This is the first of several posts intended mainly for my own benefit as a record of a wonderful trip from Perth to Guizhou in China from 17 – 28 February 2018. The capital of Guizhou province is Guiyang.
Last year I was lucky enough to register quickly for, and be accepted into, a small group tour of Guizhou Province, north of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. Dates were 17-27 February 2018.
Arranged by Gail Hawes of Soulful Stitches (https://www.soulfulstitches.com.au), its purpose was to study the traditional textiles of the region, specifically the traditional embroidered costumes of some of the region’s many Chinese minority groups (that is, non-Han Chinese communities). We would attend village-level Chinese New Year festivals and visits to the studios and homes of clan embroidery masters. Just four of us plus Gail, a guide (Mr Lee) and a driver, explored several remote areas of Guizhou occupied by minority hill tribes of Miao and Dong people. The trip took place during the Chinese New Year period, concentrated on 15- 19 February 2018, so there were pluses and minuses. The plus for us of course was all the New Year festivals in the province. The negative? Unusually crowded roads and many shops closed because their owners were travelling back to their home villages as required by New Year protocols.
On Saturday at 12.15pm on 17 February 2018 we arrived at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou,via Singapore, after leaving Perth just after 1am. We transferred to a local airline for a flight to Guiyang, arriving in Guiyang at 5.30pm. That last flight was notable for the fact that we had to empty our luggage of all batteries and chargers. I normally put my laptop and my laptop and mobile phone chargers, etc, in my checked luggage but on this leg its was forbidden. I removed mine (necessitating unlocking suitcase, and stowing these items in carry on luggage) but at least one in the group did not. On arrival in Guiyang her suitcase was found to have been unlocked and a note left to say she had infringed the rules. Coincidentally, the lock was missing, as was a necklace.
Our guide, Mr Lee, met us with his comfortable seven seater car and took us to the Trade Point Hotel for the night. The rooms were non-smoking ones but nobody told the previous guests or the people doing the laundry. In due course I learned to live with that.
After checking in we had our very first meal in Guizhou.