South China Getaway
Enter a world of both natural wonder and big city glamour. Discover friendly people, a passionate food culture, historic sites and deep-seated traditions on this all-encompassing southern China expedition. Meet rural people and city folk, chow down on local delicacies and world-class fare and explore the wealth of history and modern developments of this mighty nation.
- Stay in a Tulou for a unique overnight experience â these huge earthen structures are like ancient apartment buildings, where generations of the same clan can live together
- In Longi, hike the beautiful rice terraces that snake through the mountains of Longsheng like giant dragons, and visit hill tribe communities while surrounded by incredible views
- Enjoy time to sit back and relax in the dramatic karst countryside of Yangshuo â immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings â and try the local favourite: beerfish
- Starting and ending in two of the country's largest and most bustling cities â Shanghai and Hong Kong â youâll also be able to experience the dazzling future of modern China
- Stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse
- Chill out in the backpacker haven of Yangshuo
- Trek alongside rice terraces to the villages of Longji
- End your trip among the neon light of Hong Kong
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||16||Duration||12 days|
|Category||Bronze||Keep it simple, keeping inclusions to a minimum. These trips represent exceptional value and having a lot of free time to do what you wish.|
Day 1 - Shanghai
Day 2 - Shanghai/Overnight Train
Day 3 - Longji Rice Terraces
The Longji region has some of the most extensive rice terraces around. These terraces change with the seasons: filled with water from the mountains before planting, becoming green during the growing season and then golden when the rice is ready for harvest. This evening youâll overnight in the village of Dazhai, which is home to the Yao minorities. The Yao still preserve some of their traditional lifestyle and unique customs. You'll notice women only cut their hair at 16 years old, symbolising their entrance into adulthood. The hair isnât thrown away, but is kept by the grandmother. When the woman marries, the hair is made into an ornamental headdress and brought to the husband's home as a souvenir!