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2018 Guizhou Sisters’ Meal Festival, Miao, Dong Villages and Old Town

2018 Guizhou Sisters’ Meal Festival, Miao, Dong Villages and Old Town
• Tour Code: GGT100
• Starting Price: USD988 per person
• Departure Dates: April 23, 2018
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Guiyang
• Departs from: Guiyang
• Destinations: Guiyang 


  • Day 1, April 23: Arrival in Guiyang, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel
    Meals Included: No meals 
    Meet and welcome at airport,then you will be transferred to hotel for check-in. Taking a shower at hotel to get refreshed, after lunch you will visit Hongfu Buddhist Temple. Hongfu Buddhist Temple is built in 1667, the largest temple of Zen Buddhism in Guizhou province.As its name called Hongfu, which means to develop Buddha's spirits and to benifit mankind. You can pray for fortune here.Bell Tower and the Drum Tower are just standing on the both side, on entering the gate of the temple. In a short time you will arrive at the first hall named Heavenly King, where you can see the statues of Maitreya Buddha and the four Heavenly Kings in one place. All the Walls of this hall are cover with steles of sutra and colorful paintings, followed by the Bodhisattva Hall and Mahavira Hall, the decoration styles are differnt form the first hall, Jade Buddha and 18 arhats homed at these two halls. After dinner you will be transfer to hotel.
    Day 2, April 24: Guiyang/Danzhai
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at Guiyang hotel, drive to Danzhai, Miao Village and Shiqiao Village, hike to Boji village
    In the morning, your friendly tour guide will pick up your group at hotel, with the accompany of driver and guide, we will drive to Danzhai, on the way, visit a Miao village and Shiqiao village for indigenous paper-paking, hike to Boji village.The Miao in Guizhou region is called “Zhouxi style” Miao which is famous for silk felt stitch, the Miao women here raise silk worms to get threads to make festival or wedding dress for their daughters, and the technique takes a lot of time, so the costume is very expensive and precious. At the first village, we can visit a home to taste their homemade rice wine, watch Miao women do embroidery and weaving demonstration.
    Day 3, April 25Danzhai
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit two Miao village, transfer back to hotel
    Today we are going to visit two Miao villages at the remote area(non-tourist area). Danzhai is the area mostly tourists don’t come, thus the villages here are authentic and worth a visit, the two villages today we are going to visit are very far from the town of Danzhai, we need to drive through small stunning mountain road, the villages are built with China fir, their village life and hard, but harmonious and attractive for tourists, their hairdo and costume are also very special and gorgeous.  
    Day 4, April 26: Danzhai/Gaozen or Congjiang 
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit a Miao village, visit two authentic Dong Village, transfer to Gaozen hotel
    Today we are going to see one Miao village and two authentic Dong villages at the remote mountain area. The Miao here still make their indigo dyed cloth for daily or festival use, they raise pigs, cows, chicken, ducks, they grow sweet potatoes, potatoes, chili and all kinds of vegetables. At the Dong villages here, we can see old and beautiful drum towers, the drum tower is the symbol of a Dong village which is built with wood, no any metal nails, a drum tower means a clan.
    Day 5, April 27Gaozen or Congjiang/Zhaoxing
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Zhanli Dong Village, visit Bapa Dong Village, Huanggang Dong Village, transfer to Zhaoxing
    In the early morning we will visit Zhanli Dong village, Bapa Dong villages and Huanggang Dong villages. These three Dong villages are the most authentic villages in the Dong region where we can see old drum towers, people work here every day leisurely, they are poor, but they look very happy to live in here, if sunny, we can see them make indigo dying or buffalos relaxing or swimming.
    Day 6, April 28: Zhaoxing 
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Zhaoxing Dong Village, Visit Tang'an Dong Village, transfer back to hotel
    This morning we visit Zhaoxing Dong village, if you think Zhaoxing is touristic, we can visit the other two non-tourist Dong villages for instead. After lunch, visit Tang’an Dong village, if your physical condition is allowed, we will make the 2 and 20 minutes walking tour from Tang’an to Zhaoxing through mountain rice terraces path and villages(about 3.4km, goat path). 
    Day 7, April 29: Zhaoxing/Kaili
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Kaili minority museum, visit Miao village, transfer to hotel
    In the morning, we will be directly transferred to Kaili, then visit the minority museum in Kaili, after this we will visit a Miao village with folded cloth stitch, braid stitch, two needles stitches and weaving demonstration.   
    Day 8, April 30: Kaili/Zhenyuan
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Gejia village, Feiyunya old architecture, boating on the Wuyang River, transfer to hotel
    Today we will visit a Gejia village with batiks demonstration, the Gejia is a small unrecognized minority which has only some 30000 people in the area of Kaili and Huangping, they have their interesting creation legends, every Gejia a good batiks maker. Visit Feiyunya old architecture, Feiyunya old architecture was originally built some 500 years ago. If time permit, cruising the boat on the Wuyang River. Zhenyuan is a small old town with a long history of some 2100 years where many old buildings are well preserved. After dinner, walking along the old street of Zhenyuan old town to enjoy the beautiful view of Black Dragon Cave old architecture with bridges and pavilions.
    Day 9, May 1: Zhenyuan/Kaili
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Black Dragon Cave, Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival, transfer to Kaili
    This morning we visit Black Dragon Cave old architecture complex which was originally built some 600 years ago where one can see Buddhism, Confucius and Daoism architectures, then drive to see the famous Miao Sisters Meal Festival during which you can see thousands of Miao girls and women with gorgeous festival dress decorated with exquisite silver ornaments and embroidery, for Miao people, silver means the wealth of the family, the beauty of a girl and the nobility of the family.     
    Day 10, May 2: Kaili
    Meals Included: breakfast at hotel, luch and dinner at local restaurant
    Activities: pick up at hotel, visit Xinqiao Miao Village, Langde Miao Village, transfer back to hotel
    There might be a small festival today, if so, we will visit a Miao village in the morning, in the afternoon, see the small festival. If there is no festival today, we are going to visit Xinqiao Miao village and Langde Miao village with performance for instead, Langde is a beautiful village with some 670 year old history, or we may drive to the remote area to visit two non-tourist Miao villages for instead.  
    Day 11, May 3: Departure from Guiyang
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Activities: pick up at hotel, transfer to Guiyang airport (about 2 and half hours, free way)


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    5-9 Pax


    10 Pax & Above

    Mar 26 to April 5

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    Pricing Policy
    Prices are based on per person with double/triple occupancy
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2-12 years of age) sharing a bed: 85% of the adult price
    Child (2-12 years of age) sharing no bed: 65% of the adult price

    Booking Notice
    Departure dates upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
    This is an exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    If you prefer to book your own hotels, we are glad to deduct the room rates for you
    What’s Included
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Transportation in an air-conditioned car/van/coach 
    Services of an English-speaking guide
    Entrance tickets to mentioned attractions
    Meals for the guide and driver
    All government taxes
    Drinking water, coffees, jam, travel insurance, etc
    What’s Not Included
    Lunch and dinner
    International flight tickets
    Optional activity costs
    Gratuities to guide & driver
    Any other personal expenses
    For reservation, please send an email to Please inform us: the tour code;  the series you choose (deluxe, standard or budget); the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For information on reservation, payment and cancellation please read our Terms & Conditions.




    Guizhou Ethnic Group Festival Tour


    Regal Hotel Guiyang or similar



    Gaozen Inn or similar


     Indigo Lodge or similar 


    Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel or similar


    Fucheng Hotel or similar

    Regal Hotel Guiyang
    Add: No. 115 North Ruijin Road, Yunyan District, 550003 Guiyang, China
    Tel: +86-851-6521888
    Towering over the skyline of North Ruijin Road, Regal Hotel Guizhou is a modern, cosy setting where well-equipped guestrooms can be expected. Guiyang Railway Station is located 30 minutes' drive away, while Guiyang North Railway Station can be accessed in 25 minutes' taxi ride. It takes 40 minutes by car to Guiyang South Railway Station and Longdongbao International Airport. With calming tones and soft lighting, all rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a safety deposit box. In the bathroom, there is a hairdryer and a standing shower. You may work out in the gym, or enjoy a drink with travel mates in the bar. There is a business centre where you can check work updates. 
    Danzhai Yingbin Hotel
    Add: Longquan Middle Street
    Tel: +86-855-3695333
    Indigo Lodge Zhaoxing 
    Add: Near Lituan Drum Tower, Zhaoxing Town, Liping county, 557314 Liping, China
    Tel: +86-855-6130533
    Set in the rural area with natural views around, Indigo Lodge is located in Zhaoxing. The property offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. Indigo Lodge is 186.4 miles from Guiyang. Free parking is available at a location nearby. All rooms made of wood come with an electric kettle, work desk, sofa and clothes rack. The suite bathrooms have a hairdryer, free toiletries and shower facilities. Luggage storage and concierge service are provided. Hiking activity can be arranged upon request. Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip. 
    Heaven-sent Dragon Hotel
    Add: No.8 Ningbo East Road, Kaili, Guizhou Province
    Tel: +86-855-8066666
    Fucheng Hotel Zhenyuan
    Add: Xinglong Street, Zhenyuan County
    Tel: +86-855-5722592


    1: Do I need a visa to travel to China?
    Yes, you do need a China Visa. 
    Foreign visitors can obtain individual or group visas from Chinese embassies and consulates, usually within a day or two. For individual travelers, single-entry visas are valid for entry within three months. For business people and other regular visitors there are multiple-entry visas good for six months at a time. Each visa is valid for a stay of 30 or 60 days, and can be extended while in China. Visitors should be sure to carry their passports while in China as they are needed to check into hotels, make plane or train reservations, exchange money or establish the holder's identity. 
    If you need Visa Invitation Letter from us, please inform us at least one month ahead of your arrival date in China. Usually, it will take us about one week to process the Visa Invitation Letter. If you need hotel confirmation to get China Visa, please also advice us in advance. 
    2: How strenuous is this trip?
    This trip is moderate. The trip includes full days of activities, which start early in the morning and end in the evening. You may discuss the starting time with GCT tour guide who will be happy to listen to your advice. The longest walking is from Tian’anmen Square to Forbidden City and then to the parking place which will last for less than three hours covering about 2km.
    As for the Great Wall of China, we are visiting Juyongguan or Badaling part which are renovated and fairly easy to climb. However, some of the climb along the wall does get fairly steep. You may stop any time and anywhere depending on your phycial condition. Bring plenty of water, wear good hiking shoes or boots and appropriate clothing for the weather. Also wear a hat and/or sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
    3. What types of meals are included?
    Meals will be served as the itinerary specified. Breakfast will be both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast at hotel. Lunch will be at local Chinese restaurants near sightseeing places. Dinner will be on your own. You may try local cuisines in each city, such as Peking Roasted Duck in Beijing, Xian Dumplings Banquet, etc. GCT tour guide will be very happy to assist you to find a fine local restaurant. 
    For guests with allergies, please bring all necessary medicines with you. Guests are highly encouraged to inform GCT ahead of time of specific allergies, such as to peanuts, fish, etc., so that our guides can ensure these items, including peanut oil, are not used in restaurant meals.
    If you request specific kind of food due to religious reasons, please inform us in advance and we will arrange based on your request. 
    4. What types of vehicles are used? What are the roads like during our trips?
    Throughout the whole trip, GCT provides a private vehicle that is safe, comfortable and spacious and driven by experienced local drivers. In Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, all roads are well-paved and of good quality.
    For 2 passengers, we use a private sedan car; for 3 to 6 passengers, we use a private MPV such as Hyundai Refine; for 7 to 10 passengers, we use a private Toyota Hiace; for 11 to 17 passengers, we use 21 seated King Long Bus; for more than 18 passengers, we use buses with 33 seats, 45 seats and 51 seats respectively based on the group size.
    5. I heard that a deposit is needed when check in at hotel, is this true?
    Yes, it is true. When you check in hotels in China, you are required to pay a deposit at the front desk though GCT has paid hotel for your accommodations. Deposit can be cash or you may pay the deposit with your credit card. This deposit is for your personal expenses at the hotel, such as minibar, international phone calls, laundry and etc. Of course, the deposit is refundable when you check out. 
    6. What about baggage regulations?
    Allowance for carry-on luggage and checked luggage will vary with the class of your airline ticket, the dimensions of the bag, and individual airline policies. Usually, for domestic China flights, you are allowed to check one piece of luggage. The limitation is 20 Kilograms (44 pounds) total. A fee may be imposed for excess weight. Passengers traveling together can have their luggage allowances calculated together on a per-person basis. There is no free luggage allowance for holders of infant tickets. Passengers may apply for insurance coverage above the minimum value for checked luggage. On domestic trains there are no luggage restrictions, but few porters are available to help with luggage.
    7. What is the tipping practice in China?
    It is a common practice for visitors to tip the tour guide and driver in recognition of their good service. Our local guides and drivers do their utmost to make your trip smooth and pleasant. Gratuities are a way of showing your appreciation and also constitute a large part of their monthly income. We suggest $5 USD per person per day to both local guide and driver (you may tip them before you leave each city). Hotel Bellboys and luggage person will expect your tip for the delivery of your luggage, it is suggested that CNY5 for each delivery. It is not customary to leave tips at hotels or local restaurants as the bill usually includes a 10-15% service charge.
    8. Is tap water drinkable in China?
    Tap water at most hotels are not drinkable. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Tea is often provided free in hotel.
    9. What about electricity in China?
    Electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles throughout China. Plugs at hotel are normally two-pin flat (5 amp). Adaptors can be obtained from hotel housekeeping for free. 
    10. Can I use credit cards in China?
    At present Master Card, American Express Card, Visa Card, JCB Card and Diners Club cards are accepted in China. Travelers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China's banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.
    11. What about the Chinese Currency?
    RMB (Renminbi) is the sole legitimate currency of the People's Republic of China. The basic unit of RMB is yuan, (pronounced in local dialect as kuai), which is divided into 10 jiao (pronounced as mao), which is again divided into 10 fen. RMB paper notes include 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan, and the smaller 1, 2 and 5 mao. There are also 1, 2, 5 yuan, 1, 2, 5 mao and 1, 2, 5fen coins.
    You may change money at most four and five star hotels and at Bank of China. The exchange rate all over China is the same fixed by Bank of China. You should keep the form you fill in when changing money, because you will need to show it when you change RMB back into foreign currency.
    12. What about counterfeit money?
    Counterfeit money may be found in China and you may likely get counterfeit money as exchange from street vendors when you do shopping out on the street. Therefore, don't give big note money to street vendors. It is very common that shop and restaurant staff will carefully check your note when you pay. You may get counterfeit money outside the Summer Palace, outside the Forbidden City and in the street market outside the Great Mosque in Xian.   
    13. Is China a safe place to travel?
    China has a low crime rate, comparing with a lot of other countries. Foreigners have seldom been victims of violent crime. It is still wise to be cautious with your personal possession in public place. There are pickpockets active in crowded areas such as train stations, markets, shopping areas, etc. Do not show off your money in public. Use your safe in the hotel room and don't bring too much cash with you when you don't need it. 
    14. Can you give me some examples of tourist traps or scams when traveling in China?
    Art Student or Students Practicing English
    Be careful when you encounter a student in China who wants to practice English with you. Sometimes they are real students who want to improve their oral English. However, in most cases, they pretend to be a student who makes a living by taking you to art galleries, bars or coffee shop where you will likely be ripped off. Here is a short scam story: "When walking down the Wangfujing area, a girl, dressed in student suit, asked me if I wanted to go for a cup of coffee so that she could practice her English. Certainly, I had no excuse to refuse, and then she brought me into a café. The menu is incredibly expensive, a small beer for 100RMB. The bill finally was 1200RMB. That's extremely terrible." You may easily encounter a student on Downtown Beijing's Wangfujing Street, the Bell & Drum Tower Square in Xian and the Bund & Nanjing Road in Shanghai.
    Tea House, Coffee Shop or Nightclub Scam
    At many tourist areas, you may be approached by elegant female or gentleman who will give you a free Hutong tour or something else for free. He or she will tell you something interesting about their city, even the history and culture of the city. After a while chat, he or she will invite you to go for a rest at the nearby tea house, coffee shop or a Karaoke Bar. There is the scam, and you will be asked to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars.
    Picture-taking scam
    Dressing up in traditional clothes for pictures at local tourist spots can be fun and memorable. It can also be expensive if you don’t clearly negotiate the price and know the price inclusions. Often they will tell you after you and a friend have posted that the price negotiated was per person. Or they will tell you the price is for only the smallest size print.


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We have returned safe, sound and very pleased. This is just a brief note to thank you for your hospitality, care and attention for details. We were a bit anxious before starting this tour but thanks to your organizing skills we have returned with great bundles of very happy memories. Your guides are all wonderfully dedicated individuals. They made our stay and movements easy, enjoyable and educational.

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