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Kaili Travel Guide

Kaili Overview

Kaili is the capital city of southeast autonomous prefecture of Miao and Dong people, Guizhou Province, offer you the greatest way to some of the most fascinating minority villages you're like to encounter in China. It is called as Qiandongnan as well in Chinese as it is located in southeast part of Guizhou.

Those Miao people who moved to America and Europe are known as Hmong people. Entire region hosts more than 100 festivals every year, with the greatest concentration around February, March, October and November.

The original ethnic culture, the primitive natural ecology and the primitive face mix together and become a varied and colorful, mystic and special spirit original ethnic cultural circle of Qiandongnan. There are a lot of beautiful ingenious roofed bridges, magnificent drum towers, bright and nice clothing, and numerous and complicated festivals. There are also the Miao's sturdy, bold and unrestrained wooden drum dance, brisk graceful Lusheng dance, and Flying Songs, and the Dong's sweet and harmonious chorus. Over thousands years, the ethnic minorities here still preserve their culture by singing and dancing, record their history by clothing, show their feelings of preserving hearts by wooden drum dance and romance their life by Lusheng dance. You will see those in all Miao villages mentioned in Guizhou Tour by ChinaTopTrip.

Kaili Facts
Kaili Climate & Weather
Best Time for Kaili Travel
Best Places for Kaili Travel

Area Code: 0855

Zip Code: 556000

Area: Kaili spans an area of roughly 1300 square kilometers.

Geography: Kaili, the capital of Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture in southeast of Guizhou province, is located at the foot of Mt. Miao, on the bank of the Qingshui River.

Population: There live 33 nationalities in this mystic and fascinating place such as the Miao, Dong, Han, Buyi, Zhuang, Shui, Yao and Tujia and so on. About 65 % of the prefectures population is Miao, clustered to the east and northeast of Kaili.

Administrative Division: Kaili is located on the east side of Guizhou Province. It is divided into 2 country sides, 8 towns and 5 districts.

China’s largest Dong village and Miao village are located at Qiandongnan Prefecture. There are hundreds of ethnic group festivals. Kaili, the capital of the Qiandongnan Prefecture, is also known as the hometown of hundred festivals. Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture is situated at the transition section of Miaoling Mountains and Xiangui Hills. It bordered Hunan at east, Guangxi at south, with a total area of over 30300 square km. The highest altitude is 2179 m while the lowest is 137 m. The main rivers such as Liuyang River, Qingshui River and Duliu River are opened to traffic in all seasons. The climate in Kaili is changeable and wet. It is warm in winter and cool in summer. However, at some remote mountains, it is even cold at night in summer, and you’d better take jacket to prevent cold and rain.

Kaili City belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. It has mild climate, pleasant seasons, with an average annual temperature around 16 ℃. The coldest month – January’s average temperature is about 5 ℃, and the average minimum temperature is also about 2 ℃, and thus not too cold; the hottest month is July, and the average annual temperature is about 26 ℃, the average maximum temperature is also around 30 ℃, and thus is not too hot. Here is abundant rainfall, with average annual rainfall of 1,200 mm or more, 70% concentrated in the April to August. Average annual sunshine is 1289 hours, and frost-free period is 280 days.

Climate Data Table for Kaili

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
7.4 9.1 13.8 20.6 25.6 28.3 33.3 32.7 27.2 22.7 17.1 10.5
0.56 1.7 5.6 11.3 16.6 21.1 25.2 24.5 20.6 13.8 8.5 2.7
Rainfall (mm) 73.9 84.6 139.1 127.0 142.2 231.1 159.3 156.1 145.6 87.0 60.5 46.2
Days of rainfall 2.6 3.6 4.7 5.2 6.4 8 5.2 6.1 7.1 2.9 2.3 1.5

Travel Kaili in Spring
Spring begins from late March or early April, and ends in mid-June or late June, lasting for 90 days. Spring’s temperature rises quickly, but because of the frequent alternating warm and cold air, the temperature changes rapidly, often appearing cold spell in later spring. Spring rainfall is abundant, more rainy days; rainfall is about 400-500 mm, about one-third of the annual rainfall.

Travel Kaili in Summer
Summer begins in mid or late June, and ends in late August or early September, lasting for 70 days or so. The temperature is high, and evaporation accounts for two fifths of the annual amount of evaporation. Rainfall is abundant, with an average rainfall of about 500 mm, accounting for one third of the annual rainfall.

Travel Kaili in Autumn
Autumn begins in late August or early September and ends in November, lasting 80 days or so. Early autumn is hot, but very cold in late fall, and often appear windy and rainy weather.

Travel Kaili in Winter
Winter begins in the mid or later November, and ends at late March or early April, continuing for about 140 days. Winter lasts for a long period, with frequent cold air activities and low temperature. It is mainly rainy days, less sunshine, often snow and frost. The city's average temperature is between 13.6 ℃ -16.2 ℃, and the highest temperature appears in the north and northeast is 16.2℃.

The best time to Kaili is in summer, when the climate is comfortable and there are many festivals and activities. Kaili belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. It has mild climate, pleasant seasons, with an average annual temperature around 16 ℃. In addition, half of the year is rain season of Kaili, and you need to take rain gear when you travel to Kaili.

Try to plan your Kaili tour to avoid the peak holidays. Because they are popular with Chinese tourists, Kaili attractions become more crowded in these periods.

The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for travelling.

Xijiang Miao Village

Located at the northeast of Leishan county, Guizhou, Xijiang Miao Village is regarded as the largest Miao ethnic village in the world. As Xijiang Miao Village is said to be 'China's Miao stockade village of one thousand households’, people also call it Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village.

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is the best-preserved place for natural Miao culture, there are around ten natural Miao ethnic villages connected against the mountain, showing us the long history and development of Miao ethnic.

Being the largest Miao ethnic village in China and even in the world, Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village plays the role of an open air museum where people could appreciate and research the traditional culture and customs of Miao ethnic.

Langde Miao Village

There are two villages of Langde Miao Village, Langde Shang Village and Langde Xia Village, only Langde Shang Village is available for tourism. Located along the mountain in Leishan county, Langde Shang Village is named as the hometown of Chinese folk art, which has attracted numerous tourists in China and all over the world.

As one of the earliest Miao village opened to visitors, Langde Shang Village is your best choice to go sightseeing and study the culture of Miao ethnic as well as their customs.

Zhenyuan Ancient Town

Zhenyuan Ancient Town is one of the most famous historic towns in China which is located along the Wuyang River in Guizhou. With its well-designed houses on the cliff, Zhenyuan Ancient Town is a cultural museum of cliff construction for architectural research.

Except for the architecture and historical relics inside Zhenyuan Ancient Town, the beautiful scenery there is also worth visiting. Wuyang River, which divides Zhenyuan Ancient Town into two parts, is a good choice to relax yourself if you take a cruise.

Kaili Tours & Tings to Do