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Minority villages of southwest China

16 days from £4,735pp

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Tour highlights

  • See the pretty rice terraces of Longji.

  • See seldom visited minority villages in Guangxi and Guizhou provinces.

  • See the well-preserved Naxi minority town of Lijiang.

  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Experience a side of China that few other visitors experience.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Hong Kong.

  • Arrive into Hong Kong and fly on to the city of Guilin, here you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.

  • This morning you will board a leisurely boat cruise on the Li River to Yangshuo, enjoying the limestone karst mountain scenery along the way. On arrival in Yangshuo you will have time to explore before returning to Guilin by car.

  • Drive to the village of Longji this morning, and spend time walking among the rice terraces which are iconic of this region. You will do a hike into the terraces and enjoy tea at a local village.

  • Leave Longji this morning for Chengyang, via Sanjiang. Explore nearby Chengyang with its spectacular Wind and Rain Bridge this afternoon before continuing onto Zhaoxing.

  • Spend today walking between Tangan and your village of Zhaoxing: a leisurely day of easy walking, taking you through some picturesque villages and scenery.

  • Continue deeper into Guizhou today as you leave Zhaoxing for Rongjiang, stopping at the beautiful village of Basha near Congjiang.

  • Leave Rongjiang this morning for Kaili, breaking the journey at the Miao villages of Langde and Paika — the latter famous for its musical instruments.

    Stay at Kaili Zongheng Hotel   
  • Spend the day exploring around Lijiang, including visiting local Naxi minority villages.

  • Today you will continue by road to Dali.

  • Exploring the old town of Dali, Xizhou and the Three Pagodas.

  • From Dali you will travel to Shibaoshan and visit the Stone Bell monastery before continuing onto Shaxi.

  • Winding through the mountain passes you will leave Shaxi and join the highway onto Lijiang.

  • Spend the day exploring around Lijiang, including visiting local Naxi minority villages as well as the Old Town.

  • Your driver will meet you this morning to fly to Guangzhou and stay overnight before your journey home.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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