Guizhou Travel Guide
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Chinese Name: 贵州(Guì Zhōu)
Abbreviation: Gui or Qian
Administration Type: Province
Location: 24°37' to 29°13' N, 103°36' to 109°35' E
Climate: subtropical humid monsoon climate
Temperature: 15°C(annual average); 3-6°C(average of the coldest January); 22-25°C(average of the hottest July)
Perennial Relative Humidity: ≥70%
Area: 176,167 km² (68,018 mi²)
Population (2010): 34,746,468
Major Ethnic Groups: Miao, Dong, Yi, Tujia, Buyi
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Cities in Guizhou
Recommended Guizhou Itineraries
Beipanjiang Bridge Fanjing Mountain
Located in southwest China, this province adjoins Sichuan and Chongqing to the north, Yunnan to the west, Guangxi to the south and Hunan to the east. It is a picturesque place with abundant natural and cultural scenic spots. Many Chinese ethnic minorities have been living on this land for centuries. Visitors to that area can not only appreciate various attractions, but also discover the rich and distinctive folk customs and cultures of the different ethnic groups.
Landscape & Climate
Landscapes in this province are broadly divided in to four types: plateaus, mountains, hills and basins. Among them, mountains and hills predominate. In addition, karst landforms are distributed widely on this land, which accounts for 61.9% of the province’s whole territory and forms a special Karst ecosystem. Due to these rugged landscapes, its development level is low, especially in the rural areas. However, it is these varied landscapes that hide an abundance of amazing and unique natural scenery, like Huangguoshu Waterfall, Dragon Palace Cave, Zhijin Cave and Danxia Landform. The Danxia Landform is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage. Guizhou has a subtropical humid monsoon climate, which is frequently cloudy and rainy. There are few seasonal changes here with the result that it is neither too cold in the winter nor too hot in the summer. As a whole, people here enjoy a pleasant climate. Its capital city, Guiyang, is considered a ‘world’s summer resort’ because of the moderate temperature.
This province is home to 48 China’s ethnic groups, second only to Yunnan Province, each of which has developed their own unique customs and cultures. When traveling there, visitors should not miss the chance to experience their simple and original living habits, appreciate the unique architectural styles and try their exotic and colorful costumes, etc. For example, one can go to Langdeshang Miao Village or Xijiangqianhu Miao Village to admire their stilt-houses and colorful traditional clothes; to China’s last gunmen’s tribe, Basha Miao Village, to experience their unique life styles; to Buyi Stone Village to explore how this stone village was made without any other construction materials; to Dong villages to see Dong-style drum towers and wind-rain bridges, etc. What’s more, over 1,000 festivals are celebrated by ethnic groups each year in Guizhou, providing the best opportunities for visitors to experience these ethnic traditions. The most famous festivals include Sanyuesan Festival and Sister's Meal Festival in the spring, Liuyueliu Festival in summer, and the Shui New Year Festival in autumn.
Delicacies & Specialties
Food there mainly consists of Qian cuisine and local snacks. Hot, spicy and sour are the three most featured flavors of Qian cuisine. The most famous dishes include Suan Tang Yu (Sour Soup Fish) and griddle cooked dishes. Well-known snacks include Chang Wang Noodle, Lian'ai Doufu Guo and Si Wa Wa. Another Guizhou specialty is Maotai Liquor, which is considered the national liquor of China national liquor and one of the world’s three best distilled liquors along with whisky from the United Kingdom and French brandy. Rice wine made by local farmers is also a famous specialty. The area is also famous for its batik fabrics, silver decorations of the ethnic groups, bacon and Chinese medicine.
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1. take highspeed train from huaihua south-kaili south station(arrive around 12PM, is there any storage room for luggage at the station?), then visit xijiang Qianhu miao village(any direct bus? and how long to the village?), after that back to station continuing to libo via sanduxian/duyun east station(which one having direct bus to libo and what time for the last bus and how long the bus to libo). stay at libo
2. visit daqikong and xiaoqikong, then head to guiyang by bus+train or direct flight. stay at guiyang
3. from guiyang visit huangguoshu waterfalls and maybe dragon palace cave, back to guiyang, stay guiyang
4. take bus to zhijin caves, back to guiyang. and then take highspeed train to guangzhou and continuing to hongkong
is my route feasible? need info about direct bus from duyun east/sanduxian
When you arrive at Kaili South, there will be many local cars available to Qianhu Miao Villagem which takes around CNY30 and 1 hour.
And then your route is almost ok, but as I know, you don’t need to have a transfer in Sandu or Dunyun, since there is direct bus from Kaili Bus Station to Libo, which leaves at 8:00, 10:10, 13:20, and 15:30 from Kaili Bus Station and takes around 4 hours.
The Kaili Bus Station provides a frequent bus to Da qikong and Xiaoqikong.
As for Libo to Guiyang, you are suggested to take a flight there. After that, you can take a shuttle bus to Anshun, from where you can take a direct bus to Huangguoshu, and there are direct buses back to Guiyang.
From Guiyang Jinyang Bus Station, you can take a direct bus to Zhijin Caves.
A suggested itinerary would be much apprecciated :)
Thanks in advance!
Day 01: Arrival in Guiyang
Huaxi Park – Huaxi Wetland – Hebin Park – Jiaxiulou
Day 02: Guiyang - Libo - Kaili
Xiaoqikong Scenic Area – Deng’enming Former Residence - Xijiang Miao Nationality Village
Day 03: Kaili – Zhenyuan
Xijiang Miao Nationality Village – Zhenyuan Ancient Town
Day04: Zhenyuan - Anshun
Huangguoshu Waterfalls Scenic Area
Day 05: Anshun – Xingyi
Malinghe Scenic Area
If you feel the route is a little tight for you, you can make some changes.