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Guizhou | Miao and Dong Culture in the Mounts
(Huangguoshu Waterfall, Qingyan Ancient Town, Miao villages)
Guizhou is home to close to 50% of the total of each of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups, and deep in the mountains many still hold to their ancient customs and rituals: animism, shamanism, courtship and marriage rituals, choral singing, and colourful clothing and jewellery.
The Miao are the sixth-largest of the 56 different ethnic groups in China, with a total of around nine million people. Around 50% of that total live in Guizhou Province.
There are many sub-groups within the Miao, the most well-known being the Hmong. Some of these sub-groups are not closely linked, and some of the different dialects are not widely understood by those of a different sub-group.
In China, the sub-groups of the Miao are often referred to by the main colour of the women's clothing or some other key characteristic, resulting in names that are either very plain or very descriptive: Red Miao, Black Miao, White Miao; Big Flowery Miao, Small Flowery Miao.
A lot of the Chinese words to do with rice appear to have been borrowed from the Miao, who are perhaps the first rice farmers in China. It's not a coincidence that we'll be seeing a lot of rice paddies and terraces on this trip!
As well as special sorts of clothing, the Miao are also fond of festivals and performances, and we'll see several of those on this trip. Performances often depict rituals and traditions of the Miao, including animism (the worship of natural objects like trees and rocks), shamanism, and courtship and marriage rituals.
We'll get an up-close look at the unique customs of the Miao ethnic group at Basha Village, including the stilt-houses that are a signature style of their architecture.
On this trip we’ll hike between villages and enclaves in the hills to get an up-close look at their well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture
Take the train or fly to Guiyang, Overnight in Guiyang. Free time to visit guiyang old street. free pick up from the airport or train station to our hotel.
Drive to Huangguoshu waterfall, hike in the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, it is 2 hours bus from Guiyang, Overnight in Guiyang
Drive to Qingyan Ancient Town, about 1 hours drive. after lunck we will drive to Miao village, it is around 4 hours traveling. Overnight in Miao village.
Hike between Miao villages, about 11:00am watch Miao ethnic groups show. after lunch back to Guiyang city, around 16:30 we can arrive guiyan city airport:Dalongdongbao ariport, 17:00 we can arrive guiyang east railway station and 17:30 guiyang north railway station.
Labor Holiday: Apr.28th-May.1st official holiday
DragonBoat Festival: Jun.15th-Jun.18th official holiday
Call us 18514203469 if you wanna a private tour at different time.
Arriving Date:Apr.28th/Jun.15th at Guiyang
Back Date:May.1st/Jun.18th Leaving Guiyang
Trip fee: Local Travelling Bus+Accommondation Fee+Meals+Entrance tickets
Noraml Price: 1685RMB/pax, pay the deposit 685RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Group Discount: 1635RMB/pax if 3 or more than 3 seats booked together, pay the deposite 635RMB/pax when you book the trip.
VIP Price: 1635RMB ( Buy CET VIP on our wechat offical Menu ), pay the deposit fee 635RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Note: The left 1000RMB trip fee will be collected after we book the train tickets for you.
Participants: If less than 8 participants, this trip will be cancelled.
Booking Hotline: Emily 18514203469 (English & Mandarin)
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4 day outdoor insurance
Local travelling bus for 3 day
Meals: breakfasts for Day2 Day3 Day4 and dinner at Day3
Hotel: 3 night Local standard hotel（2 people share one room, independent washroom)
Local tour guide and CET english speaking leader
Entrance tickets: Huangguoshu Waterfall National park、Miao Village、Qingyan ancient town, and Sightseeing cars tickets for waterfall and Miao village.
Culture exchange party including drinking and snacks
Other meals fees, fancy or simple its up to you.
Single supplement: 400RMB if you dont want to share the room with the other
How to refund if you want to cancel this trip after you booked?
If you cancel this trip 7 days before depature, we will refund 90% deposit to you.
If you cancel this trip 3 days before depature, we will refund 50% deposit to you.
If you cancel this trip within 3 days before depature, no refund.
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Known as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, it is 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Anshun City. Together with minor waterfalls, the charms of the waterfall is a natural tourist draw, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
Huangguoshu Waterfall's vista changes depending on the location of the viewer. One viewing spot is Waterfall-Viewing Pavilion (Guan Bao ting), where you see the whole waterfall from a distance. Another is Water-Viewing Stage (Guan Bao Ting) where you get a bird's eye view. The third is Waterfall-Viewing Stage (Guan Bao Tai) in which you raise your head to see the scene.
Qingyan Ancient Town
Qingyan Ancient Town, one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, lies in the southern suburb of Guiyang. As an ancient town, covering an area of 741 acres, Qingyan Town was originally built in 1378. Nowadays, because of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, the town has become an attractive destination for numerous domestic and foreign tourists.
Dating back to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368--1644), Qingyan town was built for military reasons. Because of its geographical location, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty established it as a station for transferring military messages and to house a standing army. Through years of modification and repeated restoration, Qingyan Ancient Town has gradually become a distinctive ancient town with cultural features of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644 - 1911).
Although small in size, the town has a well-planned architectural style, hundreds of sites of relics, and an influential local culture.
Apr.5th-7th Inner Mongolia | Grassland+Kubuqi Desert
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Guizhou has more overcast days and rainfall than any other part of the country.
There's a relatively large temperature difference between day and night, caused by all the hills and mountains.
In April, the average temperature during the day is usually around 21°C, and around 13°C during the night.
The real rainy season here starts late April, but definitely bring your waterproofs in case the rain comes early!
We will be staying in 4-star and 3-star hotels for this trip, the best places we've been able to find.
You’ll be sharing a room with another hiker. If you'd like a room to yourself, it can be arranged at an extra cost of 500 RMB for the whole four nights, if a room is available—usually not a problem!
Further details about room shares and single supplement can be found in the documents we send you as part of the registration.
We will take most of our meals at restaurants in the areas we visit, and/or at the hotels or guesthouses. On one of the days we include a packed lunch for a hike. Bring some spending money for snacks during the trip. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies.
Rice is one of the main staples in this area, and some say that Guizhou is one of the places where rice was first farmed in China. We'll be eating a lot of rice on this trip!
Things to bring
Comfortable, sturdy shoes, and a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the day.
Bring a few changes of clothes, including something warm for night time.
It's highly recommended you bring a waterproof outer layer and rain jacket.
Bring a book or pack of cards in case you get bored during the driving between the villages. (We don't think you'll get bored!)
Bring you camera and chargers for all your electronics.
Bring a backpack to hold water and food for the hiking. Bring a duffle bag or suitcase for the rest of your things – we can leave that at the hotel or on the bus.
Meals, water and snacks arenot all provided; bring extra snacks if you like!
Bring personal toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc) and small towel.
Bring any personal medicine you might need. Your guide will have a basic first aid kit.
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