Kaili Overview

Chinese Name: 凯里 English IPA: Kaili City Location: Southeast of Guizhou Province, about 195 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Guiyang Population (city): 543100 Language: Southwest Mandarin Zip code: 556000 Tel code: 0855 Time zone:

Kaili is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, referred to as “Kai” for short and also known as the “pearl of Miaoling(苗岭明珠)”. Located in the east of Guizhou province, China, Kaili is one of the major central cities in Guizhou province. Kaili is the cultural center of China’s ethnic minorities, with many minority villages scattered in the nearby mountains. Here, you can visit the largest Miao and Dong villages, enjoy local song and dance performances, participate in celebrations or festivals, and even experience the local handicrafts. If you are interested in the manners and customs of China’s ethnic minorities, or want to go to some villages that preserve traditional lifestyles, Kaili will be a good place for you to learn about Miao culture and life. Surely, as a tourist destination, the city also boasts natural landscapes, karst landforms and ancient buildings.


  • Ethnic Minority Villages: Kaili has some of the largest, most famous and well-constructed minority villages, such as Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village and Langde Miao Village. Other minority villages in and around Kaili include Jidao Miao Village, Matang Gejie Village, Kongbai Miao Village, Shiqiao Miao Village, Basha Miao Village, Nanhua Miao Village, Qingman Miao Village and Yintan Dong Village, etc. 
  • Local Festivals: Kaili is a city of festivals. The most famous festivals you can participate there include Lusheng Festival(late February), Sister’s Meal Festival(around late April) and Miao New Year Festival(Middle Oct.).
  • Famous Attractions: In addition to ethnic minority villages, there are also natural landscapes and cultural relics in Kaili, including Miao and Dong Folklore Garden, Leigongshan Nature Reserve, Zhenyuan Ancient Town, Flying Clouds Cliff(Feiyun Cliff), Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum, Zengchong Drum Tower, etc.

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    Kaili Attractions

    Kaili is a typical ethnic ecotourism area. Here, you can visit the largest Miao and Dong villages like Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, Langde Miao Village, Nanhua Miao Village and Jidao Miao Village, enjoy local song and dance performances like Lusheng Dance, participate in celebrations or festivals including Lusheng Festival and Sister's Meal Festival, and even experience the local handicrafts like embroidery and batik. Surely, as a tourist destination, the city also boasts natural landscapes, karst landforms and ancient buildings. Except for [...]

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    Kaili Tours

    Kaili, the capital city of Qiandongnan, is a place where gathers many ethnic minority villages, in particularly, the Miao villages. Whether you visit the largest Xijiang Miao village or some other villages like Langde Miao Villages and Jidao Miao Village, you can experience profound ethnic culture and traditional local life in any trip to Kaili. Kaili is also a must-see place in our Guizhou Tour. As the city of festivals, more than a hundred festivals are celebrated in Kaili every year. Lusheng festival, [...]

    Climate & When to Go

    Kaili enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate, with the features of cold and rainy winter and cool summer, as well as rain and heat during the same period.  Temperature and Precipitation Kaili has mild climate, pleasant seasons, with an annual temperature of around 16°C on average. The coldest month(Jan.) has an average temperature of about 5°C and average minimum temperature is also about 2°C, so it is not too cold; The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of about 26°C and an average [...]

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    In 2017, the added value of transportation, storage and postal service in Kaili City is 20.83 billion yuan, an increase of 7.9% over the previous year. The traffic mileage of the highway in the whole city is 1691.39 km, of which 84 km of the expressway, 151.92 km of national trunk highway, 118.58 km of the provincial road, 249.82 km of the county road, 425.58 km of the township road and 661.49 km of the village road. How to Get to [...]

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    Festivals and Activities

    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). It is known as "The City of Festivlas". Every year, there are more than a hundred ethnic traditional festivals in Kaili. Kaili is one of the perfect places for you to join the various ethnic festivals in Guizhou.  Well-known Festivals in [...]

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    Travel Tips

    For a better travel experience along the way in Kaili, there are some useful Kaili travel tips which may be helpful for your tour. Useful Numbers Fire: 119 Police: 110 Ambulance: 120 Area Code: 0855 Zip Code: 556000 Weather Forecast: 12121 Check Telephone Number: 114 Tourist Complaint: 0855-8063303 Tourist Inquiry: 0855-8062943 Railway Station Information Inquiry: 12306 Civil Aviation Consulting Telephone: 0855-8238868 Expressway Emergency Rescue: 12122 Consumer Complaints Hotline: 12315 Read More: Guizhou Travel Tips Best Time to Visit The best travel time is from June to September. As this time is summer, it is a good time to escape the heat, and the scenery is also very beautiful. But, if [...]

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    Useful Maps

    Kaili is located in the southeast of Guizhou Province, about 195 kilometers from the provincial capital Guiyang. To help you have a better understanding of Kaili City, we have collected some useful Kaili maps including Kaili transportation map, Kaili regional map, Kaili location map, Kaili tourist attractions map, Kaili cities map, map of scenic spots around Kaili, Kaili travel map, etc, through which you can probably know how to get to Kaili and what to discover there. [...]

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    Kaili Accommodation

    Kaili is the cultural center of China's ethnic minorities, with many minority villages scattered in the nearby mountains. Due to its rich minority culture, Kaili, as one of the top tourist destinations in Guizhou, is becoming more and more important. Surely, for tourists, accommodation is the most important part of their journey. There are many hotels ranging from luxury to economy in Kaili, and in this part, some recommended Kaili hotels will be listed.  Recommended Hotels in Kaili Luxury Hotels in Kaili Longdu Jingyi International [...]

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