9 Days Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, and Zhangjiajie Tour

Tour Route: Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, Zhangjiajie

This tour is especially designed for people interested in ethnic minority culture and rural life, or people who've visited China before and would like to go beyond the ordinary routes.

Private Tours
Day 1 Guiyang Arrival

Your tour guide will wait for you at the arrival hall of airport with a smile and name plate. Travel to your hotel by private van and driver.

Meals: No meals
Day 2 Guiyang to Kaili; Qingman Miao Village; Shiqiao Village Paper Making

Drive from Guiyang to Kaili (4 hours by car). When you arrive at Qingman Miao village, friendly villagers will hold a welcoming ceremony dressed in their traditional clothing, and greet you with home-made wine. You might have the chance to see their old way of dying fabric.

Not far from Qingman is Shiqiao Village where their method of making paper from tree bark has a history of over 1,000 years.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Kaili: Jidao Miao Village and Matang Gejia Village

Half an hour’s drive north from Kaili is Matang Gejia Village, home to some 400 Gejia people. Gejia is a very special ethnic group with a small population of only about 10,000 people, living scattered among several towns and villages. It was not classified as one of the 55 minority groups by the government. They are unique in many ways, including life style, language, and costumes. They’re known for singing, dancing, and making wax printings. Their costumes and headgear are all hand-made. The capes worn by their men make an imposing impression, like a general in ancient war time.

Head back to Kaili and drive south for another half an hour to Jidao Miao Village, nestled in idyllic surroundings by the mountain side and flowing river. People live in wooden stilted houses of two or three levels, with domestic animals on the ground level and people on upper levels. They are a branch of the Miao ethnic minority, and their costumes are unique as women all wear long skirts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Kaili to Zhenyuan Ancient Town

Drive about 3 hours from Kaili is Zhenyuan Ancient Town. Relax yourself and enjoy limestone mountain scenery as you boat on Wuyang River.

Visit Green Dragon Cave’s old architectural complex, a rare combination of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism built 500 years ago.

Enjoy your free time strolling in Zhenyuan Ancient Town, where many hundreds-of-years-old buildings, folk houses, and piers are well preserved.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Zhenyuan to Fenghuang Ancient Town

About 3½ hours by road from Zhenyuan is Fenghuang Ancient Town, home to Tujia and Miao ethnic groups. Wooden tilted houses line the banks of the Tuo River. The town is secluded and tranquil by day, and it becomes a place of liveliness with bars along the river open at night.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Fenghuang to Zhangjiajie

Enjoy morning free time in the ancient town. A short boat ride of 10 minutes on the Tuo River is a good experience to relax, and you can also explore the small museums and former residences inside the town.
After lunch, hit the road and head for Zhangjiajie, about 4 hours by car. After arrival at your hotel, have a good rest.

Good to know:

Most flights land at Zhangjiajie at night, sometimes very late, so we use a hotel in Zhangjiajie city upon your arrival, and on days 7 and 8. You should leave big suitcases in the city hotel and only take what you need for two days (one night) in the national park.
    To avoid waiting in long queues, your Zhangjiajie guide might suggest you get up early or alter your attraction schedule. Please kindly understand and cooperate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Zhangjiajie’s National Park: Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie

Breakfast at your hotel , so our guide will prepare bread, coffee, and fruit for you.
It’s about 40 minutes by car to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a World Scenic Heritage Site since 1992. Take a cable car up Tianzi Mountain and walk on the trails to admire large areas of grotesque peaks. Viewing platforms along the way allow you to see the scenery at different angles.

Lunch on the mountain is very basic, and it is suggested that you bring some snacks. Local villagers sell fruits and food along the way, which are also good to try. If you prefer, we can arrange to have lunch at a McDonald’s on the mountain, and have a break in the air-conditioned building.

In the afternoon, take the public shuttle bus to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, where recently-named Hallelujah pillar, one of the inspirations for Avatar’s floating rocks is located.

Good to know:
For getting back to the foot of the mountain, besides taking the cable car, there is also an option of taking Bailong Elevator, a glass elevator built on the side of a cliff, taking only 2 minutes. If you are interested, tell your tour guide in advance so that he/she can arrange to avoid long queues, which might take you 2 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Yangjiajie Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie’s National Park

This area is a relatively newly discovered gem in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, with pristine beauty and fewer crowds. It’s a bit of an adventure, climbing steep and narrow steps to see the breathtaking scenery. Besides taking cable cars up and down the mountain, you will need to climb for about one hour on narrow mountain paths.

If you do not want to walk so much, we recommend Gold Whip Stream for a pleasant stroll along the stream, surrounded by grotesque rocks. You might see some monkeys there. Please don’t touch or scare them for safety reasons, but giving them food is ok.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 Tianmen Mountain; Zhangjiajie Departure

You will knock on ‘Heaven’s Door’ at Tianmen Mountain. Tianmen literally means ‘heaven’s gate’, and the scenery of this area does match its name. To reach Tianmen Cave (a 30-meter-high, naturally-formed hole in the mountain) you will need to ride the world’s longest cable car, walk on a glass walkway suspended 1,430 meters up, and ride on a mountain road with 99 turns. And that’s not all: there’s still a 999-step ‘stairway to heaven’ before you reach the hole.

You will get back to the city at around 2 pm in the afternoon. After which is your airport transfer for your departure flight.

Good to know:
While on the way, if you still have time, drop by Zhangjiajie Old Courtyard, the residence of an imperial official some 1,000 years ago, with well-preserved ancient architecture and exhibitions of Tujia ethnic minority life.

Meals: Breakfast
It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

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