Guizhou Province

Guizhou, isolated from the rest of the world for centuries by its mountainous terrain, remains one of China's most isolated and unspoiled provinces. Its beckoning treasures include Asia's biggest waterfall, China's largest limestone cave, areas of primeval forest, and rare plant and animal species. Celebrated for its hospitality, the province is a lively, visual mix of 13 different ethnic groups, many of whom continue an ancient way of life and time-honored traditions. Here, long-forgotten skills and techniques in the textile arts weaving, embroidery and batik continue to flourish, alongside age-old festivals where sumptuous traditional costume is set off by dazzling silver jewelry, and pipes, drums and dancing accompany feasting and drinking. Superb color photography and informed text brings this vividly to life. Includes lavish descriptions of the costume and textile arts of the diverse and colorful ethnic groups; fascinating, informative text that unveils age-old skills and crafts; festivals, music, dance and time-honored customs brought to life; special topics and literary excerpts that add a historical and mythological perspective; up-to-date practical information and itineraries for getting around, where to stay, what to see and do; superb color photography of costumes, people and the countryside; and more."