will give you an opportunity to see the most beautiful landscape in China, have lunch on board. Disembark the ship when arrival at Yangshuo, then get settled to your hotel in Yangshuo. Afternoon explore the lively street market or take a short bicycle trip to the countryside. You will also be arranged to visit one local villager's home to experience their lifestyle and customs.

Day 13 :
Yangshuo Tour - Drive to Guilin - Flight to Shanghai

Spend another morning in the Yangshuo countryside, where we recommend hiking along the lower reaches of the Yulong River or visiting the 800-year-old Fuli Old Town, famous for its colorful fans and picturesque views. Then, drive to visit Xianggong Hill whee you will enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Li River and its surrounding karst. Late afternoon drive to Guilin airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, to be met and assisted to your hotel for the evening.

Day 14 :
Shanghai City Tour (B)

Explore Shanghai's vibrant essence that starts at Shanghai Tower, the city's tallest building offering breathtaking panoramic views of Shanghai's skyline, you will also visit Duo Yun Bookstore, on the 52nd floor. After that, move to the tranquil Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and offers a glimpse into classical Chinese garden design. Follow this with a visit to the bustling Yuyan Bazaar, where you can see many shops for selling antiques and souvenirs. Then move onto Xintiandi in the French Concession, where old meets new. Then experience the historical elegance of the Bund along the Huangpu River, and your tour will ends at Nanjing Road, where offers a lively shopping experience. In the evening you might consider to enjoy a spectacular Chinese Acrobatics show (available only on weekends) or take an evening cruise along the Huangpu River to enjoy the night view of the Bund (additional fee). Overnight stay in Shanghai.

Day 15 :
One day free in Shanghai

Today is left free for you to explore Shanghai on your own. You may spend the day shopping or just walking around to get a better understanding of Shanghai.

Day 16 :
Departure from Shanghai

After breakfast, drive to the airport for your departure flight to the next destination.

Please Note: Shanghai has two airports: Hongqiao Airport, 15 km. (9 mi.) west of the center of Shanghai and Pudong Airport, which is30 km. (19 mi.) southeast of Shanghai. Please make sure you go to the right one for departure.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
All required government taxes and fees.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
All domestic flight and train tickets. Economy-class for flights and soft sleeper / seat for train tickets.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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