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Kaili Travel

Kaili Travel Guide

Kaili, located in east Guizhou, is the capital of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, about 188 kilometers from Guiyang. Kaili is called “a Pearl of Southeast Guizhou” with many ethnic groups living in Kaili, including Miao, Dong, Mulao, She, Bouyei, Shui and more ethnic minorities. Among them, Miao is the largest ethnic group with 2.84 million people.

No matter you go from Guiyang or from Rongjiang/Congjiang to Kaili, there are several primitive Miao villages you should never miss - Xijiang Miao Village, the largest Miao village in China; “Long Skirt Miao” in Langde Upper Miao Village, Nanhua Miao Village and Jiadao Miao Village along Bala River; “Short Skirt Miao” in Qingman Miao Village and Datang Miao Village…All the primitive Miao villages present you everything about Miao - festivals, architecture, costumes, ethnic food, art, embroidery, silverwork and their traditional way of living, etc.

Why Visit this City:

  • Festivals All Year Round - The Miao in Southeast Guizhou alone observe over 100 festivals, including the Spring Festival, Miao New Year, Sisters’ Rice Festival, Mountain Slope Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Third Festival, Double Sixth Festival, Fourth Month Eighth Day Festival. There are also festivals within festivals and sometimes the same festival is celebrated at different times. It is no exaggeration to say that for the Miao every day is a festival.
  • Colorful Ethnic Traditions & Performance - In the ethnic minority villages, travelers can enjoy colorful ethnic traditions and interesting performance, including Welcome the Guests in the Way, Wine Customs “no wine no etiquette, no wine no feast”, cockfighting, bullfighting, Lusheng playing, singing and dancing performance in Copper Drum Ground…The Miao people will wear their Miao costumes and put on their most friendly smile and show their customs in their own way.
  • Get away from Hustle and Bustle - Many of you are from the busy modern city and sometimes you may want to get away the noise and seek for some quiet moment, then, Kaili is the kingdom giving you peace and quietness. Travelers can walk leisurely in the primitive rural villages with clear rivers flowing through and rice paddies surrounded by.

Top Attractions

The Miao people are one of the most fascinating ethnic minorities in China. Paying a visit to Miao people means you need to visit their habitation – different Miao Villages. Among them, Xijiang Miao Village is the largest Miao Village with over 1000 household and Langde Upper Miao Village is less crowded and developed Miao Village. Of course, you won’t miss other highlighted Miao villages when visit Kaili. For more attraction info, please read All Attractions in Kaili.

Xijiang Miao Village
Xijiang Miao Village

The thousand-household village is the largest Miao village in China where can explore typical Miao culture.

Langde Miao Village
Upper Langde Miao Village

It is more authentic and less crowded Miao village. Travelers can see "Long Skirt Miao" and experience welcome ceremony.

Weather & When to Go

Kaili Weather

Kaili is located on the east side of Yunnan-Guizhou plateau, belonging to the subtropical monsoon climate, characterized by mild weather all the year round. The average annual temperature is 14°C-18°C. The hottest month is July with an average temperature of 26 °C while the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 5 °C.

Kaili can be visited all the year round, especially in January, February, April, May, June, July and November for the famous ethnic festivals held. If you are interested in the festivals, you can come in Sisters' Meal Festival (usually in April), Miao New Year (usually in November) and Lusheng Festival (usually in January, February or November). To read more weather in Zhangjiajie, please read Kaili Climate, Weather & Season to Go.


Kaili Airport Kaili High Speed Train

Transfer to Kaili

Travelers can take flight, train and bus to reach Kaili. Kaili Huangping Airport is the airport served in Southeast Guizhou. There are flights connected Kaili with Beijing, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Jinan and Haikou, etc. It needs about 1.5 hours to transfer between Kaili downtown area and Huangping Airport.

High speed trains are available between Kaili and Guiyang, Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, Wuhan, Nanchang, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Jinan, Xiamen, etc. Many travelers choose to take G trains from Guiyang to Kaili with only 36 minutes' transfer. It takes 8.5 hours between Shanghai and Kaili, less 3 hours between Changsha and Kaili, about 10.5 hours between Beijing and Kaili. Kaili South Railway Station, 8 kilometers from Kaili downtown area, is served as the high speed train station.

Transfer around Kaili

Buses are connected between Kaili and many Miao villages around Kaili, including Xijiang Miao Village, Langde Upper Miao Village, Rongjiang and Congjiang. To check more transfer info, please see How to Get to and around Kaili.


Kaili Hotels

Travelers usually spend one or two nights in Kaili. The hotels are located in the downtown of Kaili, close to shopping area and tourist spots, like Kaili Ethnic Minority Museum. Some of the hotels are modern with well pointed facilities, clean rooms and good service. Some of the hotels are designed in Miao or Dong minority style. Travelers can choose your likes based on your requirements and needs. If you transfer to Xijiang Miao Village, you'd better stay one night there and enjoy the fantastic night view of the Miao village.

Useful Kaili Maps

Traveling to Kaili with the surrounding ethnic minority villages of Southeastern Guizhou, here we’ve selected some useful Kaili Maps for you to better understanding the location and attraction sites. All the maps include Guizhou Kaili Maps, Kai City Maps and Transfer Maps from Kaili to Other Villages, etc. For more maps. please check 2020 Updated Kaili Maps.

Kaili Guizhou Map

Kaili Guizhou Map

Kaili Attraction Map

Kaili Attraction Map

Kaili and Surrounding Map

Kaili and Surrounding Map

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Kaili Map

Chinese Name: 凯里

Chinese Pinyin: kǎi lǐ

Area: 7,477 square kilometers

Population: 0.23 million

Language: Mandarin, Miao, Dong Dialect

Tel Code: 0855

Zip Code: 556000

Time Zone: (UTC+8)

Plan your Kaili Tour

Kaili is served as the must-visit destination after Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou. If you come from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, you may add Congjiang, Rongjiang into your Guizhou Kaili trip. The recommended visiting length in Kaili and around is about 4 to 7 days. No matter you come from Guiyang or from Guangxi, China Discovery suggest you cover the most highlighted Miao and Dong ethnic villages in Southeast Guizhou.

Recommended Tours

Datang short-skirt Miao Village
5 Days Guizhou Miao & Dong Minority Tour

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Shaving Hairs with Sickle in Basha Miao Village
7 Days Guizhou Ethnic Minorities & Villages In-depth Tour

Guiyang / Kaili / Zhenyuan / Xijiang / Rongjiang / Congjiang / Zhaoxing / Congjiang

Chejiang Dong people's village
10 Days Guizhou & Guilin Discovery Tour

Guiyang / Kaili / Rongjiang / Zhaoxing / Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng / Guilin


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