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Through the Rural Villages of South China

Best time to travel
Mar – Jun & Sep – Nov
Ideal length
13 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Beijing and home from Hong Kong.International flights from Dublin to Beijing and home from Hong Kong.
  • All private transfers as well as domestic flights from Guilin to Hong Kong.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in Guiyang, Leishan, Kaili, Rongjiang, Zhaoxing, Longsheng, Yangshuo and Hong Kong.
  • Enjoy expertly guided visits through minority villages, meeting with locals and partaking in traditional activities.
  • Experience bespoke tours and excursions throughout your journey including floating down the Yulong River on a bamboo raft, hiking through the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces and kayaking on the Qingshui River.
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Introduction

We will take you to the unexplored villages of rural China, introducing you to the incredible culture and deeply rooted traditions of Ancient China. This suggested itinerary is perfect for those who wish to discover the hidden parts of China, filled with show-stopping landscapes and home to ethnic minority communities. This is your chance to delve into rural life, step back in time and enjoy a guided luxury tour through places many people will never experience.

Luxury bespoke services

China’s historical and cultural encounters are spectacularly rewarding when done right. Combatting language barriers and distinct cultural differences is the key to success when journeying through Asia. That is why we have arranged a momentous selection of guided tours with professional English-speaking guides to give you the greatest insights into Chinese culture and tradition. Our comprehensive services not only include bespoke guided tours, but luxury accommodation, private transfers, restaurant reservations and in-depth recommendations and maps.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to the modern provincial capital of Guiyang.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. During your two-night stay, meet Han locals making traditional belts by hand and enjoy a traditional dixi opera performance.
Enjoy a guided historical tour of an ancient Baojia village.
Baojia was a system of communal self-defence created during the Song dynasty. Strongmen, known as caiyong, were trained in martial arts to protect the locals from danger.
Tourists walking in Giuyang, China
Transfer to Leishan, a county with rich cultural traditions.
Spend two nights enjoying activities like paddle boarding on the Wengcheng River, visits to the Baibi Village and scenic breakfasts in the countryside.
Hillside village in Guizhou, China
Take a guided hike from Baibi Village to the Wu Rao Tea Plantations.
Admire beautiful views of the countryside and on arrival, help local farmers with seasonal vegetables and collecting tea leaves. After a busy morning, enjoy lunch with a local family.
Local woman collecting tea leaves
Transfer to Kaili, visiting the Datang Miao Village along the way.
After visiting the local village and meeting a local bamboo instrument maker, arrive in Kaili. Check in to your accommodation for your one-night stay and enjoy an afternoon kayaking on the Qingshui River.
People kayaking on river
Set out for Chong’an, a village inhabited by Geija people.
According to legend, they are direct descendants of Houyi, a legendary archer. Continue to Zhouxi Miao Village and Dong minority villages, hidden among mountain hills and surrounded by incredible beauty.
Autumn trees Chinese village
After spending the night in Rongjiang, transfer to the rustic village of Zhaoxing.
After exploring, take a scenic drive to Huang Gang Village, renowned for its folk music. Wander around the village, meet the locals and spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.
Zhaoxing, China
Pass the border of Guangxi to reach Sanjiang, a charming Dong village.
Renowned for its unique food culture, sample delicious dishes in the town before taking a scenic drive to the cascading rice terraces of Longsheng. You’ll spend the night in a guesthouse that promises outstanding views.
Guangxi sunset, China
Trek through minority villages along the beautiful Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces.
A rewarding experience, trek through incredible landscapes and capture beautiful snapshots. Meet locals and learn about their traditional way of life. You’ll then transfer to Yangshuo for your three night stay.
Longsheng rice terraces, China
Float down the Yulong River aboard a traditional bamboo raft.
During your stay in the glorious surroundings of Yangshuo, enjoy a traditional rafting experience with your local guide and float past the dramatic karst landscapes. In the evening, enjoy a breathtaking performance in a natural amphitheatre.
Man on bamboo raft, Yulong river
Depart for the modern city of Hong Kong.
Spend two nights exploring the vibrant city and getting some well-deserved rest before your journey home. We’ll arrange reservations at some of our favourite restaurants in the city.
Hong Kong, China
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Sofitel Guiyang Hunter

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter is a glamorous hotel situated in the heart of Guiyang. Interiors are modern and luxurious, with floor to ceiling windows offering optimum views. Within the property, guests will find a range of facilities including a luxury spa and fitness centre. There are two onsite restaurants which serve a selection of Chinese and international cuisine.

Hampton by Hilton Kaili

Hampton by Hilton Kaili

Hampton by Hilton is a central hotel situated just off Kaikai Avenue. Situated in a high rise building, interiors are modern and bright and feature spacious lounge areas and floor to ceiling windows. Within the hotel, there is a fitness centre and a restaurant which serves a buffet breakfast with local and international options. Centrally located, guests will find a selection of restaurants nearby.

Li An Lodge

Li An Lodge

Li An is a beautifully authentic property surrounded by breathtaking views of the terraced rice fields of Longsheng. Traditional wooden exteriors lead into classic interiors, featuring oriental furnishings, wooden artwork, Buddhist ornaments and antique touches. The property is surrounded by charming terraces for optimum views over the rolling hills and paddy fields. Situated on the slopes of Pingan Village, the remoteness is Li An’s highlight. A hiker’s and photographer’s paradise, set out on hiking trails and guided excursions to the surrounding natural wonders of the area.

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong is a contemporary luxury hotel perfectly situated in the Victoria Dockside district. Interiors are sleek and glamorous, with classic furnishings, luxury embellishments and floor to ceiling windows for optimum views. Rosewood offers a luxury wellness centre known as Asaya. Within Asaya, there is an outdoor pool overlooking the harbour, impressive fitness centre offering complimentary classes and a luxury spa that specialises in holistic and aesthetic treatments.

Yangshuo Moondance Hotel

Yangshuo Moondance Hotel

Yangshuo Moondance Hotel is situated in the quaint village of Fenglou in the Yulong River District. The charming property is surrounded by tropical gardens and the wooden exterior is especially beautiful when lit up at night. With such a prime location, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding Karst mountains. The expansive gardens house a spacious outdoor pool, courtyard and dining area with barbeque facilities.

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