Jidao Miao Village
- Unique customs, costumes, traditions, and buildings
- The Miao people are known for their songs and dances
The Jidao Miao Village is about 25 kilometers from Kaili City in Guizhou Province. About a thousand people live there. There are two parts to the village: Shangzhai (Upper Village) and Xiazhai (Lower Village). About 500 people live in each. There are about 170 families, and there are many old traditional wooden houses. People can visit at any time, but the best time to come is in warm months between March and October.
In the 3rd lunar month and the 10th lunar month, there are popular festivals where the people dance and entertain the visitors. In the 3rd lunar month, there is the New Rice Eating Festival; and in the 10th lunar month there is the Miao New Year Festival. Every 13 years, there is the Miao Guzang Festival. The Miao women in Guizhou dress with a lot of silver jewelry and silver headdresses. There is a village dancing square where vistors may watch them dance and sing. The Miao people are known for their traditional songs and dances.
It is said that about 3,500,000 Miao people live in Guizhou. There were several wars between the Miao people and the Qing Empire who were trying to subdue them. The last war of the Miao people happened during the Taiping rebellion in the middle of the 19th century. When they lost, a large number of the Miao people moved from their territory in Guizhou and surrounding regions to the south and into Southeast Asia. The Miao there are called Hmong.
Jidao Miao Village is located 25 km (15.5 miles) away from Kaili City in Guizhou Province. You can take a sightseeing bus from Kaili City to go there directly.
Best time to visit: The best touring season is from March to October every year.
Hours: It is a real village open to the public all day.
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I updated this article on November 26, 2012
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