Tucked away among rice-patty hills just a daytrip from Kaili, the Miao village of Xijiang offers visitors a warm welcome (often accompanied by song and copious amounts of rice wine) and some of the best lunches found anywhere in China.
The Miao people of China are actually 4 distinct groups, all recognized as ethnic minorities by China’s government. We visited the Hmong people in Xijiang, Guizhou province. They have distinctly unique dialects, customs, and spirituality. They are warm and welcoming, and we encourage anyone traveling in China to seek out villages like these.
Although tourism has become an important part of the community’s income, the village continues its Miao way of rural living. Camera-clickers will find no end of photo opportunities.
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