Famous for its Maotai wine (Chinese National Wine), tobacco, Chinese medicinal herbs, rice and vegetable productions, Guizhou province is situated in the northeast Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in southwestern China. With a population of 36.58 million and the size of 170,000 square kilometers, the province is the home of approximately 17 ethnic minority groups and is regarded as one of the poorest regions in China.
Featuring peppery, spicy and sour tastes, Guizhou cuisine offers a large variety of hot pot options, which all have a unique local flavor. Reputable dishes include Changwang noodles, stir-fried diced chicken with peanuts and chilies, pork knuckle with sour pickles and sour fish.
Attractions to visit
As the provincial capital of Guizhou, Guiyang is an important starting point of four major railway routes to Liuzhou, Chongqing, Kunming and Zhuzhou. Located in the eastern part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, Guiyang has many attractions to offer its visitors.
- Qianling Park Scenic Zone
Rated as the largest park in the city of Guiyang, the park has nice sceneries, numerous pavilions and lakes. Furthermore, one of the most reputable Buddhist temples-Hongfu Temple is located in this scenic zone.
- Huaxi Park
Situated 17 kilometers south of downtown Guiyang, the Huaxi Park is surrounded by Linshan Mountain, Sheshan (snake) Mountain, Guishan (turtle) Mountain and Fengshan (phoenix) Mountain. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful sceneries and plants as they stroll along the park.
- Qingyan Ancient Town
Originally built as a military base in 1378, this ancient town was completely constructed of stones. Crowded with various courtyards, palaces, temples, tea houses and shops, tourists can sample local specialties, such as rose sugar, Qingyan tofu and rice tofu during their explorations of the town.
- Tianhe Pool Scenic Zone
Approximately 23 kilometers southwest of downtown Guiyang, the scenic zone has marvelous caves, rare rock formations, spectacular waterfalls and springs.
Huangguoshu Scenic Zone
140 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Huangguoshu Scenic Zone is reputable for its 74-meter tall waterfall. Behind the waterfall is the lengthiest Water Screen Caves in the world, making the scenic zone a "must-visit" for both local and foreign tourists.
At 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily, free ethnic minority group folk dance performances are available to visitors. If you are interested in exploring the ethnic minority cultures, you can also carry on to a nearby village to learn the unique folk arts and purchase special handicrafts.
Long Gong (Dragon Palace)
This spectacular scenic spot is located in the Longtan Village in Anshun, which is 27 kilometers away from Guiyang. The main attraction is a marvelous cave that is often liken to the Dragon Crystal Palace depicted in Chinese mythology. Visitors can explore its interior by boat to have a closer glance of the fabulous rock formations.
Hongfeng (Red Maple) Lake Scenic Spot
Covering an area of 200 square kilometers, the Hongfeng Lake is rated as the largest lake in Guizhou province. Hills, forests, pavilions, fabulous sceneries and ethic minority villages populated with the Miao, Buyi and other nationalities surrounded this scenic spot and visitors will have rare opportunities to sample traditional minority snacks.
Kaili Scenic Zone
Densely populated with the Miao ethnic minority group, the Kali Scenic Zone has 58 major scenic spots, which serve as the home of over 2,000 new plants and endangered species. Visitors can explore the area by boat and enjoy the spectacular sceneries during their voyages. Many Miao nationality villages occupied the region and one may see the Miao women wearing a large special hair accessory, which is designed to hold their extremely long braided hair; sometimes the hair accessories can weight up to 2 kilograms.