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.

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dali: car around Erhai
Dali: car to Yi market
Lijiang bike trip
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Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel
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Guizhou Long Horn Miao

Guizhou Buyi