Guizhou (贵州; Gùizhōu) is a province in southwestern China.
- 1 Anshun - Tourist center and home of the Huangguoshu Waterfalls
- 2 Guiyang - The capital
- 3 Kaili - Gateway to the Miao and Dong minority regions
- 4 Liupanshui - The Cool City, for its low average summer temperature.
- 5 Zunyi - Communist pilgrimage site
- Xingyi - County level city in southwest China with rich karst topography such as Maling Valley, Ten Thousand Peaks Forest, etc.
- 6 Weining - home of Cao Hai Lake, known for its 170+ bird species including the black-necked crane
- Site of Hailongtun Tusi Fortress, a 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: 7 Lang De, a Miao village 20 km south of Kaili; Xijiang (西江), large traditional Miao village located in LeiGongshan national park; and 8 Zhaoxing (肇兴), idyllic Dong minority town nestling in a valley
- Xiaoqikong and Daqikong, two marvelously lush scenic areas in Libo County
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 regional dialects in Guizhou; however, the most noticeable differences are in the local pronunciation, which differs widely from standard Mandarin.
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 (KWE IATA), mainly Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and Seoul.
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 2013). 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.
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.
- 1 Mount Fanjing (梵净山, Fànjìngshān). With 2570 m the highest peak of the Wuling Mountains in the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve which was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1986. Fanjingshan is a sacred mountain in Chinese Buddhism, considered to be the bodhimaṇḍa of the Maitreya Buddha, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2018.
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.
Hong Kong to Kunming overland passes through the southern part portion of the province.
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.
Moutai and home made rice wine made by villagers.
While hiking in the mountains, watch out for the narrow ledges. Also, always remember sunscreen and water while enjoying the countryside and watching wildlife.