7 days Guizhou Zhouxi Lusheng festival tour
Welcome to Guiyang, a magical city with superb air quality, enjoys the plateau climate without experiencing altitude sickness. Besides, there are lots of flavor gastronomy that you should not miss. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver will meet you at the airport/train station and then transfer you to the hotel. After that, freely explore Guiyang on your own. Stay overnight in Guiyang.
This morning, drive about 3 hours to Kaili. As the capital of Qiandongnan, Kaili is regarded as the base of southeast Guizhou's ethnic culture tour. Today’s first stop is Matang village, where you can see the Gejia group, which is not listed among 55 minority groups in China. The Gejia people of Matang adore bow and arrow. As the legend goes, the ancestors of the Gejia people were heroes who could shoot the sun with an arrow. You will appreciate the traditional Gejia batik in the village, and learn the art of batik. After lunch, continue the drive to Langde Long Skirt Miao Village. This village is considered to be the live museum of Miao Culture. Most wooden buildings were built from 1616-1911. Late afternoon, drive to your hotel in Kaili. Stay overnight in Kaili.
Spend a full day today by attending the most common and grand traditional festival in the Miao nationality area, Lusheng Festival in Zhouxi town. Held on the 19th of the first month of the lunar calendar every year (usually between the late February and early March of the Gregorian calendar), it is the best way to experience the unique folk life and culture of the Miao People in Guizhou. Today, you can enjoy the atmospheric Lusheng music and Lusheng Dance with the locals. Late afternoon, drive back to Kaili. Stay overnight in Kaili.
In the morning, pay a leisure visit to explore Shiqiao Miao village. Shiqiao Miao village is famous for its old technology of papermaking. The ancient traditional methods of production can be traced back to the Tang dynasty. After lunch, further driving to Rongjiang, on the way stop at Gaoyao terrace, which is an unimaginably beautiful place, every autumn, the Gaoyao terraced fields are filled with a cheerful golden yellow. Covering an area of more than one thousand acres, the terraced fields are also like beautiful Miao belts, decorated with majestic mountains. Later, continue driving to Rongjiang, after arrival, visit Chejiang Dong village, where you can see the highest drum tower. Stay overnight in Rongjiang.
After breakfast, drive about 3 hours to Jiabang terraces for today’s highlight. This place is an isolated village with beautiful terraces because of its tough road. Things/views there keep very original and few visitors know it. Here you can enjoy a soft hike through the terraces and villages, enjoying the beautiful views, typical wooden houses, and unique local life. Late afternoon, drive to your hotel in Jiabang. Stay overnight in Jiabang.
Morning drive to explore Basha village, a hidden kingdom occupied by the legendary Basha Miao people, and the Last Gunmen’s Tribe in China. When the boys grow to 16 years of age, an “adult ceremony” will be held for them. The adult male of Basha Miao Village, carries a hunting gun on his shoulder and a gunpowder bag, a bullet bag, and a knife around his waist, making himself up like an ancient warrior.
Then continue driving to Zhanli village, a quiet and beautiful Dong village. Here, couples are allowed to have two children, all households have one girl and one boy; virtually no two girls or two boys rearing in a family. It is said that the village attained the target by way of Huanhua medicinal herb, which was kept and inherited by Pharmacists in the village. If there is a boy in the family, the next child will be a girl after taking Huanha herb and water from “banyan well for a girl ”, vice versa. We can see two mysterious “banyan wells ” in the village, one for boys and the other for girls.
Lastly, visit Zhaoxing village, the largest Dong village with over 1,000 Dong households in China. It has a history of nearly 2000 years. The village is divided into five natural sections. Each section has a clan and each clan has a drum-tower, a Wind-Rain-Bridge, and a stage. Stay overnight in Zhaoxing.
This morning you will be escorted back to Guiyang, the drive takes about 4 hours. Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station to departure, end the service with WindhorseTour.