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Enchanting Lusheng and Ethnic Guizhou
Enchanting Lusheng and Ethnic Guizhou
7 Days Lusheng Festival Tour

Day 01: 19th Oct 2014 Guiyang/ Kaili
On arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transfer you to the railway station for your train K540 (1100-1318) to Kaili for 3 nights. After arriving, visit Shiqiao to see its traditional way of making paper from the tree bark. Then visit Qingman short-skirt Miao Viliage. A welcome dinner will be arranged. (D)
Accommodation: 4*Grand Metro Park Hotel

As one of the four great inventions in ancient China, it makes use of tree roots and bark to produce paper. Paper making in Shiqiao Miao Village has a history of over 1,000 years and is regarded as a 'live fossil' in the study of paper-making.

'Short-skirt' Miao features their specific dress that covers the upper part of the legs. The skirts are normally decorated with silk embroidery and quite colourful. Most Short-skirt Miao people reside in the higher mountain regions than Long-skirt Miao people.

Day 02:20th Oct 2014 Kaili
Visit Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village in the morning. You will see its traditional way of spinning and embroidery making. In the afternoon, visit Matang Gejia People Village to see its traditional way of wax printing. Family visit will be arranged. (B+L+D)
Accommodation: 4*Grand Metro Park Hotel

Jidao Long Skirt Miao Village is combined by two villages: Shangzhai and Xiazhai. Shangzhai is back to the mountains. It features many attractions, such as the Old Geomantic Trees, time-horned granaries, the Cave of the Immortal, the Footprints of Buffalos & Horses, the Song and Dancing Square and the ancient street.

Matang Gejia Village is a mere 20 kilometers from Kaili City, but the cultural distance between the two locales is far greater than this short distance suggests. The Gejia people have their own language, ethnic customs and culture. It is still a pending question for ethnologists if they constitute another ethnic group in addition to the existing 56 in China.

Day 03: 21st Oct 2014 Kaili/Gulong/Kaili
Full day to attend Miao people’s traditional festival: Lusheng Festival (Lusheng: bamboo reed pipe, a traditional musical instrument). Festival activities: bull-fighting, bamboo-reed pipe dance and festival market. Later afternoon, car transfer back to Kaili. (80KM drive to Kaili) (B+L+D)

Lasting two days in each village, the festival takes place in different villages around Kaili. During the festival, Miao villagers gather together and dance in the village square, wearing their finest costumes. These outfits can be so complicated to dress and undress that the girls’ mothers are always in attendance to lend a hand. In the square, people dance in circles while in the middle folk musicians play the Lusheng. As the girls dance in the square, the men watch buffalos fighting in the fields.

Day 04: 22nd Oct 2014 Kaili/Rongjiang (4-5 hrs by car)
Visit Langde Miao Village and Xijiang Miao Village which is noted as the largest Miao Village in China. Then continue our drive to Rongjiang via Leigong mountain. In the afternoon, stop at Kaitun to view its gorgeous terraced paddy fields. (B+L+D)
Accommodation: 3*Dongxiangmi Hotel

The villagers in Langde wear long skirts, hence they are "Long Skirt Miao". The Miao style houses "Diaojiaolou" and its featured and creative festivals will cause you spell bound. Around 500 villagers in ten families, the Langde Miao Village is considered small. Members of the Miao Ethnic Minority, they adopt common habits and customs. Entering the village, visitors would find themselves literarily immersed in works of art.

Xijiang Miao village exhibits lively for the study of Miao people's history and traditional culture. It's a lovely place to go to enjoy the unusual lifestyle of the Miao people.

Day 05: 23rd Oct 2014 Rongjiang/Congjiang/Zhaoxing
Explore Yintan Dong Village in the morning, then about one hour drive to Basha Miao village in Congjiang by visiting the local families. In the afternoon, it takes 2.5-3 hours drive to Zhaoxing—the largest Dong village in China. Stay at hotel for 2 nights.(B+L+D)
Accommodation: Zhaoxing Inn Hotel

Yintan which means clear brook is the name of this Dong Village. It has total 323 households, 1669 people and stockade around by the mountains. The village is located on the top of the mountain with a brook winding through. Green trees surround the village, lots of precious yew trees can be found here. They are also known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, wind and rain bridges, which just like pavilions for sheltering people during bad weather.

Basha means “lush” in the Miao language. Located on the lower slopes of Moon Hill, the village indeed abounds in bamboo groves and verdant forests. Residents work the terraced fields below. The village consists of five Miao communities that add up to a total population of 2,000. The distinctive topknots that the men of Basha wear, their firelocks and the ancient trees that surround their home are regarded as the “three treasures” of Basha Village.

Day 06: 24th Oct 2014 Zhaoxing
Visit Tang’an Dong Village noted as the first ecological museum of Dong people in the morning. (B+L+D)
Accommodation: Zhaoxing Inn Hotel

The country road stretches to the village, which is located on a mountainside and is surrounded by paddy field and lush greens. There are about 800 people and 160 households in the village. The village has a long history, though it hasn’t got any written records of its history. There are village gate, drum tower, drama tower, ancient graveyard, ancient well and water-powered roller for grinding grain. It also has barns and the pit to worship the female ancestors of Dong people. There are ancient stone paths and wood houses in the village. All of these make it a perfect place for people to return to nature.

Day 07: 25th Oct 2014 Zhaoxing/Guiyang
Today coach transfer back to Guiyang and go the airport for your next destination.(B)

PRICE (per person):

USD1230 per person

Single Supplement:

USD328 per person

Notes: $=USD, US Dollars

Price Includes:
* Train ticket from Guiyang to Kaili.
* Accommodation based on sharing twin or double with private facilities.
* Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
* English-speaking tour guide
* Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
* Private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.

Price Excludes:
* Flights arriving and departing Guiyang.
* Chinese visa fee and international travel insurance
* Expenses in hotels such as laundry, tips, telephone and room service, etc.
* Gratuities for service provided by tour guides and drivers
* Other personal expenses

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