If you cannot get enough of the colorful ethnic culture in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Prefecture, or yearn to have an overview of these minority groups in one place and within the shortest time, Kaili Ethnic Museum(凯里民族馆) will make your dream come true. What is better, it is easy to access and not touristy.
|Kaili Ethnic Museum: various ethnic garments, labor tools and handicrafts spaning Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties are painstakingly pieced together, which are spectacles to the sore eye.|
Occupying a total area of 11000 m2 and a floor area of 7421m2, Kali Ethnic Museum incorporates Miao Nationality’s stilt houses(Diaojiaolou) and Dong Nationality’s Drum Tower, hence is imbued with authentic local touch.
As Kali’s iconic architecture and spiritual oasis, this museum harbors over 12000 pieces of antiques and artworks devoting to over 20 ethnic groups which co-exist here. At Qiandongnan Introductory Hall, you can learn the history of this area without falling asleep as in the history classes. In Ethnic Charm Hall, the most captivating quarter of this museum, you can scrutinize the attires, customs, festivals and folk residences of various minorites with wide open mouth. By far, those of Miao and Dong Nationality outnumber the rest. Besides, many quaint rarities such as bamboo baskets used to contain Ciba(a fried snack made of rice) or banners used for ancestor worship rituals are collected from villages near and far. For those sensitive souls to fashion and are at their wits’ end, this museum full of surprises will come to your rescue. Strolling along this tiny yet engaging kingdom, you will encounter the most complete and representative attires and ornaments of various tribes here. With each one as impeccable masterpiece, it will be hard not to have a crash on them immediately and derive endless inspirations.
Last but not least comes the Folk Handicraft Art Gallery, a world with tons of fun. Time to get awed by those talented folk artists who have created the most unbelievable artworks out of the most common materials, just to name a few: paper cutting, weaving, embroidery, bamboo&wood sculptures as well as clay handicrafts....
Thanks to Kali Ethnic Museum, the diversified ethnic culture of Qingdongnan can be preserved, protected and promoted. For outsiders, several hours spent here will be most enlightening and meaningful.