Kaili Culture

The Kaili is the transliteration of Miao language, meaning "Mulao People's Field(仫佬人的田)", and Mulao people are called "Kai" in Miao Language, and the field is "Li". Kaili, the capital city of Qiandongnan, is a place where many ethnic minority villages gather, in particularly, the Miao villages. 

Ethnic Groups

Kaili is inhabited by Miao, Han, Dong, Mulao, She, Buyi, Shui, Yi, Zhuang, Yao, Man, Hui, Mongol, Jingpo, Wa, Li, Dongxiang, Naxi, Gelao, Jing(京族), Chaoxian(Korean), Tujia, Bai, Dai, Zang, Lahu, Uygur and other ethnic groups, as well as Gejia(革家), Xijia(西家) and other pending minorities(待定民族). Among these ethnic groups, Mulao, Miao, Han, She as well as Gejia and Xijia are indigenous peoples. The minority population accounts for about 75% of the city's total population, of which the Miao population accounts for around 63% of the city's total population.

Traditional Ethnic Villages

Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village(季刀寨) in Kaili, Qiandongnan

Qingman Short-skirt Miao Village(青曼苗村) in Kaili, Qiandongnan

Langli Village(朗利村) in Sankeshu Town, Kaili, Qiandongnan

Nanhua Village(南花村) in Sankeshu Town, Kaili, Qiandongnan

Nanjiang Village(南江村) in Kaitang Town, Kaili, Qiandongnan

Langde Miao Village in Qiandongnan

Basha Miao Village in Qiandongnan

Zhaoxing Dong Village in Qiandongnan

Xijiang Miao Village in Qiandongnan

Local Customs

Kaili is known as the "Pearl of Miaoling(苗岭明珠)", "the Hometown of Lusheng", "the Hometown of Oriental Bullfighting", and "the City of Festivals". There are more than 135 ethnic traditional festivals in Kaili, which have the ancient and rich ethnic customs, colorful Miao costumes, Miao flying songs and Lusheng performances, wonderful ethnic folk sports activities of bullfighting, birdfighting, and cockfighting, and Sour Soup Fish of Miao. You can taste Miao cuisines in Yatang Subdistrict(鸭塘街道), the suburd of Kaili.

Ethnic Festivals

Kaili is the city of festivals, hundreds of festivals are celebrated every year. Among so many festivals, the Lusheng FestivalSisters' Meals Festival and the New Year of Miao Minority are celebrated grandly.