Join professional photographer Mirjam Evers, Dr. Antonia Neubauer and PhotoQuest adventures to the Sister’s Meal Festival (Valentine’s Day for the Miao) in April amid a kaleidoscope of colorful local ethnic groups. As one of the most important festivals of Miao minority, the Sisters' Meal Festival covers various meaningful ceremonies and interesting activities, such as bullfighting, cockfighting, Kungfu battle, singing and dancing competitions and the Miao silversmith competition. Great photo ops with everybody dressed in their best shining costumes gathering at the square of village, and more than one thousand villagers will do drum dance together.

Photograph the incredible artistry and detail of the textiles of the different Miao and Dong and other hill tribe villages in Guizhou, China’s least traveled province. From batik to embroidery to jewelry, from festivals to daily life, this trip is an ethnologist, textile collector and photographer's dream.

Photograph the villagers, learn their sewing and batik techniques, play with the children, photograph the ceremonies, and try out their delicious food. Your photo tour begins in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province. From Guiyang, you will travel to a series of Miao and Dong villagers, many rarely visited by westerners. Not only is this a journey of people and wonderful villages, but really great for photographing rice terraces!

(Note that we can easily arrange an optional post-trip extension to Beijing and Xian.)

Dates and Land Cost

Starting at $6880.00 per person (based on groups of 7 to 12)

Dates: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please note: Custom dates and prices available

Trip Concepts

  • Cultures and Crafts

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If this trip itinerary isn't exactly what you want or if the group departure dates don't quite fit your timeframe, we would be thrilled to create a personalized trip that matches exactly what you, your friends or your family wish to do. Since its inception in 1988, Myths and Mountains has been a pioneer in the field of customized and solo travel. We know that there's no such thing as "one itinerary fits all," and we're committed to matching your particular trip to your dreams.

So, go back and look at the itinerary carefully. Check what you like and don't like and give us a call. We'll ask you lots of questions designed to help us understand your travel style, budget, interests, and wishes, and then we'll channel all our global connections, in-depth destination knowledge, and decades of travel planning experience into creating an extraordinary adventure filled with unforgettable experiences. Our custom trips are not just standard "packages" adjusted to fit your travel dates - they're individually tailored itineraries, as unique as you are.

Here's how we will collaborate with you:

1. Read through the itineraries that interest you and think about what you like and don't like, the dates, other places you might want to visit or other activities.

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3. Talk with us about what worked and did not work in the programs you were considering, where you want to go, your timeframe, travel companions, budget, special interests and travel style.

4. We will send a brief sketch and approximate land cost based on our discussion, for you to review that includes the suggested changes we discussed.

5. Based on your feedback of the sketch, we will rework your itinerary according to your guidelines. Should you wish to talk with previous travelers who have asked us for customized itineraries, we are happy to give you references.

6. Review the new program. If it works, we will usually ask for a deposit: 25% of the cost, 50% if you are 120 days out. At that point, we will confirm all of the reservations and guides, send you a full packet of preliminary information and prepare your formal, personalized, detailed daily itinerary.

After all, it's your unique vacation. Invite your family. Bring your friends. Dream big. Then call us and let us make your dream a reality.

Itinerary At A Glance

Day 1 Arrive Guiyang from Beijing. Optional touring depending on arrival time
Day 2 Tour Guiyang and drive to Kaili. PM Visit Shiqing Miao Village
Day 3 Kaili/Shibing - Visit matang Geija Village and Wangxiang Miao village
Day 4 Sister’s Meal Festival
Day 5 Visit Langde Miao Village. Talk and meeting with Mrs. Yang at Museum
Day 6 Kaili/Libo – 5 hour drive. Visit villages in the Libo Area
Day 7 World Heritage Xiaoqikong Section. Yao Village
Day 8 5 hours drive via Sandu to Zhaoxing. Visit Dong Village
Day 9 Drive to Sanjiang and explore Chengyangqiao Roofed Bridge and Ma’an Dong Village
Day 10 Drive Longfeng and see the Longi Terraced Fields
Day 11 Explore Longfeng and the area. Drive to Hot Springs Hotel and enjoy the water
Day 12 Drive Guilin in time for your flight to Beijing

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