Guizhou is a Miao minority culture and landscapes mixed destinations for photographers. It gets popular and popular for domestic photographers, but very few foreign photographers visit here so far.
Zhaoxing Dong village - 3 hours drive from Guilin, one of the largested Dong villages in Guizhou area. Less tourists visiting here, and well organized architectures are all good things for photography, especially the night photography (the scene on the banner photo).
Xijiang Miao village - the largest Miao village in China. Extraordinary night view than you can imagine. Lots of chances for Miao people portraits photography.
Basha Miao village - the last Gun-Toting tribe in China. Around 2 hours drive from Longji rice terraces. Experience the traditional hair cut, shave by a sickle; and gun show in the square.
Ancient technology of papermaking in Shiqiao Miao village.
Sisters' Meal Festival - The ceremony is simple, unsophisticated, and distinctive. Young Miao men and women, dressed in festive attire, gather in the Miao villages. It has been called "the oldest oriental Valentine's Day".
Lusheng Festival - Experience the most interesting festival for Miao people, all people dress up, dancing and playing reed instuments in the village, it lasts 4 days every year. High chances to capture the different Miao people decorations in one place.
There are many mountains and hills in Guizhou area, mountains always provide lots of opportunities of landscapes and nature photography.
Huangguoshu waterfall has been one of the most famous waterfalls in China; Lipo is named as 'Little Jiuzhaigou'; karst mountains area in Xingyi county - Forest of Ten Thousand Peaks.
It depends what you'd hoped to achieve for this photo tour in Guizhou. Minority people, landscapes or nature?
If you focus on minority people and trible culture, could be any time.
If you expect to capture the landscapes and minority village views togather, the best time could be May to October, less rain and stable weather for high chances of sunrises and sunsets shooting.
To explore the most highlights of Guizhou, better to have 7+ days in Guizhou area, visiting 3-5 Miao minority villages, and spending 3-4 days on landscapes capture.
Guilin is a very ideal extension for Guizhou photo tour, if you are thinking of going to Guilin as well, it will be a smart choice to spend 3-4 days in Guilin Yangshuo area.
High speed train is definitely the first choice for you. Wherever you are from or going to.
Besides, it is also very convenient to reach Guizhou by direct train from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhangjiajie and Chengdu.
Guilin Guizhou photography tours - 4 days in Guilin and Yangshuo area focus on landscapes, cormorant fishermen and rice terraces; high speed train from Guilin to Zhaoxing, spend 4 or 5 days in Zhaoxing and southeast of Guizhou area to explore the Miao minority villages and landscapes.
The suggested photo tour route of Guilin, Yangshuo and Guizhou as following: