14 Days / 13 Nights
Guilin - Yangshuo - Longji - Sanjiang - Zhaoxing - Rongjiang - Kaili - Guiyang - Shanghai
Start in Guilin with the amazing vistas along a Li river cruise. Go bamboo rafting, see the Longsheng rice terraces, visit Longji, Sanjiang, then Zhaoxing famous for its fascinating villages, then head to Rongjiang, Kaili, and Guiyang, visit Qingyan Ancient Town before ending your tour in Shanghai.
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Day 1. Arrive Guilin (-/-/-)
Our guide will meet you at the airport, and escort you to your hotel. A small city with great natural beauty in southern China. Free at leisure for the rest day.
Day 2. Li River Cruise (B/L/D)
Visit: The best way to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Li river is to take a cruise. The cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is one of the most popular activities in Guilin. Along the river you can see stunning karst hills, bamboo groves, and villages. Look down in the clear river to see the river bottom and rocky shoals. Highlights along the way include Nine Horse Fresco Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal, 20-Yuan Bill Hill, and Xingping Town. During the cruise, there will be crowds on the deck, but your private guide will tell you when to go to the deck to see the best scenery.
Day 3. Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River (B/L/D)
Experience: In the morning we will bike upstream along Yulong River, the most beautiful tributary of Li River, for one and a half hours. Our scenic countryside trail along the riverbank will take us through villages, rice fields and orchards, all framed by the majestic karst mountains. The landscape will compel you to take photos, and in the warmer months, you might even find buffalos wandering into your frame. We will then pair up to drift along the Yulong River on bamboo rafts, offering more scenic moments you will want to capture by camera. Rafting on the river always proves to be a traveler favorite as you record the beautiful views. After that, you will visit Moon Hill. A 40-minute hike to the top will reward you with a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding area. Keen photographers, take note: this is your spot!
Day 4. Yangshuo - Longsheng (B/L/D)
Experience: After breakfast, free time in the morning. Then drive to Longsheng, a fascinating scenic spot for tourism. It is well known for its enchanting scenery, plenty of local products and several colorful minorities. Then enjoy your hiking tour around Ping'an Zhuang Village for wonderful views including the Zhuang and Yao minority tribes' villages.
Day 5. Longji (B/L/D)
Experience: In the morning, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields and exotic ethnic culture after a hike of about 3.5 hours to Tiantou Village in the Jinkeng rice terraces area. Then continue to trek about 2km to visit the Yao family in Dazhai Village. Drive back to the hotel.
Day 6. Longji - Sanjiang (B/L/D)
Visit: Drive to Sanjiang Dong autonomous region after breakfast. You will visit the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge - a symbol of the Dong ethnic architecture where the main materials are wood and stone - and the Drum Tower of Sanjiang after arrival. The Drum Tower of Sanjiang is a wooden structure and it is the symbol of Sanjiang County. The shape of Sanjiang Drum Tower is like a pagoda. The magnificent and elaborate structure with gray colours represent the Dong minority's profound culture.
Day 7. Sanjiang - Zhaoxing (B/L/D)
Visit: Drive to Zhaoxing after breakfast. It is famous for its villages and it is the core region of the Zhaoxing Dong culture scenic area. You will stop at Tang An Dong Village enroute, an eco-museum. Explore some authentic Dong villages nearby with our experienced guide, such as Zhaoxing Dong Village, Jitang Dong Village, Yilun Dong Village, Tang'an Dong Village, Xiage Upper Dong Village, Xiage Lower Dong Village, Shangdiping Dong Village, and the Sasui Mountain with 7 Dong Villages. After that, take a good rest in the hotel.
Day 8. Zhaoxing-Rongjiang (B/L/D)
Visit: After breakfast, visit Basha Miao Village and Zhanli Dong Village. Then transfer to Rongjiang, overnight in Rongjiang.
Day 9. Rongjiang-Kaili (B/L/D)
Visit: Depart from Rongjiang towards Kaili, which is the capital city of Guizhou's southeast autonomous prefecture of the Miao and Dong people, with some of the most fascinating minority villages you're likely to encounter in China. After your arrival, you will visit Datang Short Skirt Miao Village, Langde and Jidao Long Skirt Miao Village, where you will also see a unique ancient barn over water and experience the quiet life in this distant village. Then free time for the rest of the day.
Day 10. Kaili (B/L/D)
Visit: Today, you will visit the Kaili Folk Museum, which is an ideal place to learn about the ethnic culture. In Shiqiao Miao Village see papermaking and in Matang Village see the handmade batik. If you are interested in local food, you could try the famous local Sour Soup Fish Hotpot.
Day 11. Kaili - Guiyang (B/L/D)
Visit: In the morning, you will be driven to Guiyang to visit Qingyan Ancient Town, which is famous for its long history and strong cultural atmosphere.
Day 12. Guiyang (B/L/D)
Visit: We will spend the day in Guizhou Province, which is the home of some of China's most spectacular vistas, with verdant mountains, limestone peaks, the Huangguoshuo Waterfalls and the Tianxing Park.
Day 13. Guiyang - Shanghai (B/L/D)
In the morning, we will fly to Shanghai after breakfast, a beautifully-bustling cosmopolitan city offering sharp contrasts between the modern and traditional.
Visit: Upon arrival in Shanghai, we will start our day by rising above the city to the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the second tallest building in China, where we will take in a panoramic city view from the Sky Walk observatory, a perch 474 meters above ground. The observatory features a glass floor that you can walk along if you’re feeling brave and want to see the city beneath your feet. Next we’re going to visit Yuyuan Garden, a representative of private gardens in southern China: small but elegant and exquisite, the landscaping featuring water, pavilions and bridges amidst the gardens. The surrounding bazaar, popular for souvenir-hunters, is a beehive of activity. Here you can try your hand at bargaining.
Experience: Afterwards, we will explore the surrounding Xintiandi, a typical Shikumen area with modern renovation, where the local residences are modeled in traditional Shanghainese architecture. Unfortunately, most Shikumen disappeared quickly due the city’s rapid economic development, but in the old quarter of the city you can still find the historic structures.
The afternoon is yours to explore or rest and relax, as you prefer.
Day 14. Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule for your flight back to the UK.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS FROM £2,685 per person + international flights
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Meals daily as listed in the itinerary, (B/L/D)=(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner),
picnic lunches in remote area if required
Hotel accommodation in medium range accommodation on a twin-shared basis.
Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary.
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to China
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for China
Tips to the guide and driver
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites.
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