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  • Elephant Trunk Hill
  • The Moon Hill
  • Impression of Sister Liu
  • Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill

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11 Days Guiyang and Guilin Impression Photo Tour with Ethnic Flavor

Tour Code: CPT02
Tour Duration: 11 Days
Destination: Guilin, Guiyang, Longsheng, Yangshuo
Tour overview: You will immerse yourself into the unique and mysterious culture of Miao, Shui and Dong minorities living in Southwest China, there you can find how the minority people live their common life as well as enjoy the peaceful nature; and the picturesque landscapes in Guilin will greatly surprise you if this is your first time there – it is no doubt that you will reap both a good material of photography and a feeling of leisure and relaxation in this heaven on earth...

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11 Days Guiyang and Guilin Impression Photo Tour with Ethnic Flavor 11 Days Guiyang and Guilin Impression Photo Tour with Ethnic Flavor 11 Days Guiyang and Guilin Impression Photo Tour with Ethnic Flavor 11 Days Guiyang and Guilin Impression Photo Tour with Ethnic Flavor

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Guiyang Arrive in Guiyang, you will be greeted by local guide and then you will be transferred to Jichang, enjoying local opera performance.
Drive back to the city of Guiyang. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guiyang Hotel Ramada Plaza Guiyang Miracle Island Express Hotel, Guiyang
L
Day 2 Guiyang/Kaili Today we will explore Dazhai village.
Then we'll take a 3 hour hike through this land of quaint mountain villages.
Afternoon, we drive directly to Kaili from the village Details...
B,L
Day 3 Kaili Today we will join the Lusheng Festival. Details... B,L
Day 4 Kaili/Leishan After breakfast, we will leave hotel and drive about 1 hour to Leishan.
First visit the Datang village, the home of the Short-Skirt Miao.
Then we will hike for a while in the field near Paika.
Drive to Leishan and check into the hotel. Details...
B,L
Day 5 Leishan/Zhaoxing Today, we drive about 1.5 hours to the hiking trail heading into the mountains.
Then we will drive to Rongjiang via Sandu, visit a village belonging to people of the Shui minority.
After lunch, we drive about 2 hours to Congjia. Details...
B,L
Day 6 Zhaoxing/Sanjiang Depart Zhaoxing visit the Heli Sanwang Temple and the Renhe Wind and Rain Bridge during the drive.
Late afternoon, we get to Sanjiang and visit the Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge Details...
B,L
Day 7 Sanjiang/Longsheng After breakfast, we drive about 2 hours from Sanjiang to Longsheng.
Have lunch with a local family and then start hike from Dazhai to Ping'an Village. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Ping'an Hotel Ping'an Hotel Ping'an Hotel
B,L
Day 8 Longsheng/Guilin If weather permit, early this morning we hike up to scenic spots for some sunrise photography.
Afternoon, drive to Guilin. Visit the Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo (wave-subduing) Hill . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Guilin/Yangshuo Today we drive to Yangshuo. En route, we will visit Yuzi Sculpture Park.
Have lunch in Yangshuo, and then you will have some free time to explore the small town.
Move on to Fuli town to see the local fan-making workshops of the local villagers.
Later afternoon, we drive to Xingping for the sunset photo shoot along the Li River . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 10 Yangshuo This morning, we will drive to the Yulong River for some gentle hiking and photography.
After lunch, we drive to the The Moon Hill and climb it for bird's eye view of the hill.
Evening, you will have the opportunity to admire the wonderful performance - Impression of Sister Liu . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 11 Yangshuo/Guilin Get up early & drive to Xingping to catch the chance to photograph the sunrise over the Li River near Xingping.
Then drive back to the hotel, have breakfast and take a rest before check out.
Be transferred to Guilin airport for your flight home. Details...
B,L
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Guiyang Arrival (L)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Sightseeing: Jichang Village

Upon your arrival, you will be met by the local guide and then be transferred to Jichang Village, an old Han Chinese village, where you can explore the region's remaining culture of the Old Han (Chinese) ethnic group. In there, you will enjoy local opera performance renowned for the performer's exquisite wooden masks.

Drive back to the city of Guiyang in the later of afternoon.

Day 2 Guiyang to Kaili (B, L)

Guiyang to Kaili (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Dazhai Village, Yandi Miao Village

Today you will explore Dazhai village, an enchanting maze of old wooden houses amongst green paddy fields. Afterwards we'll take a 3 hour hike through this land of quaint mountain villages.

Then we will move on to Yandi Miao village where you'll have a chance to chat with local families and gain a better understanding of the life and customs of the area.

In the afternoon, we drive directly to Kaili from the village.

Day 3 Kaili Lusheng Festival (B, L)

Kaili Lusheng Festival (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Lusheng Festival

Today we join the Lusheng Festival. We will get to experience the traditional ethnic festivities, during the festival, the Lusheng Teams formed by local villagers blow Lusheng to pray for good weather and a bumper harvest. Girls dress up and perform a Lusheng dance. Everyone can enjoy not only the traditional Lusheng Dance but also the Lusheng Boxing, which is a perfect combination of ethnic music and Chinese Martial Arts.

Day 4 Kaili to Leishan (B, L)

Kaili to Leishan (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Datang Village

After breakfast, we drive about 1 hour to Leishan. First we will visit the Datang village, the home of the Short-Skirt Miao. While enjoying the local dances, we can also see the impressive view of Mt. Leigong.

In the late afternoon, we will hike for a while in the field near Paika where we can see some traditional water wheels. We also have opportunity to see how the local people make Lusheng, a type of traditional folk music instrument.

After that, drive to Leishan and check into the hotel.

Day 5 Leishan to Zhaoxing (B, L)

Leishan to Zhaoxing  (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Leishan, Duliu River, Shui Village, Basha Village


Today, we drive about 1.5 hours to the hiking trail heading into the Leishan Mountains. We could choose any section for hiking since this whole region is mountainous. We will hike for as long as you wish. At the end of the trail, we will meet our van and drive to Rongjiang via Sandu, enjoying stunning views along the Duliu River and visiting a village belonging to people of the Shui Minority.

After lunch, we drive about 2 hours to Congjiang to see the village of Basha. The people of Basha are a sub-ethnic group of Miao almost totally different from the Miao who carry on their own extraordinary traditions and culture.

Day 6 Zhaoxing to Sanjiang (B, L)

Zhaoxing to Sanjiang (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Heli Sanwang Temple, Renhe Wind and Rain Bridge, Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Depart Zhaoxing in the morning, visit the Heli Sanwang Temple and the Renhe Wind and Rain Bridge during the drive.

In late afternoon, we arrive at Sanjiang country and visit the Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge, which also called the Yongji Bridge or the Panlong Bridge, it spans the Linxi River of Sanjiang County. Sanjiang is a county town and it has become quite busy compared to the small villages in Guizhou. It is a nice town to explore.

Day 7 Sanjiang to Longsheng (B, L)

Sanjiang to Longsheng (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Hike from Dazhai to Ping'an Village

After breakfast, we will drive to Longsheng (around 2 hours). Enjoy the peaceful countryside view along the way.

We have lunch with a local family and then start our hike from Dazhai to Ping'an Village. When we get to Ping'an Village, we will enjoy our dinner in a hostel and admire the beautiful landscape.

Day 8 Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

Longsheng to Guilin (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: sunrise photography on Longji Rice Terrace Field. Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill

Weather permitting, early this morning we hike up to scenic spots for some sunrise photography.

Then drive to Guilin. You will head to Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

We’ll continue to visit Fubo Hill. You will see lots of rock stone carvings & Buddha statues from since Tang Dynasty. If you climb to the summit, you will have a wonderful bird's-eye view of Guilin city.

Day 9 Guilin to Yangshuo (B, L)

Guilin to Yangshuo (B, L)

Transfer via: Private car on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Yuzi sculpture Park, Fuli Town, sunset photo shoot in Xingping

This morning, we drive directly to Yangshuo.

En route, we will visit Yuzi sculpture Park, it is a large-scale international park of land art projects mainly engaged in cavern art and contemporary sculpture. With the joined efforts of global eminent artists, it is to be built as a living museum and leave a fine cultural heritage for future generations. It is a world heritage in progress shared and possessed by the world.

After lunch in Yangshuo, you will have free time exploring around the small town.

Then we depart for Fuli Town to see the local fan-making workshops of the local villagers.

Later this afternoon, we continue drive to Xingping for the sunset photo shoot along the Li River. Your guide will help you hire local fisherman with his cormorants and bamboo rafts as model for you to shoot.

Day 10 Yangshuo (B, L)

Yangshuo (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yulong River, Moon Hill
Night show: Impression of Sanjie Liu

Today, we drive to the Yulong River for some gentle hiking and photography. The Yulong River is a quiet and beautiful place. The reflection of the mountains, bamboo, small huts and the trees are just like a refined traditional Chinese painting.

After lunch, we drive to the Moon Hill. One kilometer to the south of the Big Banyan Tree, 50 minutes' bike from Yangshuo, there lies the Moon Hill. Named for the crescent shaped cave running through the moon, Moon Hill is one of the highlights in Yangshuo.

This evening, you will have the opportunity to admire one of the best performances in China-Impression of Sanjie Liu, directed by Zhang Yimou.

Day 11 Guilin Departure (B, L)

Guilin Departure (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement
Sightseeing: sunrise photo shoot over the Li River near Xingping

Get up early in the morning and drive to Xingping town to catch the chance to photograph the sunrise over the Li River near Xingping. Your guide will help you hire a local boat cruising upstream to Huangbudaoying for the sunrise shoot.

Then head back to the hotel to have breakfast, after a rest you will be transferred to Guilin airport for your flight to next destination.

Comment on our service from Suzanne Eileen Chaddock, Canada
It was a fabulous trip. All the great things you made we were able to see and do while we toured your country.

Eden and I returned home to Canada yesterday. Just wanted to send you a huge thank-you for all your hard work organizing our China trip. It was a fabulous trip. All the great things you made we were able to see and do while we toured your country. If I hear of anyone heading to China I will recommend they get in touch with you.

Sincerely,

Suzanne

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Comment on our service from Ali Redza Bin Shuib, Malaysia
Our visit was a memorable one although it is a bit beyond our budget but I think it is worthwhile spending.

Thanks for your email. We are all fine thank you.

Our visit was a memorable one although it is a bit beyond our budget but I think it is worthwhile spending.
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We like your idea asking for feedback which is good for improvement.

Our respond are as follows:-

1. What do you think of our guide service?
The guide service is excellent. He assists us in taking photos and video with his own camera and share with us.

2. What do you think of our driver service?
The drive service is excellent. But if he could understand a bit of English would be better.

3. What do you think of the hotel service and their breakfast?
Hotel service was also excellent however Halal meal for Muslim tourist is good if you can prepare for their convenience.

4. Which meal makes you memorable?
Muslim Chinese Restaurant food in Guilin. We enjoy very much Chinese food but as Muslim it needs to be halal so once having a halal restaurant we enjoy the food very much especially the meat and chicken.

5. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?
You are the one that positively respond to my request so that is why we chosen you.
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Please come to Malaysia, you will enjoy here.

Thank you and best regards,
Ali Redza & Saadah

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Comment on our service from Manuela Campanale, Italy
All the guides you proposed us were excellent! Very kind and nice, we have been very happy to meet them. From the terraces of Guilin to the old part of Lijiang to the Potala Palace, everything was very interesting!

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Thank you for your mail and the photo!!! We are fine and I hope you are fine too!!!

1. What do you think of our guide service?
All the guides you proposed us were excellent! Very kind and nice, we have been very happy to meet them.

2. What do you think of our driver service?
The same as the guides, excellent drivers, we had no problems and we felt safe on the road.

3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?
The dinner with you of course! :-) However the food has been very good everywhere apart the lunch on the boat at Guilin that was really very very poor. We did not like it at all.

4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?
Because we have already been in China with your T.O. and we had been satisfied.
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5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?
Many parts, from the terraces of Guilin to the old part of Lijiang to the Potala Palace, everything was very interesting! As I told you this third tour was the best one for us: the weather was fine and not foggy, many interesting things to see and people is more kind in this south part of China, also the guides. We think we will do the fourth tour in the next two years :-)

No other suggestion, everything was OK

I wish you a nice day,

A very big hug from Manuela
 

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Comment on our service from Doreen Jung,Canada
Our family was very happy with our tour and the services of the tour guides & drivers in each city were excellent. The hotels arranged by you were perfect for our family and the meals provided were wonderful.

Our family was very happy with our tour and the services of the tour guides & drivers in each city were excellent.  The hotels arranged by you were perfect for our family and the meals provided were wonderful.
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Thank your for all your organizing and help with our trip.  Cici in Beijing, Wendy in Xian and Lee in Quilin were all fantastic tour guides.  It was wonderful to see Lee again.  She was our guide in 2014 when we visited Guilin and Yangshuo.   Your agency helped us with our trip that time too.

Thanks for the lovely tea cups - they will always be reminders of a special time our family had on our holiday in China.

If there are any websites you would like us to post reviews, we will be happy to do so.
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My children said "It was a trip of a lifetime!" and we want to thank you for helping it go so well!

Have a good day and thanks again,
Doreen Jung

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Comment on our service from Sandra Santos, Portuguese
Let me thank you for organizing once again a great tour. All went really well with Kevin the Tour guide - his command of English was really good. Xi’an is an amazing city. We had a great time.

Good morning,

Hope all is well.

I am sorry for the late email but it has been very busy on this side :-)

Let me thank you for organizing once again a great tour.

All went really well with Kevin the Tour guide - his command of English was really good.
Xi’an is an amazing city.
We had a great time.

Thank you once again.

Cheers,
Sandra Borja-Santos

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Comment on our service from Yuyi Yeow, singapore

I must commend your team as well as our guide and driver for their excellent service and job done. We were very satisfied with the arrangements.

Thank you for your follow-up email. I must commend your team as well as our guide and driver for their excellent service and job done.

My young son felt at home with her, and she went out of her way to take care of him and entertain him during the trip. She was also very knowledgeable about most things that we had questions about. We were very satisfied with the arrangements.

I've attached a few photos of us having a great time. We were lucky to experience good weather in Nanjing as well during our travels, with no rain and warm temperatures.

  

Will definitely contact you when we next return to China.

Best Regards,
Yuyi

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