Guizhou - The Land of Minorities

A landlocked region in the southwestern part of China, Guizhou is well known for its diversified minority culture, most of them remaining intact. More than 30 percent of the 30 million Guizhou population are minorities. With beautiful mountains, waterfalls and ethnic embroidery, Guizhou is becoming more and more popular among tourists from China and other foreign countries. Still a relatively untapped frontier, Guizhou is exotic and mysterious, offering a fresh touch of ethnicity and the pure beauty of nature.
Guiyang City Ratings
** The following ratings are based on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best.
History(6)  Art(9) Local Culture/UniqueTour(10)
Nature/Scenic(10)  Food/Shopping(6)  Night Life(2)
Religion(2)  Adventure/Sports(8)  Reasonable Cost(8)
Recommended Days of Stay: 2 Guiyang City Map

Quick Facts
Area - 170 thousand square km
Population - 30 million
When to go
Tourist Season - May to October ;
Coldest Months - January, with temperature as low as -10C;
Hottest Months - July, with temperature as high as 30C;
Getting In and Out
By Air - Guiyang has direct flights with Hong Kong and 29 other Chinese cities.;
By Train - Guiyang is at the hub of railway lines with Chengdu (967 km), Nanning (865 km), Kunming (639) and Changsha.

History


Guiyang
The capital of Guizhou, Guiyang is a modern city with nothing much unusual to see. However, it is the major gateway to other tourist attractions in the province.

Local Culture/Unique Tour
Dragon Palace * *
Located in the western suburbs of Anshun city, the palace is an underground cavern with lakes, waterfalls and other scenic spots. The cave resembles the crystal palace of the Dragon King; hence the name. On the right of the Dragon Gate is a 45-meter-long cave drop. Above is Tianchi (Heavenly Pool), also known as Dragon Pool, measuring over ten thousand square meters with an average depth of 43 meters. It is the source of Dragon Gate Falls, and the entrance of Dragon Palace. The whole of the Dragon Palace is a string of beads composed of a narrow path, caves and caverns with dripping stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic shapes.

Chaiguan Village * *
Chaiguan Village is a 9 km northeast of Anshun and about 60 km north of the Huangguoshu Waterfalls. The masked peasant opera here is interesting. Mask museums are worth a visit to see the carving process of masks used in operas.

Kaili Ethnic Customs and Villages * * *
Kaili is the capital of Southeast Guizhou Miao and Dong Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture. The customs and life styles of the nationalities are rich and colorful. There are 135 grand and majestic ethnic festivals. Most Miao and Dong villagers live in houses projecting over the waters in their villages. There are lots of high drum towers and wayside pavilions, temples and bridges, which serve as shelters against wind and rain. Visitors will be treated with rice wine, songs and dances accompanied by Lusheng, Mangtong and other music instruments.

Huaxi Ethnic Scenic Spot * * *
Huaxi, 17 kilometers southwest of Guiyang city, is a place where Miao, Bouyi and Dong nationalities live in compact communities. Huaxi Park is a nature reserve with underground caves known for their crystal clear water and grotesque stalactites and stalagmites. Here one can not only enjoy the Lusheng (reed pipes) evening parties of singing and dancing with the ethnic folk, but visit ancient buildings such as the ancient city of Qingqan, known for its nine monasteries, eight temples, four towers and two memorial temples. Acclaimed as Pearls on the Plateau, it is a place embracing spectacular natural scenery, sites of historic interest, colorful customs and life styles of ethnic minorities.

Nature/ Scenic
Huangguoshu Waterfalls * * * * *
Located 150 km west of Guiyang, the Huangguoshu Waterfalls are the largest in Asia. The waterfalls measure 74 meters tall and 81 meters wide with a total drop of 90 meters. In the middle part of the falls a cave arches into the cliff-side and is fancifully curtained by a sheet of water. There are other falls in the areas such as Luositan Waterfall and Yinlianzhui Waterfall. In addition, there are more than 10 caverns and Tianxinqiao Stone Forest, with stalactites and stalagmites of curious shapes. The best time to visit the falls is June to early October after the rains. Still undeveloped for tourism, Huangguoshu Waterfalls are ideal spots to appreciate the beauty of nature.
 
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