Ancient Cultures & Magnificent Landscapes

Overview

In China’s Southwest, discover Guizhou Province, a hidden realm of ancient hill villages and mist-shrouded valleys dotted with spirit shrines. Here in a green, mountainous landscape, tiny villages isolated from modern China preserve ancient cultures. Enjoy a Private Journey in the traditional world of village China, meeting Old Han and Long-Skirt Miao villagers as they make rice paper in the traditional way and cultivate terraced rice fields. Village-to-village hikes bring you into exquisite valleys that seem drawn from classical Chinese landscape paintings, and you enjoy the rare cultural opportunity of village homestays on two nights, hosted by local families, an experience that our past travelers report to be among the most rewarding adventures on the journey. The trip begins in Shanghai and ends in Beijing, two amazing cities that highlight the diversity of Chinese culture.

We also offer a wonderful mid-trip extension that visits ancient Lijiang and Gyalthang in the eastern Tibetan highlands and a rewarding post-trip extension to Xi’an, home of the legendary Terra Cotta Warriors.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Old Shanghai

Stroll the Bund and explore Shanghais historic seafront.

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Days 2-3
Guiyang / Jichang Village

From Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, enjoy a village hike in the Old Han settlement of Jichang, where women still dress in traditional clothing styles worn since the Ming Dynasty.

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Days 4-7
Ming, Old Han, and Miao Villages of Guizhou

Explore quaint villages including Dazhai, an enchanting maze of old Ming-style wooden houses set among green paddy fields, set out for optional hill walks, meet the local families. Your support staff is a private guide and a driver, both wonderful traveling companions who offer unique insights into fascinating village cultures. Overnight in village homes for two nights, hosted by a local family and considered a highlight of the trip. Note: Hotel options are available for those who prefer.

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Days 8-10
Beijing / Forbidden City and Great Wall

More than 30 emperors have lived and ruled from Beijing, as evidenced by the incredible ancient monuments scattered across this vibrant international city. Visit the local hutongs (narrow-laned traditional neighborhoods), Tiananmen Square, the vast Forbidden City, and The Great Wall. Depart Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

Discover fascinating villages of traditional Ming dynasty architecture and dress
Watch traditional dance performances, enjoy hill hikes, visit musicians and craftsmen
Explore Beijing’s Forbidden City and Great Wall

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Shanghai, China
Depart: Beijing, China
Lodging: 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights village homestay (or hotel option)
Meals: All meals included, drinking water, tea, and coffee during meals, drinking water and snacks on vehicles
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Village exploration, cultural touring

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