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When to travel to Guizhou

guizhou miao danceThe best time to travel to Guizhou depends on what you want to see. Most of visitors would choose the festival time to feel the folk culture of minority people. You could pick up suitable dates from the Guizhou Minority Festival Calendar here. While visiting the Huangguoshu Waterfall, it is best viewed in the summer months (usually July and August) when it reaches its most majestic and vigorous point. The best time of year to see the Dragon Palace Scenic Spot is during spring (ideally in March).


Travel Tips in Guizhou

guizhou miao toasting to visitors1. Bring some necessary medicines with you, such as: the medicines for flu, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, etc that you use at home; and some Antihistamine, used for allergic reactions and insect bites.
2. Wear gym shoes or comfortable walking shoes, which will be good for your feet and ease your trip.
3. Travel and living conditions vary greatly between city areas and less developed rural areas of China. There’s no banking service in villages, with limited access to post office service, internet access and telephones; so bring enough cash before you heading to these areas.
4. The accommodation conditions in countryside is comfortable and clean, but not as luxury as that in big cities;
5. It's better to bring some candies, sweets or stationery, like pencils or erasers for the poor children in rural villages, they will be very happy;
6. The water in streams or valleys is not drinkable, just drinks boiled water or bottled water;
7.Don't tease dogs in villages or along the way; some dogs are very furious to the strangers;
8. Respect the customs of local people when you are planning to visit minorities villages; your tour guide will tell about the proper etiquettes, behaviors; just follow the guide to avoid conflicts with locals.
9. Most Chinese people are friendly; but it is suggested you ask for permission before taking their pictures;
10. Take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times and wearing long, loose fitting, light colored clothing when you are travelling during summer.


Minority Taboos in Guizhou

Taboos of Miao People:
1. Miao people will present a toast when somebody visiting their house, just have a small symbolical sip if not good at drinking;
2. Don't step over children’s head, to ensure the children can grow taller;
3. Pregnant women should not eat meat from old yellow cows, sows, roosters or little fish; vegetables or spicy food are forbidden in a short period after giving birth;
4. Children are forbidden to play with arrows at home in case they accidentally shoot the ghosts of their dead ancestors;
5. "Miaozi" is the worst words insulting against Miao people, so don’t use it.

Taboos of Dong People:
1. Pregnant women should not watch new houses being built; not allowed to attending a wedding ceremony or sacrifice to gods;
2. Chopsticks should not be tapped on bowls, as this is reminiscent of beggars' behavior;
3. Women cannot give birth in their mothers' home;
4. Unmarried men should not eat pig feet;
5. Moving to new house always arrange at night;
6. Main entrances of two houses should not directly face each other, which is believed to cause quarreling between these families.

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