Discover the Colorful Chinese Minority Culture
6-Day Guizhou Miao Minority & Huangguoshu Waterfall Tour
Urbanization liberates villagers from poverty; yet all this modernization threatens to bring traditional handicraft to its knees. Southeast Guizhou is inhabited by minority groups, where people are skillful at all kinds of delicate manual crafts, yet unfortunately, ancient crafts and traditional customs are disappearing.
This 6-day adventure gives insight into the diverse but disappearing culture of different minority people.
- Paint and learn how to make stunning batiks.
- Experiment with the oldest way to make paper, using vegetable fiber.
- Go behind the scenes to see how a silversmith creates dazzling ornaments, step by step.
- Discover China's last gun-tribe and observe how traditionally they cut hair with a sickle.
- Hike through the hills and view breathtaking rice terraces between the clouds.
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I had an amazing two trips on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City with the guide Ivy during my stay in China. She was very helpful and answered all of our questions with an enthusiastic approach. I have nothing to say but to highly recommend the trips they offer on the Great Wall hiking/camping and also the in-depth Forbidden City tour! Thank you Ivy and China Highlights.more
May 2023, Serhat Altay
Amazing First Time to Beijing with China Highlights
Tom, my private tour guide was there when I landed and accompanied me all the way through to sending me off at the airport after check-in at the end of my trip. Zhao the driver, who also did all the driving during my trip, was calm, confident and knowledgeable in taking us around. Both Tom and Zhao were punctual too. The Great Wall of China Hike I wanted to do started in a very remote, unrestored part of the wall. This would not had been possible without Tom problem solving many issues we had on the way up and I could not have done this on my own a a foreigner. It was well worth the effort and probably the highlight of my trip.The remainder of the tour around Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Kingdom and The Temple of Heaven was paired with a detailed commentary by Tom of which I learnt a lot.more
May 2023, Munsie
Beijing - city of surprises
A fantastic guide was waiting for us - Jack, who told all the stories with passion and commitment. He also fulfilled those wishes that were not in the plan. I highly recommend visiting Beijing with this guide.more
May 2023, Joanna i Piotr Kuzebscy
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot…
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot of fun to spend time with during my first visit to Beijing. It was a wonderful intensive three days.more
May 2023, Pam S.
Great weather and a good trip out with Lily!
Many thanks to my guide Lily for customising the trip to make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible. She arranged to start an hour earlier to beat the crowd and I got to enjoy the Great Wall before the crowd streamed in and while the weather was cool. I requested to switch the next attraction to visit from Temple of Heaven to Ming Tomb and she not only accommodated the prompt request, but made all the necessary arrangements even before the trip coordinator managed to reply! Kudos! Our driver was jovial and friendly, always on top of traffic conditions and took detours to beat slow moving traffic. Hassle free day and I wouldn’t have been able to cover the two attractions so easily and comfortably without them!more
May 2023, Meibao
This was our first time traveling to Beijing
This was our first time traveling to China, so we really wanted to experience some of the major historical sights of Beijing together with a tour guide. Our itinerary was very carefully planned out according to our interests and tailored to our needs. First, we went camping on the Great Wall and hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu, and the next day we got an in-depth tour of the Forbidden City as well as a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a taiji experience in the gardens. Our tour guide, Ivy, was truly wonderful in preparing and organizing our personalized itinerary. She is very friendly and knowledgeable, and she was always able and willing to answer all of our questions. Ivy provided us with a truly amazing first visit to China and I would warmly recommend China Highlights for everyone who wishes to travel to China and I would especially recommend Ivy as a tour guide for your trips!more
May 2023, Annalina Wheeler
Tom is the BEST tour guide EVER!
Just had the most AMAZING tour with Tom. He was beyond knowledgeable, so generous with his time and made me feel so at ease which was super important as I am travelling by myself. Thank you Tom for the best day-you have totally made my China trip a fabulous experience, one I will never forget!more
May 2023, SHARRYN HINCHLIFFFE
Superb service and wonderful time in Beijing
Superb service from Jack who were with us for 4 wonderful days in Beijing. Jack was clearly knowledgeable about the history and able to deliver insight information to us about places. He was also kind and accommodating to my mother who has bad knees. Both China Highlights and Jack were flexible about the itinerary to ensure that we enjoy the best of Beijing. We'll definitely use China Highlights' services again for our next trip to China.more
May 2023, Chani
First time booking a trip with China Highlights and was fortunate to have Sunny as my private tour guide. We went to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, then arrived and walked around Gubei Water Town, and then visited the Simatai portion of the Great Wall at night. Was a very enjoyable trip as we were able to see a night time drone show in the sky, ride a private boat through the canals of the Gubei Water Town, and eat a delicious lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Sunny is super knowledgeable when it comes to the history of the Great Wall and took the time to explain various interesting facts and stories which made the trip very meaningful. The driver we had was also a very nice man who was always on time and eager to help. Was an unforgettable experience and would highly recommend Sunny and China Highlights :)more
May 2023, Allen C
Tour to the great wall from the airport
My guide Tom was ver kind and knowlegable, he explained everything to me about the great wall and even went out of his way to help me the next day at Bejings downtown! amazing service!!! thank you so much Tom!more
May 2023, Fer Villasefior
Great tour, fantastic guide!
This tour was fantastic! I loved hearing about the history of the Forbidden City and admiring the views at the Great Wall. William was a fantastic tour guide. We were a group of families with several young children, and he was very accommodating and flexible with timing and arrangements. I totally recommend this tour and William as a guide!more
May 2023, Ryan Corless
Four excellent sightseeing days in Beijing
We had wonderful four days in Beijing. The entire trip was tailored exactly to our wishes. From experiencing local food, to exploring the major sites of the city up to hiking the great wall of China. Additionally, we had two amazing guides Ina and Fan taking care of all the tickets and coordination required. Also, they could not only tell us everything about the sights we visited and give us an insight to local customs and traditions, but they did so in perfect German. The chauffeur service from Mr Chang was also excellent, getting us from A to B without any hazzle. The past couple of days were one of the most carefree trips we have had so far.more
May 2023, Katha
Great tour from William
Great tour organized by China highlights, our tour guide was William - his knowledge was impressive, his English was great and he was always on time. We did the four day tour including the wall and forbidden city - would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an English tour guide.more
Apr 2023, Lawrence
Beijing 2 day private tour
The tour itself was great, private driver to and from, my guide Ivy was great English speaking guide. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. Was a great time exploring the Great Wall of china and then my second day did a city tour (forbidden city, hutong tour, summer palace). Felt extremely safe, and was confident having an English guide. Thank you china highlights. (Provide them what you want and they’ll make it happen). Prices are reasonable as I looked at a few places but for private tour, my own schedule, and confidence of getting around safely you can’t go wrong.more
Apr 2023, Mark
Everything was to the vest standard, the history all very well explained by the Tour Guide in Beijing, Ivy. Really enjoyed it, and appreciated the time.more
Apr 2023, Jonathan
Amazing Beijing Experience
I had an amazing time in Beijing and glad Tom was my tour guide. He went above and beyond and I’m truly grateful. Tom did all that he could to ensure my stay in Beijing for two days was pleasant and thanks to him, I say that it was. The driver was also nice and courteous, I called him Jon. The company is blessed to have a good tour guide like Tom on their team so if you are planning to come down to Beijing, make sure you ask for Tom. Thank you Christy and Kimmy for replying all my emails with questions that I had.more
Apr 2023, Pedro V
We had a great experience with China Highlights and Roger was highly efficient and helpful planning our itinerary exactly how we needed.more
Apr 2023, Brenda Sarmanho
Excellent service and tour guide!!
Excellent service and communication from the travel agent Roger Li and amazing tour and experience of Great Wall of China from our tour guide Amber. Highly recommended!more
Apr 2023, Evangelos Athanasopoulos
Maggie was such a tremendous help for…
Maggie was such a tremendous help for our recent Beijing trip. Very prompt and helpful in helping us plan and adjust/amend to our requests.more
Apr 2023, Hi
We travelled first to Beijing for a few days before moving on to Wuhan for the wedding and then for a few days in Guilin along with my son and daughter in law. It was a great trip and all went smothly with the help of the guides we had along the way. William in Beijing and Jenny in Guilin were excellent. Chas in HK was also very helpful in getting us to the right place and the right time to fly home.more
Apr 2023, Alan Harris
Welcome to Guiyang! Your private guide will meet you in the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel in a private car.
We offer a half-day tour of city highlights, including a brief introduction to Guiyang's history, with a walk through the city observing different architecture and tasting classic local snacks. If you arrive before noon and might be interested, let us know.
Howard Johnson Plaza Guiyang (4-star)
Sofitel Guiyang Hunter (5-star)
After you have gained a basic understanding of the ethnic minorities in Southeast Guizhou from the Kaili Ethnic Museum, pay a visit to a special minority village.
Apart from the Han and the 55 recognized minority peoples, there is a sub-group of the Miao who claim they don't belong to any tribe. They say they should be recognized as the 56th ethnic minority, because they are distinct from all others, descendants of the legendary sun archer, Hou Yi.
If you are curious about this and would like to talk to the villagers, your guide can arrange a short visit to a local family.
It is interesting to observe the females, some of whom dress in army-uniform style, as their ancestors used to belong to the army. They also hang two batiks on the door instead of the usual antithetical couplets on red paper, as the village is renowned as a home to batik artisans.
Villagers dye white cloth blue by using indigo plant and paint various patterns with wax. You will have a chance to step into their dye-house, see how batik is made and try to dye.
Heaven Sent Dragon Hotel (4-star)
The Miao are a large minority group with a complex set of sub-groups and a myriad of cultures. Today you will explore the charms of different kinds of Miao.
No group of people in China knows how to work with silver better than the Miao. It is normal for a woman's full set of silver ornaments to weigh up to 15 kilograms, partly because such ornaments are understood as symbols of wealth and also as amulets to ward off evil spirits.
Hidden deep in the mountains, the village you will visit first is famous for its silverware making. Observe a respected silversmith and learn how a dazzling ornament with complex patterns comes into being, step by step. Then have some fun taking part in the process.
After lunch, visit a village famous for its gorgeous mini-skirts and for its centuries-old creative way to store food.
Rural people are experts at using any available resources to make a living: for example, paper is formed from wood pulp and so on. There is a village where people today are still using their ancestors' methods for making paper.
Together with your guide, find the local heir of traditional papermaking methods and learn how intelligent ancestors were able to make paper simply from wood, and without smart machines, thousands of years ago.
The handmade paper is mainly used for writing. Some is mixed with colorful flowers and leaves to make delicate crafts, to be sold to other neighboring villages, to factories and even to places like the Forbidden City in Beijing.
You are encouraged to be as imaginative as possible and make a unique paper craft with your own hands, under the guidance of an experienced natural-paper maker.
After having lunch in a farmer's house, cooked with fresh ingredients, set off for China's last tribe of gunmen.
Apart from those who work in certain specific jobs, citizens in China are not allowed to carry guns. But you will visit an ancient village where men still carry a gun, gunpowder bag, bullet bag, and a knife. The traditional customs of the warrior Miao have been officially acknowledged and respected.
Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (4-star)
Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (5-star)
The most impressive of the rice terraces in Guizhou lie wild and high. Today you will have a chance to hike through some. You can't stop marveling at how in the past people constructed such large-scale terraces around the wild hilltops, without any firm scaffolding or convenient transportation.
The views from this 4-hour hike range from spectacular rice terraces and authentic hidden villages to stretches of green paddy field. Follow your guide and stroll along the bluestone paths, zigzagging between cloud-enveloped mountains.
Feel free to have a shower and freshen up at the hotel after your hike. Spend a relaxed afternoon at Zhaoxing, one of China's biggest Dong villages.
Sometimes young, single people gather in the drum tower on the main street to find their match by singing antiphonally. Girls simultaneously embroider small accessories like insoles, to give to their favorite boy at the end of the gathering.
The road condition is pretty smooth and the views are various and spectacular, but you can hike only half of the route and the car will pick you up if you want.
Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustments for you.
1. Extend the Tour
- Zhenyuan: Add a day for a relax gorge cruise and a peaceful ancient town.
- Anshun: Add a day for China's biggest waterfall and karst park.
- Guilin and Yangshuo: Add 2-3 days for Li River Cruise and Yangshuo countryside.
- Zhangjiajie: Add 2-3 days for Zhangjiajie.
2. Hotels and Meals in Remote Areas
In remote areas, such as Zhaoxing, star-rated hotels might not be as good as the same standard of hotels in big cities.
China Highlights has carefully selected the best restaurant and hotel available, based on criteria like location and environment. Your private guide will assist you in ordering the dishes you like and will accompany you to check in to your room.
As China's new big data valley, the network of Guizhou high-speed rail now links to many directions over the country.
Guizhou is a mountainous province but roads to every villages are accessible. So car is a ideal vehicle when transferring between villages. To provide you with a comfortable experience, private car is provided.
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