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11 Guilin and the end of our search in Guizhou

Poor communication. Poor tourism. Wanting to get to Guilin. Advised to take a bus to a city 3 hours away so we could take an express train to Guilin. When we arrived the trains were booked for 4 days. Then had to take a bus for 4 hours stay overnight and start again the next […]

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10 Anshun and our final attempt to find Batik

Anshun was supposed to be a centre for Batik designs however our arrival in the centre of town did not immediately reveal a thriving Batik trade like the travel blogs suggested. Throughout our trip in China our efforts to communicate were hampered by a language and alphabet barrier. What made this barrier even more difficult […]

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09 Matang Village and what’s left of Batik

After searching for Guizhou batik in Kaili, we headed to Matang village with Billie (our Miao expert). This is where Batik is in abundance he says. Matang is 400 years old. 125 families live there. Families can move away from the village but new families can’t move in. The people don’t think of themselves as […]

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08 Kaili and the continued search for batik

Funny how cities possess vibrations that people can pick up on. Or maybe, we are attributing these cities with our own moods in an act of personification. Either way Kaili sat well with us. The air was fresher, the city felt less claustrophobic. We were instantly assisted by an 18 year old who accompanied us […]

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07 Shitouzhai – A ghost town

Shitouzhai felt like a recreation of an ancient village for tourists that had since been abandoned. The infrastructure to host a thousand tourists was there, but the parking lots were empty. Statues of Buyi women performing tasks associated with Batik textiles lined the river, but there were no Buyi fabrics on display and no women […]

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03 Train ride to Guizhou

Location: On route to Guiyang (on a super long super cramped and super smelly train) Date: hmmm... You know that earlier post we posted up on instagram? the one about releasing all expectations??Well thats exactly what we didn't do. We were imagining luxurious 4 bed private sleeper cabins with meal carts that would pass by [...]
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