Things I Come Across…

A visit to the largest Miao village in China : Xijiang Guizhou

Xijiang is a Miao village in Qiandong nan Miao and Dong prefecture, in Guizhou province. Its only 45 minutes bus ride from Kaili the Qian Dong Nan capital city. There is around over a thousand households, which amounts to a populations of 5500- 6000. But, in recent years many young people have left for higher study or to work in other provinces and cities.

Most of the houses are traditional Miao-wooden houses. The village is near Leigong Shan nature protected area, so its surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers along the village.

Last week I went with my friend Jim, as soon as we arrived we hiked around to the rice field area, where there is a lot of wet-terraces. To me this side of the village is more beautiful than the actual village.

We were trying to capture the most amazing landscapes, but the weather was not at it’s best; cloudy and misty.

There are plenty of Miao Family guest houses, which are traditional wooden houses. The price range per bed will be  from 30-50 RMB. We stayed at The Village King’s Guest ( in most of the villages in China, they would call him: cun zhang -village Chief   which is not heredity. But in this village it is heredity, if he has a son, the kingship will go on to the son, he is called Miao Wang -Miao King )  house, the room was nice and clean!

And the King was very friendly, my friend Jim chatted with him for about 1 hr.

Guizhou xijiang Miao village

xijiang miao village Guizhou

xijiang miao village guizhou

Xijiang Miao Village Guizhou

Xijiang Miao

Rice ready to plant

xijiang guizhou miao village

Performance ground

Guizhou Xijiang Miao LushengMiao men playing their traditional musical instruments called Lusheng.

Guizhou Xijiang miao womenMiao ladies performing their traditional dance

Guizhou xijiangDried-corn ( maize )

Xijiang Guizhou Miao village

Xijiang Miao VillageNight View

Guizhou xijiang Miao villageA view from where we stayed

Xijiang Miao Village


154 responses

  1. Excellent.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  2. These are glorious! The mist just adds to the atmosphere. A vivid capture!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  3. Really spectacular photos that capture what it’s like to be there.. I’m so enamored of terraces that I really appreciated your shots of the rice fields, and that intensive hard work. I loved when I saw that behind the water buffalo in China, the men are actually riding on a flat board that sort of surfs behind the animal on the mud. That delighted me, for some reason. What a beautiful village — wish I had seen it!!

    May 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  4. An outstanding travelogue. Well done!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  5. How absolutely fascinating!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  6. i never seen something more beautiful then this place

    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 am

  7. I am visiting again especially this post! Because I loved it so much. The spirit of China is in all these photographs, you captured so beautifully. And as I said in one of my previous comments , this post is my favurite one and I remember you, John Fanai with these photographs… I don’t know why but they all impressing me. The colours, the people, the life… Thank you once again, Blessing and happiness, with my love, nia

    August 26, 2011 at 3:21 am

  8. We are visiting this place tomorrow….

    July 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    • Did you guys have a good time ?

      August 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  9. Midge

    What stunning pictures!

    July 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

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  11. planetlauckner

    What great images- so interesting and beautiful!

    July 4, 2011 at 2:37 am

  12. Hi! Great images……wonderful place to photograph too…

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and the like…appreciated 🙂

    July 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  13. Fantastic shots! It looks like a place from another time.. simple, traditional and beautiful. As a lover of nature, I can only imagine how serene it must be to live in such a place.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  14. Thanks so much everyone for the very kind comments! I was thoroughly surprised my post was chosen for the Freshly Pressed.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

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    June 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

  16. Thanks, Nice topic man.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  17. Beautiful photos. What make of camera do you use?

    June 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

  18. I’ve read countless books on Xijiang Guizhou, but I have to tell you that the descriptions pale in comparison with the true beauty of the land. I love you second photo; it shows such a cascading view.

    Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing!

    June 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  19. maximos62

    These are remarkable photographs. You’ve shot them with great sensitivity and with an eye for thoroughly conveying a sense of how the Miao have settled and worked this land.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  20. 1030dreref


    June 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  21. wow…. this is cool man…. 😀

    June 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  22. your post makes me want to fly to China immediately! awesome photos!

    June 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

  23. Awesome pictures and please keep it up

    June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  24. Di Hill

    Wow! I was working in China this time last year, and I too have great photos – but these are pretty awesome. Every day is an adventure – and this is a wonderul photographic record of your experience. Thanks.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  25. sana

    Awsume pictures !

    June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  26. Amazing photos!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

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  28. wapple

    welcome to China

    June 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

  29. Never been there, but there are a great deal of places in China has very traditional culture, I’m ensure you’ll love it when you arrive there.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

  30. lovely

    June 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

  31. What amazing pictures…thanks for sharing! I hope to be able to visit China one day.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:15 am

  32. It’s like looking into another era. Beautiful. The rice terraces reminded me of the ones I saw at the mountain provinces in the Philippines. I went to Beijing and Shanghai with family a few years ago but I never such amazing views like these. Congrats.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

  33. I will visit there!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:57 am

  34. good Fotos!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:51 am

  35. the mountains, the mist and even the houses remind me of Cusco, Peru.

    Definitely, i would love to live in Xijiang too.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

  36. very good Fotos!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

  37. Meri Greis

    reminds me of baguio philippines

    June 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

  38. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    June 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

  39. nice pict..

    June 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

  40. Oh my goodness, this place looks magical. I’ve never had the urge to travel to China before, but now I feel like I should!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

  41. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for the post!

    June 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

  42. Wow, you have some amazing shots, make me want to go there and see this place for myself. I look forward to more photos from you.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  43. Some amazing shots here, if want to submit anything to we’d love to match up a few of your images with some stories.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  44. Beautiful photos!

    June 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  45. abdul latif

    very beautiful pics, Thanks for sharing

    June 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  46. like it a lot! keep going (;

    June 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  47. I must say, I am impressed by this place – and by your outstanding photos from this Miao village! Thank you for showing this!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  48. Wahou, this is just wonderful… It seems to be so preserved!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  49. great pics!!

    June 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  50. I visited China a few weeks ago. We concenrated on the principal tourist destinations. These pictures are very encouraging. There is a lot disover. Thanks for sharing the experience.
    Celik , 19 june 2011, Istanbul

    June 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  51. Absolutely stunning photos. I’ve already set one as my desktop wallpaper (the houses via rooftop)

    June 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  52. Beautiful photos, I was transported. I think the mistiness actually added to the pics. x

    June 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  53. Awesome pics. Keep it up!!!

    June 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  54. herbert

    Woww.. very beautiful panorama and village.. hope i can visit sometime in the near future .. 🙂

    June 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

  55. yasodharak

    Awesome! I always liked China!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

  56. Beautiful Pictures, My Great Grand Mother was Chinese, and My Great Grandfather was Mexican. Keep up The Good Work, Moshe.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

  57. Wow those are some really nice photos I liked the “view from where we stayed the best” good pics!

    June 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

  58. what a beautiful places! Amazing! And thanks for sharing

    June 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

  59. Excellent post. There is nothing I can add that hasn’t already been said, but I wanted to post something to acknowledge your work.

    Keep up the great work.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:14 am

  60. jreu

    Absolutely beautiful, I envy your trip and photography skills.

    Is this the same location that they used to film Jet Li’s Fearless or it that my imagination?

    June 19, 2011 at 3:08 am

  61. Amazing to see another culture’s way of living.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:39 am

  62. adrian

    Really Great Photographs.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

  63. Oooooooooooo the pictures are too good!!! the corns one is absolutely stunning! BRAVO!!!!

    June 19, 2011 at 12:44 am

  64. Thanks for sharing

    June 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

  65. AMAZING!

    June 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

  66. Jessica

    Those pictures are stunning, I love the 2nd and last one! I think all historic villages in China are beautiful – it’s a change from all the busy cities and it brings you back to the simpler lifestyle. I would love to visit there one day (highly doubt it as my Chinese is too poor!) for a photographic experience. Well done, you captured the beauty in such an old village!

    June 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

  67. I have always been both fascinated and fearful of China, but through some extensive reading about China both modern, and ancient, I have come to appreciate the people, culture and beauty of this gigantic and diverse country.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of “your” world with “us.”

    June 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  68. These pictures are mind blowing, John. Thank you so much for sharing them with the world. They make me want to put down my box of Cheez-Its and go make something of myself so I too can one day visit this place and more like it.

    You mention the weather didn’t permit beautiful scenery, but I’ve got to contest that statement – the lush green treetops marching out of the mist shrouded hilltops are simply stunning.

    Can you share whether or not this is open to public travel or were you here on some sort of permitted business? I don’t see a ton of touristy types milling about. I want to live here – do they have broadband internet? 😛

    June 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

  69. You have some really incredible photos! I stayed at a village in Yunnan which was Dai, and also met some people from the Miao ethnic minority. I wish I was as talented with a camera.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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  71. great photos! how simple life in other parts of the world can be.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  72. My name is Carol Davis and I’m a fellow blogger and photography intern for the Vasa Transmedia Project. The Vasa Project’s vision is to bring photographers and other visual artists together to share work, ideas, exhibition information, essays on photography and new media in a dynamic and interactive online environment called Vasa Transmedia. We want to invite you to contribute essays, personal work, reviews, etc. to the Vasa blog and essentially become a part of the Vasa Transmedia community. If you are interested we would appreciate you linking your blog to the Transmedia blog and we ask that you add us to your blog roll as well. Essentially our goal is to bring photographers, writers and visual artists under one umbrella. We would also like you to consider doing a gallery talk about your work sometime in the future.You can check Transmedia Blog out at the link below. You can post a request to the blog to be a contributor and we will get back to you with submission details.

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    June 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  73. Wow. This is amazing. Really great photos! I really like the wide angle views since it gives a much better “feeling” for the place.
    What kind of camera did you use..?

    June 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  74. Wow. This is amazing. Really great photos!
    It’s really the kind of places you think of when you hear the word “China”.

    June 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  75. i want to GO THERE!~ so nice… great photos

    June 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  76. ramblinmanjimj

    I visited a Miao village when I was in China and it was dirty and poor. I saw beautiful places, terraced rice fields, and etc. as those in your beautiful pictures. They are a minority people and our guide didn’t give us the impression the numbers were so large, nor affluent. A wake up call for me to learn more about Chinese minorities. I loved my trip to China. Thanks for posting. Mary Matzek

    June 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  77. Completely blown me away!

    June 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

  78. Beautiful photos. 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

  79. photos = wow 🙂 good job!!

    June 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  80. i would say that thanks to clouds and mist, pictures are more poetic, deep. and i always enjoy seeing good, documentary shots taken during a trip. i wish to visit asia some day. for now, you can find on my blog photos from europe and north america.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  81. i would say that thanks to clouds and mist, pictures are more poetic, deep. and i’m always happy to see good, documentary shots taken during a trip. i wish to visit asia some day. for now, you can find on my blog photos from europe and north america.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  82. singlestrokechime

    A beautiful set of photos. Thanks for sharing them here.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

  83. I love your B&W photo! A charming little village. Great post!

    June 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  84. cafeauata

    Thank you!!

    June 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  85. Gorgeous photos! Couldn’t be better. So envious coz I’ve not been to such beautiful places as a Chinese. I will make a plan

    June 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

  86. Hej from Sweden,

    I have had a lifelong fascination with China and read a lot of Chinese history. I have never traveled there but this is exactly the kind of village I would love to visit. Your beautiful photos have transported me right there. WOW !!!! Thank you so much and please keep the photos coming , they are exquisite.
    I am a city girl living in Sweden on a farm. You are very welcome to my blog and learn about my life in the country with goats:
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!!!

    June 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  87. nice pics

    June 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  88. very nice pics..congratulations

    June 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  89. very nice and beautiful

    June 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

  90. wooah… Nice pics…. !

    June 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  91. wow beautiful photos!congratulation!!!

    June 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

  92. awesome awesome pics – is there place to stay if you’re holidaying there, or can you only travel through for a day?

    June 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    • Did you read my post ? 😉 ( jk ) There are plenty of Miao Family guest houses, which are traditional wooden houses. The price range per bed will be from 30-50 RMB.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      • awesome…thanks!

        June 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  93. maheen siddique

    wow lovely pics and i also like china and inshallah i will go to it………

    June 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

  94. Great photos. Beautiful Landscape. Terrific. I’ll go there someday!! 😀

    June 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

  95. Nin

    Great pictures…

    June 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

  96. ACW

    Your photos speak a thousand words…… is truly amazing how these people are living…………it is such a beautiful place – I would really love to visit one day! 🙂 Thank you!

    June 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

  97. Ngọc Tâm

    beautiful picture!

    June 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

  98. It is really amazing! i come from China. but i never go there before. what a pity!!

    June 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

  99. It is really amazing!! i comefrom China. but i never go to there befpre. what a pity!!!

    June 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

  100. Beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing.

    June 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

  101. BringFreedom

    a mountain city-where there is doesn’t have internet and church: so where there + internet+ church is I think fantastic

    June 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

  102. Stunning photos – very inspiring

    June 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

  103. Beautiful photos. I was in China in 2009, travelling from Beijing to Lijiang. This village reminds me so much of Lijiang, only, there seems to be far less tourist traffic. I absolutely fell in love with this part of the country, and can’t wait to take my next trip back there. Keep these photos coming. 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

  104. Thomas

    Looks like a very interesting place to visit. I’ve been around rice fields before and was almost eaten up by mosquitos. Were mosquitos a problem during your visit?

    June 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

  105. I was impressed some years ago with a National Geographic film on Yuming and felt something of the same feeling in watch that programme as was mine while viewing your beautiful photography and comments. If I had yet another lifetime to live, something in me would no doubt be tempted to leave North America and experience whatever the beauty and difficulty there must be in China. I do not regret my years; I have had a wonderful life. I am saying, however, that were I to be guaranteed another sixty or seventy years, it would be enormously wonderful to experience China as you have seen it and photographed it. Many, many thanks for the generosity of sharing here.

    June 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

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  107. I love the photos, the one of the hanging corn is darling!

    June 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

  108. I’m teachiing in Shanghai (Jiading district) this summer … the China you’re experiencing is so different from what I see here. This is what amazes me about this country – its diversity, its immense scale, and, wow, the amazing beauty you’ve shared with us. I posted a link to your photos on my blog Thanks for the truly amazing photos.

    June 18, 2011 at 5:27 am

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  110. These photos are absolutely amazing! Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed, and thanks for some travel inspiration!

    June 18, 2011 at 3:14 am

  111. Amazing photos, just amazing. Congratulations on being freshly… err, no, forget about it, congratulations on having had the opportunity to see these wonders!

    June 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

  112. ArnoldT

    Wow this is beautiful. So much culture from the old world is still present.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

  113. Can’t wait to visit that place. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous photos too. 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 2:32 am

  114. These are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing. You just made “visit a Miao village” one of my top things to do when I get around to traveling in China.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:24 am

  115. Great pics. A new world unfolds before our eyes!

    -Arvund K. Pandey

    June 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

  116. Hello, I am talking from Brazil. I loved the pictures, I have a dream to visit China one day, is a really beautiful place. You are glad to have this opportunity to stay in this magical place.


    June 18, 2011 at 1:42 am

  117. This was absolutely beautiful to view! Thank you for sharing!

    June 18, 2011 at 1:40 am

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  119. You have made me jealous beyond words!

    June 18, 2011 at 1:32 am

  120. hadasw

    Its magic. Thank you for sharing.

    June 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

  121. I adore China and would love to visit Xijiang Guizhou one day. Until then, I’ll just appreciate these beautiful images you’ve provided. Thanks 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

  122. great photography… i didn’t get a chance to go to this particular village but China is full of beautiful picturesque and bizarre villages

    June 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

  123. Zephyr

    Your photographs are absolutely beautiful! Not-so-perfect weather or not, you really captured the area and brought it to life. What a wonderful place—it seems you and your friend really found a back door to an older China. I especially love the night picture and the black and white. It makes me really miss traveling. Great job!

    June 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

  124. Kat

    Amazing photography! I hope to go there someday! Thank you for sharing!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  125. This is amazing!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  126. thebehenjialterego

    Amazingly gratifying to the senses, it had an alluring 3D feel to it, your photographs

    June 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

  127. I thought I am here. Pictures were very beautiful.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  128. love living through other photos.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  129. Stunning photos! Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

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  131. your pictures are phenomenal! i’ve never been to that part of the world but hope to visit before my days are over!

    June 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  132. delrioadventures

    Pretty Cool pics John, I’m out in Japan at the moment so all the greenery and rice paddies are coming to life here too! Awesome stuff!

    June 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  133. Wow, wow, wow. Amazing photography! Visiting China has been one of my biggest dreams for years.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  134. Like your photos a lot and request permission to use one on the main page of the blog I post a new photo every week. With all credits of course.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  135. These are wonderful, stunning photographs giving an excellent flavour of this part of the world. A very well-deserved Freshly Pressed selection. Well done!

    June 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  136. Sruti

    The Photographs are stunning.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  137. The text is somewhat tedious to read (it’s too wide for my screen). But the photographs are stunning–thank you for sharing them!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  138. mm, I have a big comp screen, coupled with large pictures, the skies seems SO vast.
    Thanks for sharing the pics!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

  139. wow! so colorful and vibrant, a different side of china i see in the south

    June 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  140. Such incredible images — a well deserved Friday Freshly Pressed!



    June 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  141. I love the 2nd pic!! And the pics of all the houses are really something!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  142. The second picture is gorgeous! I love the view of the land 🙂

    June 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

  143. Love your photos, excellent work. I went to China in 2007 so they brought back lovely memories, thankyou!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  144. Fascinating all your photographs, these are so beautiful. Thank you, John Fanai, I am glad to meet with your photography. Greetings and Love, nia

    June 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  145. Wow, it’s like a whole different world! My favorite is the black and white, I love the contrast! The terraces are gorgeous!

    June 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    • Black and white do looks good !

      June 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  146. Wow …great shots. Best photo post I’ve seen in awhile.
    Nice work,

    June 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  147. Beautiful village and landscapes.
    I hope someday I can go there too.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

  148. Caroline Lang

    These are great photos John, you are very talented. Keep them coming. Brings back my memories of last year.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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