Leigongshan Nature Reserve

Located 15 kilometers (nine miles) east of Kaili, Leigongshan is the most intriguing scenic area of the Miaoling Mountains. It gained its reputation as a National Nature Reserve because of its abundance of overlapping mountain ridges, flourishing verdant plants, valuable and rare animals, and historical war remains.

It is the highest peak in the mountain ranges of Qiandongnan (southeast Guizhou Province), so Leigongshan is rumored as the place where the God of Thunder ("Leigong" in Chinese) lives. Every summer, thunderstorms can be heard resounding on the mountains, which is why people called it Leigongshan (or Leigong Mountain).

The top of the nature reserve can be reached at a 2178.8-meter (7148.2-feet), where visitors can enjoy the sunrise, admire the sunset, and also have a panoramic view of the Miaoling Mountains. A large number of rare animals wandering among the virgin forests may make one feel one has really returned to nature. The climate there is typically rainy and wet, and changes constantly, making summer as comfortable as spring and autumn. That makes it an ideal summer resort for tourists.

On the summit of Leigongshan Moutain, there is a square water well. The rain cannot fill it and the drought cannot dry it. This strange well was said to be dug by Zhang Xiumei and Yang Daliu who led the local Miao people rebelled against the Qing authority's tyranny. But the strong Qing soldiers drove them to this mountain. The barren Leigongshan Mountain had no water which made Zhang and Yang worried very much. They had to find water but failed at last. Out of extreme worry and anger, Yang heavily stamped his feet and suddenly a spring of clear water came out. With great joy, Zhang took out of his machete and chiseled around the place where the water came out. Soon there appeared a small water well. From then on, they not only had water to drink but also farmed on top of the mountain. They kept on fighting, but suffered defeat at last, and the water well slowly reduced to today's size.

How to Get There

 From Guiyang/Kaili to Leishan County
Take a bus from Guiyang East Passenger Transport Center to Kaili at the fare of CNY 70 or so. Or take a train to Kaili Railway Station. Upon arrival, take a bus to Leishan County.

Visitors can also take a direct bus from Guiyang East Passenger Transport Center to Leishan County. The bus leaves at 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00.

 From Leishan County to the scenic area
Take a mini bus from Leishan Bus Station bound for Fangxiang Town and get off at the scenic area on the half way. The bus leaves at 09:00 and 14:00, bus fare is around CNY 9.
Mar. 1 to Nov. 30 Dec. 1 to end of next Feb.
Admission Fee CNY 50 CNY 30
Opening Hours 8:00-17:30 8:30-17:00
- Last updated on Jun. 07, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Leigongshan Nature Reserve
Asked by Sylwia from POLAND | Mar. 27, 2016 02:56Reply
How to get to Leigongshan from Xijiang village?
Answers (1)
Answered by Neomy | Mar. 27, 2016 22:06

I wonder if you refer to the Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village. If so, you can take a bus from Xijiang to Kaili first (by taxi, it costs CNY100-130). Then at Ximahe Bus Station, take a bus to Leishan County. After that, rent a taxi or car to the mountain. As I heard, shuttle buses may be also available at your drop-off station.
Asked by wecanallbehappy from SCOTLAND | Sep. 07, 2012 13:04Reply
Is it possible to camp in Leigongshan Nature Reserve?
If not where would be a good place to camp and learn about the ethnic cultures in Guizhou.

Ps, my Chinese is good
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice | Sep. 07, 2012 22:02

Yes, you can camp on the top of the nature reserve.
Asked by Andre from BELGIUM | Jul. 25, 2011 10:16Reply
If I stay in Kaili can anyone tell me how many minority villages are around it?
Be worth visiting ? What are the transport possibilities to those villages ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from CHINA | Jul. 25, 2011 21:52

Kaili City is a living quarter of the Miao ethnic minority. So it is a nice place to learn about the culture and life of the Miao people. Langde Miao Ethnic Minority Village is a must for you to visit. It is about 50 kilometers north from the city. You can take long-distance bus from the city to the village.
Asked by helen from SINGAPORE | Jul. 03, 2011 03:22Reply
If i take kali as a base to explore minority village,will anyone advise me the number of village is worth visiting.
thanks for any valuable advice or suggestion.
Answers (1)
Answered by Cassie from CHINA | Jul. 03, 2011 19:52

Kaili City is a living quarter of the Miao ethnic minority, so it is a nice place to learn about the culture and life of the Miao people. It is worth your visiting.
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