Sanjiang: Do as the locals do

Riverside Sanjiang (三江)  town is a rather nondescript place in itself, but it’s a convenient springboard to the heavenly Dong villages and their architectural wonders in this area. The grandest of over 100 nail-less wind-and-rain bridges in the area, this photogenic black-and-white structure (78m) was built from cedar and stone over 12 years in the…

The drum towers of Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing (肇兴) has emerged from its stunning natural seclusion as a drawcard for visitors looking to experience life in a Dong minority village. The traditional wooden housing is overshadowed only by the ‘wind and rain’ bridges, reminiscent of a fantasy epic. Then there are the five drum towers that call forth generations of ritual and…

Basha, Guizhou: the laid-back village

Visiting Basha (岜沙) is like stepping back in time to the Tang or Song eras. Getting to the village is quite troublesome, since (especially off-season) there’s only a few tourists visiting the laid-back spot and no buses run there at all. So flagging down a motorbike is the option here, which works pretty smoothly in…

Xijiang, Eastern Guizhou

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…

Zhenyuan, Eastern Guizhou

With a population of 60,000 people, Zhenyuan (镇远) is worth a visit if you go to Guizhou due to its high density of historical sights, charming scenery among mountains and a nice river as well as a nice old town and great scenery at night. I arrived late at night and since I traveled off…

The biggest waterfall in China 

Next stop on my journey was China’s biggest waterfall, the Huangguoshu Falls (黄果树大瀑布), which translates to yellow fruit tree falls. The waterfall is part of a big national park, containing many cascades, walking trails and stunning views. The 77.8m tall, 81m wide big waterfall is the number one attraction in Guizhou Province. Can you see…

Luguhu: The Kingdom of Women 

Next stop was the Lugu Lake (泸沽湖). Strafing the remote Yunnan-Sichuan border, Lugu Lake is an absolute idyllic place. The ascent to the lake, which sits at 2690m, is via spectacular switchback Roane and the first sight of the 50km² body of water, surrounded by lushly forested slopes, will take your breath away.  I arrived…