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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:15 am 
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Hello
Is there anybody on this forum that could give me interesting/practical infos concerning trips to the Guizhou, Yunnan or other chinese provinces with a strong emphasis on a cultural aspect of the minorities living there ? I don't mean the folklorized aspects that have been created for commercial purposes around these people, but something more authentic/educating/original avoiding the usual mass tourism.
I've moved to Shanghai few months ago and I would like to see some more tribal aspects of China, as much as possible further away from the contemporary world and its destructions.
A friend of mine was just back a tour in Guilin, and its area and show me some catastrophic photos of environmental/cultural destructions and misconceptions there. This was really depressing and would like to try to see something better.
Thanks in advance
Nicolas


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:22 am 
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Nicolas

You might want to contact either forum member Wang Jun http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... ofile&u=44 or contributor to the main tti site, Miao Tony Chen Hualong http://www.tribaltextiles.info/articles/Tony_Chen.html . I think they may still be at the same travel company in Guiyang, Guizhou although I am not certain.

I have travelled with Wang Jun three times on tours that Gina Corrigan led and he is excellent. He has been the national guide for several years for Gina and worked with her on creating the trips. Tony, as you will see from his articles, is very sensitive to the underlying culture especially of the Miao. I have only met Tony 'virtually' but we have been in touch for several years.

If I was planning an independent trip Wang Jun and Tony would be my first port of call - but very difficult, actually, as I wouldn't want to upset either of them by approaching the other first! I have another contact that a French travel enthusiast recommended based on her positive experience and I was in touch with a couple of years ago but not recently. http://www.minogz.com/en/ or http://www.minogz.com/fr/index.asp I think she may have helped him with the French language part of his website.

Hope this gives you some starting points.

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