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Introducing Eastern Guìzhōu

Over 13 different minorities live in the forested hillsides and river valleys of this region, and it’s worth making time in your trip to visit the extraordinary villages and surrounding countryside. Though some villages have started to be (overly) spruced up for tourism, many are still relatively untouched by China’s modernising mania.

Booming country markets and festivals are held almost weekly, giving travellers a window into a completely unique way of life. China’s largest Miao village, Xījiāng, with a colourful weekly market, and the remote Dong village of Zhàoxīng, in the southeast, are particularly recommended. 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.