Miao Village
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Dine at a Miao Minority Village and Hike the Hills
While China is nearly 95% Han Chinese, there are dozens of other minority cultures throughout the country, especially in the Southwest. Some friends and I spent a couple of weeks in Jianhe, Guizhou, and one night were invited to go with some Chinese friends to a Miao village. Cultural commodification of these minorities is a big problem in China--often minority villages have been over-developed and thus seem inauthentic. The village near Jianhe is still remote enough, however, to feel real. To enter a Miao house, a woman sings you a welcome song and then you must drink a horn full of mi jiu (rice wine). The dinner they offer is abundant and hearty, with lots of local foods. The mi jiu continued to flow throughout the evening created a warm feeling of togetherness. Before dinner we took a hike in the surrounding hills and enjoyed the emerald scenery. Unless your Chinese is good or you have friends in Guizhou, you'll have to arrange this experience through a local tour company in Kaili.
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