Guizhou is, for me, the most beautiful place in China. I'm very excited to be able to introduce this lovely part of the world to you in a series of videos created by British production company True North.
Guizhou's unique Miao culture deserves to be better known, and True North agreed - together we filmed four five-minute documentaries in all, with more coming up soon on Miao food and Miao silver jewellery.
True North were commissioned to develop a Youtube channel devoted to the discovery of China. Already massively successful since their launch late last year, China Icons gives viewers a China that is very different to popular perception - a young, vibrant, quirky, and interesting China, featuring the everyday voices of Chinese people and expats.
|Miao women of Diwu village, Guizhou|
|Miao embroidery - bird|
|Here's a close-up of the Miao embroidery using overlapping folded silk pieces|
Embroidery is deeply meaningful to Miao people. Although Miao spoken language is rich and complex, no written language exists and so stories of their ancestors, their gods and their daily lives are told through embroidery.
It's a living art form practiced by every Miao woman from a young age.
|Miao women embroidering sleeve panels|
More on Guizhou:
Guizhou - The Most Overlooked Destination in China (But You Need to go Now)
Ten Must-Try Foods in Guizhou
Miao New Year Guzang Festival
The Miao Sisters Meal Festival
Miao Farm-to-Table Feast