How to get to Xijiang 1000-Household Miao Village

August 29th, 2015
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If you are in the process of planning your Guiyang tour or Guizhou tour,  a day trip from Guiyang to Xijiang 1000-household Miao Village (西江千户苗寨) is highly recommended. About 200km to the east of Guiyang, Xijiang Miao Village is located in a deep valley of Leigong Mountain National Park, about 30 km to the Leigong County, and 34km to the southeast of Kaili, the seat of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture (黔东南苗族侗族自治州), southeastern Guizhou province, China.

You may take the bus from Guiyang East Bus Station for a 3-hour bus ride directly to Xijiang Qianhu (1000-household) Miao Minority Village ( Bus fare: 80 yuan); or you may first take the bus to Kaili ( two hours, 170 km ), then connect the local bus heading to Xijiang Miao Village. Guiyang East Bus Station is located about 10km to the southeast of Guiyang city center and you may take the Bus No.240 from Guiyang Railway Station to the east bus station ( 2 yuan and 40 minutes ).

There are two main entrance gates to Xijiang Miao Village ( West Gate and North Gate)  and your bus will stop at the North Gate. Go to the ticketing office to buy your entrance ticket ( 100 yuan ) and shuttle bus ticket ( 20 yuan).  You need to take the shuttle bus from the main entrance to the west side of the village.

Xijiang Miao Village is oft-lauded as the largest Miao minority village in the around with over 1300 Miao households and 6000 people and 99.5 of them are Miao. The Miao village is situated in the deep valley with Bai River passing through from the west to the east. Most of the old wooden stilt-houses cascade on the northern two hillsides and there are fewer houses on the southern hillsides. But at the time of my writing, new houses are being built on the southern hill slope.

The Bai River and the Ancient Street ( the main street in the village) just north of the Bai River divides the Xijiang Miao Village into two parts – the northern part and the southern part. There are seven wind and rain bridges spanning the Bai River from the No.01 Wind and Rain Bridge ( on the east side) to the No.07 Wind and Rain Bridge on the west, the photogenic  spots to take some pictures. The main ancient street has been renovated with many street-front stores and restaurants.

At the east side of the main ancient street, you will find the Xijiang Miao Village Museum (09:00 – 17:30). The museum displays the history and folk custom related to Miao people in several separated rooms. One room has a TV set to play the video introducing the silver and Miao minority.

The highlight of your trip to Xijiang Miao Village is to ascend to the southern high platform on the southern hill slope to have a panoramic view of the 1000-household Miao Village perched on the two northern hill slopes above the Bai River in the deep valley. You walk to the east end of the main ancient street and take a sightseeing cart up to the southern hill viewing platform. The view is stunning – the mist, the rows of stilt houses cascade in swirl down to the valley; at sunrise, dusk or sunset, the village looks gorgeous! So staying overnight in the village is not a bad idea since most of the tourist groups are gone and tranquility returns to the village.

If you are interested in Miao’s architecture and authentic life, you may walk up the northern hill slopes to have a close-up view of the households perched above where fewer tourist groups will venture. There are also several hiking trails from Xijiang Village and you may pay a local to escort you for a leisure and adventurous hiking trip.

The performance stage in the village will put on the Miao singing and dancing performance (11:30 – 12:10 free of charge). There are also some intriguing  activities related to batik making, distillery,  embroidery and silver arts. At night, the mega performance known as ” Beautiful Xijiang ” will be on the stage from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm ( entrance ticket: 110 yuan ).

Where to stay?
1. Xijiang Hotel (西江饭店): just on the west of Xijiang Museum Tel: 0855 – 3348003
2. Yelangju Inn (夜郎居): To the south of the Viewing Platform Tel: 0855 3348686
3. Hope of the Angle (好望角): Just opposite to the Performance Stage Tel: 0855 334678
4. Xijiang Tourist Information Center: Just opposite to the second wind and rain bridge Tel: 0855 3348088

Where to dine?
1. Xijiang Taste (西江味道):  Mr. Qin 0855 3348100, 15985007007
2. Bai River Eco Food House (白水河生态食庄): Just located by the first Wind and Rain Bridge Tel: 0855 18385711480

Now follow me to have a glimpse of Xijiang Miao Village.

The Bus 240 going from Guiyang Railway Station to Guiyang East Passenger Bus Station where you can buy your bus ticket for Xijiang Miao Village.

Guiyang East Passenger Bus Station

Guiyang East Passenger Bus Station

Arriving at the North Gate to Xijiang Miao Village and you will be welcomed by the Miao ladies, old and young clad in their traditional dresses with silver ornaments.

The Entrance to Xijiang Miao Village.

The Entrance to Xijiang Miao Village

The Entrance to Xijiang Miao Village

The main ancient street cutting the village into two parts.

The main street in Xijiang

The main street in Xijiang

The third wind and rain bridge span the Bai River.

The Wind and Rain Bridge in Xijiang Miao Village

The Wind and Rain Bridge in Xijiang Miao Village

The Bai River cuts through the Miao Village.

The Bai River

The Bai River

Continue to stroll along the main street flanked by the two- or three- story wooden stilt houses.

 stroll along the main street of Xijiang

stroll along the main street of Xijiang

The Xijiang Museum on the east side of the main street.

Xijiang Museum

Xijiang Museum

The wooden houses on the southern side of the valley.

The wooden houses on the southern side of the valley

The wooden houses on the southern side of the valley

The Singing and Dancing Performance at the stage ( free from 11:30 – 12:10).

The Singing and Dancing Performance Xijiang

The Singing and Dancing Performance Xijiang

Take the sightseeing cart up to the viewing platform to have a bird-eye’s view of the houses on the northern hillsides.

the viewing platform Xijiang Miao Villiage

the viewing platform

A panoramic view of the old wooden houses cascading the steep hill slopes north of the Bai River.

A panoramic view of the old wooden houses  in Xijiang

A panoramic view of the old wooden houses

Have a close-up view of the stilt houses on the steep slopes.

Have a close-up view of the stilt houses  in Xijiang

Have a close-up view of the stilt houses in Xijiang

The houses and the rice terraces.

The houses and the rice terraces Xijiang

The houses and the rice terraces Xijiang

Xijiang Long Table Feast

Xijiang Long Table Feast

Xijiang Long Table Feast

Xijiang Post Office

Xijiang Post Office

Xijiang Post Office

Any questions,  just drop a line.

How to get to Qingyan Ancient Town

August 27th, 2015
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Plan your Guiyang tour? As the capital city of Guizhou Province, Guiyang is basically used as a transit place for futher diving into the beautiful Guizhou with colorful ethnic minority diversity and sublime karst landscapes. But Guiyang itself has some interesting places which can keep you busy for a day trip. Qingyan Ancient Town, 30 km south of the city is highly recommended.

Qingyan Ancient Town was once stragetically situated in a busy area that served as a trade hub for the three provinces – Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi.  In Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644), the first emperor of Zhu Yuanzhang wanted to tighten control over the far-flung areas and ordered the construction of Qingyan town in 1378.

Originally it was an earth rammed town. After being repaired and rebuilt for several times, it became an stone town with stone city walls and streets. It is a typical town in Ming and Qing dynasties, a smaller Pingyao ancient city. There are four main streets – North Street, South Street, East Street and West Street crisscrossed by plentiful lanes with buildings ornately and elaborately designed and built.

What makes the town unique is the peaceful coexistence of the four religions – Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and Christianity. You see the intricately built temples and churches

Entrance Fee: 10 Yuan
Through Ticket: 80 Yuan
Note: The town is charged for 10 yuan; if you want to go inside some of the old buildings like the temples, churches and old structures, you need to buy a combo ticket.

How to get there?
1) Public Transport: Take the bus 203 from Guiyang Railway Station and get off at the 27th stop ( the last bus but the third stop ) of Sheng Dang Xiao 省党校, then wait and change for Bus 210 heading to the parking lot close to the West Entrance to Qingyan Ancient Town. After visiting the old town, exit from the west gate and take the same Bus 210 and get off at the 4th stop of Sheng Dang Xiao 省党校, wait and change for Bus 203 back to Guiyang Railway Station. Single way: one and half hour. Be ready for 2 yuan for the bus fare and no change due to the self-service.

2) Taxi: 30 km, 70 yuan single way, 1 hour.

Now follow me to have a glimpse of the ancient town.

The Bus 210 is waiting at the parking lot close to the West Entrance to Qingyan Ancient Town.

The Bus 210 Qinhyan Ancient Town

The Bus 210 Qingyan Town

Standing on the south gate and look at the restored city wall

Qingyan Ancient Town's restored city wall

Qingyan Ancient Town’s restored city wall

At the end of the South Street, you will see a magnificent Centenarian Memorial Archway of Zha Lilun. Originally set up in 1843, it is 9.5 meters high and 9 meters wide with four pillars.

 Centenarian Memorial Archway of Zha Lilun

Centenarian Memorial Archway of Zha Lilun

Walking on the south street with stone flagged road flanked by one- or two-story wood-framed houses. Most of the street-front housed are rented for commerce – shops and restaurants.

Qingya's south street with stone flagged road

The south street with stone flagged road in Qingyan.

The building of the Christian Church on the South Street.

Christian Church in Qingyan

Christian Church in Qingyan

The north entrance to Qingyan Ancient Town.

The north entrance to Qingyan Ancient Town

The north entrance to Qingyan Ancient Town

The Longquan Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the town.  It is located at the end of the Northern Gate to the town.

Longquan Temple in Qingyan Ancient Town

Longquan Temple

Strolling along the north street.

Qingyan North Street

Qingyan North Street

The Wanshou Palace, a Taoist Temple in Qingyan on the West Street.

Taoist Temple in Qingyan

Wanshou Palacein Qingyan

The Catholic Church is located on a side lane from the West Street.

Catholic Church in Qingyan

Catholic Church in Qingyan

There are a rich variey of local products like pot-stewed pigs’ trotters, Qingyan Tofu,  Rose Sugar, Rice Jelly, Shuanghua Vinegar and many more.

 pot-stewed pigs' trotters in Qingyan

Pot-stewed pigs’ trotters in Qingyan

There are also many silver artwork shops.  An old silversmith is working at his silver shop.

An old silversmith in Qingyan

An old silversmith in Qingyan

Any questions,  just drop a line.

How to Visit Huangguoshu Waterfall

August 26th, 2015
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Plan your Guizhou tour? Huangguoshu Waterfall (黄果树大瀑布)  is definitely your first choice on your Guizhou travel schedule. Huangguoshu Falls is the largest in China, 77.8 meters high,  101 meters wide with thuderous roars that can be heard with 5 kilometers.

Huangguoshu Waterfalls is located about 160 km to the southwest of Guiyang,  the capital city of Guizhou Province.  There are several daily buses heading for Huangguoshu Waterfall from Guiyang Jinyang Passenger Bus Station (金阳客车站) with bus fare 55 yuan, 2 and half hours.  Jinyang Passenger Bus Station is about 22km to the northwest of Guiyang city center. You may take the bus No.219 starting from Guiyang Railway Station to Jinyang Jinyang Bus Ssation.

The Huangguoshu Falls bound bus stops at the parking lot in front of Huangguoshu Falls’ ticketing office. You need to buy the entrance ticket at 180 yuan and sightseeing shuttle bus fare at 50 yuan.

Now Huangguoshu Falls Scenic Area includes three natural spots – Huangguoshu Waterfall itself, Doupotang Waterfall and Tianxing Qiao Scenic Zone (天星桥景区). A shuttle will first stop at Doupotang Waterfall (陡坡塘瀑布); after visiting Doupotang,  you need to get on a shuttle bus going to Tianxing Qiao Scenic Zone; after Tianxing Qiao,  you again need to get on the shuttle bus for Huangguoshu Waterfall.

The Huangguoshu Waterfall Ticketing Office

The Huangguoshu Waterfall Ticketing Office

The Huangguoshu Waterfall Ticketing Office

Walk to the shuttle bus terminal and wait for the buese going to the three scenic spots respectively.

 Huangguoshu shuttle bus terminal

Huangguoshu shuttle bus terminal

Walk through the Tianxing Qiao Scenic Spot.

 Tianxing Qiao Scenic Spot

Tianxing Qiao Scenic Spot

Get off the shuttle bus at Huangguoshu Falls and walk down to the valley for a glimpse of the giant waterfall with the roaring sound.

Viewing Huangguoshu Falls from the wooden board deck zigzags higher above the water.

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Viewing Huangguoshu Waterfall

Have a close-up view at Huanguoshu Waterfall.

a close-up view at Huanguoshu Waterfall

A close-up view at Huanguoshu Waterfall

Any questions, just drop a line.