Miao Region Eco-Hiking Tour
China Tour, Guizhou Travel Guide
of this Guizhou tour:
There are several
branches of Miao in Leishan county, they are Long Skirt Miao, Short
Skirt Miao, Silk felting Miao and Hundred Bird Miao, they are also
called Xijiang style Miao, Taojiang or Datang style Miao, Qiaoshang
style Miao and Gongtong style Miao respectively due to the centre
location. These Miao live on high mountains or valleys where there
are spectacular terraced fields and beautiful rivers. They had arrived
this region 500-800 years ago, and cultivated the area till today,
thus created rich culture and brilliant civilization. High quality
embroidery on women's holiday bests represents these Miao women's
talents and wisdom.
This tour gives
you a chance to walk through those Miao villages, stay at farmers'
home, experience their village life, I also invite a local Miao
to lead our trip at some places. The villages we walk throug are
Long Skirt Miao villages, they stay in wooden houses on stilts,
domestic animals are raised and stored on the first floor, and people
stay overnight on the second and third floor.
In Upper Langde
village-my village, you will hear ancient Miao folk stories about
the Miao's ancestors told by local old men. You also can join some
agriculture activities if the season possible, so you will see another
different world where people work hard, they have a poor life, but
they enjoy a happy life with their community, they help each other
when harvesting rice, transplanting rice seedlings, building a new
house or hosting relatives on the occasions of wedding or funerals.
However, with the
economy improved, people's life is starting to affect the mother
nature, many trees are cut down. More and more young girls and boys
left their homes to work hard as a laborer in cities to expect a
new life, just less people are willing to stay in the village and
engaged in agriculture, they mainly are the old and young kids,
some rice fields are empty, and on one cultivated. People are starting
to produce trash, especially many young Miao girls are not willing
to spread and inherit their mothers' embroidry skill, thus this
ancient and gorgeous culture might be going to die many years later.
The WTO has carried
out a project called "Countryside Travel" in Leishan and
Kaili along the Bala river so as to help improve the neaby Miao
villages' economy and preserve their culture since a few years ago,
and it made some progress, however, many remote villages are still
very poor due to poor transportation and other many reasons.
Our goal is not
only to see their culture, experience their village life, but also
to encourage them to preserve their culture, protect their nature
by purchasing their textiles, telling them the consciousness of
protecting the environment and less producing pollution. We also
can donate to the villages or primary schools to help some top students
whose families have financial problem with education.
size: 1-16 pax
The group can be 2-16 people, not more than 16 people.
It's more proper to
make this tour during Late March to November, the Miao in this region
spend the annual Miao New Year on the tenth lunar month which is
usually around the middle of November, during the fetival, there
will be many ceremonious activities such as Lusheng playing, Bronze
drum beating, so a tour to come across the festival is a good idea.
D1 Arrival Guiyang airport in
the afternoon, drive to Kaili directly. Kaili is the capital city
of the Southeast Miao and Dong autonomous region. Stay
Drive 1 hour to a place, then we start to have a 5 hour hiking
trip to Upper Langde, we will walk through some Miao villages en route.
Langde is a beautiful Miao vilage which was regarded as the national
relics in 2002 due to it's old architetures. It's also Tony's village,
Tony Chen Hualong grew up in the village, then went to colleage
in Guiyang in 1995.
In the evening, we will invite a old man from the village to tell
us many stories about the Miao's ancestors or weddding and Funeral
ceremonies. Stay at LocalFarmer's Homestay(Basic)
This morning we have our own free time, you can get up very late,
you can get up very early to breath the clear air, you may join
some agriculture actities if possible, you may help clean the village
In the afternoon, we will see a performance of songs and dances.
Upper Langde is famous for it's 12 road-blocking rice wine, Big
Lusheng and bronze drum dance.
Stay at Local Farmer's Homestay(Basic)
Today we walk half day through many Miao villages. In the afternoon, we drive to visit two village on the Leigongshan Mountain.
Stay at Local Farmer'sHomestay (Basic)
Learn traditional skills with local artisians such as playing Lusheng and doing embroidery stitiches.
Stay in Kaili(4 star)
We drive to see batiks-making and paper-making, some hikings are availble for today, then drive to Guiyang.
Stay in Guiyang(4star).
D7 Guiyang-Next destination
Drive to the airport and connect to morning flight to your next
destination, finish the adventure Leishan Long Skirt Miao Region