Top 10 China Ethnic Minority Tours To Discover China’s Diverse Cultures

With a population of over 1.3 billion people, China is a nation blessed with a myriad of ethnic groups and cultures. Officially, the country recognizes 55 ethnic minority groups within its borders, which comprise almost 9% of the total population. Here are the top 10 China Ethnic Minority tours to discover China’s diverse cultures.

8-Day Classic Guizhou Tour: See Guiyang, Kaili, Zhenyuan & Zhaoxing

This amazing China ethnic minority tour gives you the perfect opportunity to discover the cultures of several fascinating ethnic groups. You will enjoy a wide array of activities in beautiful Guizhou including visiting various Miao villages in Kali, where the traditional attire for women is both long-skirts and short-skirts. In addition, you will be treated to a traditional performance by the Dong peoples, and gain a greater understanding of ethnic groups in China by visiting various villages in Guizhou, which is the traditional territory of many ethnic groups in China.

17-Day Magnificent Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Guizhou, Shanghai Tour

In addition to visiting some of China’s major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, you will also have the incredible opportunity to discover several diverse cultures on this ethnic minority tour of China. On this 17-day tour amongst other activities, you will explore the fascinating villages of ethnic groups in Longsheng, as well as visit the incredible traditional rice terraces of the region, which were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4-Day Breathtaking Tour of Guizhou

Exploring the province of Guizhou is an experience that lasts a lifetime. Located in southwest China, it is the traditional home of both the Dong and Miao peoples. On this China ethnic minority tour, you will get the extraordinary opportunity to learn more about the diverse cultures of these peoples by visiting several traditional villages that still maintain the traditional ways and lifestyle.

6-Day Phenomenal Inner Mongolia Tour

Mongolia is a place with diverse, rich cultures. On this incredible ethnic minority tour, you will have the chance to learn more about the numerous ethnic groups that reside within its borders. Amongst other fascinating activities, you will have the chance to visit a traditional town of the Ewenki people. One of the few remaining nomadic tribes, the Ewenki raise and herd reindeer, maintaining their traditional ways.

6-Day Spectacular Jinghong, Menghai, and Xishuangbanna Exploration Tour

This China ethnic minority tour is truly an exploration for the mind and senses. In addition to witnessing some truly majestic landscapes, you will also experience the wonderful hospitality of the Dai people.  The Dai are proud, and rightfully so, of their distinct and fascinating culture. You will get the phenomenal opportunity to experience their traditional customs and traditional lifestyle by visiting a local Dai village.

2-Day Spectacular Hiking Tour of Rice Terraces from Guilin

In addition to exploring the marvel of human ingenuity that is the rice terraces of Guilin, you will also explore Huangluo, a traditional village of the Yao peoples. Amongst their diverse and unique customs, Yao women all wear their hair very long, sometimes reaching the ground. This ethnic minority tour of China allows you to gain first-hand experience of the fascinating cultures of both the Yao and Zhuang peoples, who built the rice terraces over 650 years.

5-Day Sensational Hiking in the Mountains of Yunnan Tour

Renowned for its spectacular landscapes, visiting Yunnan is an unforgettable experience. On this China ethnic minority tour you will get the incredible opportunity to explore the historical town of Shaxi, once a major trading hub during the Tang dynasty ((618 – 907). Today, the main ethnic groups who reside here are the Yi and Bai people.

13-Day Breathtaking Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Hangzhou and Shanghai Luxury Tour

Amongst the numerous fabulous activities on this sensational ethnic minority tour of China, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a traditional village of the Yao people in Longsheng. Over the course of 650 years, Yao and Zhuang farmers constructed the truly awe-inspiring rice terraces that dot the region. Recognizing the cultural importance of this area, UNESCO deemed the region a World Heritage Site.

2-Day Extraordinary Hui-Hang Ancient Path Hiking Tour

Located at the border of Anhui and Zhejiang province in beautiful eastern China is Hui-Hang Ancient Path. This is one of the most famous ancient roadways next to the Silk Road and the Tea-horse Ancient Road. On this China ethnic minority tour, not only will you discover beautiful natural scenery, but also have the opportunity to visit Yonglai, an ancient village inhabited by the Hui people and learn more about their fascinating culture.

One-Day Fascinating Tour of Kunming

In addition to discovering the beautiful capital of Yunnan, Kunming, you will also explore the compelling history of ethnic minorities in this province. On this China ethnic minority tour, you will visit the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, the largest and most comprehensive ethnic museum in Southeast Asia. Gain a better understanding of the diverse cultures and ethnic groups by learning about various traditional festivals, costumes, handicrafts, and art of ethnic groups residing in Yunnan.

Recommended China Ethnic Minority Tours

8 Day Classic Guizhou Tour: See Guiyang, Kaili, Zhenyuan & Zhaoxing

Guizhou Tour Highlights Long-skirt and short-skirt Miao Villages in Kaili. Traditional performance of Dong Minority. Tang’an Dong Nationality Eco-museum.

4-Day Breathtaking Tour of Guizhou

The spectacular and world-famous Huanggushu Waterfall. The fantastic karst cave -Longgong Cave. Well-preserved Xijiang Miao Minority Village and its traditional costumes.

6-Day Spectacular Jinghong, Menghai, and Xishuangbanna Exploration Tour

The awe-inspiring Pu’er National Forest Park. The fascinating and distinct culture of the Dai people. Wild Elephant Valley. Experience a traditional tea banquet and the centuries-old tea culture. Experience the wonderful hospitality of local Dai people.

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