Guizhou is a mountainous southern province somewhat off the beaten track. It stands on the watershed between rivers flowing north to the Yangzi and south to the Yu (Pearl) river. Many different minority ethnic people (including Miao; Buyei; Dong; Yi; Shui and Gelao) live in isolated rural communities throughout the mountains; in these communities local dialects are more commonly spoken than Mandarin Chinese. The wide range of traditions give a good many opportunities to hold rural festivals including Sanyuesan Festival; Sisters’ Rice Festival and Shui New Year. The famous Huangguoshu Falls are some of China’s biggest and finest waterfalls.
Popular Cities: Guiyang, Zunyi, Liupanshui, Anshu, Bijie, Tongren
Average temperature: 1ºC to 10ºC (33.8°F to 50°F) in January, 17ºC to 28ºC (62.6°F to 82.4°F) in July.
Places to visit
1. Zhijin Cavern, a fascinating three-layer karst cavern in Minzhai If you are planning to visit only one cave in your life, it should be the Zhijin Cavern, a miracle of nature. The cavern, discovered in 1980, consists of more than 150 scenic views across 47 halls. It runs for more than 12 kilometers with a total area of over 700,000 square meters, and is believed to possess the largest unsupported roof span of any cave worldwide. The largest hall is up to 173 meters wide and 150 meters high. The amazingly fantastic deposits blow the mind since they are shaped like mushrooms, flowers, bamboos, rice fields, mountains, animals and fair ladies.
2. Known as the biggest Miao village, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang consists of more than ten naturally formed villages that have been long inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households. The village cluster, known as an open-air museum, displays the authentic and well-preserved distinctive culture and customs of the Miao people. Visitors can take a peek at original Miao dances, customs, rites, costumes and silver ornaments.
3. The best known spot is the Huangguoshu Waterfalls to the south-west of Guiyang. It is the largest waterfall in China, and there are nine ‘falls’ of level; eight cataracts and one large waterfall. The 66 feet [20 meters] wide river falls 197 feet [60 meters] with great force into Rhinoceros Pool. There is a cavern nearby bristling with stalactites. It was included into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999 as the world’s largest waterfall cluster.
4. Known as the No.1 mountain in Guizhou, Fanjing Mountain is situated at the intersection of the three counties of Jiangkou. Its highest peak -Mount Phoenix- stands some 2,572 meters above sea level. It brought under the protection of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program. Visitors can feast their eyes on the views of the mountains shrouded in mist and clouds, beautiful vegetation, steep cliffs, echoing caverns and ancient bridges. Those lucky enough will see the mysterious spectacles of Buddha’s light and the projection of human shadows on the fog
5. Zhaoxing Dong Village is located in Liping County.The village is a wonderland for Dong festivals, songs and dancing. The most famous one is the Grand Song, a unique polyphonic folk music style that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 2,500 years. The village is also well-known for its five beautiful drum towers, five wind-and-rain (flower) bridges and five theater stages, all scattered across the five naturally formed villages.
6. Caohai Lake, a state-level natural reserve located in the western suburbs of Weining Covering a water area of more than 30 square kilometers, the tranquil and beautiful lake is dubbed “The Pearl on Guizhou Plateau”. The natural scenery here is absolutely amazing in springtime, when the azaleas around the lake are at their brightest and the water plants are in full blossom, dotting the lake with yellow, red and white flowers.