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Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum: Practical Travel Guide

Located in Kaili of Guizhou, the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum is a comprehensive museum dedicated to displaying the unique traditions, customs, and way of life of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups. It has become the cultural protection and research center of the minorities in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture.

Also known as the National Museum of Qiandongnan Prefecture, the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum has over 12,000 collections. It exhibits traditional costumes, musical instruments, artwork, and agricultural tools used by Miao and Dong minority groups. Besides, the museum also conducts dance and drama performances of these minor communities. If you want to visit there, we can customize your Guizhou tours to the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum.

Facts of Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

  • Location:Kaili City, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province
  • Opening time:Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00–17:00 (closed on Mondays)
  • Ticket: Free
  • Time needed: 1–2 hours
  • Best time to visit:All year round
  • Suited to:Anyone interested in minority culture and handicrafts


Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum
Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

What to See and Do in Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

Explore the Exhibition Halls

The Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum covers an area of 11,000 square meters with four exhibition halls open for visitors. They display every aspect of the life of the minorities living in this city. By visiting there, you will learn the history, costumes, and ancestral culture of the ethnic minorities who have lived there for generations.

Attend Activities in Workshops

The Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum is not just a museum for exhibitions but also allows visitors to participate in workshops in person to experience the process of making handicrafts. In the interactive workshops, you will learn about traditional handwork, including embroidery, batik cloth, and bamboo weaving.

Experience Cultural Performances

Enjoying the cultural performances by the local artists is a wonderful experience for you on your travel to Kaili in Guizhou. The Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum conducts performances that feature music, dance, and drama of the minorities. Through these performances, you will learn about the region’s unique cultural heritage.

Best Time to Visit Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

The Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum is suitable for visiting all year round, and the best time to visit there is during the months of spring and autumn (March to May and September to November). During this period, the climate is mild with low humidity, making it an ideal time to visit this wonderful place. Besides, there are celebrations of planting in spring and harvesting in autumn, and don’t miss them on your trip to Kaili in Guizhou.

Guizhou Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum
Exhibits at the Kaili Ethnic Museum

Getting to Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

If you are in Guiyang, take a train from Guiyang Railway Station to Kaili Railway Station, then take Bus No. 1 or 2 to Wanbo West Station. Afterward, take a 3-minute walk, and you will arrive at the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum.

Also, if you find yourself in Kaili, Bus No 1, 2, 3, 7, 12, 13, 21, and 28 will take you to the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum.

Attractions nearby Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum

  • Qingman Miao Village: Situated by a mountainsideand 24 kilometers from the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum, the village mainly features wooden stilted buildings and exquisite embroidery. Besides, it offers an amazing view of mountains and farmland, and it is a great place for you to experience country life.
  • Xijiang Miao Village:This is the largest Miao village in China with over 1,000 Miao families living It is known for its beautiful architecture and diverse culture. By the way, it shows a more charming view in the evening when the lights are on.
  • Langde Miao Village:Located about 27 kilometers from the Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum, Langde Miao Village greets visitors with music and dance performances of minority
  • Leigong Mountain: Located about 15 kilometers from Kaili, this nature reserve is home to diversified plants and animals, such as azaleas, orchids, monkeys, and pheasants. Besides, you will find waterfalls, caves, and temples in this scenic area.

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