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Dragons, Drums & Art: Guizhou, China Tribes & Festivals


Journey along silent rivers and misty mountains, walk to villages set in bamboo groves to meet the Bird, Baisha, and Buffalo Horn Miao, tribes.



Asian Pacific Adventures is offering a 20 day tour to Guizhou, one of China’s most interesting and scenic provinces.


Back in the 1980s, the company pioneered Ethnic Minority study trips to Guizhou and Yunnan for UCLA Extension. Back then there were no flights and barely any roads. After decades the company owner is taking an exploratory tour back to Guizhou’s smaller villages to attend an intimate tribal festival before it disappears! Guizhou has been earmarked for major modernization.


Do Colorful Festivals and bamboo pipe (Lusheng) music excite you? Escape to arrive earlier in Shanghai to experience its stunning skyline of modern and neoclassical architecture, Avant-garde art scene, museums, historic teahouses, classical gardens and sensational nightlife. Go on a scenic river cruise past stunning limestone mountains, stay amidst cascading rice terraces and view the astounding dragon spine rice terraces sculpted into 2000-foot mountainsides. Spend time in Guizhou’s melting pot of 14 ethnic groups that lend a splash of color and diversity, seen in its markets and villages. View the array of minority crafts ranging from musical instruments to exquisitely embroidered textiles.  


The native Miao make elaborate costumes that are not only their most important possessions but also a major living visual art form of their culture. The decorative techniques, patterning, and stitches distinguish one ethnic group from another. Journey along silent rivers and misty mountains, walk to villages set in bamboo groves to meet the Bird, Baisha, and Buffalo Horn Miao, tribes. Relish the traditional salt or sour fish hot pot and marvel at the mysterious drum towers and wind and rain bridges of the Dong people that have fascinated anthropologists for ages. Celebrate an intimate local festival – a long-standing tradition. Photograph the stunning remote scenery and the Miao girls resplendent in their silver headdresses and hand-embroidered costumes. Even the men turn out in their indigo tunics playing bamboo pipes.


GF Bridge Guizhou

Shanghai * Smaller Tribal Villages * Kaili * Zhenyuan * Ronjiang * Congjiang * Zhaoxing * Rice Terraces * Guilin * Yangshou

Trip Highlights

* Photograph a colorful Miao Festival.
* Cruise along the Li River with bizarre limestone mountain scenery.
* View the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces sculpted into 2000-foot mountainsides.
* Enjoy village walks & market visits.
* Admire unique Drum Towers & Wind & Rain Bridges.

2019 DEPARTURES:  April 12 – May 1 (Sister Meal Festival), September 2 – 21 (Lusheng Festival)

2019 Land & Internal Air Package:  $5670 (6 + members), $5890 (4-5 members), $5980 (2-3 members)
2019 Single Supplement:  $1240
Included:  Superior accommodations, charming lodges and simple guest houses (twin share), including government and hotel taxes, service charges and meals as specified.  Also includes all transfers, ground and air transportation within China, sightseeing with local / regional English-speaking guide, entrance fees and all services as per the itinerary.
Not Included:  International airfare, visa fees, meals not mentioned, camera / video fees at monuments, tips, trip insurance and all items of a personal nature including any rerouting charges that are beyond our control.

Available Extensions
8-Day pre-tour Kunming, Stone Forest, Dali, Lijiang & Tiger Leaping Gorge - Yunnan
5-Day post-tour Beijing & Xian

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About Asian Pacific Adventures:

Asian Pacific Adventures was founded in 1986 by photographer, art educator and sinologist Tovya Wager, whose fluency in Mandarin and fascination for China's minority cultures gave birth to the company. Hima Singh, the owner, was born in educated in India, Europe and the United States, and belongs to the royal families of both India and Nepal. Asian Pacific Adventures is known as a pioneer of cultural travel in Asia. We take our clients on exploratory trips to the remote corners of Asia where you can exchange views with an Iranian scholar, relax in the home studio of a Balinese artist, enjoy a fascinating photo and festival safari through Japan and stay in private homes in India and Japan. Our clients gain invaluable insights into ancient, complex cultures often unknown and inaccessible to westerners. Whether on a group departure or a customized individual tour, our clients experience Asia in a way that is both enlightening and enriching.


6065 Calvin Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356


Media Contact: Hima Singh


Phone: 8187308245



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