Lusheng Festival is one of the most important festivals for ethnic Miao groups in Guizhou Province. This is a colorful courting party replete with exciting bullfights, horse races, Lusheng (a traditional musical instrument) playing, singing contests, costume shows and traditional dancing. The girls in their intricate silver head-dresses and beautiful embroidered costumes flaunt their wealth and beauty to attract their future husbands.
The festival lasts for 4-6 days. You will be there for the best days to witness Lusheng playing, costume shows, dancing and singing. You will be greeted at the festival by Miao girls eager to sing to you and share their plentiful rice wine. Take care to sip very little from each cup, as you may encounter as many as 16-20 cups on your way in!
Day 1: Arrive in Guiyang. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Drive one hour to the Jichang Village to experience the remaining culture of the ancient old Han (Chinese) ethnic group. We will visit the local family and enjoy a local opera performance, famous for the symbolic masks.
Day 3: Drive this morning to explore villages around Xiaba. Spend the afternoon hiking trough Damochong Valley with stops long the way to learn about the art of traditional paper making. Spend a night with a local family in their traditional wooden house to understand their lifestyle.
Day 4: Continue the hike and drive to Kaili in the afternoon.
Day 5: Join the celebration of the Lusheng Festival in Chonganjiang area.
Day 6: Enjoy the Lusheng Festival in Huangping, Gulong area.
Day 7: Drive to Leishan area and onwards to Paikai Village where we visit a family that makes lusheng, a traditional wooden musical instrument. Take a short hike to reach Maomaohe village, which is known for its Long-Skirt Miao, a subgroup of Miao ethnic minority group. Spend the night at Maomaohe village.
Day 8: Maomaohe village to Guiyang.
Day 9: Fly back home.
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