Highlights & Features
- Awesome rice terrace scenery along
- Colorful minority culture and customs
- Off the beaten track mountain paths
- Forests of firs and bamboos, birds and flowers
- Buffaloes, cows, pigs, chickens and other animals
- Unique wooden houses and bridges
- Featured local B&B overnight stay
- Organic and fresh food, fruits & vegetables
- Friendly & unsophisticated local farmers and villagers
- Ideal places for landscape & humanity photography
It takes about 3 hours driving from Guilin to Xiaozhai Village (4 hours from Yangshuo). Xiaozhai Village is nearly an untouched remote Yao village inhabited 150 households with some 1000 villagers who all belong to Yao ethnic nationality and share the common same family name of Pan. We will have a home-made lunch in a local house with a name “Fragrance Inn & Restaurant” before wandering in the village and climbing to a high location for a sweeping view of the terraced rice paddies around Xiaozhai Village.
We then leave Xiaozhai to hike to Dazhai. It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours for frequently-stopped photography hikers. We will stay in a local B&B place tonight. To wander around in the village to get to know more about Yao people’s life, to have a cup of tea to recharge your energy or to have a Yao style foot massage will be the options for you to enjoy the rest time of the day.
Stay overnight in Dazhai Village.
It is a 2-hour hiking before we arrive at a Yao village named Zhongliu (Middle Six), which is almost the half way of today’s total hiking. For the first half-hour, we need walk uphill until we get to Tiantou Village. As we walk high, a stunning sweeping panoramic view can be enjoyed thoroughly. We will then understand why Dazhai Villages has another name of Jinkeng, literally means “a golden valley”, especially in the season of fall. When we get around Zhongliu Villages, the paths go up and down, which would make the hiking tiring, but always rewarding!
After Zhongliu Village, there are more terraced rice paddies, fir tree woods and elegantly standing bamboos all the way along the path. If lucky enough, you may come across Yao people working in the fields with their buffalo. Their wrinkled but friendly faces, rose-red costumes with the lush-green background will be a perfect picture to illustrate the harmony between human and nature.
When we see a jade-green colored reservoir, which guarantees the water resource of the villagers and the rice paddies, appears on our right hand side, that means there we are! The road turns from a small path to a concrete road. And then a well-paved slate stair way will lead us to the middle of Ping’an, a minority village inhabited some 800 Zhuang people. We will have a bit late lunch before taking our van back to the city of Guilin or Yangshuo.
A 2.5-hour drive will take us back to the city of Guilin (1 more hour to Yangshuo). Our two-day hiking ends when we are back to our hotel in Guilin city or Yangshuo town.
Meals included: Breakfast
Pricing & Accommodation
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* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* Group Size in the box above only counts adult participants (those who are 12 years old or above).
* For group size over 10, please kindly send us an email for a better rate request.
* Children at the age of 5≤x﹤12, enjoy 50% discount. Children under 5 are free. Children above 12 are charged as adults. Please send us children’s details in email.
* Please note that when comparing price, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. We don’t earn money by taking you to commission shopping stops, a common practice when travel with a tour group in China, wasting your time. Our guides are carefully selected, highly trained and well-paid to be friendly and patient travel companions. WE ARE NOT THE CHEAPEST, BUT WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Personal English-speaking Guide for the entire tour
- Experienced Driver + comfortable Private car/van/bus for the driving part(from your hotel to the starting & end point of the hiking and back to your hotel)
- Entrance fee to the Longji Scenic Area
- Hotel Accommodation for one night based on two people sharing one room
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Meals (our guide would recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner during hiking, and all people there may go Dutch on the food expense. You will also be informed to bring some snacks for non-meal-time use the day before)
- Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver (Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
- Other Personal Expenses
- There will be some rough and bushy paths for parts of this hike. So, comfortable shoes or boots, long pants with elastic bottoms, even in summer day, are suggested.
- A backpack with clothes for 2-day use. Also, you are suggested to take sun-glasses, sunscreen, caps/hats and other necessary stuff are suggested for summer season.
- Unlimited bottled drinking waters are stored in our car or van, during hiking you need the day pack to carry them.
- Bring an umbrella in a cloudy day and the raining season.
- Always bring your phone and/or camera.
- We will bring trekking poles in our car or van, and please tell your guide if you need one.
- Please note that, for some parts of this hiking tour, public toilets are not easily available. We may use the very basic local outhouses in the village or just bush to meet our toilet needs. Please always carry toilet paper by yourself.
- In case of very poor weather, for the sake of our safety, Hike Guilin may make a postponement or cancellation decision right before the hiking departure time. In the circumstance of cancellation or postponement (but you are not able to do it in the postponed time), we will refund the money.
- Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travelers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
- As responsible travelers, we “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprint”.