China Private Journey

Ancient Cultures & Magnificent Landscapes

Trip Level

This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according our trip rating system. It is a comfortable, vehicle-based sightseeing trip with optional hikes and village walks on several days. Accommodations are in comfortable and well-located hotels, with two nights in village homestay accommodations (hotel options available upon request).

During village homestays, homes usually consist of small gardens with chilies, tomatoes, gourds, and vegetables usually planted near each family’s house. Most homes have two hearths and no chimney, hence it is often smoky. Seeing a few bugs, rodents, or similar critters may be a possibility, but this should not pose any problem (beyond a bit of character building). Please note that village food tends to simpler and oilier than city food, but it is also an excellent chance to sample the food in rural areas.

On village visits, your support team and logistic van will always arrive in advance. Most of the roads are accessible by vehicles, so if you want to skip a hike and arrive in a village by vehicle, that should be possible. However, the walks are very scenic and have been carefully designed to be easily managed in a hike of two or three hours.

Ground transportation is by air-conditioned mini-bus or van. Local roads range from adequate to difficult to traverse; expect to encounter foot-deep ruts at some points on your trip. We have taken local travel times into account in planning the itinerary, though road conditions can change from week to week. You will be traveling with a private guide and driver, so any time you want to stop and take a picture, please inform your guide. As you traverse Guizhou, you visit quaint mountain villages, where you have a chance to chat with local families and gain a better understanding of life and customs in their area.

While traveling in rural areas, there are few decent public bathroom facilities. We recommend that rather than using local facilities on hikes and drives, you do what the locals do and opt for a “nature break” in a wooded area when hiking as well as when on road journeys.

Weather

February to mid-November are the best times for this Private Journey.

Guizhou has a subtropical humid climate, with few seasonal changes. The weather is frequently misty or cloudy, and rain occurs most of the year, so be prepared by bringing comfortable, good quality rain gear for hiking. Guizhou has an average altitude of about 3,000 feet. Temperatures are relatively moderate, not too cold in the winter, nor too hot in the summer. Mountains and plateaus make up some 65% of Guizhou's topography. The terrain is rugged, with karst formations, underground rivers, jagged peaks, dramatic valleys, and terraced rice fields.

Please note that there are Chinese public holidays during the first week of both May and October. Since many Chinese people travel at this time, reservations may be more difficult to secure during these holiday periods, and we recommend that you avoid this period. We advise that you request arrangements early.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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