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Huangguoshu Waterfall Guizhou Waterfall

The Province of Guizhou in the People’s Republic of China is bordered on the Westen side by the Province of Yunnan, on the East by the Province of Hunan and in the North by the Province of Sichuan.

The Province of Guizhou is covered with mountains however; it is hillier in the west than the eastern and the southern portions of Guizhou. The Yunnan / Guizhou Plateau is located on the Western side of Guizhou Province.

Tourist’s visiting Guizhou, will mainly visit the cities of Duyun, Anshun, Kaili, Qingzhen and/or the city of Liupanshui.

Guizhou (贵州; Gùizhōu) is a province in southwestern China.

Cities in Guizhou Province

  • Anshun – Tourist center and home of the Huangguoshu Waterfalls
  • Guiyang – The capital
  • Kaili – Gateway to the Miao and Dong minority regions
  • Liupanshui – The Cool City, for its low average summer temperature.
  • Zunyi – Communist pilgrimage site and nothing of interest to Western or Asian tourist
  • Xingyi – County level city in southwest China with rich karst topography such as Maling Valley, Ten Thousand Peaks Forest, etc.
  • Weining – home of Cao Hai Lake, known for its 170+ bird species including the black-necked crane

Other destinations in Guizhou Province

  • Site of Hailongtun Tusi Fortress, a historic castle ruin which is one of three Tusi sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Fanjingshan, a part of the Wuling mountain range which due to its unique geology and diverse wildlife was inscribed on the world heritage list in 2018
  • Miao and Dong villages: Lang De, a Miao village 20 km south of KailiXijiang (西江), large traditional Miao village located in LeiGongshan national park; and Zhaoxing (肇兴), idyllic Dong minority town nestling in a valley
  • Xiaoqikong and Daqikong, two marvelously lush scenic areas in Libo County

Talk

The local dialect of Guizhou is similar to that of Sichuan. Few can understand English. Standard Mandarin can be understood by most although in the countryside and smaller cities most people may only be able to reply in their local dialect. There are some unique terms in the various local dialects in Guizhou; however, the most noticeable differences are in the local pronunciation, which differs widely from standard Mandarin.

Get in

By air from Shanghai the journey takes around two and a half hours and from Hong Kong one and a half hours. The journey is about 1800km. The airport for domestic flights was completed in 2013. The international airport, however, is using the old facility which is small with only a few gates and no shops except for tobacco. Seems that there are only a few international flights to and from Guiyang, mainly Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and Seoul.

Get around

Local roads in Guiyang city are in good condition and taxis are plentiful. However, to travel from one city to another and then further into the countryside, roads can be in very poor condition, or only under construction (travelling together with bulldozers…). Taxis in smaller cities tend to gather several travellers into one car in order to compensate for the very low fares (3 yuan as a start fare for the first 2.5km in 2020). In some smaller cities, the meter is hardly ever used and there are “fixed” fares from the station to the city, from the city to some center of interests…. So, be prepared to be flexible in that respect. Trains are quite reliable, although not as comfortable as the newest high speed trains in richer provinces.

What to see in Guizhou

The area is mountainous, and there are many opportunities for hiking. The paths can be slippery due to animal excrement and the bushes can be thorny. There is much beautiful scenery including valley views and distant horizons. One of the greatest attractions to Guizhou is the Huangguoshu Waterfall, known to be the biggest waterfall in China. The eastern area of Guizhou is very green and you can see many rice fields in terrace as well as go through numerous small charming villages where you can also rest in guest houses. The China Danxia landscape near Chisui are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

What to do in Guizhou

There are many walks and places to visit in the vicinity of the capital Guiyang.

Guizhou is home to many ethnic minorities (mainly the Miao and the Dong). Festivals are held all year round, and are great ways to experience the local customs.

Tours and excursions in Guizhou

Hong Kong to Kunming overland passes through the southern part portion of the province.

Eat

There is a wide variety of foods available, with the local taste being for spicy dishes. The food can be very tasty. The hot pot can be excellent. Another specialty is the sour spicy fish soup that can be tasted in many cities in Guizhou. Barbecue on the streets is a local favorite as are as all sorts of rice noodles and pasta, mixed with ingredients such as pickled vegetables.

Drink

Moutai and home made rice wine made by villagers.

Stay safe

While hiking in the mountains, watch out for the narrow ledges. Also, always remember sunscreen and water while enjoying the countryside and watching wildlife.

The Climate of Guizhou Province

Guizhou has a subtropical and at times a very humid climate. The temperature ranges between 1oC to 10oC during the month of January and 17o Celsius to 28o Celsius in during the summer month of July. The average temperature throughout the year in Guizhou is normally within 10o Celsius to 20o Celsius.

The Local Economy of Guizhou Province

China’s Guizhou province has a very small economy. Guizhou’s GDP in 2006 was just 225 billion Yuan and the per capita GDP was only 5750 Yuan in 2006. Guizhou main industries are timber, forestry management, mining coal and some gypsum.

Nationalities of Guizhou

China’s Province of Guizhou has minority groups such as the Bai, Tujia, Zhuang, Yi, Miao, Qiang, Dong, Yao, Buyi, Tujia, Shui and Gelao and about half of these counties are self governing prefecture’s or counties.

Touristic Attraction in Guizhou Province

Tourists visiting Guizhou Province can visit the Dong minority group, or take a bus to Southern Guizhou to visit the Drum Tower in the town of Zhaoxing. If you have enough time you may also visit the waterfall of Huangguoshu or learn more about the Dong or Miao Hilltribe culture and tradition in the counties of Diping, Liping and Rongjiang or in the Hills of Guangxi.

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