Unveil the Forgotten Villages
Hong Kong Island
You’ve arrived in Hong Kong! Spend a relaxing afternoon wandering the city, exploring hidden alleyways and trying wild and wonderful snacks from street vendors, then head back and tuck yourself in for a good night’s sleep, ready for the adventure to continue tomorrow.
You’re off to Guilin in the south of China, where you will be driven to the truly spectacular sight of acres of stunning rice terraces at Longji. Soak up the views from your hotel balcony and be sure to capture as many photos as possible, particularly at sunrise and sunset for the best panoramas. On day 4 you will set off on a full day's walking tour through the rice fields, visiting local villages along the way and getting an inside glimpse into local cultures and traditions.
You’re heading to the province of Guizhou for a few days, where you’ll be exploring some of the lesser-visited villages. You’ll pass through Sanjiang, meaning three rivers, before making your way to Chengyang with its spectacular ‘wind and rain bridge’, so named for its shelter from the elements. Finally, you will see Zhaoxing, full of old wooden buildings that make for excellent photos.
On days 6 and 7 you’ll be seeing more of the countryside on foot while walking through picturesque villages between Tangan and Zhaoxing. Then you will continue on to Rongjiang, stopping off at more minority villages along the way, including the Miao ethnic villages of Baiba and Bameng on day 8, famous for their unique instruments and dress.
It’s time to catch the high-speed train to Kunming for a leisurely afternoon wandering around Green Lake. You’ll also enjoy a day trip to the impressive Stone Forest today, which takes its name from its unique tree-like rows of rocks rising up from the earth.
Discover the old town at Jianshui, discovering the Old City Gate, Temple of Confucius, Seventeen Span Bridge and the Qing Dynasty mansion and gardens. A trip to Jianshui is like going back in time to ancient China, and it's a brilliant place to wander with your guide as you learn about the area's rich history.
Activity & Adventure
You’re heading to Yuanyang, home to some of the most spectacular rice terraces in all of China. You'll spend the afternoon exploring the scenic area, marveling at how the terraces form abstract patterns as they tumble down the hillside, then watching them change color in the sunset.
Enjoy the stillness of the early morning air when you wake for a sunrise tour of the rice terraces, and take your final photos before catching a flight to Chengdu. On your final day, you'll join the privileged few that have seen a rare Giant Panda, when you visit them at the famous Giant Panda Research Base. Reflect on the experience during the afternoon at the People's Park, before treating your palate to a new experience, sampling wild and wonderful Chinese delicacies during a Lost Plate evening tuk-tuk food tour.
You’ll be returning home with a lifetime of memories tosh
are with like-minded friends and family who crave a travel experience that truly offers a new sense of discovery.