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Minority Tribes in Guizhou: Discover local minorities through their handicrafts

Travel days:  12 days
 /  11 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program are in economy class and include airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program are in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in specified hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request.
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  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
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  • Difficulty Level :**
  • Best time to visit: May – October
  • Discover a varied mixture of minority cultures in deepest rural China
  • Hike to the backdrop of Guizhou's most gorgeous scenery
  • Stay as guests of a local family for more than just a glimpse of rural life, overnight at a Miao family's wooden house
  • Tuck into the local cuisine for some honest rustic cooking
  • Try your hand at local crafts for the chance to make your own souvenirs such as silver working, papercut, embroidery and pottery

Travel content

In Guizhou, they say the men envy the tiger for its strength and the tiger envies the women of their splendor. Few visitors make the effort to reach one of China's most remote provinces, but for those who do, a rich feast of the senses awaits. This tour is centered around the abundant artistic traditions of Guizhou that give the women of this mountain province their famed magnificence. Under the expert eye of local artisans, you will try your hand at silver working, embroidery and pottery.

Nothing beats studying a culture like learning from the source, with the many and varied minority cultures of Guizhou delighted to share their time honored crafts with outsiders. Classes and workshops in the village give you time to really slow down and appreciate village life for the Miao and Dong people. Classes are then spilt between refreshing hikes up in the surrounding hills and valleys where, just like the locals, you too can gain design inspiration for your very own handmade souvenir.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive Guiyang
    • Arrive in Guiyang, free time in the town
    • Welcome dinner at Dong Minority Restaurant
    • Overnight in Guiyang
  • Day 2:
    Guiyang – Jichang – Anshun
    • City walk in Guiyang city, see folk disco dance and check out local market
    • Transfer to Jichang Old Han Village
    • Have lunch in the village, afterwards, watch traditional ground opera and learn how the opera masks are made, then transfer to Anshun
    • Check in hotel and have dinner
    • Overnight in Anshun
  • Day 3:
    Anshun – Guiyang
    • Learn wax-resist making at Batik Worshop
    • Visit Huangguoshu Grand Waterfall (1.5 hour drive)
    • Return to Guiyang, en route, stop at Nine Rock Exhibition to see the rocks salvaged from rivers and lakes
    • Overnight in Guiyang


  • Day 4:
    Guiyang – Xiaba
    • Drive to Xiaba (1.5 hours) and explore villages around Xiaba
    • Hike through the Damochong Valley (3-5 hours); learn about traditional paper making in small village along the way. Then head to another minority village.
    • Dinner with a local Miao family and stay at their house overnight
    • Homestay
  • Day 5:
    Xiaba – Kaili
    • Hike in Dazhai Village (3 hours), where we can see old wooden house and green paddy fields
    • Drive to Kaili, the capital of Miao & Dong Minority Autonomous Region
    • En route, learn farmer's painting at Tonggu village
    • Arrive Kaili in the late afternoon
    • Overnight in Kaili
  • Day 6:
    Kaili – Leishan
    • Drive to Leishan, the centre of Miao people
    • Hike from Baode Village to Maomao He village (4-5 hours)
    • Transfer to Paika Village; learn Lusheng Pipe Making and how to play it
    • Overnight in Leishan
  • Day 7:
    Leishan – Kaili
    • Learn Pottery Making
    • Transfer to Xijiang, the largest Miao village in Leishan, to appreciate the unique Miao architecture
    • Hike from Jiangyang Village to Wuli Village
    • Transfer to Kaili
    • Overnight in Kaili
  • Day 8:
    Kaili – Zhenyuan
    • Transfer to Zhenyuan. Visit the Ancient Town and Black Gragon Temple, one of the finest temples in Guizhou
    • Overnight in Zhenyuan
  • Day 9:
    Zhenyuan – Kaili
    • Drive to Shidong town, the hometown of the Miao people's traditional art of paper cutting. Learn how to do paper cutting
    • Visit a famous, local silversmith and learn the story behind the traditional ornament he makes
    • Return to Kaili and visit Kaili Museum
    • Overnight in Kaili
  • Day 10:
    • Visit a local Miao embroidery expert at Wenxiang Village
    • Learn another type of paper cutting
    • Overnight in Kaili
  • Day 11:
    Kaili – Guiyang
    • Visit Chong'an Jiang, see the mill house along the river.
    • Have lunch with Gejia people and talk with them about their local life
    • Return to Guiyang
    • Overnight in Guiyang
  • Day 12:
    • Transfer to airport and for your connecting flight back home
    • End of service