Explore China's stunningly diverse regions of Upper Yunnan and Guizhou.

China's Tribal Heartlands

Stray from the standard route on this touring style exploration of China's stunningly diverse and scenic tribal regions of Upper Yunnan and Guizhou.

Our route will take us from the azalea scrublands of the Tibet Plateau to the rural forested region of Miao, Zhang and Dong homelands.

We take the back door into one of the China's most authentic and unspoiled regions where startling landscapes, fascinating tribal cultures and rich biodiversity make this such a memorable journey.

Talk to us about things to do if you would like to arrive in China a day or two earlier, or stay a little longer at the end of our tour.


2020 group departure dates and price to be confirmed.
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Price is all inclusive and based on twin share and minimum of 2 travellers.
Single Room Supplement available

Escorted by SRA local professional tour leader

Trip duration
19 days
10℃ - 25℃
Tour coach, 1 domestic flight. 1 train journey
Commences Kunming
01 September 2019
Concludes Guilin
19 September 2019
Max 8
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 - Arrive Kunming
Met by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 - to Shilan Stone Forest
Full day to visit the "Stone Forest" World Geo Park, 1 hour's drive from Kunming city. This is a large area of karst (limestone) pillars, some as high as 30 metres.

Day 3 - Flight to Deqin/Shangrila
Morning flight to Shangri La (Zhogdian) on the Tibetan Plateau. Visit the Monastery, lunch with local family, rest of day to explore the town.

Day 4 - Drive to White Terraces
Drive though the azalea, holly oak and fir forest to the White Terraces. This afternoon walk to the Silica Terrace area following the path through the Terrace area.

Day 5 - Drive to Lijiang
Continue down valley to join the Yangtze River. Drive through Tiger Leaping Gorge, time for a short walk along the road through the Gorge and down to the river at a narrow point in the gorge. Continue to Lijiang home to the Naxi people.

Day 6 - Lijiang
Sightseeing in Lijiang Old Town (World Heritage site). Rest of the day to explore at your own pace.

Day 7 - Drive to Dali
This morning a half drive to Dali, lunch in Dali. After lunch sightseeing in Dali old town including indigo dye workshop.

Day 8 - Dali to Kunming
This morning visit the morning market at Shizhou, also visit Jojang Village. This afternoon drive to Kunming.

Day 9 - Train to Anshun
Morning fast train to Anshun. This afternoon visit the Longgong caves.

Day 10 - to Kaili
Drive to Huangguoshu Waterfalls, the largest waterfall in Asia. Time to explore this area before continuing by road to Kaili.

Day 11 - to Kaili
Kaili is home to Miao and Ge nationalities renowned for their embroidery, brocade, wax printing and paper cut work. Sightseeing in Kaili area.

Day 12 - to Leishan
Drive to the Long Skirt Miao Village of Qingman, time in the village before continuing to Shiqiao, known for paper making. Next stop is Langde to see the wind and rain bridges before continuing to Leishan where we overnight.

Day 13 - to Rongjiang
Continue through the hill country to Rongjiang. En route we will visit Dantang village and Mt Leigong area.

Day 14 - to Zhaoxing
Continue through this tribal heartland via Zengchong Dong village and Tuomiao Miao village. Also visit Basha Miao Village before our final destination today of Zhaoxing village.

Day 15 - to Chengyang
Today we will visit Diping famous for the Wind and Rain bridge, visit Heli Bridge and Chengyang Bridge and the Dong villages around Chengyang our destination for tonight.

Day 16 - to LongJi Terrace
Drive via Sanjiang to Ping'an where we overnight at a traditional Dong style "village in the clouds" at Long Ji terraces. An easy 40 min walk to the hotel located overlooking the rice terraces.

Day 17 - Drive to Guilin
Return downhill to our vehicle and continue to beautiful Guilin on the Li River, China's most historic tourist destination.

Day 18 - to Yangshuo
This morning a 3-4 hr cruise on the Li River amongst Guilin's inspiring limestone peaks and spires to Yangshuo. Afternoon to explore Yangshuo area.

Day 19 - to Guilin and conclude
Return by road to Guilin this morning, transfer to the airport for departure flight.

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