Guizhou Miao Festivals

Guizhou Miao Festivals
This trip takes you to Guizhou to visit the famous Huanggoushu Waterfalls and the different sub-tribes of the Miao and their festivals. The following are the festivals to be attended.

Tiaohuacha Festival of Long-horn Miao in Longga, Guizhou
This festival takes place on the 4th – 14th of the 1st lunar month. It is a time for young people to look for friends and potential marriage partners. Each evening during the festival, young boys from a village go together to another village to look for girls. At the same time, the girls in the village gather together to wait for the boys coming. When the boys arrive, they all sit together in a communal room with a fire in the middle. Here they sing to each other to express their affections throughout the night. The boys go home the following morning and return again in the evening if they find the girls likable. The highlight of the festival is on the 10th day when locals from all the villages gather together in their best outfits to sing and dance throughout the day in the open air.

*Long-horn Miao: There are only more than four thousand Long-horn Miao people living in 12 villages around Longga in Guizhou. Poor transportation has prevented them from the outside world and life has changed little, keeping the old traditions alive. Even today, marriage is still arranged within the tribe.

Lusheng Festival around Kaili, Guizhou
Lasting two days in each village, this festival takes place on the 5th - 23rd of the 1st lunar month 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.

Fire-Dragon Dance Festival in Leishan, Guizhou
On the evening of the 15th of the 1st lunar month, the town of Leishan enjoys the most exciting night of the year. When it’s getting dark, 20 to 30 firework-laden dragons will dance through the streets of the town with people setting off the fireworks on the way. They dance from one family to another to give blessings and good wishes for the coming year. No festival is as exciting as the Fire-Dragon Dance Festival in Leishan.

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Guiyang
Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang is located in central Guizhou province, situated on the east of the Yunnan/Guizhou Plateau, Guiyang is 1100m above the sea level. The birds and flowers market is a nice place to walk around.

Day 2, Visit Huanggoushu Waterfalls and drive to Liuzhi
Drive to visit an old Han Chinese village, these Han Chinese people in the history during the war between Han and ethnic people here, they moved here and settled down forever. Han Chinese in other places lost the traditions but people here still keeps them, now, it’s like a living Museum of Han Chinese, drive to visit the biggest waterfall in Asia: Huanggoushu Waterfalls with the longest drops of 84m in Asia. We climb on the steep steps and hopefully walk behind the falls into the impressive 100m long water curtain cave. Drive to the town of Liuzhi

Day 3, Attend Tiaohuacha Festival
Drive on the zigzags to Longga village to attend the Tiaohuacha Festival of the long-horn Miao people, the 12 Longhorn Miao villages are all next to each other in the mountains here, all the people would gather together to Longga for the festival during the day, we can also look into the villages to see the traditional houses of the people with stone walls and grass roofs. We will arrive early to see the people get dressed in their festival attire and visit the village and its traditional architecture. Look at how people dress up before the festival starts. Join the locals for the festival. Drive back to Liuzhi.

Day 4, Drive to Kaili
Drive to Kaili with visits to Bouyi and Miao villages along the way where the houses are all built out of stones and wood, people in the village are still wear their traditional clothes made from Batik, traditional way of farming are still kept here as well. Drive to Kaili via Guiyang on the highways. Kaili is a small town of the southeast Guizhou prefecture lived by Miao, Dong and Buoyi people.

Day 5, Attend the Lusheng Festivals.
Lusheng takes place everyday in different villages near Kaili, we will drive to the villages and attend the festival and back to Kaili for the night. 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. It is also the time for people to relax and visit each after the hard working of the year.

Day 6, Drive to visit Xijiang
Drive to visit Xijiang, the biggest Miao village in China, the village is built on a small hill in a valley, with wooden houses and tile roofs just in the middle of the fields. We can walk through the with visits to some farm houses and possible have a traditional Miao dinner with a family. From the village, we can have a good view of the terraces nearby. Overnight in the farmhouse to experience the life of local people.

Day 7, Drive to Leishan and see the Dragon Dances
Drive 1.5 hours to Leishan with visits to Miao villages along the way. We will ask the locals to prepare a dragon for the group, we will have a short training by locals of how to dance with the dragon in the morning. In the afternoon, we will join the Dragon Dance in the Square together with the locals.

Day 8, Visit Leishan and Attend Fire-dragon Dance Festival
Visit Peika and Shuidian villages in the morning with some walks in the fields and visits to the Miao houses in the area, you can still see the water wheels are still used here to get the water from rivers to the fields. In the afternoon, we join the locals to prepare for the Festival in the evening to find out how these fire dragons are prepared. And dance with our Dragon in the Streets without the fire, Attend the Fire-Dragon Dance Festival in the evening. We will ask some local to dance our fire-dragon as it’s dangerous for us to dance in fire but locals are prepared to it. When it’s getting dark, 20 to 30 firework-laden dragons will dance through the streets of the town with people setting off the fireworks on the way. They dance from one family to another to give blessings and good wishes for the coming year.

Day 9, After the Festival Ceremony
In the morning drive to Nande village, of the oldest and most traditional in Guizhou to see the village dance. In the afternoon return to Leishan where All the dragon teams will gather together with their local communities to celebrate the successful holding of the Festival. They will prepare big meals and host a long table dinner on the streets, all people come and join to drink, eat and meet people. We will join one of the communities for the activities.



Day 10, Leishan to Zhenyuan
Drive to Zhenyuan with visits to some Miao villages along the way. Visit the old town of Zhenyuan by walking along the Wuyang River in the middle of the town and view the town when the lights are up in the evening.



Day 11, Drive to Kaili
Visit the old town of Zhenyuan where you get the chance to visit traditional homes as well as walk to the top of the mountain at the back to see a panorama of the whole city. Drive to Kaili in the afternoon.



Day 12, Attend Gannanxiang Lusheng Festival
Drive to Zhouxi and visit the Gannanxiang Lusheng Festival where you can see Lusheng Dances in the village square and also see the Buffalo flights in the fields .



Day 13, Festival and drive to Guiyang
 Spend the morning in Kaili to see more of the Festival with some shows on the stage. Drive to Guiyang, hotel and tour ends.



Departure:
Feb.4th to 17th, 2017

Price:
US$1690.00 Per person
US$320.00 Single supplement

Group Size: 6 - 8

The price includes:
Hotels
All meals
Sightseeing Programs & entry fees
English Speaking Guides
Transfers and transportation by private vehicles

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