South China: nature and minorities in 22 days

Guizhou Dong people

During this China tour you travel through magnificent landscapes and you’ll visit colourfully dressed mountain people.

You arrive in Chengdu, the place to be for a visit to the giant pandas and teahouses in the temples and parks. Next stop is Yunnan, a wonderful place with high mountains, green riceterraces and colourful markets in Dali and Shaxi. You will continue the trip to the green, hilly province of Guizhou, home to the Miao and Dong people. The older women still wear their traditional, self embroidered skirts and jackets. The houses in the more traditional Miao and Dong villages are made of wood and built on stilts. In Guizhou an experienced guide will accompany you to discover the hidden gems. He knows the area and people well and can offer you a unique look into people’s homes and lives. The tour finishes with Pingan and Yangshuo. Pingan lies on top of a hill and is the perfect place to hike the steep riceterraces and enjoy the great views. The picturesque Yangshuo with its amazing karstmountains is very suitable for bike-, boat- and bamboo raft rides. At the end a fast train will take you to the busy city life of Hong Kong or to another Chinese city.


Chengdu- Shangrila- Lijiang- Shaxi- Dali- Kunming/ Guiyang- Kaili- Rongjiang- Congjiang -Zhaoxing- Chengyang- Pingan- Yangshuo- Hongkong or Guangzhou/ Shanghai/ other Chinese town

Day 1 Chengdu, private car to the panda breeding centre
Day 2 flight Chengdu- Shangrila, incl transfers to and from airports
Day 3 Shangrila
Day 4 private car Shangrila- Lijiang via Tiger Leaping gorge
Day 5 Lijiang
Day 6 private car Lijiang- Shaxi, on the road visit Shibaoshan temple
Day 7 Shaxi
Day 8 private car Shaxi-Dali, on the road boattrip on Xihu lake, tie-dye village Zhoucheng and Xizhou
Day 9 Dali
Day 10 Dali
Day 11 public expres bus Dali- Kunming, flight or (night)train Kunming- Guiyang
Day 12 private car and guide Guiyang- Kaili
Day 13 private car and guide Kaili- Rongjiang
Day 14 private car and guide Rongjiang- Congjiang
Day 15 private car and guide Congjiang- Zhaoxing
Day 16 Zhaoxing
Day 17 private car Zhaoxing- Chenyang
Day 18 private car Chenyang- Pingan
Day 19 private car Pingan- Yangshuo
Day 20 Yangshuo
Day 21 Yangshuo
Day 22 Yangshuo- transfer to Guilin trainstation, fast train to Shenzhen and independant crossing the border to Hong Kong


2 people: 13900 Chinese RMB per persoon
4 people: 11470 Chinese RMB per person
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1. stay in smallscale boutique hotels (if available) and traditional guesthouses incl breakfast
2. private car with(out) guide according to program
3. excursions according to program
4. bus tickets Dali-Kunming
5. flight Chengdu- Shangrila
6. train Guilin- Shenzhen


1. flight or train Kunming- Guiyang
FYI: flight Kunming-Guiyang costs about 900 Chinese RMB per person. Depending on your date of booking flights are often discounted. The fastest train takes about 7 hours and costs about 250 Chinese RMB per person.
2. hotel day 11 and hotel in Hongkog
3. optional tours
4. meals and entrance fees
5. tips for guides and drivers

Guizhou chicken lady

Guizhou riceterraces

Other (non-touristy) (day)trips:
Dali trip to Yi market
Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple
dali: car around Erhai
Dali: car to Yi market
Lijiang bike trip
South China
China highlights
Yunnan trekkings
Family trips
Non touristy daytrips
Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel
City tours
Tibet tours