Minorities of the Southwest
17 days tour from £3885
Introduction - Minorities of the Southwest
Ethnic minority communities are the focus of this adventurous route through China’s rural southwest, which begins with a cruise along the Li River to experience the otherworldly landscape around Guilin and Yangshuo, heartland of China’s iconic cormorant fishermen. From there, you travel north to Longji to view its spectacular rice terraces, and then follow a winding trail through the lush valleys of Guizhou Province, pausing at a string of fascinating wood and stone villages along the way, each of them bastions of different ethnic minorities. You’ll see some extraordinary drum towers and ‘wind and rain ‘ bridges, and can opt to sleep in simple local homestays for a vivid taste of traditional China, with home cooked meals a particular highlight.
Opportunities for walks and treks are numerous throughout this trip, although not obligatory. Build in a little extra time for excursions on foot to more remote and traditional settlements. Your accommodation will be a mix of clean, comfortable guest houses, traditional-style resorts and newer properties with all mod cons.
You travel independently on a departure date of your choice. Internal travel is by air-conditioned car and plane.