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Top 12 Ethnic Villages in Guizhou

Guizhou province is not only known for its stunning natural beauty but also for its rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnic minority groups. The region is home to many unique ethnic villages that offer a glimpse into the traditions and customs of the local communities. In this article, we will explore the top 12 Guizhou ethnic villages that are a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the rich cultural diversity of China.

 

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

Xijiang Miao Village is a picturesque and culturally-rich village. It is home to the Miao ethnic minority, who have preserved their rich cultural traditions and way of life for centuries. The village is known for its stunning natural scenery, with lush green mountains and crystal-clear streams surrounding the traditional wooden houses and winding stone alleys. Visitors to Xijiang Miao Village can experience the unique Miao culture through traditional festivals, handicrafts, music, and dance performances, as well as sample delicious local cuisine. It is a must-visit destination for those interested in immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of China.

Guizhou Qianhu Miao Village
Qianhu Miao Village

Stone Bridge Miao Village

Stone Arch Miao Village is a charming rural village of the Miao ethnic group, nestled amidst vast fields and surrounded by stunning natural scenery. The villagers follow a traditional way of life, working from sunrise to sunset and resting amidst the peaceful surroundings.

The village is renowned as the ‘Ancient Papermaking Village’ because the villagers have preserved the ancient art of papermaking, which dates back to the Tang Dynasty and has been passed down through generations.

Stone Arch Miao Village is also home to the longest and most beautiful wind and rain bridge in Guizhou, which is a symbol of the village’s rich cultural heritage. The villagers are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature, and they wear vibrant costumes adorned with exquisite embroidery.

 

Kongbai Miao Village

Kongbai Miao Village is a charming and scenic village situated atop a hillside that rises nearly 1,000 meters above sea level. The village’s stilted buildings create a picturesque and harmonious landscape that blends beautifully with the surrounding terraced fields and verdant forests. The village is renowned for being “The Last Silversmith Miao Village,” as it has been a hub of the silverwork industry for centuries. Practically every family in Kongbai Miao Village has perfected the art of silverwork, and the silver products crafted in the village are celebrated throughout China for their exquisite craftsmanship and quality.

 

Langde Miao Village

Langde Miao Village is located by the crystal-clear Danjiang River and encircled by the lush green Leigong Mountain. It is also referred to as the Miao Ethnic Village Museum, and visitors can experience the authentic Miao culture here. Langde Miao Village is renowned for the “Long Skirt Miao,” where visitors can witness Miao people wearing long skirts. Tourists to Langde Miao Village are welcomed with a twelve-course “block-the-way” rice wine feast accompanied by firecrackers and sweet Miao folk songs. They can also enjoy the traditional dances and songs that are accompanied by Lusheng, a reed instrument.

Guizhou Langde Miao Village
Langde Miao Village

Basha Miao Village

Basha Miao Village is a unique and ancient Miao Ethnic village that remains virtually untouched by modernization. The residents of Basha still live in their wooden houses, follow centuries-old customs, and hold their unique beliefs. Perched on a hill, five kilometers from Congjiang, Basha Miao Village is famous for its men’s hairstyles, which are shaped like helmets or cockscombs. The men also carry hunting rifles and knives as accessories. Basha Miao Village is a living museum of the ancient Miao culture.

 

Yintan Dong Village

Yintan Dong Village is situated in Liping County, approximately 200 kilometers from Kaili. It is a typical Dong village with over 400 households and more than 2,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by verdant mountains and clear rivers, Yintan Dong Village boasts a well-preserved wind and rain bridge and a drum tower that symbolizes Dong’s architecture and culture. Yintan Dong Village is also renowned for its oil tea culture, a kind of tea made with fried tea leaves, ginger, garlic, salt, and oil. Oil tea is not only a daily drink but also a way to welcome guests and celebrate festivals.

 

Zhaoxing Dong Village

Zhaoxing Dong Village is a significant Dong ethnic village in China, boasting over 1,200 households and a population exceeding 4,000. The village is located in Liping County, approximately 220 kilometers from Kaili, and is famous for its five drum towers, with each representing one of the five natural elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The drum towers are the hub of the village’s social and cultural activities, including singing, dancing, playing the Lusheng, and hosting festivals. Besides, Zhaoxing Dong Village is also renowned for its ecological theater, where visitors can appreciate various performances of the Dong ethnic group and immerse themselves in their unique culture.

 

Matang Gejia Village

Matang Gejia Village is situated in Huangping County, approximately 18 kilometers from Kaili. It is a village of the Gejia ethnic group, a branch of the Miao ethnic group with its own unique culture and costumes. Matang Gejia Village is well-known for its batik art, a technique of wax-resist dyeing on cloth. Gejia women use beeswax and natural dyes to create various patterns on cotton fabrics, such as flowers, birds, animals, and geometric shapes. The batik products are not only beautiful but also durable and waterproof.

A craftsman is making batik in Matang Gejia Village
A craftsman is making batik in Matang Gejia Village

Yaoshan Yao Village

Yaoshan Yao Village is located in Rongjiang County, approximately 160 kilometers from Kaili. It is a village of the Yao ethnic group, with a rich history and culture. The village is built on a mountain slope, overlooking a valley with terraced fields. The Yao people live in wooden houses with tiled roofs and carved windows. Yaoshan Yao Village is famous for its embroidery and silver ornaments, which are exquisite and delicate. Yao women wear long hair coiled on their heads and decorated with silver accessories. They also wear colorful costumes and embroidered shoes.

 

Gaodang Buyi Village

Gaodang Buyi Village is situated in Duyun City, approximately 130 kilometers from Kaili. It is a village of the Buyi ethnic group, one of the oldest ethnic groups in Guizhou. Nestled in a valley with lush bamboo forests and clear streams, the Buyi people live in stone houses with thatched roofs and courtyards. Gaodang Buyi Village is famous for its stone culture, which includes stone carving, grinding, building, and worship. The village also has a stone museum, where visitors can see various stone artworks and tools.

 

Xinqiao Miao Village

Xinqiao Miao Village is located in Danzhai County, approximately 60 kilometers from Kaili. It is a village of the Short Skirt Miao ethnic group, different from the Long Skirt Miao group in Xijiang Miao Village. The village is perched on a hillside, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and fields. The Miao people live in stilted houses made of wood and bamboo. Xinqiao Miao Village is famous for its festivals and ceremonies, such as the Lusheng Festival, New Year Festival, Sisters’ Rice Festival, and Bullfighting Festival. The village also has a rich folk culture, including singing, dancing, paper-cutting, and embroidery.

Guizhou Xinqiao Miao Village
Xinqiao Miao Village

Huanggang Dong Village

Huanggang Dong Village is located in Liping County, approximately 240 kilometers from Kaili. It is a village of the Dong ethnic group, known as one of the most primitive and isolated ethnic groups in China. The village is hidden in a dense forest, with no roads or electricity. The Dong people live in wooden houses with straw roofs and wooden fences. Huanggang Dong Village is famous for its wooden granaries, built on stilts with unique shapes and structures. The granaries are used to store grains and protect them from moisture and pests. The village also has a wind and rain bridge and a drum tower, which are the landmarks of the Dong culture.

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