Qiandongnan Travel Guide
Full Name: Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 黔东南苗族侗族自治州 (qián dōng nán miáo zú dòng zú zì zhì zhōu)
Area: 30,337 square kilometers (11,713 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Miao, Dong
Location: Situated in southeastern Guizhou Province, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture neighbors Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Zunyi City and Tongren Region within the province. It is also bounded on the east by Hunan Province in the neighborhood of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south.
Administrative Division: 15 counties (Huangping, Shibing, Sansui, Zhenyuan, Cengong, Tianzhu, Jinping, Jianhe, Taijiang, Liping, Rongjiang, Congjiang, Leishan, Majiang, Danzhai); 1 county-level city (Kaili)
Seat of the Prefecture Government: No.11, Beijing Dong Lu, Kaili City
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0855-8222547
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Branch: No.2, Shaoshan Nan Lu, Kaili City
China Post Branch: No.1, Beijing Dong Lu, Kaili City
Qiandongnan Attractions - Things to Do
Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village: Lying 37 km (23 miles) from Xijiang of Leishan County and 35 km (22 miles) from Kaili, Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is the only village owning over one thousand Miao households in China.
Zengchong Drum Tower: Being the largest and most famous drum tower of the Dong style in Guizhou, this fir wood construction was completed in 1672 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Gaozeng Dong Village
Other Scenic Spots in Qiandongnan:
When to Go: Visitors can visit there in spring, summer and autumn. It is notable that a spread of half a year in Kaili is in rainy season. A raincoat or umbrella should be carried for this trip.
Qiandongnan Travel Tips
History: Before the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), this area was known as a place of southern barbarians and partly belonged to the Chu Kingdom and a local ethnic regime. It made great progress in development during the exploitation of the Miao region in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Physical Features: Qiandongnan lies in the transition area from Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau to hills and basins in Hunan and Guangxi. Karst and eroded landforms are widely distributed in the prefecture. Its general terrain is higher in the north, south and west while lower in the east. Western and northwestern part of this prefecture is medium and low mountains, and its eastern and southeastern part has complex distributions of low mountains, hills and basins. On the whole, mountainous region occupies over eighty-seven percent of the prefecture's total area.
Local Highlights: Ethnic minorities in Qiandongnan have a population of 3,640,000, over eighty percent of the prefecture's total population. Miao and Dong minorities are the biggest groups. The colorful traditional festivals and local folk customs are the highlights of the prefecture.
Road-block drinking is the first ritual when the hospitable Miao people welcome guests. From the foot to the gate of the village, there are usually twelve barriers with full dressed Miao youths pledging wine to visitors.
In your website it was commented that it takes 3 hours, whereas I read a traveller commented in Mayengwo website that it takes 15 minutes by tourist bus that costs CNY10.
I wish to travel to Zhaoxing after Xijiang, but not too sure how I should plan my travel. Should I travel back to Guiyang to take the bullet train to Congjiang then Zhaoxing or travel by bus from Xijiang > Kaili > Luoxiang > Zhaoxing? Is this bus route possible and how many changes of buses required? Which option is better and takes shorter time?
Your route is right. After you arrive at Xijiang, you can take a bus to Kaili.
Well from Kaili Bus Station, there are also tourist buses going to Luoxiang, and the duration is about 3 – 4 hours. While, Luoxiang is about 5 miles from Zhaoxing, so you can hire a car to reach at a cost of CNY30 around.
We would like to visit the QDN and Qiannan. Will a week be enough?
Thank you so much
One week would be enough for your plan.
If you happen to pass Zhenyuan, around 140km from Leishan, don't miss the Dragon Boat Race there.