Situated on the southeastern edge of the Yungui Plateau, the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture is close to Hunan province to the east, connected to Guangxi to the south, and adjacent to Qiannan and Tongren.
It features magnificent mountains, elegant streams, warm weather, abundant resources and deep folk customs. The prefecture contains 16 counties and cities and one provincial-level economic development zone, including 90 towns, 116 villages, five street offices, 89 resident committees, 68 community committees and 3,226 villager committees. Kaili, the capital of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, is the center of politics, economy and culture. It is less than two hours by car from Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport.
There are 33 ethnic groups, including the Miao, Dong, Han, Buyei, Yao, Tujia, Zhuang and Sui. It has a total population of 4.42 million, of which 81.87 percent are ethnic groups, 42.09 percent are Miao and 31.86 percent are Dong ethnic group.
Covering an area of 30,337.1 square kilometers, it measures 220 kilometers from east to west and 240 km from south to north. Its highest point is 2,178 meters above sea level; its lowest point is 137 meters.