1 Li River

Cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo through a forest of tall, weirdly contorted karst peaks.

2 Dong villages

Communities of wooden houses, bridges and drum towers pepper remote rural highlands along the Guangxi–Guizhou border.

3 Hua Shan

Another boat trip to see a whole cliffside of mysterious rock art flanking Guangxi’s Zuo River.

4 Sisters’ Meal Festival

Exuberant showpiece of Miao culture, featuring three days of dancing, bull fighting and dragon-boat racing.

5 Zhijin Caves

The largest, most spectacular of China’s subterranean limestone caverns, full of creatively named rock formations.

6 Caohai

Spend a day punting around this beautiful lake, a haven for ducks and rare black-necked cranes.

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