The Great Miao mountains
Located at the border of Guangxi and Guizhou provinces, these mountains are exclusively populated by the Miao, Yao and Dong ethnic minorities. Their culture is well preserved and very different from that of the Chinese Han majority, who represent 92% of the Chinese population. The stays, organized by the travel agency Pays Miao, give an unique opportunity to discover these ethnic groups that are still unaffected by most tourism.
In the heart of Pays Miao: It is in Danian, a small rural town located in the heart of the mountains, that Pays Miao’s team welcomes you, at its buildings in the middle of the village. The team invites you to immerse yourself in a world away from the rest of China, where old traditions are still present and the long-established way of life is relatively unchanged.
In the intimacy of the ethnos: The hikes to the villages are accessible to everyone in good shape, although they sometimes require walking on craggy paths and adapting to minimal comfort conditions during the nights in the villages ("smooth" stays can be organized on demand for those who might not want to walk). The hikes alongside the rice fields allow an insight into the work and life of the Miao’s farmers, they invite you to their home as friends. Depending on the season, you can take part in various festivities, observe the transplanting or harvest of the rice crop, or the creation of handicrafts: embroidery, weaving, dyeing and basketry, etc. You will live for some days as close as possible to the daily lives of the Miao, Yao and Dong people, with whom exchanges are welcoming and authentic.
Reception: You will be welcomed by a private car at the agreed place (for example Guilin, 7 hours and 300 km away). You will stay in comfortable accommodations. From there, you will hike every day to the villages. Some of them including a stay overnight with local people in their own home.