The 1,000-Household Miao Village of Xijiang

Updated: 2013-09-23 16:24

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Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the 1,000-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast of Leishan county in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture in southeastern Guizhou. It consists of more than 10 villages that have long been inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households (hence the name).

The village cluster, known as an open-air museum, displays the authentic and well-preserved culture and customs of the Miao people. Visitors can take a peek at original Miao dances, customs, rites, costumes and silver ornaments.

The architecture of the Miao people consists of wooden houses built tier upon tier on a hillside dotted with bamboo groves. Lying amidst green mountains, the village has beautiful scenery, with terraced fields rising up along the slopes and the crystal-clear Baishui River flowing through. It offers an even more spectacular view when lit up in the evening.

Tips

Best time to go: All year

Admission: 100 yuan ($16.34)/person

How to get there: Take a bus from Kaili, the capital city of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture, to Xijiang town, Leishan county.