6-Day Guizhou Miao Minority Festival Tour

GY-8-GP: 6-Day Guizhou Miao Minority Festival Tour
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Come to Guizhou when there’s a Miao nationality festival! Festivals are the best occasions for experiencing the Miao people’s culture and appreciating their beautiful minority costumes. (NB The Miao people who moved to America and Europe are known as the Hmong.)

Highlights

  • Join in the festival gatherings of the Miao people to experience their unique customs
  • Admire and try on colorful Miao costumes
  • Tour with local guides who are familiar with every village and have loads of knowledge to share

Festival Dates in 2017

We’ve selected five important festivals for you. Please choose from the following festival dates:

  • Feb. 14-16, 2017 (Zhouxi Lusheng Festival)
  • Apr. 11-13 (Sisters’ Meal Festival)
  • May 3 (Four-Eight Festival)
  • Jun. 19 (Dragon Canoe Festival)
  • Nov. 15-17 (Huangping Lusheng Festival)

What's Included

  • Hand-picked accommodation with good reviews
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guides
  • Western breakfasts and lunches at carefully selected restaurants
  • Spacious air-conditioned van or coach with experienced driver all the way
  • Entrance fees to all sights on the itinerary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guiyang, the Capital City of Guizhou Province

Accommodation: Trade Point Hotel ****
We’ll pick you up at the airport or train station. Take a rest and enjoy the marvelous scenery in a spacious air-conditioned coach. Check-in with the help of your guide.

Day 2 Explore Qingman Miao Village and See Typical Miao Wooden Stilt Houses
Qingman Miao Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation in Kaili: Heaven Sent Dragon Hotel****

In the morning, drive 2½ hours to Kaili, the capital of the southeast Miao & Dong nationality autonomous prefecture in Guizhou. Kaili is where many minority people gather together and flourish.

En route, visit some Miao villages. Qingman will be the first village you actually explore. We’ll witness something of the daily lives of the villagers by visiting local families. At the same time, you can appreciate the wooden stilt houses of the Miao people, their traditional architecture.

Upon arrival in Kaili, visit the Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum for an overview of the special daily necessities and cultural heritage of the ethnic groups in Guizhou.

Day 3-4 Attend a Traditional Festival of the Miao People

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation in Kaili: Heaven Sent Dragon Hotel****

Five festivals are convened in towns not far from Kaili. Our guide and driver will both escort you from Kaili to attend the festival you have chosen.

With many activities to see, two days are usually required to witness the variety of the celebrations. At the end of each day you’ll be escorted back to your hotel in Kaili.

Zhouxi Lusheng Festival: Drive 30 minutes from Kaili to Zhouxi Town. The Zhouxi Lusheng Festival is convened by Miao people from the 18th to the 20th of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It has a history of more than 400 years and it is one of the biggest festivals in the province.

Festival activities include a lusheng dance competition, a folk singing contest, buffalo-fighting and horse-racing. There are many opportunities for photographs and for visitors to enjoy the colorful minority customs.

The festival lasts 3 days; the second and third of which include the main highlights.

Sister’s Meal Festival: Drive one hour in the morning to Shidong Town, to attend the annual Sisters’ Meal Festival, otherwise renowned as the Oriental Valentine's Day.

During the day people eat lovers’ rice, which has been dyed in different colors. The festival offers opportunities for young people to find their marriage partners.

It takes more than a day to observe the festival activities: bull-fighting, a dragon-boat race, wooden-drum dancing and a local market. You will be deeply impressed by the fantastic silver ornaments of the Miao. In the late afternoon your guide and driver will escort you back to Kaili.

The Four-Eight Festival: This is convened in Huangping Town, about an hour away from Kaili by car, on the 8th day of the 4th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Miao people gather near the fountain in the town and hold various activities to commemorate their ancient hero Yanu (the festival is alternatively known as the Yanu Festival): general dancing, singing folk songs, playing on a swing, and performing lion dances and dragon dances. Some of the festival scenes are spectacular.

Dragon Canoe Festival: The Dragon Canoe Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Miao who live on the banks of the Qingshui River. You’ll drive to Shidong Town in the morning, about an hour away from Kaili.

Miao villagers dress up in their holiday best and assemble on the banks of the river to watch the exciting Dragon Canoe Race. After the race, a fireworks display and a village feast are held to celebrate the race completion.

Huangping Lusheng Festival : The heart-stirring sounds of many lusheng instruments, the colors of Miao costumes and many other festive activities such as dancing, singing, bull-fighting, bird-fighting and horse-racing, are features of this festival.

You’ll have an opportunity to join this large annual celebration, which witnesses one of the biggest feasts of roast donkey amongst the Miao nationality.

Good to know:
The Four-Eight Festival and Dragon Canoe Festival are only celebrated for one day (tour day 3). On day 4 we will arrange visits to Datang Short-Skirt Miao Village and Jidao Long-Skirt Miao Village, to help you make the most of your time.

Day 5 Explore Shiqiao Miao Village and Transfer to Guiyang
Shiqiao Miao Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation in Guiyang: Trade Point Hotel****

Visit Shiqiao Miao village to observe its traditional way of making paper from the bark of mulberry trees. This method of paper-making has a history of more than a thousand years. Local people still practice it and have extended it using different plants to make colored paper.

Day 6Departure

Meals: Breakfast
Have breakfast at the hotel and then head for the airport or train station to get to your next destination.

Trip Notes

1. Easy-Access

The Guiyang–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway now links the ethnically and naturally rich regions of Guizhou to the prosperous Pearl River Delta area. You can reach Guiyang from Guangzhou in 5 hours and from Guilin in 2 hours.

2. Hotel

The facilities and service standards at hotels in Guizhou are not as good as those in larger cities, but we’ve carefully chosen 4-star hotels in Guiyang and Kaili for you to enjoy the best possible accommodation throughout the tour.

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