Guiyang Travel Guide
Surrounded by mountains and forests, the city has pretty well environment. As in other Spring Cities; like Kunming, Guiyang is a popular summer resort city in China. The climate is often mild and moist, neither extremely hot nor cold. Spring, summer, and autumn are all wonderful seasons for sightseeing.
The city is renowned for its colorful culture, represented by various ethnic groups and its special landform - Karst. Guiyang is home to more than 30 minority ethnic groups including, Miao, Buyi, Dong and Hui. Consequently, it abounds with unique folk culture and traditions that give rise to colorful ethnic minority activities. With many Karst caves, the city is even regarded as an ecological model on Karst Landform.
Around 60 air routes connect to Guiyang and major cities home and abroad, so flight is the most direct and fastest transport to get there. Trains are also convenient. In addition, ordinary trains, bullet trains to Guilin, Nanning, and Guangzhou, and tourism trains to Liupanshui, Yuping are also in operation. Taxis and city-buses are helpful for traveling around the city.
The local food is spicy, some like the Sichuan Cuisine, or Hunan Cuisine. The Miao people in Guizhou prefer sour flavor; their Fish in Sour Soup is a must-try. Various local snacks are inexpensive but tasty, including the Si Wa Wa (Pancake with Shredded Vegetable), Rice Tofu, and Huaxi Rice Noodles with Beef. The North Ring Road, Erqi Road; and Hequn Road are the most popular night food markets.
Souvenirs with ethnic minority characteristics are popular with tourists. Items such as their festival costumes, masks, and embroideries can be purchased in the shopping streets in Guiyang City, such as Beijing Road, Zhonghua Road, and Yan'an Road. Local products such as the famous Maotai Rice Wine (Moutai) are widely available in large supermarkets such as Carrefour and Wal-mart.
Local people keep a habit of going to bed late and getting up late, so their nightlife is rich. The night display at Jiaxiu Tower area is enchanting. Various night markets with barbecue and snacks cannot be missed. Er’qi Road and Bo’ai Road are the best. Shaanxi Road, with a number of bars, clubs and snack stalls, is also a good place for enjoying nighttime.
Traditional festivals from different ethnic groups with distinctive characteristics highlight the city’s appeal. Besides the traditional activities like San Yue San, Si Yue Ba, and Di Xi Festival, there are also many tourism festivals. The summer season festival’s from May to August shows the city’s special charm as a wonderful summer escape.
Some fast facts and practical information are provided to facilitate your trip, life and business in this city.
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