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“well worth a visit”
Review of Miao Village

Miao Village
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Kaili
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Betchworth, United Kingdom
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“well worth a visit”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We loved the view of the Miao dwelling on the hill and the unique building style. The food was very tasty and spicy. The people were extremely friendly and warm. The local customs means we drank more home made rice wine than we could manage! If the RMB100 entry fee could help the Miao people stay in the village farming the land and looking after the tourists, then more people should go. However, I also fear the tourists will eventually kill the authentic Miao village atmosphere and life style....

Visited October 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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62 reviews
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“Sisters'meal festival”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We went to Shidong to see the Sisters'meal festival: kind of St Valentine.

The festival was amazing. Thousands of girls and women go down from the villages to sing and dance wezring traditional costumes.

A must do!!!

Visited April 2013
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Suzhou, China
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“Miao community villages around Kaili endangered by progress”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

I just went there last week for 3 full days and my expectations were by far not fulfilled. I visited at least 6 villages(recommended and executed by CITIS) but only Langde was worthy. It is amazing how the rush for construction(housing, highways, train lines and factories) are endangering the Miao habitat. We visited Qingman village and the road was awful due to the construction but the worse is that a new highway is just a 100 meters away from the village. The entire environment is gone. As in most of the villages, you can only see a few women and children dressing normal cloths. Later we visit Shiqiao and watch the ancient process to make paper. It was not possible because there was nobody to do it. I believe they can do a lot of stuff to be sold but there is no entrepreneur spirit. The paper/cards are very nice but lack of creative to design, even the paper umbrellas are beautiful but they just have a few with only one or 2 designs. They just built a new "arch/entrance" in the village which looks very fake. A new exhibition area is under construction but I am afraid it would look very new and fake. The is another village just a one kilometer down the river which worth to visit because has nice surroundings and I was lucky to see the Miao people dying the fabric to produce their daily cloths. Other villages we visited were exactly the same, only few old women and children. Markets has nothing to offer but to see women form the inside the hills wearing their traditional daily cloths and hairstyle. Summary, if you are not going for a festival, you just need to visit Langde and other village, otherwise you will be disappointed. Other highlight is the scenery of the road from Kaili to Fanpei, specially at the to of the mountain crossing. The arrange of rice terraces and pine tress is beautiful. Food is very good but spicy. Try the Sour fish soup.

Visited June 2013
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Brussels
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“Minority villages around Kaili”
Reviewed 1 May 2012

We have visited the minority villages around Kaili with the CITS. We contacted in advance via e-mail and received prompt and clear replies. We arrived from Guiyang on Saturday by public bus, and left on Monday with the direct bus to the Guiyang airport. We visited the Sunday market in Kaili, definitively worthwhile, and a number of villages and local markets in the neighbourhood.
Also a very interesting experience for our children.

Visited August 2011
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Grobbendonk, Belgium
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“Must visit in Kaili”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Several interesting minority villages around Kaili. If you're familiar with busses in China, they are in easy reach, else hire a car/driver for a day ( around Y 600) and you can visit at least 4 or 5 of them.

Visited November 2011
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