China Summit 2017 Pre-FAM 4

Code: FB17050404

Date: November 5, 2017 to November 8, 2017

Day 1 (08:30AM - 05:00PM):
Guiyang city --- Kaili city --- Kaili Minority Museum --- Langde Miao village
Day 2 (08:00AM - 09:00PM):
Kaili city --- Zhaoxing city --- Zhaoxing Dong village
Day 3 (09:00AM - 06:00PM):
Zhaoxing city --- Guiyang city --- Guizhou Miao Costume Museum
Day 4 (09:00AM - 12:00PM):
Qianling Hill Park


Day 1: Guiyang—Kaili

Kaili Minority Museum, Langde Miao village

Visitors can have a general knowledge of the ethnic people’s culture, custom, architecture, festival, etct in southeast Guizhou in the museum.

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 2: Kaili—Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing Dong village

Zhaoxing Dong Village, located in Liping County, southeast of Guizhou Province, it is one of the largest Dong Villages in Guizhou. All the buildings in the village are wooden-stilt houses. This is a picturesque village noted for the beautiful natural sights and unique ethnic flavor. It is surrounded by verdant mountains with a crystal stream running through.

The drum tower, being built of wood, is the distinguishing mark of a Dong village, that is to say, every Dong village has its own drum tower, and Zhaoxing is no exception. The tower represents luck and prosperity. In Zhaoxing Dong Village, there are five drum towers, which are known far and wide for their unique styles. Each of them has a particular name and virtue. These are Ren (benevolence), Yi (righteousness), Li (courtesy), Zhi (wisdom) and Xin (faithfulness). They differ in method of construction, external appearance, height and size. Among the five towers, the Zhi Tower is the most beautiful. The drum tower is the place where Dong People gather for meeting and entertainment and there is even a place for sacrifices during January of Chinese lunar calendar.

As supporting facilities to the drum tower, flower bridges and stages are constructed for local people’s amusement. In general, one flower bridge and a stage are built with one tower. Corridors are built on the bridge. The creative Dong People built these corridors which provide benches for passers-by to have a rest or run for shelter. It is astonishing that there is not a single nail on the whole bridge. With firm mortise and tenon joints, the bridge is strong enough to withstand the region's strong winds and rains. The appearance of the stage is similar to a wooden-stilted houses and it is a place using for playing Dong opera.

In Zhaoxing Dong Village, everything is simple and far removed from the influence of modern city life. Only the murmur of the little brooks, the happy songs of Dong People and the rhythmic beating of the rods for laundry will provide the occasional sounds of daily life. The verdant mountains, simple but elegant houses and the smiling faces of Dong People will greet you and complete this natural feast for your senses.


Day 3: Zhaoxing—Guiyang

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.


Day 4: Qianling Hill Park

Qianling Hill Park, 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from the center of Guiyang City, is situated on Qianling Hill and covers an area of 426 hectares (1052.7 acres). Built in 1957, this unique large park is rated as a 4A National Tourist Attraction. Hailed as one of the noted gardens on the Guizhou plateau, it boasts clear water, green mountains, tranquil forests and old temples. There are eight predominant scenic locations here: Sanlingwan, Macaque Garden, Hongfu Temple, Kylin Cave, the Zoo, Qianling Lake, Two-Dam Wind-Rain Bridge, and the Winding Mountain Path.

Hongfu Temple

Hongfu Temple, a temple of majesty and sobriety, was originally built in 1667 and is believed as the largest temple of Zen Buddhism in Guizhou Province. “Hongfu” means to develop Buddha's spirits and to benefit mankind. Today it is rated as one of the 142 National Key Temple Scenic Areas as well as the Key Cultural Relic in Guizhou Province.

The name “Hongfu”, meaning “good fortune” in Chinese, derives from its history. Back in 1672, a monk during the Ming Dynasty founded the temple, which was no more than a small hut in the beginning. To turn it into a revered shrine, the monk together with many local officials made joint efforts and finally it became the most important Buddhist temple in the area.