Guizhou: A Land Stitched in Time

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7 Days
Spring, Fall, Winter
Guiyang
Xingyi - Kunming

Nestled in the remote mountains of Guizhou, the region’s colorful minority cultures were, until recently, cut off from the outside world. Today, their timeless heritage lives on, from their music to the histories stitched onto their clothes. Explore the Forest of Ten Thousand Peaks, hike to the summit of Guizhou’s highest mountain, and meet people who are worth stitching into your own memories.

About this Journey

Guizhou may be one of the poorest provinces in China, but it is remarkably rich in minority culture and natural beauty. This southwestern province is home to several minorities, including many types of Miao as well as the Yi and Buyei people, each with their own special clothing, customs, and language. Guizhou’s natural beauty ranges from jutting karst peaks and gushing waterfalls to river gorges and azalea gardens. On this trip, discover the hidden side of Guizhou: wander inside a cave village, visit a floating stone forest, enjoy a Buyei musical performance, and indulge in some bird watching at a nature reserve.

What we love
  • Encountering cranes, storks, eagles and macaques in Guizhou's parks and nature reserves
  • Enjoying a special Nuo opera performance at an Yi village
  • Learning about the several different groups of Miao from Black Miao to Large Flowery Miao
Where you're going
Guizhou: A Land Stitched in Time
Itinerary

Day 1 - 3Guiyang – Local Villages

Admire the curved eaves of a Ming Dynasty tower • Meet some macaques while walking through Qianling Park • Encounter karst stalactites and stalagmites in Zhijin Cave • Visit Jingo village, home to both Yi and Miao people • Wander through a sea of rhododendrons at an azalea nature reserve

Day 4 - 7 Local Villages

Enjoy a special Nuo opera performance at an Yi village • Visit a nature reserve famous for its cranes, storks, and eagles • Hike to the top of the highest mountain in Guizhou • Visit Longchang Miao village • Pay a visit to a Large Flowery Miao village once hailed as the center of Miao Christian culture • Witness a prayer ceremony at Puji Temple • Admire the impressively large headdresses of the Long Horn Miao • Option 1: return to Guiyang, trip ends •Ÿ Option 2: continue with post-trip extension

Day 8 - 10Anshun – Xingyi (Optional Extension)

Travel to one of the largest waterfalls in China • Float through the Longgong (“Dragon’s Palace”) Caves on a boat • Visit a floating stone forest • Enter a Miao village hidden away in a large cave • Embark on a boat down Getu River • Visit a Miao village • Enjoy a special singing performance by the Buyei people • Drop by a Black Miao village

Day 11 - 12Xingyi - Kunming (Optional Extension)

Explore the Forest of Ten Thousand Peaks, where grey-green karst formations jut out against yellow-green fields • Either hike around the deep rift that is Maling River Gorge or raft down Maling River

Recommended Hotels

Sheraton Guiyang

5 star

The Sheraton Guiyang is within walking distance from People’s Square and has friendly, English-speaking staff and comfortable, modern rooms.

Details

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What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Why WildChina

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