Next stop was Xijang (西江千户苗寨), still in eastern Guizhou, a little south of Zhenyuan. With a population of only 5,000 people village, tucked away in the undulating greenery of the Leigong mountain. However, it’s the largest village of the Miao Minority in the world. 1,200 wooden houses, rice paddies around the small village, sidestepping farmers and water buffalo will recharge your soul in the surrounding hills.
My hostel “bed” was maybe one of the hardest of all beds during the journey. Basically it was a sheet, placed on wood. But after 13 weeks of traveling, you won’t complain about a hard bed, you’re rather happy to have a bed and appreciate it!
The village itself is as lovely as I described! Wooden houses everywhere:
As a Western, I truly loved the food there! It’s salty, it’s hearty, it’s absolutely tasty! Especially the sausages there were absolutely delicious.
The Miao people, the ethnic minority in that region is known for its good quality silver products, which is said to defend evil demons, as well as their colorful and beautiful dresses.
Walking around the village will provide some nice views as well:
The rice paddies are super bright yellow in mid of September and you can see them from all over the village!
I like beautiful scenery but what always amazes me are the different kinds of people in each single place. I got in contact with some Miao people, since they’re absolutely curious about foreigners who can speak some Chinese. I told some Miao kids about the regular food in Germany and some Miao people showed me the local dresses and instruments and the cashier of the local supermarket taught me some useful everyday-language. I truly loved my stay in that village and always felt welcome!
The scenery at night is also super special, since you can see uncountable lights in the village and pure darkness in the surrounding hills.
Hard to say goodbye, but my agenda for the last few days of my 14-weeks travel forced me to keep moving. Next stay was Basha, an even smaller village in the very south of Guizhou Province. Stay tuned!