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Introducing Eastern Guìzhōu

More than a dozen minority groups live in the gorgeous misty hills and river valleys east of Kǎilǐ; this area is truly a rare window on a typical life in China. Sure, some villages have been discovered big time, but there are still places to lose yourself here. Booming country markets and festivals are held almost weekly.

China’s largest Miao village, Xījiāng, and the Dong village of Zhàoxīng, in the southeast, are particularly popular. If you have time, consider visiting them as part of the back-door route into Guǎngxī. Outside Kǎilǐ there are no places to change money, so bring plenty of renminbi with you.