Jianhe, Qiandongnan, Guizhou, China
Dine at a Miao Minority Village and Hike the HillsWhile 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.