Hidden Tribes of China

Exploring Guizhou Province

  • Meet Han (Chinese) ancestors who continue to wear traditional Ming Dynasty costumes
  • Hike through small mountain villages & visit with local families
  • Venture to Kaili, center of Miao culture & visit a Miao embroidery workshop
China Guizhou Province
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 11 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

A rare chance to experience China’s rural life, Hidden Tribes spins us well beyond the tourist-trod paths for a close and extraordinarily colorful look at the ethnically diverse villages of Guizhou Province, a festival of limestone karsts, spiky hills, and terraced rice fields located east of Yunnan, west of Hunan, south of Sichuan, north of Guangxi, and far, far from home.

We meet in Beijing, then fly south to Guizhou’s capital, Guiyang, for numerous days of drives, hikes, and creative wanderings in a series of villages set in bamboo groves by clear streams, atop misty hills, inhabited by Miaos, Gejias, and other minorities whose traditions, dances, costumes, and festivals (they hold more than a thousand a year!) are still rather mysterious to anthropologists (and probably the better for it). Hidden Tribes is a case study in the soul-enriching possibilities of adventurous travel.

Guizhou tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Beijing
  • Day 2: fly to Guiyang
  • Day 3: old Han villages
  • Day 4: hiking through Damochong Valley to Dazhai village
  • Day 5: hiking in the hills, return to Guiyang
  • Day 6: drive to Kaili, explore Qingman and Shiqing Miao villages
  • Day 7: drive to Zhenyuan County, visit Taijiang and Shidong Miao villages
  • Day 8: exploring Zhenyuan
  • Day 9: drive to Leishan, visit Jiaogao village, hike to Xijiang village
  • Day 10: drive to Guiyang, fly to Beijing
  • Day 11: depart Beijing.