To spend time in the village, you must book at least a night at a traditional Yao home (see lodging tab for more info). Due to the transit time to the village, I recommend 3-4 nights as a minimum.
There is no grocery store, so bring your own snacks. The neighbor, Ayi, will cook all meals for you, at your request. The easiest way to get to the village is by coordinating a transfer from the Guilin Airport, train station or hotel. If anyone in your family tends toward car sickness, take Dramamine before the ride as you will be ascending curvy mountain roads.
Hiking the terraces, then eating lunch, takes about a half day. Time is a little “loose” in the village, but you can schedule activities like hiking on the terraces with Ayi, who is the house manager, any day you are there.
The weather was gorgeous and mild in December. Summer months would be quite hot and humid, and mosquitos would be an issue.
Meals are served family-style, so discuss ahead of time how many servings will be needed. For instance, in our family, we paid for 5 servings each meal instead of 7.
If you are traveling through China with kids, plan a trip to a village in Guilin with Laojia and take part in the daily life of the people who live in rural China. Visiting a Yao minority village in Guilin is inspiring and educational for the entire family. Watch people live off the land as they have done for generations. Experience the allure of the Li River and go for a hike in the village’s terraced gardens, which is not only beautiful but useful since you pick the vegetables for your dinner. It’s a great place to take children because they can participate in authentic village life. Parents will enjoy the unique architecture and authentic village. Nothing here is touristy. You will be the only outsiders. Compared to the busy pace of China’s mega cities, having time in the village allows families to unplug and be in tune with nature.