China Summit 2017 Post-FAM 1

Code: FA17050401

Date: November 12, 2017 to November 15, 2017

Day 1 (08:30AM - 06:30PM):
Guiyang City --- Anshun City --- Double Tree Hilton --- Tianlong Ancient Garrison Town --- 24-Zig --- Hotel
Day 2 (08:30AM - 10:30PM):
Anshun City --- Zhijin Cave --- Guizhou Ethnic Singing & Dancing Show --- Hotel
Day 3 (08:00AM - 06:00PM):
Guiyang City --- Kaili City --- Kaili Minority Museum --- Upper Langde Miao village
Day 4 (08:00AM - 10:30AM):
Guizhou Miao Costume Museum


Day 1: Guiyang—Anshun

Tianlong Ancient Garrison village, 24-Zig

Tianlong Ancient Garrison Town

Among such stone castles, Tianlong Tunpu, 72 kilometers west of Guiyang, is the best-preserved one. Since the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), Tianlong had been an important military fortress, guarding a major gateway to the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. So the first emperor of Ming dynasty stationed troops for both defense and land reclamation.Today, over 5000 people in 1,250 households, continue to live in Tianlong Tunpu. Being the descendents of the imperial Ming Dynsty garrison troops, Tunpu people have maintained their traditional customs and way of life from the Ming Dynasty, in a kind of "lost world" environment. The military elements in the design of Tianlong are readily apparent. At the time, stone was the toughest material readily available. With high walls and narrow lanes, the village is a labyrinth for any first-time visitor, offering residents a distinct advantage in any in-village fighting. Tunpu people build their houses not only for living but also for defense. The houses are made of solid stones, with black tile roof s and white walls - the typical southern housing style. Shooting holes are found at all sides of the buildings, and sentry towers are scattered in the villages.

24-Zig along the Burma Road in Qinglong

“The “24-zig” is in Guizhou Province, it has 24 sharp bends on a high mountain. The Burma Road was largely built by Chinese during World War II to bring supplies to beleagured China, to help Chinese resist the Japanese invasion.

People can see a famous old photo on websites about World War II: convoys of US GMC military trucks snaking up a steep zigzag road in southwest China’s mountainous region.It illustrates the crucial lifeline that linked the Chinese battlefield with allied forces 57 years ago. The road, nicknamed “24-zig” because it has 24 sharp bends on a high mountain, was believed to lie on the famous Stilwell Road, also known as the Burma Road.Along the road, mountains of guns, bullets and food were carried by US trucks to China to fight against the Japanese troops.The “24-zig” was so geologically typical and a symbol of the times that its fame was soon spread worldwide by the international media.

However, after the war ended half a century ago, the precise location of the “24-zig” faded from memory. Many Chinese, Japanese and Westerners tried to pinpoint it along the Stilwell Road and the Burma Road in Yunnan Province, but it seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. Yes, the 24-zig is in Guizhou!


Day 2: Anshun—Guiyang

Zhijin Cave

Evening: Colorful Guizhou Ethnic Singing & Dancing Show

Zhijin Cave. One of the biggest karst cave in China. Its enormous area spans 307 square kilometers (about 118.5 square miles), with a length of 12.1 kilometers (about 7.52 miles) and a width of 175 meters (about 0.11 miles). It has the maximum diversity of stalagmites and stalactites that enjoys the reputation of 'Museum of Karsts'. In this cave are more than forty kinds of karst formations, like those in caves in other parts of the world. The Zhijin Cave, which boasts many unique features, is called 'King of Caves'. For example, 350,000 square meters (about 3,767,491 square feet) of the cave have been explored. Halls in the cave are extremely long and wide. In September of 2015, Zhijin Cave was approved as the Global Geopark by UNESCO.

Guizhou has 29 different ethnic groups such as Miao, Dong Tujia, Buyi, etc. Their dancing and singing are full of rich national culture and custom. How could one have a close touch with the wonderful performance? The show Colorful Guizhou will match your desire in Guiyang.


Day 3: Guiyang—Kaili—Guiyang

Kaili Minority Museum, Upper Langde Miao village

As one of the most fascinating ethnic minorities in China, groups of Miao people are everywhere in southwest China, mostly in Guizhou Province. But, if you really want to experience the authentic ethnic cultures, go visit Langde Miao Ethnic Minority Village in Kaili. About 50 kilometers north of Kaili.

Miao Ethnic Minority is both mysterious and exciting. The Miao people are identified by their dialect, dress, location and other customes. In dress we have Long Skirt Miao, Short Skirt Miao, Black Miao, Flowery Miao and Long Horned Miao. By location there are River Miao and Mountain Miao. The villagers in Langde wear long skirts, hence they are nicknamed as "Long Skirt Miao".


Day 4: Guizhou Miao Costume Museum

The private owned museum was founded in 2007 by Mr. Zeng Xianyang, who is the famous photographer, collector and researcher of Miao in China. It has more than 6,000 pieces of Miao’s costumes, silver ornaments, brass drums dating from Ming Dynasty till now. It is the BEST museum in China related to the Miao’s culture. Visitors will learn the hidden culture and custom of Miao ethnic group from its woven and embroidered patterns on costumes by its stunning and breathtaking collection.