Kunming-Lijiang-Huangguoshu Waterfall-Guiyang-Kaili-Zhaoxing-Sanjiang-Guilin 15 days Tour
Kunming - Lijiang - Kunming - Lunan - Xingyi - Huangguoshu Waterfall - Guiyang - Kaili - Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng - Guilin
Day01,Arrive in Kunming
Our guide will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area at Kunming Airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.
Day02, Kunming - Lijiang
You will take a morning flight to Lijiang where the local guide will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel. After a short break, start your tour to Baisha Village. Located to the north of Lijiang Old Town, Basha Village was the first settlement of Naxi people as well as the economic and political center of Lijiang during the Ming and Qing dynasties. You could visit a Naxi family to learn more about the local customs and Naxi people's life. Besides the ancient palaces and pavilions, the most attractive site you will see is Baisha Murals which absorbed the styles of Han, Tibet and Naxi, reflecting that Buddhism, Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism coexisted harmoniously.
Full day is free for you to explore the old town. The best travel time is the early morning when the street is tranquil and peaceful, so that you could walk along the stone roads and take some real nice photos. In the bustling daytime, the hospitable vendors and variety of souvenirs show you a vigorous ancient town.
Day04,Lijiang - Kunming - Lunan Stone Forest
A morning flight will take you back to Kunming. Upon your arrival, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to visit the Stone Forest at Lunan. Known as the 'world's karst landscape museum', it is famous for the varied karst formations which formed a natural labyrinthine forest. According to the different shapes, people gave the stones interesting names, such as Mother and Son, Camel Riding on Elephant, Buddha Stone, Rhinoceros Looking at the Moon and Beautiful Maiden Ascending from the Water. Besides, the beautiful scenery of lakes, waterfall, woods and caves will also impress you.overnight in Lunan.
Day05, Lunan - Shizong - Xingyi
We will drive you to enter into Guizhou Province via Shizong and Xingyi. En route, if time permits, stop over at a local Tobacco Farm and a Country Market to enjoy the beautiful landscape and learn about the local people's life. Upon arrival in Xingyi, you will pay a visit to Guizhou Folk Museum of Wedding Rituals which is located in an ancient family yard. Therefore, you can not only learn the unique wedding customs of Miao and Buyi minorities but also appreciate the traditional buildings with fine decorations. Stay two nights at the best local hotel in Xingyi.
A morning excursion will take you to Wan Feng Lin (Ten-Thousand Peaks Forest). Located 4.5 km (2.8 miles) from Xingyi City, Wan Fen Lin is covered by nearly 20,000 of hills and peaks, and is regarded as one of the three most famous karst formations in southwestern China. Then head for Maling River Canyon which is actually a 74.8-kilometer-long (46.5 miles) crack appeared after the crustal movement about 70 million years ago and regarded as 'the beautiful scar on the planet'. Finally, you will take a 2-hour hiking at Tianxing Gallery. Consisting of 13 beautiful waterfalls, Tianxing Gallery is the most splendid part of Maling River Canyon Scenic Area.
Day07, Xingyi - Huangguoshu Waterfall
In the morning, you will stop over at Zuoqi Black Miao Village on the way to Huangguoshu. The Miao people in the village prefer black clothes, hence the name. You could see the women in the village wearing big heavy silver earrings, which is also a tradition. Then continue to a Buyi People Village to see their traditional way of spinning and weaving. On arrival at Huangguoshu, you will check in at the best local hotel.
Day08 Huangguoshu Waterfall - Guiyang
Today, you could see Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Asia. There are all together 18 all sized waterfalls and the major one is 67 meters (220 feet) high and 83.3 meters wide. In the scenic area, you will also be attracted by the astonishing waterfall cave, grotesque rocks and trees. After that, proceed to Guiyang and check in the hotel. During the rest of the day, you are going to visit Qingyan Ancient Town, which was originally a military town constructed over 600 years ago with exquisite buildings. The next stop is the Jiaxiu Tower which has seen the development of Guiyang City in the latest 400 years and also is the landmark of Guiyang.
Day09, Guiyang - Kaili
Driving from Guiyang about 170 km, you could get to Kaili today and stay one night at the best local hotel. After lunch, go to Shiqiao Miao Village to see how paper is made from tree roots and barks in traditional way. Then continue to visit Qingman Miao Village where a family visit is specially arranged for you to learn more about the Miao people's life. Meanwhile, you will find the wooden stilt houses in the typical Miao architectural style. Joint by tenon and mortise other than nail, these houses are usually constructed on hillsides or slopes with pyramid-shape roofs.
Day10,Kaili - Rongjiang
Today's first stop is Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village. It is so named because the Miao people in the village wear long skirts. With hundreds of years' history, this village is famous for the ancient folk song, granaries and bluestone roads. Proceeding to a nearby village, you could learn about pottery-making. After lunch, you will head for Datang Short-skirt Miao Village because short skirt has been the traditional costume of the villagers for more than 500 years. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at Rongjiang and check in the best local hotel.
Day11 Rongjiang - Congjiang - Zhaoxing
Basha Miao Village will be your first stop today, which is noted for the local men's hair dresses. After that, visit Gaozeng Dong People's Village, another ancient minority village. In the afternoon, the trip will be extended to Zhaoxing to visit the largest Dong village. Surrounded by mountains in a basin, this village is famous for the splendid drum towers group which consists of five drum towers of different styles and sizes. You will stay one night at the best local hotel.
Day12 Zhaoxing - Sanjiang - Longsheng
As the first ecological museum of Dong people, Tang'an Dong Village awaits you to discover this morning. Afterwards, you will drive to Sanjiang for Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and other Dong villages nearby. As another typical building of Dong people, the Wind and Rain Bridge merges bridge, corridor and pavilion into a whole, providing a rest place and a shelter. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is the largest of the kind and has a history of over 95 years. Late in the afternoon, you will get to the rural Longsheng and check in the hotel.
Day13 Longsheng - Guilin
You will go to see the astonishing Longsheng Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in the morning. Stretching layer upon layer from the base of Longji Mountain to the summit, the rice terraces covers an area of 66 square kilometers and spans an altitude between 300 meters and 1,100 meters, assembling the wisdom and diligence of Zhuang minority people. Then visit a Zhuang People's Village. Before night, we will transfer you to Guilin and help you check in the hotel.
Day14 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Enduring memories will be created today as you cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Picturesque sceneries will come into view all the way along the river. You will see undulating hills, crystal water, dense trees, green fields and grotesque peaks. Upon your arrival in Yangshuo, a short trip to the countryside is specially arranged for you to get close to the natural beauty of Yangshuo. On the way, you will also visit a local villager's home to experience the farmer's lifestyle. After that, we will transfer you back the hotel in Guilin. Tips: We regret to inform you that the lunch provided by the cruise is limited and does not meet the serving standards that TravelChinaGuide aims to ensure. Therefore, we recommend that you consider having a larger breakfast at the hotel this morning.
Day15 Departure from Guilin
Your Guilin city tour will cover the Reed Flute Cave, the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. The Reed Flute Cave is well-known for fantastic karst landscape with interesting names, such as Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda and Virgin Forest. The Seven Star Park is the largest complex park in Guilin City, consisting of the karst cave, hills, lakes, and ancient temples, bridges and stone tablets.end the tour.