Kaili is a small town that serves as a starting point for visiting many Miao, Dong, and Shui minorities’ villages in eastern Guizhou. A museum dedicated to minorities has been set up within the town itself, presenting their different costumes, traditional objects, and customs.
Langde Miao Village 朗德苗寨
One of the most beautiful Miao villages clings to the slopes of the Bala River Valley. Below, a giant noria rotates permanently to ensure the permanent irrigation of crops. Its large square is the place of organization of the village festivals.
Set in a magnificent setting, it is a must-see in the Leigong Shan Protected Area sector. This mountainous area offers fantastic hikes through a primitive forest, waterfalls, and countless small villages to meet the minorities.
Xijiang Miao Village 西江苗寨
This succession of five villages on the mountainside sloping down towards the river is also the largest Miao agglomeration. From the village, you can make beautiful hikes via the paths that serve the surroundings in the heart of the luxuriant vegetation of Guizhou. Going up the cobbled trails from the main street, you can climb to the heights of the village where the water reservoirs essential for irrigating the terraces are located.
Taijiang Miao Village 台江苗寨
The Miao village of Taijiang has pretty, unspoiled alleys, a colorful market, and a small embroidery-themed museum.
Matang Gejia Village 麻塘革家寨
The Gejia were attached to the Miao minority. Although these two ethnic groups practice a common language, they have very different customs. It is a village specialized in the traditional craftsmanship of batiks. Colorful fabrics decorated with patterns representative of the local culture. With a bit of luck, you will have the opportunity to observe the craftsmen in action and see the freshly tinted batiks drying.
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