Qiandongnan Travel Guide

Qiandongnan Facts

Chinese Name: 黔东南苗族侗族自治州 (qián dōng nán miáo zú dòng zú zì zhì zhōu)
Population: 4,811,900
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.

Local Scenery of Qiandongnan
Local Scenery of Qiandongnan
Zhaoxing Dong Village
Zhaoxing Dong Village 

Qiandongnan Attractions - Things to Do

Kaili

Kaili, the capital of Qiandongnan Prefecture, is famous for the Miao and Dong ethnic culture. Many of the nearby villages inhabited by the ethnic minorities are worth trying. It is praised to be the 'town of a hundred festivals'. International Lusheng Festival held annually should be the grandest. The festival aims to show the ethnic cultural of the region as the birthplace of Lusheng, the reed-pipe wind instrument.

Top Attractions:
 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.
 
Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village
Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village
Performance in the Miao Village
Performance in the Miao Village
 Langde Miao Village: Located in Baode Village of Leishan County near Kaili, this village is inhabited by over one hundred Miao families. Here you can see the Miao people in their traditional long dresses, and enjoy the excellent local music and dance performance.

Zhenyuan

With a history of more than 2,200 years, Zhenyuan Ancient Town boasts many historical relics especially the unique architecture complex on the cliff. The Green Dragon Cave (Qinglong Cave) on the cliff of Zhonghe Mountain in the east of Zhenyuan is a must-see site. Delicate structures like the Zhongyuan Temple, Ziyang Academy and Wanshou Palace are built on the 80 meters (262 feet) high and 300 meters (984 feet) long cliff. A cruise on the Wuyang River running through the town and a hiking to the picturesque Tiexi River Scenic Area are also recommended.

 
Zhenyuan Ancient Town, Guizhou
Zhenyuan Ancient Town, Qiandongnan
Building Complex in Black Dragon Cave
Building Complex in Black Dragon Cave

Liping

Liping located in the southeast of Guizhou is famed as the ‘Town of Dong People’. It gathers many Dong Villages, which attract visitors to explore the interesting Dong culture. Zhaoxing Dong Village, being one of the largest Dong villages in Qiandongnan, is renowned for the traditional Dong drum towers and bridges. The quiet and peaceful rural life in Yandong Dong Village and the impressive terrances in Tang'an Dong Village are also amazing.

 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.
 

Huangping

 Flying Clouds Cliff (Feiyun Cliff): Also named Flying Clouds Cave, it is located 12 km (7.5 mi) to the northeast of Huangping County. With a history of nearly 600 years, it is an ancient building complex blending the religious architectures, ethnic minorities’ style and the idyllic gardens.
 

Rongjiang

 Sanbao Dong Village: Situated 5 km (3 mi) from Rongjiang County, it is the largest Dong ethnic minority area in China. Visitors can drop in to see the Zengchong Tower nearby. The tower is in Congjiang Count; however it is more convenient to go there from Rongjiang.
 

Congjiang

 Basha Miao Village: It keeps the ancient mode of production and lifestyle of Miao nationality.

 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:
 Longli Ancient Town in Jinping County

Weather

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Qiandongnan enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate bearing some features of plateau climate. Average temperatures of the coldest January and hottest July are respectively 5-8℃ (41-46.4℉) and 24-28℃ (75.2-82.4℉). The rainy season usually lasts from April to October, mainly concentrating on spring and summer.

 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.

- Last updated on Jun. 07, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Qiandongnan Travel
Asked by tony mills from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 23:41Reply
I'm staying at the Ridge Inn in Ping'an Village Nov 11 - Nov 12. I have a few questions:
1) Is the fee of 80 RMB per person (I think) collected outside the village? (Looks that way, from the map.) So can I just go to the rice terraces from the Ridge Inn without paying the fee (since I've already paid it to enter the village).

2) How far is it from Ridge Inn to the rice terraces? (Their information on booking.com says 0.4 miles; I just want to verify this.)

3) If I am not able to walk from the Ridge Inn to the terraces (just want to see a rice terrace, really), is it possible to take a taxi there?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Answered by Lucas from USA | Oct. 20, 2019 17:52
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1. Yes, you don't need to pay again.
2. Yes, it's true.
Answered by tony from USA | Oct. 20, 2019 18:35
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Alex, thank you very much for your help. You've eased my mind.
Answered by tony from USA | Oct. 20, 2019 18:35
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I mean Lucas.
Asked by Alex from SPAIN | Aug. 11, 2019 07:12Reply
Guilin north (train station)-ping an
Os there any chance to get to Ping an village from Guilin North station if we arrive to Guilin station st 14??
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Answered by David from UAE | Aug. 12, 2019 23:51
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Sorry, I didn't find direct bus from the railway station to Ping'an. You are suggested to go to the Main Coach Station first. Then transfer to a coach to Ping'an.
Asked by Ana from SLOVENIA | Jul. 02, 2019 13:35Reply
When is the last bus from Ping'an to Longsheng?
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Answered by Janny from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 00:20
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It is about 17:00.
Asked by Rachel from ISRAEL | Mar. 09, 2019 05:57Reply
What is the latest bus from ping'an to guilin?
Thank you
Rachel
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Answered by Victoria | Mar. 13, 2019 23:39
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Well, there is no direct bus to go back to Guilin from Ping'an. You need to go to Dazhai first. As I know, the last bus schedule is at 15:00. The duration is 2.5 to 3 hours.
Asked by Robin from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 08:54Reply
Is there a bus going from Guilin airport to Dazhai?
I arrive at Guilin airport 9:30 am and I am thinking of going to Dazhai and hike from there to Pingan. Is there a bus going from Guilin airport to Dazhai? On another day I will be taking the Li River cruise to Yangshuo and spending a night there. What is the earliest bus from Yangshuo to Guilin as I will leave from Guilin that next morning.
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Answered by Chasidy from DENMARK | Mar. 07, 2019 23:24
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1. There is no direct bus between the airport and Dazhai. You are advised to take a shuttle bus to Guilin Bus Station. Take a coach to Longsheng. After arriving, transfer to a coach to Dazhai.
If you want to hire a private car from the airport directly, the fare is CNY300 to 400 for the single trip.
2. The earliest bus from Yangshuo to Guilin is at 06:45.
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