Known as the “one-thousand-household Miao village” and a historical cultural ancient town, Xijiang Miao Village is a place where the Miao family was inhabited. There are 12 natural villages, 1,200 families and 6,000 people, making it the biggest Miao village in China.
Xijiang Miao Village is about 37 kilometers from Leishan county and about 80 kilometers away from Kaili in southwest China’s Guizhou province. The village is located by a valley and surrounded by overlapping mountains, with terraced fields rising along the slopes to the clouds and the Baishui (White Water) River flowing through and cutting the village into two. Miao hillside pile-dwellings stand tier upon tier along the two banks to the mountain. Thick bamboo groves are dotting in front of and behind the houses. Beautiful maple leaves cover the villages on the top and at the bottom of the mountain.
The Miao culture has a long history and the Miao culture of “primitive state” is comparatively completely conserved in the village. Thus Xijiang Miao Village is also called ” a national open-air museum”.
When walking on the farmer’s paths you can see the nice scenery, intricate wooden houses built in their architectural style, and farmers working in the land with their oxen. And you will be amazed at the elegant and glittering silver ornaments worn by Miao women. They wear large neck rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, beads and sheaths of engraved silver for festival days. You can dress up like Miao people and have your photo taken.
The village is also a center for grand Miao festivals and celebrations. Miao people from the nearby villages gather at Xijiang for festival celebrations. Xijiang Miao people, who are good at singing and dancing, sing songs to express their feelings and perform dances to celebrate their bumper harvests and to greet good luck.