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CT-M-03. Guangzhou/Guilin/Sanjiang/Diping/Zhaoxing/Rongjiang/Kaili/Guiyang/Kunming/Jianshui/Yuanyang

/Dali/Lijiang/Guangzhou/HongKong (18 Days) 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Guangzhou in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel.
Meal: Breakfast on the plane/Lunch on the plane/Chinese Dinner                                                  Accommodation: Overnight at Guangzhou Ocean Hotel or the similar (4*)

Day 2
Guangzhou / Guilin by morning plane. On arrival in Guilin, transfer to Longshen(90km, around 2 hrs drive), then continuation drive to Sanjiang(80km, around 2 hrs drive).
In Longshen, you go to discover the fabulous scenery of rice terraces. Zhuang and Yao villages can be visited, but commercialized.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch during the way/Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Sanjiang Dongxiang Guesthouse (3*)
Transport: Flight from Guangzhou to Guilin
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Day 3
Drive from Sanjiang / Zhaoxing. (120km, around 3 hrs drive) You can admire Heli Dong village, Diping rain and wind bridges, Tangan Dong village and rice terrace on the way. On arrival in Zhaoxin, enjoy performance of Dong chorus ( Minority singing and dancing) which starts at 17:00.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Zhaoxing Heaven Hotel (3*) No website
Activity: performance of Dong chorus ( Minority singing and dancing)


Day 4
Visit the village of Zhaoxing Drum with its towers and its theaters. You'll also have the opportunity of a glimpse of daily life in the village. Drive to Rongjiang(150km, around 4 hrs drive), on the way, you'll visit Basha Miao village, Gaozeng Dong village and Baji Dong village(cross Duliu river by boat, before visiting Baji village), Continuation to Rongjain region inhabited by the Dong, the largest minority in the region.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight at Rongjiang Dong Xiang Mi Hotel (3*)

Day 5
Drive from Rongjiang / Kaili(170km, around 5 hrs drive)
Visit local market for Dong, colorful and conducive to the discovery of traditions and customs of the community Dong. Then admire Sanbao Dong village. Transfer to Kaili, Kaili is inhabited by the Miao and Dong.The Miao are the largest ethnic minority in Guizhou. On the way, sightseeing in Kaitun terraced field, Xinqiao Miao village and Langde Miao village.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight at Kaili Zongheng Hotel (4*)

 

Day 6
First visit Kaili old town with its market and Minority Museum. Drive to visit Mantang Gejia minority village known for its batik (30km, around 40 mins drive), then transfer to visit Qingman Miao village (40km, around 1 hr drive).
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel same as above

Day 7
Transfer from Kaili / Guiyang(180km, around 2.5 hrs drive). Take overnight train from Guiyang to Kunming
Road to Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province. En route, visit a Majiang brass drum village to watch farmer painting made.
In Guiyang, visit Jiaxiu Tower and birds and flowers market. Depart to train station and take overnight train to Kunming.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Soft berth of overnight train
Transportation: Overnight on the train from Guiyang to Kunming

Day 8
Transfer from Kunming / Yuanyang (292km, around 6.5 hrs drive)
Arrival in Kunming. Transfer for breakfast in Jinjiang hotel. Then drive to Yuanyang. En route stop at the stone forest for a visit.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Yunti Hotel (3*)

Day 9
Transfer to enjoy terraced field in Duiyishuo and Bada, then drive to visit a Hani village. In the afternoon, drive to visit Tiger mouth terraced field and Yi village.
Note: In Yuanyang , the places which you probably browse local market are Shengcun, Xinjie, Panzhihua. Shengcun Market holds every Sheep, Pig and Rabbit days (Chinese Lunar calendar), Xinjie Market holds every Dragon, Rat and Monkey days (Chinese Lunar calendar), Panzhihua Market holds every Rabbit and cock days (Chinese Lunar calendar). The day of Apr. 23rd has no matched animals, so you can’t visit local market today.
Meal: Breakfast at the hotel/ Chinese Lunch during the tour/Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Yuanyang Yunti Hotel (3*)
 

Day10
Transfer from Yuanyang / Jianshui (162km, around 3.5 hrs drive)
Visit morning market (routine market, not fall on special days) in the vicinity of hotel. Transfer to Jianshui to visit Double Dragon Bridge and Tuanshan village (also known as Zhang family gardens).
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Jianshui Linan Hotel (4*)

Day11
Transfer to Kunming. En route stop in Mongolia villageTonghai. Then Continuation to Kunming. Walk and dinner in Kunming downtown.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Jianshui Linan Hotel (4*)


Day12
Take morning plane from Kunming / Dali
Then drive to Xizhou Bai village to visit its morning market and Bai people's family house and taste three courses tea. Boat on the Erhai lake to browse fishing man catch fish by cormorants.
Transfer to visit Zhoucheng village to watch farmer batik made. Then Visit Three Pagodas and linger through the Dali Old Town to visit the church and the mosque. Then visit the small museum in the town.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Dali Landscape Hotel (4*)

 

Day13
Transfer from Dali / shaxi (160km, around 3.5 hrs drive)
Transfer to visit Grotto of Shibao Mountain where many stone statues carved during the Tan and Song dynasties can be seen on the way. Transfer and sightsee in Shaxi Old Town which is regarded as the most preserved town on the tea and horse trail.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shaixi Laomadian Lodge (Boutique)


Day14
Transfer from Shaxi / Lijiang (120km, around 2.5 hrs drive)
Transfer to Lijiang, en route, visit the Pointing at the Cloud Temple, a quite Tibetan temple. On arrival in Lijiang, drive to visit Baishan village to explore the wall paintings, then drive to Yuhu Naxi village to visit Dr. Joseph Rock’s Former Residence. Dr. Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884–1962) was an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist who spent more than 20 years studying the flora, peoples and languages of southwest China, mainly in Yunnan and Sichuan. The house was party converted into a small museum about Dr. Rock’s life and study in Yunnan and some of the original furniture and his suitcases can be seen in his bedroom.
Walk in the Black Dragon Park and visit the Dongba Culture Museum.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Lijiang Wangfu Hotel (4*)

Day15
Walk in the Black Dragon Park and visit the Dongba Culture Museum. Leisure time in Lijiang old town. Transfer to the airport and take afternoon flight to Guangzhou,. On arrival in Guangzhou, transfer to the hotel.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Guangzhou Ocean Hotel (4*)
Transporation: Flight from Lijiang to Guangzhou
 

Day16
Walk on Shamian Island, Visit the market Qinping and Chen Ancestral Shrine.
Transfer to the pier, assistance with the formalities of registration and departure by hydrofoil to Hong Kong on the Pearl River. Arriving in Hong Kong and transfer to hotel
Meal: Breakfast at the hotel/Chinese Lunch/Free Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Hong Kong Stanford Hillview Hotel
Transportation: Hydrofoil from Canton to HK


Day17
The morning tour of the island of Hong Kong: Repulse Bay and excursion to Victoria Peak. Free afternoon at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast at the hotel/Dim-sum lunch at Jumbo Kingdom(no drinks)/Set Western dinner at Café Deco at Peak Cafe at the top of Victoria Peak(include one complimentary coffee、tea per person)
Accommodation: Overnight at Hong Kong Stanford Hillview Hotel

Day18
Transfer to the Hong Kong airport, where this tour ends
Meal: Breakfast at the hotel/Lunch and services on board

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*Airport pickup upon your arrival in China and transfer to your hotel * Roundtrip air travel between your home and China and airport departure taxes on such travel
* all air and other transportation within China * the cost of your Chinese visa
* all airport departure taxes on included flight * personal insurance
* all accommodations (double occupancy) * personal items such as extra beverages at meals, food or snacks at times other than regular meal times, laundry, telephone, fax or Internet/E-mail access charges, film, fees for taking photographs or videos in certain locations, fees for changing money, individual transfers, medical expenses, excess baggage fees, customs duties, shopping and tips or gratuities.
* all Chinese meals (including one glass of beverage)
* transfers and permits
* entry fees for sightseeing attractions
* services of your guide throughout the trip
* drop off service at the airport of departure for leaving China
* personal items such as extra beverages at meals, food or snacks at times other than regular meal times, laundry, telephone, fax or Internet/E-mail access charges, film, fees for taking photographs or videos in certain locations, fees for changing money, individual transfers, medical expenses, excess baggage fees, customs duties, shopping and tips or gratuities.
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