Guizhou tours

The best festivals in China are in Guizhou. Minority people dress up in their best clothes, a perfect chance to make amazing photos!

Guizhou Miao Dong festival trips

Guizhou Miao Dong festival trips

Colourful festivals happen all year around in Guizhou. An example is the Sister’s Meal festival, one of the most colourful festivals in Guizhou. Festivals are a unique chance for photographers to take beautiful pictures of the Miao, Dong, Gejia and Buyi people because everybody is dressed at their best. You will visit the most important places where the festivals will be celebrated. After this wonderful experience you can visit some other villages with different kind of Miao and Dong people with their own distinct costumes, jewellery and habits. A knowledgable guide will go with you to find the best festival places and villages. Our guides are experienced and know the area very well. Some of these festivals are small and unknown, guaranteed a non touristy and authentic experience. Best festivals in Guizhou 2015 October 21 The 9.9 festival in Sandu area with Miao people and lusheng dance and music November 7-10 Lusheng dance and music, a very important meeting of Miao people near Kaili November 28 Dong song festival, organised by local governments 2016 February Spring festival season (Chinese new year), many local daily festivals in different places March 10-12 Bridge festival, a very interesting and unknown festival to celebrate the spirits of the bridges and roads March 20 Bamboo-king festival, a very small and unknown festival with interesting minority groups March 23 Dance Flower festival in Nankai area April 9 Fire Cracker festival in Fulu area April 9 Manren festival of the mini-skirt Miao. It’s a kind of Valentine’s day for people meeting their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. April 20-23 Sister Meal festival in Shidong, Taijiang area, large and famous festival attracting a lot of (Chinese) tourists May 14 april the 8 festival, a small festival in Feiyunyan July 18 Rain dance festival Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Guizhou Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival april

Guizhou Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival april

The Sisters’ Meal Festival is celebrated by the Miao people around Kaili in Guizhou. According to the Miao elders it started a long time ago in an isolated area as a means for the ‘old’ (22 years) unmarried girls to find a husband. The parents of the girls organized a festival to present their daughters in their best outfits. They invited surrounding villagers and presented them with their best dishes, homemade wine and the sisters’ meal festival was born. It became a huge success and despite new roads being built and online dating the festival keeps going, until now. These days many Miao women dress up in their best clothes and come to Shidong, a small village along a river in Kaili area. Sisters’ Meal festival always starts with a welcome ceremony to greet all visitors with glutinous rice and red eggs, red being the colour for good luck and happiness. Some of the rice is coloured with the dyes of different leaves, berries and flowers and then cooked in bamboo tubes. Some of the colored rice is shaped into balls that hold ‘hidden treasures’ and are gifts from the girls to the boys. If a boy finds a pine needle in his riceball it means the girls wants him to give her embroidery needles. A thorn, two chopsticks or a red flower petal tells the lucky guy that he is Mr. Right. A single chopstick, some garlic or chili means a flat refusal. Apart from having a traditional family meal and homebrewed drinks there is singing, drum dancing and a dancing competition between the villages. The Miao women wear silver neck rings, bracelets, anklets, earrings, hair pins and combs, rings and pendants, phoenix crowns and elaborate headpieces. The Miao believe that silver, representing light, will scare away evil spirits. Silver is of course also a symbol of wealth and beauty. The costumes are mostly handmade with intricately embroidered skirts, blouses, aprons and jackets, all decorated with silver ornaments. There are several other villages with interesting Dong and Miao festivals in other months. Apart from the festivals, Guizhou has plenty to offer to make a beautiful (photo)trip to non touristy minority villages in the middle of riceterraces and green hills. Despite the growing number of (Chinese) tourists, Guizhou is relatively quiet, it’s only a matter of going to the right places. You can book this Sisters’ Meal festival trip on an individual basis or join in with a group. April 19 arrival in Guiyang, drive to Kaili April 20 Kaili – Zhenyuan Heading to Shidong for the Sisters’ meal festival. Drive to Zhenyuan in the afternoon. April 21 Zhenyuan – Jidao Free morning in Zhenyuan, visit the backstreets of this old town and walk to Black dragon cave on the riverbank. Drive back to Kaili in the afternoon and spend the night at a local Miao house in a small village along the river. April 22 Jidao – Rongjiang Leave Jidao, visit the long skirt Miao village Langde, see their welcome ceremony and Lusheng dance and beautiful costumes. After lunch go to Datang, a short skirt Miao village with its unique rice storage huts above waterponds. April 23 Rongjiang – Jiabang Drive to Moon mountain area, a beautiful area with villages and fantastic riceterraces. On the way visit some villages and good photospots. Overnight at a guesthouse in a Miao village with an amazing view over the riceterraces. April 24 Jiabang – Zhaoxing Leave Jiabang in the morning, visit a Dong villages on the road, drive to Zhaoxing village, with its elegant architecture of drum towers and wind and...

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Guizhou Long Horn Miao

Guizhou Long Horn Miao

The Miao people are one of the largest minority groups in China, more than 9 million, about half of them living in Guizhou. The self-given name Long Horned Miao refers to the women who look spectacular with their own (and false) hair wrapped around a large horn-shaped wooden comb. In the past this comb was smaller and the tips only just protruded out from the hair. In more recent times, and especially amongst older people, the comb is extremely wide, almost the size of buffalo horns. During festival times the young women wear as many as thirty skirts and several long jackets. One of the most accessible villages lies a few hours by road from Guiyang. A trip to the Long Horn Miao can be perfectly combined with a visit to Huangguoshu waterfall near Anshun and Buyi stone villages. You can further explore Guizhou and its beautiful villages and riceterraces or travel overland to Guilin. Guizhou is also very interesting during Sisters’ Meal festival, Chinese New Year festivals in February or other Dong, Gejia and Miao festivals. The Miao is an ethnic group recognized by the Chinese government in 1949 when all minorities had to be classified as to establish representatives in the provincial and national governments. Most of the minorities were grouped together on the basis of belonging to a certain language group. The Miao though group themselves by the most characteristic colours and style of embroidery of the women’s clothes and use names like Red/ Black/ White/ Green/ Blue Miao, Big/ Small Flowery Miao, and Short/ Long skirt Miao. Some of the groups are very tiny consisting of only 3 villages in a specific area. Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Guizhou February daily festival trip

Guizhou February daily festival trip

If you are interested in an authentic trip packed with festivals, February is the best month to travel to Guizhou. There are so many different festivals that you can daily visit another one, hosted by one of the various ethnic groups. Despite the fact that Guizhou is developing fast and villages are making way for new highways, it’s still one of our favourite places. It’s simply a matter of knowing where (not) to go. We have expert knowledge of unknown, small scale festivals held in villages. On top of that we have personal connections with the local people. This unique combination makes our trips special and different from others. This is just an example of some festivals held around Chinese new year (Spring festival) which is February 8, 2016. There are plenty of other villages with interesting festivals. All we need to do is to work out a program around your available time. Day 1 arrive Guiyang 2 Guiyang – Zhaoxing 3 Zhaoxing (Taiguanren in a small village nearby) 4 Zhaoxing (Dong Lusheng meeting nearby) 5 Rongjiang (Caigetang festival of Dong) 6 Kaili 7 Kaili (Miao Lusheng meeting) 8 Guiyang (Moon dance festival) 9 Liuzhi (Old han people, Taiwanggong festival) 10 Anshun (Long horn Miao, dance flower festival) 11 Ziyun 12 Kaili (Changshun dance flower festival of Miao) 13 Danzhai (Miao Lusheng meeting) 14 Danzhai (Paidiao Miao Lusheng meeting) 15 Taijian (Yuanxiao festival) 16 Kaili (Gejia Lusheng festival) 17 Guiyang (Little flower Miao Moon dance festival) Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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