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Tribes and Festivals of Southern China

We take an extraordinary journey into the mountains of southern China to witness the lives and centuries-old festivals of the minority tribes of the Guizhou region. We've timed our visit to coincide with four exciting village festivals. During these colourful and photogenic celebrations everyone turns out in their most spectacular traditional costume to enjoy singing, dancing and sports. For a rare and fascinating insight into the lives of a traditional Miao family, we spend two nights living with them and learning about their customs and traditions.

Tour Highlights

  • Tiaohuacha festival of the longhorn Miao - Attend the 10th and final day of courtship festival celebrations of this isolated minority tribe
  • Huangguoshu Falls - Walk behind the 'water curtain' of this 84m high waterfall
  • Family homestay - Spend 2 nights living with the Miao in Nande village
  • Xijiang - Largest Miao village in China with houses built in traditional timber and slate
  • Lusheng courtship festival - Enjoy the music and dance of a village festival
  • Fire-dragon dance festival - See the spectacle of Leishan's firework laden dancing dragons
  • Zhenyuan - Scenic Miao village
  • Kaili's Lusheng festival - Attend the festival celebrations of the Miao in Zhouxi and Kaili


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Guiyang, Guizhou’s capital

  • 2
    Explore the markets of Guiyang. Drive to Liuzhi

  • 3
    Attend Tiaohuacha festival of the Longhorn Miao

  • 4
    Visit Huangguoshu Falls and a Bouyi stone village

  • 5
    Attend a Lusheng festival near Kaili. Continue to our Miao family homestay

  • 6
    Spend time with our hosts and visit other Miao villages from our homestay

  • 7
    Visit Xijiang Miao village, the largest in China. Drive to Leishan

  • 8
    Visit the Miao villages of Shudian, Paika and Datang. Attend fire-dragon dance festival in Leishan

  • 9
    Full day in Leishan to attend the post festival village feast

  • 10
    Drive to Zhenyuan via Tailjiang and Shidong. Explore the town.

  • 11
    Optional walks, drive to Kaili

  • 12
    Attend Lusheng Festival

  • 13
    See displays of traditional Miao clothes and silverware

  • 14
    Tour ends in Guiyang

Tour notes

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Tribes and Festivals of Southern China
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Included meals 13 1 2
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
11 nights Standard Hotel
2 nights Simple Homestay
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16