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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.
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.
The thousand-household village is the largest Miao village in China where can explore typical Miao culture.
It is more authentic and less crowded Miao village. Travelers can see "Long Skirt Miao" and experience welcome ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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)
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.
Guiyang / Kaili
Guiyang / Kaili / Rongjiang / Congjiang / Zhaoxing / Congjiang
Guiyang / Kaili / Zhenyuan / Xijiang / Rongjiang / Congjiang / Zhaoxing / Congjiang
Guiyang / Kaili / Rongjiang / Zhaoxing / Guilin / Yangshuo / Longsheng / Guilin
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