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Rice Terraces and Ethnic Tribes

Rice Terraces and Ethnic Tribes

Rice Terraces and Ethnic Tribes Overview

China Rice Terraces and Ethnic Tribes An off the beaten track experience that will take you on a trek through a dramatic landscape of terraced rice fields and learn about the traditions and customs of China’s ethnic groups, the Miao, Dong and Yao villages. Best time for this tour: Mar to April / October to November

Day 1: Guilin Airport to Yangshuo

You will be met on arrival for a private transfer to Yangshuo.

Distance and journey time:

Guilin airport – Yangzhou (approx. 80km): 1h30 min

Day 2: Yangshuo to Longji

Morning, enjoy a 2-hour tranquil bamboo rafting excursion on the Yulong River. Relax or take a bicycle ride through the karst countryside, through rice terraces and water buffalos.

After lunch, drive to Longji, one of the most beautiful rice terraces of Guangxi. Longji is home to various small villages typical to the Dong, Miao, Yao, and the Zhuang minorities.

Overnight in Longji

Distance and journey time; 160 km, 3.50 hrs

Day 3: Longji Rice Terraces trek

An easy trek today to the two villages of Zhongliu and Tiantouzhai. The hike will take up to 4 hours.

Overnight in Longji.

Day 4: Longji to Zhaoxing

Your ethnic villages tour continues to Zhaoxing, is one of the best preserved Dong villages in this area. You will visit smaller villages on the way and have a walkabout in the villages of Heli and Tang An along the way.

Overnight in Zhaoxing

Distance and journey times:

Longji to Zhaoxing (approx 145 km):3h 30

Day 5: Zhaoxing to Jiapang

Visit the Jiapang Rice terraces and Basha village, inhabited by the Miao ethnic group – famous for its festivals and traditional dresses.

Overnight in Jiapang

Distance and journey times:

Zhaoxing – Jiapang (approx. 150km): 4h

Day 6: Jiapang to Rongjiang

Visit Jiaqu (Miao) village before departing for Rongjiang.

Overnight in Rongjiang.

Distance and journey times:

Jiapang – Rongjiang (approx. 120km): 3h30

Day 7: Rongjiang to Kaili

Drive to Kaili. You will visit the Qiaotu Shiu Village, Wuji Village (Miao people) known for its batik technique, Datang (Miao) Village, and Langde, before arriving in Kaili.

Overnight in Kaili

Distance and journey times:

Rongjiang – Kaili (approx. 150km): 2h30 (not counting stops)

Day 8: Kaili to Guiyang Airport for departure

Travel to Guiyang Airport for your departure. As with all our itineraries, this is an idea of what is possible and every itinerary can be amended to suit.

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