About This Trip
With a mix of winding rivers, surreal mountains, and spectacular caves, Guangxi is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Guangxi, on the other hand, is more than that. Its vibrant ethnic cultures are another draw for visitors. Combining Guilin and Sanjiang, this journey will take you to the Longji Rice Terraces and lesser-known ethnic villages to witness the colorful customs of Zhuang, Yao, and Dong peoples. If you like, you may experience their daily life. Of course, the essential Reed Flute Cave, Li River cruise and Yangshuo countryside are also included.
- 1Guilin - LongshengArrival in Longji Ping'an Village
- 2Longsheng - SanjiangLongji Rice Terraces, Zhuang & Yao Minority Villages, Wind and Rain Bridge
- 3SanjiangDong Village Discover, Dong Family Visit and Rural Life Experience
- 4GuilinReed Flute Cave
- 5Guilin - YangshuoLi River Cruise, West Street
- 6Yangshuo - GuilinYulong River, Departure
Day 1: Guilin - Longsheng
Among the 11 minority groups that call Guangxi home, Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Dong are the most populous four. This tour will take you to the rice terraces area of Longsheng and a little-known village Sanjiang so that you can glance at the colorful customs of Zhuang and Yao peoples and see or get involved in their daily life.
On arrival at Guilin airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Longji Ping'an Village for the night. It will take about 40 minutes to hike from the parking lot to the village.
- Longsheng Town
Day 2: Longsheng - Sanjiang, Longji terraces field
Longji is a good place to experience the unique customs of Zhuang and Yao minority groups, but much better known for its majestic terraces. From late May to early June, the watering terraces look like numerous mirrors reflecting the blue sky and white clouds; between July and November, the rolling hills seem wearing endless green or golden blankets.
This morning, you will spend around two hours enjoying the stunning rice terraces. After lunch in the village, take about 1.5 hours to Sanjiang. Check into the best hotel in the county, have a short break, and then take quick sightseeing in the county seat meeting its Drum Tower, the Bird's Nest Theatre, and the Wind and Rain Bridge.
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- Longsheng Town
Day 3: Sanjiang, Discovery of an authentic Dong village
Your discovery of the little-known Dong village will start from the Drum Tower, the center of village events and public activities. From there, the grandma from family Lu will invite you to her home, welcome you with oil tea, and show you the wedding dresses she has sewn, stitch by stitch, for her daughter since the girl was 12 years old. The dresses are fringed with delicate embroidery and at the neighbor's house, you will see how the clothes and embroidery were produced in most traditional ways. Her son, Kuan, will take you to see their pigsty, tea plantation, fish pool, and the village school. You can also join in some farm works or provide an English class to the children in the school.
If you are a risk-taker, it is not bad to try the unique flavors of Dong cuisine in the village, or a packed lunch from your hotel will be prepared in advance.
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Day 4: Sanjiang - Guilin
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we will drive about 2.5 hours to the downtown of Guilin, where you will have lunch, check into your downtown hotel, and refresh in your room for some time.
In the afternoon, follow your guide to explore the Reed Flute Cave, discover its variety of stalactites and stalagmites in all manners, and learn about how such natural wonders were formed.
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Day 5: Guilin - Yangshuo
Guilin boasts the most charming natural landscapes of China and the Li River is the soul of its natural beauty. Today, we will board a ship and cruise down the picturesque Li River down to Yangshuo. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4 hours, depends on the water condition. When arriving in Yangshuo, before and after being transferred to your hotel, you will have some leisure time to stroll through the bustling West Street that is crammed with all kinds of shops and restaurants.
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Day 6: Yangshuo - Guilin
Follow your guide to enjoy the scenic Yulong River and a nearby village this morning. For outdoor lovers, light hiking or biking through the countryside along the Yulong River will be a great bonus. After the tour, have lunch and then be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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