Kaili (凱里; Kǎilǐ) is an industrial city in Guizhou province. At the edge of the city, there is a huge power station burning coal. This makes the whole city dusty and polluted. The rundown buildings, new constructions in progress and other heavy industries (cement factories) don't make Kaili a terrific touristic place. On the other hand, it is the center of a scenic region with many colorful ethnic minorities in villages nearby, so it does get quite a bit of tourism.
From Guiyang airport, you'll need to take a taxi to the Guiyang Eastern Bus Station. It's about a 15 minute journey and will cost about 15 RMB. Buses run every 30 minutes and cost 70 RMB. The first bus is around 7 am, and the last bus is around 6:30 pm. The trip to Kaili takes around 2.5 hours.
You can also take a taxi into Guiyang and then take a train to Kaili. However, not knowing the train schedule and if there will be tickets, makes train travel risky.
From other places in China, Kaili is rather easy to reach. There is a train line running through Kaili, making it reachable from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Kunming - all by overnight or long distance train. A high speed rail line will be completed during the summer of 2015, linking Kaili to both Shanghai to the East and Kunming to the West. The high speed rail line from Guiyang to Guangzhou is already open, but does not run through Kaili. If visitors want to use that line, they must exit the train in Duyun. From there they can take a bus to Kaili or travel by taxi, which is more expensive.
Kaili is an excellent place to shop for crafts and textiles, with many made by hand by local Miao minority and others groups. As well as the small lanes and larger shops, and markets, there is also craft villages such as Matang worth visiting to see the process of making the fabric and batik.
Sour fish soup, sour beef soup, wild boar.
Cheap food court in shopping mall under Beijing Xi Lu
The surrounding area has many villages, mostly of various minority ethnic groups, accessible by bus. Go south rather than north (cement factories and few coal mines for the next 100km).
One of the closest non-tourist villages near Kaili, where you can stay overnight, or just visit for a short time, is Matang, an ethnic village of the Gejia sub-minority known for their distinctive craft and textiles. This is a working village, on the way to Huangping.
Leishan, 40km south, a small, but great, city with few minority ethnic groups and nice buildings. Better place than Kaili to stay overnight.