Shanjiang Miao Village, located at a valley called Miaoren Valley,
20 kilometers northwest of Fenghuang County, which has kept intact
its unique Miao ethnic folklore.
Miaoren Valley is a hiking heaven for tourists, featured green
mountains, limpid alpine lakes where tourists can row a boat,
grotesque gorge, elegant waterfalls and dam in Miao ethnic style.
Shanjiang Miao Village is built along the mountain slope of Miaoren
Valley. Miao people there are still living primitive and simple
Maintaining the old customs, Miao people will hold a welcoming
ceremony for tourist on the way. During the welcoming ceremony,
Miao people stand in lines, wearing their full costumes, greeting
tourist by presenting them a cup of "block-the-way" wine. Miao
girls will sing a "block-the-way" song, the words of which is
mainly about their happiness to welcome a friend coming from afar.
Miao people’s costumes and their silver ornament are attractive;
especially the girls’ are feast to tourists’ eyes. Miao girls
usually wear robes of bright blue with loose sleeves and dark blue
trousers, and cuffs embroidered with colorful laces for the
womenfolk. They wrap their head with dark blue cloth, embellished
with silver headdresses and silver neckwear.
Every family has their own blockhouse distinguishes Shanjiang Miao
Village with other Miao villages, which endows the village with
strong defensive function in military. The village was usually
attracted by the central government during the past dynasties,
therefore the Miao people had to build blockhouse to protect
themselves. The blockhouse is a two-storey building with the first
floor built by stone and the second floor made by mud. There narrow
windows on the four walls of the blockhouse used for overlooking
and shooting, Besides, there is a defensive wall built around the
village, which is 4 to 5 meters high. Now it is a peaceful little
village, while the building in blockhouse style has become its
distinct feature, telling the passing history.
Visiting Shanjiang Miao Village during traditional Miao Festival
will be an impressive and unforgettable tour. Tourists can
appreciate Miao songs and dance and Miao traditional activities.
The popular festivals are April Fair Festival, the Valentines’ Day
of Miao ethnic people (held at the eighth day of the fourth month
of Chinese lunar calendar); June Fair Festival, the folk song
concert of Miao people (held at the sixth day of the sixth month of
Chinese lunar calendar).