One of China’s least known yet most underrated travel destinations, Guizhou is a true exuberance of stunning scenery, ethnic diversity and rural traditions. Discover farming communities hidden amidst endless rice terraces, explore well-preserved ethnic villages, learn about unique customs and traditional culture and experience the genuine hospitality of the Guizhou people, as they invite you round their tables and into their homes.
Learn more about Long March trivia and discover the prevalence of communism in Guizhou, before you make your way to a hillside hamlet, situated in Dong territory. Explore the surrounding rice terraces and meet your Dong hosts, as you gaze at the stars from their balcony. Share a traditional Dong breakfast and look for a large but hidden wooden covered bridge, stretching the gentle river below.
Rise early for a brief hike to a hidden Buddhist monastery and have your efforts rewarded with a sip of fresh mountain water, straight from the monastery’s source. Get access to traditional Dong and Shui villages, as you follow the curves of the Duliu River looking for an ideal picnic or swimming spot along its banks.
Venture deep into unknown Miao lands and take your time to explore the sequence of sheltered valleys, peppered with traditional stilted wooden structures and bordered by endless rice terraces. Have your Miao hosts show how their indigo batik is still produced the traditional way before you give it a try yourself.
A WORD ON ACCOMMODATION
While catching up quickly with the rest of China, acceptable hotel options in Guizhou remain limited. We therefore alternate the best available hotels with basic but authentic home stays. We work closely with the local families and offer guidance to make this a pleasant and sustainable experience for everyone involved.