- Visit Miao villages to learn about ancient textile techniques and soak in the local life
- Attend the Miao Lusheng Festival, a colourful time of dancing, singing and traditional activities
- Visit a remote hillside Dong Minority village surrounded by tumbling rice terraces
This trip is all about the ethnic people, textiles, architecture and landscapes of Guizhou Province. During the trip gain a fascinating insight into the culture and traditions of Guizhou, travelling to a part of the country far removed from the trappings of modern China.
Guizhou was cut off from the rest of China for centuries with its mountainous terrain stopping travellers and traders easily visiting its heartland. Access was usually on foot via the narrow pathways over the mountains or travelling by boat along the tributaries of the Yangtze to the lower southeast region. Historically, it was little known until the Long March passed through in 1935 and crucial Communist Party decisions were made at Zunyi. Its capital, Guiyang expanded after 1949 as Mao strategically located vital industries in Guiyang and Anshun. While the region is now more accessible, and changes are afoot, there is still a feeling that time has somehow forgotten Guizhou. The people here still uphold a traditional way of life and ancient traditions are plain to see for any traveller lucky enough to travel through the province.
This tour is led by Gina Corrigan, an expert on textiles and embroidery. Much of the emphasis on this trip will be on textiles, learning about traditional weaving techniques and discovering the meaning of the varied and historic costumes still worn by the local people in Guizhou. During the tour, you will be given demonstrations of ancient textile techniques with Gina on hand to give narrative during home visits and visits to textile museums. There will also be opportunities to purchase textile from reputable traders known to Gina.
Why should I travel to the Guizhou region in China?
This landlocked region of China offers stunning mountains landscapes, glistening lakes, a lovely climate, delicious food, and fascinating people… this may all sound like a description of Switzerland, It is not, it is, in fact, the Guizhou Province.
Why should I join this group tour?
To travel with Gina Corrigan, a specialist in textiles and Chinese culture, who has been visiting this area for over 40 years. Also accompanied by a local guide who will offer an incredible insight into the local culture and customs enabling the group to integrate with local people and be welcomed into their homes.
What is the accommodation in China like?
This is not a luxury tour and will be visiting remote regions of China, many of which are rarely visited, therefore, the accommodation will be based in simple local hotels. Rooms will have private bathrooms but will be different to western style standards.
Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
Do I need to be fit to join this China group tour?
You don’t need to be physically fit as there will be no long trekking, however, the areas visited will be at an altitude of up to about 4,000 metres.
What are the roads like in China?
Generally, good tarmac roads throughout but as the region is remote there may be times where roads are slightly bumpy.
Do I need to be a textile expert?
No, while the emphasis will be on textiles it is also a trip exploring the local cultural beliefs and traditions in the Guizhou region.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.