Xijiang Miao Nationality Village

Xijiang Miao Nationality Village

Xijiang Miao Nationality Village
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Northeast of Leishan County, Leishan County 557100 China
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Kemo P
Lake Conjola, Australia83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Spectacular looking township. The eat street was amazingly in its size and scope, a kaleidoscope of lights and colours. There’s a vast array of nocturnal dining outlets in large pagoda-style buildings. Popularity however comes at a price of course, just far too many people here! Dazzling nighttime views.
Written August 22, 2023
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Andrew Y
Singapore, Singapore4,882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
This place is a tourist nightmare and completely overtaken by commercial interest. Massive construction is taking place to bring it further from the real thing. Buses ferry the hordes from one location to another like other chinese attractions with hefty entrance fees. Most tourists will not get to see the real thing except for the rows of new shops selling titbits, clothes and combs. Outside the village, new developments of shops and restaurants are being constructed.
Twice a day, some locals get ferried to this place to put up a wine drinking ceremony.
Written April 22, 2018
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Austin, Canada54,824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
Not only is the place too commercial with the freshly paved streets lined up with shops but it will get worst if judging by the amount of construction going on there. Some of the buildings being built will completely block the view of the old houses along the mountainside leaving you only the viewing platform to admire it. The entry fee is not cheap plus you can buy a ticket for the internal buses. We only paid for the first leg.
This place reminds me very much of what happened to Lijiang in Yunnan except that Lijiang had the excuse of being destroyed by an earthquake.
Also expect a lot of tourists. We managed to escape the crowds and find some peace by hiking up the rice terrace.
Written April 27, 2014
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Jjratkat
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have lived travelled and worked in China for 5 years and visiting xijiang was one of the worst experiences I have had. What I am sure would have been a beautiful place once is now a pay at the gate amusement park experience with neon lights, a stage,spotlights, loud speakers and crowds. The local maio were still frendly which was it's saving grace. If this is progress and opportunity for the villagers I am not sure they would want it. Please do yourself a favor and stay away. Better option is to get as far away as you can on a walking track or hire a car. Anywhere reasonably accessible by tour buses in these parts are a waste of time and overcrowded.
Written May 2, 2011
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Justina P
Copenhagen, Denmark205 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
After visiting Lijiang we hoped to see less commercialised historical village however this stoped being one long time ago.

How to get here (if you really decide to come)

1. there are NO direct buses from Guiyang east station. There are busses to Kaili. Apparently there are direct ones from Guiyang Jin Yang but I can't say definitely as we took a bus to Kaili (60 RMB per person). Buses are comfy with telly (they put fast & furious in English!) but no toilet (and the trip takes 2.5h)
In Kaili you'll have to change bus station to Kaiyunsi one (pic attached).
2. From Kaili taxi cost 120 RMB to the main gate of the village, 27km
3. at the gate you'll have to buy a ticket 60 RMB per person for 2 days, I'm not sure how much a day entrance costs.
within the tickets you have entrance to the museum and we had 4 minibus rides as there is a tourist shuttle bus that takes you around the village or close to your hotel.
4. It's all hills around there and MANY hotels. the shuttle bus most likely will drop you at the sightseeing platform so you might have a 15-20min walk down to get to your hotel
5. make sure you have a name & address of your hotel in Chinese and the phone number, best is to have a exact map how to get to your hotel (we called ours but they didn't want to come and pick us up..)
it took us 45min & 2 guides to find our hotel walking up&down the hills

Village itself:

Huts still look amazing on the hills but they are brand new and designed/build for tourists. You can still imagine how it used to look like but the magic is gone with the shuttle buses, entry tickets and souvenirs shops all over the place.
Many more hotels/huts are being build outside to village. 5y ago there was 1000 huts, now over 2000.

If we knew it would be like this we would not have come, its a long way to come to themepark..
Written January 24, 2018
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pipBrisbane
Phnom Penh, Cambodia54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
Photos in books and online present this village as an authentic miao ethnic minority village but ... like all interesting places in China it has been Disneyfied for the domestic tourist market. We took buses from Guiyang to Kaili (4-5 hours) and then Kaili to Xijiang (1-2 hours) and all through the hours of the bus journeys I was so looking forward to experiencing an authentic Chinese ethnic minority village.

Pay on entry (I can understand this as a means to maintain streets and public spaces) but the entry area has development taking place ... new american style jerry-built vacation huts. This was the first sure sign that commercialism has replaced authenticity in what must have once been a very picturesque village. Tourist shops line the main street and incredibly loud disco and karaoke music blare out from the bars and shops which line this street. Accommodation abounds (prices range from reasonably cheap to outlandishly expensive), shops sell tourist trash, and drunken domestic tourists wander the streets after dark.
Local miao still dress authentically, but I suspect that the tourism ethic leads this rather than any link to true cultural practice.
Poor China has lost its everyday embedded culture to the lure of the "lived cultural spectacular". And what is amazing is that Xijiang is not an easy place to get to .... but it appears that distance and poor roads do very little to protect places like this village.
Written May 23, 2012
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Geethescientist
Guiyang, China107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Business
Last Saturday all sino-canadian students as well as the teachers went to Miao Village. At first I am thinking that this place is like really and old-preserved village where I can see the local people and their way of living but it was already commercialized. But i have no regrets in visiting Miao because it was really fun while with the kids with their task. If i will visit again the village i will stay their overnight.
Written May 20, 2016
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marsha_tn
malaysia558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
Xijiang miao still maintain their originality. some of the women still wearing their traditional custom to welcome the visitor. The local very friendly and helpful, they always put a big smile on their face.It's worth to walk around at nite time specially around the old town.
Written April 26, 2016
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Deepak S
Changsha, China47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016
My partner and I arrived on New Year’s Eve around 8:00pm to the village, which was enough time to have dinner and make it to the free show in the town center. We stayed four nights: 1 night in town and 3 nights at Yun Duan Lan Ting Resort Hotel. We came here to find handmade Miao embroidery examples and escape the city – accomplished.

Pro’s: See Miao women and men working with tried and true construction techniques: ropes and pulleys, brick loaded mules, working in tandem.

Walk the rice field to escape the carnival noise of the town below. The walk up the stone path will lead you back to the old town. It’s about a two-hour stroll with stops for photos and snacks. The landscape is storybook, terraced mountains with a village along a river.

Take photos and walk up or down to the scenic viewpoint. Your ticket gives you four rides on the tourist bus. Also, the Miao women wearing plastic flowers in their hair buns are very beautiful.

Buy the embroidery if you know what you are looking for. Get off the main road and venture up in the hills.

Eat and drink. Off the main street, near the silversmith you will find a shop selling rice wine in vats. You can taste, check the proof, and buy as much or as little as you want. The Maca wine is 40 proof and tastes earthy. The sweets you see the men pounding are delicious; I liked the peanut and sesame ones. The food stalls by the river have many options and everything costs between 5-10 RMB. The local pork on a stick and crispy fried hash browns are tasty.

Con’s: It felt like a strange carnival town. There is singing and dancing by Miao people at certain hours of the day along with fireworks. Like Fenghuang you can play Miao dress up and put on costume clothing. A lime green tourist cart will transport you around if you don’t feel like walking.

Even during the off-season it’s pricey. The ticket costs 110 RMB plus your transport to get here. (train + taxi) and vegetarian food (eggplant and potatoes) will run you 25-38 RMB a plate.

Tips: If you can, come in the low season. There are very few foreign tourists and only some Chinese tourists. You can negotiate for your hotel room and for the pieces of art you buy.

When you get off at the train station in Kaili negotiate your cab ride to the village and consider riding with others to lower the price and chat. We rode with a Chinese couple that understood English and they were able to help us with our hotel and with general information. We paid 180 RMB for 4 people. Two people would have been 150 RMB – negotiated from 200 RMB.

Overall, we found what we wanted (embroidery and clean air), but if you are short on time stay only a night or two and maybe visit another village nearby. Supposedly they are more authentic.
Written January 5, 2016
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YU_rubySY
Hong Kong, China101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
4 hours drive from Guiyang, a Miao community said to have a thousand Miao households and have a Chinese name called '千户苗寨 Thousand Households Miao Village'. You would be amazed as there is a 50 inch LCD monitor at entrance featuring their scenery, their shows etc. RMB 100 for one day ticket but if you booked an inn inside the village and stayed one night the entrance fee is halved. My advice: stay one night as the performance at night ended at about 10:30 pm and it would be too late to drive back to Guiyang!
I agreed with other viewers that the place is quite commercial but it is natural as people there want to earn more. Lot of shops lined up and you can have almost everything! Welcome show at entrance both in the morning and afternoon. Do join in and have fun! Drink the wine offered by the priest and let him greet you! Remember to keep the ticket well as it includes 4 bus rides inside the village. If you stayed one night like me, 2 trips would be used for going to the hotel and leaving the village. The 2 trips left would be for you to go up the highland to see the great view of the village. Make full use of the bus trips, I advised you to go up at late afternoon so you can see the scenery at day time and have dinner there so you can also see the view at night. Go down the hill and join the variety show at night (cost another RMB100). Beautiful dance and also they would explain their rites and rituals in the show and is worth to see! Go to their museum as well, it is free and you can learn more about their village! There are costumes to borrow for photo in the plaza in front of the museum (cost RMB10) and enjoy!
By the way, the cost for one room for 2 + 2 entrance tickets is RMB368 and it's a good deal! But don't expect too much from the inn, take it as Air B & B ( sorry no free breakfast). If you prepare it would be a small room with a private toilet and two beds and a shower without hot water, you would feel better! Free wifi offered!
Last thing I want to add, frankly speaking the place is commercial but the people there are not that tricky as other tourist attractions! Do enjoy the place as tourists!
Written April 19, 2015
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