Not the China you think you know!

A rare opportunity to spend an unforgettable hour exploring the Dong minority village of Dali in Guizhou province, southwestern China.

Our local guide will give us insights into life in the village and and how the local women are empowered through making traditional sustainable textiles  with locally grown cotton, woven in the village and dyed with natural dyestuffs.

We are pleased to be partnering up with travel experts WildChina and Atlas Studio, who run the Dousa textile cooperative in the village to offer you an eye-opening experience far removed from the skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of China’s modern cities.

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All prices include shipping through DHL from China. Prices do not include import VAT or customs duties which may be levied on merchandise arrival at destination.

CANCELLATION INFORMATION

Cancellations for tours made more than 48 hours prior to travel receive a full refund. Cancellations for tours made 48 hours or less prior to travel require the traveller to pay for the tour in full, and no refund will be issued.

3 Reviews for Experience a Dong minority village in southwestern China

NANCY NEWBERGER

1 Reviews

An afternoon stroll

5/ 5

A wonderful way to spend an hour. Ted took us on a virtual stroll through the Dong village, where I probably won’t ever get a chance to visit. I learned about processing indigo and their weaving practices as well as a bit about life in the village. I wanted to pack my bags and head to the airport to see it all in person. It was easy to ask questions and they were answered quickly. I can’t wait for the next tour.

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Ann Becker

4 Reviews

An immersive and exhilarating experience!!!

5/ 5

I never imagined it would be possible to see, interact and learn so much as in the one hour Dong Minority Village in Southwestern China experience in which I participated recently. I’m referring to both the physical locations (the homes, drum tower, weaving coop, etc.), the array of people in the community (including a village elder with a long beard and very long pipe and the woman who runs the weaving coop!) and responses to the our questions/comments in the chat. I’m passionate about the cultural connections, and this experience was chock full of them! Our guide, Ted, was masterful. In addition to his deep knowledge, his ease at engaging with community residents and skills with the camera were outstanding. The pace of the experience was great. This experience really brought home the impacts of COVID in a very powerful way. Despite no COVID in the village, the epidemic has reduced the men’s work dramatically. As I understood it, the weaving coop is still young and unable to generate much income at this point in time. What may have been seen as potential ancillary income, has been thrust into a role in which it may be a family’s only source of income at this point in time. The experience also taught us an enormous amount about the beautiful products (100% local!) and all the love and time the women put into creating them. I’m looking forward to receiving my beautiful pillow sham woven with locally grown cotton and colored beautiful shades of blue from using locally sourced indigo leaves. To quote one of my friends, “I’d love to go and spend three or four days in this village!” Thank you Local Purse!

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Amanda Kendle

1 Reviews

A truly wonderful experience!

5/ 5

Ted was a fantastic guide, and it was utterly fascinating to wander the village and meet various locals. It really felt like travelling! I loved that it was both informative but also felt informal and we could ask lots of questions. Thanks to everyone involved.

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