This 9-hour private hiking tour takes you to a peaceful wonderland which boasts “a miracle under heaven”. You will see & experience awesome rice terraces and colorful minority culture & customs. Your professional English-speaking “mountain guide” will guide you meeting the friendly & unsophisticated local farmers and villagers, tasting their organic fresh food, fruits and vegetables, observing their unique wood houses and “diving” into their life, taking pictures of their colorful traditional costumes and long hairs. We use safe and comfortable private van for your transportation. Drinking water, walking sticks and other stuff are provided if you need.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Guilin to Ping'an Village (If your hotel is in Yangshuo, 3 hours), where you start hiking with your guide. You will walk uphill by taking the slate-paved stairs through the village on the mountainside. A zero-distance look at those wooden and mortise-and-tenon structured houses will leave you an unforgettable memory. What's more, on the way and at the top of the mountain you will see beautiful contour-map-like terraced rice paddies. You also meet Zhuang people wearing their costumes, making straw sandal shoes and colorful insoles when walking. From the viewing platform, take a turn to the right, and the path (now a concrete road) will lead you to the direction of Dazhai, a famous Yao people's village. In about twenty minutes, a jade-green colored reservoir, which grantees the water resource of the villagers and the rice paddies, appears on our left-hand side. Then, an about 2 hour long walk through the pine and fir woods, up and down on the mountains, along the ridge of the rice fields, will lead you to Zhongliu (Middle Six), a Yao village which is considered to be the half way between Ping'an and Dazhai. Right before the village, down to the bottom of the gorge, a running creek with gurgling water is really an ideal place to have a rest. There are still about 2 hours to go after Zhongliu village. You may get bit tired now. But the breathtaking sceneries will definitely reward you. There are more terraced rice paddies, fir tree woods and elegantly standing bamboos all the way along the path. If lucky enough, you may come across Yao people working in the fields with their buffalo. Their wrinkled but friendly faces, rose-red costumes with the lush-green background will be a perfect picture to illustrate the harmony between human and nature. There will appear a small village named Tiantou before going down to Dazhai. Tiantou is located on the slope of the mid-level and from here you can have a panoramic view around. Keep going downhill, you will see a basin densely occupied by the black-roofed wood houses. Here comes Dazhai, the end of your hiking! A 2 hour drive will take you back to the city of Guilin (3 hours to Yangshuo).