Qiandongnan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 黔东南苗族侗族自治州 (qián dōng nán miáo zú dòng zú zì zhì zhōu)
Area: 30,282.34 square kilometers (11,692.08 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Guizhou Province, southwestern China
Administrative Division: 15 counties (Huangping, Shibing, Sansui, Zhenyuan, Cengong, Tianzhu, Jinping, Jianhe, Taijiang, Liping, Rongjiang, Congjiang, Leishan, Majiang, Danzhai); 1 county-level city (Kaili)
Area Code: 0855
Zip Code: 556000
GDP (2019): CNY 112.304 billion (USD 16.278 billion)
Nationalities: Miao, Dong, Han, Buyi, Shui, Yao, Zhuang, Tu
Home to the Largest Miao Village and Dong Village
Situated in southeastern Guizhou Province, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture neighbors Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture to the west, Zunyi and Tongren to the north. It is also bounded to the east by Hunan Province in the neighborhood of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the south. Miao and Dong people in Qiandongnan have formed their own unique cultures including architectural culture, clothing culture, song and dance culture, festival culture, custom culture and catering culture. The world's largest Miao village and Dong village are located here, which are respectively Qianhu Miao Village and Zhaoqing Dong Village. In the village, you can see the traditional stilts, Dong Drum Towers and Wind and Rain Bridges, and hear the fair-sounding Miao folk songs and Kam Grand Choirs. The local silver ornaments, embroidery and batik are very famous national crafts. Qiandongnan also has kept more than 320 traditional festivals of over 20 ethnic minorities. The famous festivals include Lusheng Festival, Sisters Meals Festival, Miao New Year Festival and Double Third Festival.
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.
Transportation: Kaili Huangping Airport is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away from Huangping County, and 54 kilometers (34 miles) away from Kaili city. The airport has operated direct flights from/ to Hangzhou and Chengdu, Shenzhen and Xishuangbanna. City bus or taxi is the good choice for visitor go downtown from airport.
Transportation: Liping Airport is located in Jichang Road, Gaotun Town, Liping County, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province. It is 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away from the Liping County and adjacent to Hunan and Guangxi Provinces. Currently, it has opened direct flights to Changsha, which takes off at 08:15 and lands at 09:55 with a total travel time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. There is one flight on each day.
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
See also Congjiang - Guilin Train
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.