Xijiang Miao Village is about 37 kilometers from Leishan County and about 80 kilometers away from Kaili. It takes about an hour to travel to Xijiang from Kaili by automobile. It is one of the biggest of the Miao villages in Guizhou Province, and tourist facilities including hotels and restaurants have opened on the developed main street. But much of the rest of the town is still traditional architecture, and people walking on the farmer’s paths can see the nice scenery that includes a river valley with terraced fields, intricate wooden houses built in their architectural style, and farmer’s working the land with their oxen. The women still dress up in lots of ornamental silver jewelry. There is a big parking lot to accommodate the many tourist buses that park by the entrance. So Xijiang Miao Village is a place close to Kaili that affords clean guesthouses and hotels and a chance to see the Miao traditional culture and the surrounding natural beauty.
Most of the Miao people are still friendly to foreign tourists. So people can enjoy a hike around their valley and see the farmers and villages surrounding the area. You may be able to have a meal with a Miao farming family. The area is surrounded by lush mountains. Depending on the season, you may see a lot of butterflies.
The travelers to Xijiang are amazed at the elegant and glittering silver ornaments worn by Miao females during the holidays. The Miao women wear large neck rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, beads and sheaths of engraved silver for festival days. You can dress up as a Miao man or woman for a few RMB and have your picture taken, and you can browse in the town's several jewelry shops to take home Miao jewelry too.
The village is also a center for grand Miao festivals and celebrations. Miao people from the nearby villages gather at Xijiang for festival celebrations. Famous festivals include the Lusheng Festival, the Miao New Year and Sisters’ Meal Festival.. Songs and dance are a major part of these festivals for tourists to enjoy. See our Lusheng Festival Tour and Sisters’ Meal Festival.
Fee: There is an entry fee for the village of about 10 USD.