Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

by Live in Guizhou

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Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, located in Guizhou Province, is renowned as the largest gathering place of the Miao ethnic group in China and possibly the world. This village is not only a significant cultural hub but also a picturesque destination, set in a natural basin with a backdrop of lush green mountains.

Situated on the north side of Leigong Hill, about 35 km from Kaili city, Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is home to approximately 1,288 families, totaling around 6,000 people, most of whom are of the Miao nationality. The village is known for its traditional wooden-stilted houses built along the contours of the hill, with the Baishui River flowing through the bottom of the mountain.

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is a treasure trove of Miao culture, best observed in the everyday life of its residents and the architecture of the village. The village features a Miao Nationality Museum with exhibition halls that showcase various aspects of Miao life, including culture, customs, and art. Traditional song-and-dance performances are held daily, highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the Miao people.

The village’s layout allows visitors to immerse themselves in the authentic local life of the Miao people. The surrounding area is characterized by its natural beauty, including a river valley with terraced fields and intricate wooden houses in the Miao architectural style. The region is particularly beautiful, surrounded by lush mountains and abundant natural scenery.

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, while preserving its cultural heritage, has developed tourist facilities to cater to visitors. There are hotels and restaurants available for accommodation and dining. The village hosts grand Miao festivals and celebrations, drawing people from surrounding villages, and offers unique experiences like dressing up in traditional Miao attire.