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This itinerary begins in Sichuan, the home to panda and its fiery cuisine. After Sichuan, we will take a high speed train to Guizhou province. Guizhou is one of the provinces in China has most diverse ethnic groups live in. There are plenty of them still live in the traditional buildings, eat local food, and celebrating local festivals. Moreover, rice terrace in Longsheng is also famous for its pa...

This itinerary begins in Sichuan, the home to panda and its fiery cuisine. After Sichuan, we will take a high speed train to Guizhou province. Guizhou is one of the provinces in China has most diverse ethnic groups live in. There are plenty of them still live in the traditional buildings, eat local food, and celebrating local festivals. Moreover, rice terrace in Longsheng is also famous for its particular shape, which demonstrate that Chinese minority are bright to figure out how to develop agriculture in ancient society. 

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  • Train
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Meet locals
    Meet locals
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation

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Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu in the afternoon, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to downtown Chengdu to check-in to your hotel. Evening is left free to explore the city if time is permitted.

Mercure Chengdu Chunxi (Chengdu)

Day 2: Chengdu Research center of Panda Breeding

I In the morning, we will go to the Chengdu Research center of Panda Breeding to have a real chance to get intimate interaction with lovely panda. 

Enjoy a tea break time at People’s Park. Commonly known as “People’s Park” this lively open green space in southwest Chengdu is full of exactly that: Famous for its popular teahouse where locals will often linger all day, people playing cards, people doing tai chi, people dancing and people squawking karaoke into microphones. 

After dinner, attend the Sichuan Opera—a dazzling show performed with local instruments, hand shadows, candle storytelling, fire spitting, and face changing. 

Mercure Chengdu Chunxi (Chengdu)

Day 3: Leshan Giant Buddha

In the morning, take a 1.5hrs drive visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the looming Leshan Giant Buddha is a Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) relic that is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world at 71 meters. 

After lunch, directly drive to Chengdu train station to take a high speed train to Chongqing.


Day 4: Dazu Rock Carvings

In the morning, you will take a driving to Dazu (60km)) to visit the world-famous Dazu Rock Carvings as your extended tour of Chongqing which has made a significant contribution to artistic expression in China.

The art of Dazu, which emerged in the late Tang Dynasty (618- 907) and flourished in the Song Dynasty (960-1127), represents an important chapter in China cultural and religious history.

After visit, drive back to Chongqing.  


Day 5: Miao village of Langde

In the morning, take a high speed train from Chongqing to Kaili.

Upon arrival, pick up by our local guide in Kaili, a short drive along the Bala River will take us to the Miao village of Langde. It is a real gem of a village with traditional wooden houses and waterwheels.  

Night at Grand Metro Park Heaven-sent (Kaili)

Day 6: Gaoyang Rice Terrace Field

Miao village called Stone Bridge known for paper making from the mulberry tree bark, the traditional methods going back 2,000 years. Walking across a natural stone arch after which the village was named to pay a visit to a local family and learn the different paper making techniques.

Continue driving to Rongjiang and visit Gaoyang Rice Terrace Field and Chejiang Drum Tower at Chengjiang Dong Village on the way.  

Kaili, Rongjiang
Shangpin International Hotel (Rongjiang)

Day 7: Enjoy the famous “Grand Song” performance of Dong at night

On the way we will visit Basha, a small Miao village with very little signs of modern influence. The local people rarely venture out of the village except for selling firewood and buying for daily necessities in markets. Both the men and women can be seen in traditional costumes, wearing their hair long.

2 more hours’ drive will take us to Zhaoxing, one of the largest Dong villages in the region, with more than 700 households and a population of 4000. The Dong can be recognized by their turbans (for men), and pleated skirts (for women). They are also best-known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, and wind and rain bridges (Feng Yuqiao), which are pavilions for sheltering people during bad weather. Enjoy the famous “Grand Song” performance of Dong at night.  

Rongjiang, Zhaoxing

Day 8: Longji Ancient Zhuang Village

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Congjiang railway station, and take a bullet train back to Guilin (1hrs ride).

Upon arrival, take 1.5~2hrs drive to witness one of the most beautiful terraces in China, Longji Terraces and have an excursion there for ethnic minority culture.

As soon as you get to the entrance of Longji, change the local shuttle bus for another 30 minutes uphill to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, then start your hiking to Pingan Zhuang Village where your hotel is located. 

Longji Ridge Inn (Longji)

Day 9: Reed Flute Cave

Enjoy the sunrise view of Longji Rice Terrace Field. After breakfast, start to do a 2 hours hike from Ping'an via the rice terraces to a local Zhuang village, transfer to your van or bus.

Then drive 2 hours to Guilin, visit Reed Flute Cave, the most famous limestone cave in this area and good example of the Karst Formation with distinctly-colored stalactites. In the evening, follow your guide and take a 1.5 hours' leisure walk along the city's ancient water system – this ancient water system was built by the locals 800 years ago and was served as moat before.  

Night Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel (Guilin)

Day 10: 4-hour's cruise on Li River

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and drive 50-60 minutes to the Mopanshan Pier for a 4-hour's cruise on Li River, with lunch aboard. You will enjoy the beautiful mountains, verdant fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Get off at Yangshuo - famous for its spectacular view of hills and rivers.

Free in the afternoon to explore Yangshuo West Street.  

Guilin, Yangshuo
Bamboo Leaf (Yangshuo)

Day 11: Drive to Xionggongshan Hill

After breakfast, take a short drive to Xionggongshan Hill. When you climb up to the top of Xianggongshan Hill for about 20 minutes, overlook and find the hills standing orderly, clear Lijiang River meandering through the hills. 

After visit, continue transfer to Guilin train station to take a high speed train to Liuzhou, then change an overnight soft sleeper train to Zhangjiajie.

Bamboo Leaf (Yangshuo)

Day 12: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Arrive in Zhangjiajie in the morning, pick up by the local guide, then we will first visit the beautiful Zhangjiajie National Forest Park within the Wulingyuan. 

Then you are arranged to visit Wulingyuan Scenic Area for a trip including the highlights of Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie Nature Reserve. Wulingyuan is a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its lush vegetation, unique sandstone pillars, pristine waters and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

In the evening, take a cable car to the best view terraces on the mind-blowing Tianzi Mountain, whose weird stones and peaks make you feel like you are delving into the magical world of the movie “Avatar”. 


Day 13: Grand Canyon Glass Bridge scenic area

This morning, after breakfast, drive about 40 mins to Grand Canyon Glass Bridge scenic area, here we will have a chance to visit the glass bridge.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the Golden Whip Stream which is located in the east of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, named after the 380-meter high Golden Whip Rock, Golden Whip Stream meanders 15 Li. Golden Whip Stream (Jinbian Stream) is famous for its pristine water, its verdant mountains, its steep cliffs and its serene valley.


Day 14: Departure Day

After breakfast, drive to the Tianmen Mountain, which is renowned for the Tianmen Cave. The cave is 131.5 meters high and 57 meters wide. It is believed visitors, who reach the cave will get good luck. 

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport, to take a flight back home.  



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