Before heading to Yunnan, we went to Landge Miao, a traditional Miao village about 30 kilometers north of Kaili, Guizhou. We stopped there for a “welcome ceremony.”
If you’re curious about the dance, here’s a short video:
So what’s the catch? Well it’s China so this ceremony happens for a reason — the people of Langde actually get paid every time they perform. After each ceremony, they receive a token that they can redeem at the end of the month in exchange for a salary. One can see this as one way of preserving traditions or just a another way for the Chinese government to attract more tourists… And in Langde you will find a lot of tourists, including those annoying ones flying their drones over the city and ruining the experience.
So should you go to Langde? I’d still say “yes” — the costumes, dancing and songs are beautiful and it’s another opportunity to learn about the Miao people.
That’s it! If you missed my post about Guizhou and Guangxi, head over here. Otherwise, next stop for us was Yunnan, another region known for its large number of ethnic minorities (post coming up soon!)