Experience Guizhou’s Intoxicating Beauty
Exploring the fascinating mosaic of ethnic minorities in south-west China’s Guizhou province. An off-the-beaten-track trip, the last chance to see many hill tribe people practice their ancient crafts and live traditional lives. This is a dream trip for anyone interested in people, crafts, scenery and food. But you don’t have to be an ethnologist, a textile collector, a photographer or food critic to enjoy the hospitality, unique handiwork, sights or meals in Guizhou.
Day 1 – Flight ZH 9895 leaves Shenzhen at 8:50, arrive Guiyang at 10:30. Keith welcomes us at the airport. Transfer to city. View Mao statue, People’s Park with its performers and new Guiyang. Travel on the scenic train past villages, karst landscape and rice terraces to the hub of Kaili. Explore old area of Kaili and craft area. Learn about silver-making. Visit Miao embroidery studio. Try BBQ. Go to foot massage clinic. Stay Kaili hotel.
Day 2 – visit Kaili museum to learn about local minorities, then explore local market. In afternoon travel out of Kaili to Matang hidden village, home to the Geijia people (a minority not yet recognized by the government as unique), visit craft studios (silver, embroidery, batik) and hike up to Dragon hill. Wander around village and countryside, visit lusheng area and see people harvesting rice. Return to Kaili. Try local sour lemon chicken hotpot and purple rice wine. Stay Kaili hotel.
Day 3 – travel up to the largest Miao village of Xijiang, set on a hillside. View rice terraces and visit wooden stilt homes of villages to see traditional crafts such as weaving and spinning. Watch performance of local villages singing and dancing. Take part in a ‘block the road’ and long table banquet. Stay in family guesthouse in Xijiang.
Day 4 – Hill walk to view tea plantations and carvings on houses, return to Kaili, and travel by scenic train to visit ancient strategic town of Zhenyuan, surrounded by mountains and rivers. Go to Black Dragon Cave, to view pavilions, temples and shrines combining Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist beliefs. Return to Kaili in the evening and try Suan Tang Yu ( hot and spicy fish) and “silk babbies”. Stay in Kaili hotel.
Day 5 – In the morning, if we have time , visit Miao village of Shidong, famous for its dragon boat and Big Sisters Meal festival. After lunch, head back to Guiyang airport. Flight ZH 9976 (20:55-22:25)
Accommodation – in Kaili we stay in quality hotel, in Zhenyuan in a good hotel, in Xijiang in a family-run guesthouse. Some facilities and services may be more basic than in Shenzhen. (Pics and addresses of the hotel will follow later on.)
Food – at Kaili hotel – breakfast buffet (Chinese); elsewhere– wide choice of BBQ, hotpot, beef noodles, rice, mushrooms, local delicacies etc. The local food is a little spicy and hot, but we will order according to your tastes. Vegetarian food available on request. We will try a lot of different snacks.
Transport – mini-bus and small bus, train, some wandering around and a few small hikes.
Guide – Keith Lyons, travelling in Guizhou since 1996, native-English speaker.
Weather – usually fine and settled, bring sunscreen and an umbrella. Warm during day, cooler at night.
This is an adventurous trip – you don’t need to speak any Chinese – but you need an open mind and relaxed attitude to ensure this is a rewarding experience for you.
Ground Tour Price:
RMB 4000 per pax [SACS members]
RMB 4200per pax [Non SACS member]
Adult single supplement RMB 950
Children prices upon request
[Above prices are based on minimum 10 adult pax]
Adult air fares are currently estimated at RMB 1300 p/p but are subject to change until paid for.