Embark on a trail that transcends the ordinary – a hiking journey that not only immerses you in the awe-inspiring beauty of terraced rice paddies but also invites you to partake in the vibrant tapestry of exotic minority cultures. This expedition serves as a resplendent escape, a breath of fresh air amidst the incessant hustle and bustle of city life. Picture yourself traversing undulating landscapes, each step unveiling the intricate layers of terraced rice fields, a living canvas that echoes the harmonious rhythm between man and nature.
As you ascend into the heart of this enchanting route, the air becomes infused with the essence of an exotic minority nationality culture, casting a spell that transforms your perspective. Feel the palpable excitement as you encounter traditions and customs that resonate with authenticity, offering a sensory feast of colors, sounds, and flavors. The vibrant hues of traditional costumes dance in rhythm with the lush greenery, creating a visual symphony that transports you to a world where every moment is an exploration of the extraordinary.
This hike isn't merely a physical journey; it's a rejuvenating odyssey that rejuvenates your spirit. The terraced rice paddies, sculpted by generations of skilled hands, unfold like a living testament to human ingenuity and symbiosis with the land. The immersive experience goes beyond the scenic vistas; it's an opportunity to engage with the soul-stirring narratives of the minority cultures that call this picturesque terrain home.
Escape the monotony of urban chaos and embrace the allure of this hiking escapade, where nature and culture converge in a kaleidoscope of wonders. Let the intoxicating blend of terraced marvels and exotic traditions spark a newfound energy within you, making this journey not just a respite but a transformative adventure.
Highlights & Features:
- Awesome rice terrace scenery along
- Colorful minority culture and customs
- Off the beaten track mountain paths
- Forests of firs and bamboos, birds and flowers
- Buffaloes, cows, pigs, chickens and other animals
- Unique wooden houses and bridges
- Organic and fresh food, fruits & vegetables
- Friendly & unsophisticated local farmers and villagers
- Ideal places for landscape & humanity photography
A 2.5-hour drive will take us from Guilin to the exotic Ping'an Village, a gateway to an exhilarating hiking adventure. As you ascend, the slate-paved stairs carve a path through the mountainside village, offering a zero-distance encounter with wooden, mortise-and-tenon structured houses that etch unforgettable memories into your consciousness. The hiking unfolds like a tapestry, revealing contour-map-like terraced rice paddies at every turn, a breathtaking sight that seamlessly blends with the vibrant Zhuang people crafting straw sandals and colorful insoles, a symphony of culture in motion.
From the No.1 viewing platform, take a captivating turn to the right, traversing a now-concrete road that guides you toward the famed Yao village of Dazhai. In a mere twenty minutes, a jade-green reservoir graces the left, a lifeblood for villagers and rice paddies alike. Venture further into a verdant landscape, a two-hour odyssey through pine and fir woods, meandering along ridges and through rice fields, until you reach Zhongliu, the Yao village marking the halfway point between Ping'an and Dazhai. Just before the village, a gurgling creek in the gorge beckons as an ideal spot for a rejuvenating rest.
Despite the two-hour stretch beyond Zhongliu, fatigue dissipates in the face of breathtaking scenery. Terraced rice paddies, majestic fir tree woods, and gracefully standing bamboos line the path, creating a visual symphony. With luck on your side, chance upon Yao people toiling in the fields with their buffalo, their weathered yet friendly faces against the lush-green backdrop a perfect illustration of the harmony between humanity and nature.
Approaching the small village of Tiantou, perched on the mid-level slope, panoramic vistas unfold, revealing the enchanting landscape below. Continue the descent, and a valley adorned with black-roofed houses comes into view – welcome to Dazhai, the crowning destination of our hiking escapade!
As the day concludes, a 2.5-hour drive seamlessly transports you back to the enchanting city of Guilin, leaving you with a heart full of memories and a soul enriched by the harmonious dance of nature and culture.
Pricing & Accommodation
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Price in every box above is for each person.
Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
Group Size in the box above only counts adult participants (those who are 12 years old or above).
For group size over 10, please kindly send us an email for a better rate request.
Children at the age of 5≤x﹤12, enjoy 50% discount. Children under 5 are free. Children above 12 are charged as adults. Please send us children’s details in email.
Please note that when comparing price, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. We don't earn money by taking you to commission shopping stops, a common practice when travel with a tour group in China, wasting your time. Our guides are carefully selected, highly trained and well-paid to be friendly and patient travel companions. WE ARE NOT THE CHEAPEST, BUT WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Personal English-speaking Guide for the entire tour
- Experienced Driver + comfortable Private car/van/bus for the driving part (from your hotel to the starting & end point of the hiking and back to your hotel)
- Admission fees for the scenic spots
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Meals (our guide would recommend a restaurant for simple lunch during or after this hike, and all people there may go Dutch on the food expense. Your will also be informed to bring some snacks for non-meal-time use the day before)
- Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver
(Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
- Other Personal Expenses
- There will be some rough and bushy paths for parts of this hike. So, comfortable shoes or boots, long pants with elastic bottoms, even in summer day, are suggested.
- Please note this hiking route can be carried out conversely accordingly.
- A day pack with sun-glasses, sunscreen, caps/hats and other necessary stuff are suggested for summer season.
- Unlimited bottled drinking waters are stored in our car or van, during hiking you need the day pack to carry them.
- Bring an umbrella in a cloudy day and the raining season.
- Always bring your phone and/or camera.
- We will bring trekking poles in our car or van, and please tell your guide if you need one.
- Please note that, for some parts of this hiking tour, public toilets are not easily available. We may use the very basic local outhouses in the village or just bush to meet our toilet needs. Please always carry toilet paper by yourself.
- In case of very poor weather, for the sake of our safety, Hike Guilin may make a postponement or cancellation decision right before the hiking departure time. In the circumstance of cancellation or postponement (but you are not able to do it in the postponed time), we will refund the money.
- Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travelers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
- As responsible travelers, we “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprint”.