Situated to the east of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in the mid-western part of Guizhou Province, Anshun City has become the center of tourism for the western part of Guizhou. Located directly on the route between Qian (Guizhou) and Dian (Yunnan), it has been the collection and distribution center for commercial goods since ancient times. Due to its important strategic position, it is also known as - 'the belly of Qian, the throat of Dian, the lips and teeth of Shu (Sichuan) and Yue (Guangdong)'.
Many beautiful mountains and rivers decorate this mysterious land. Three national scenic and historic interest areas are located here including: Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park (National AAAAA Level), Dragon Palace Cave Scenic Spot (National AAAAA Level), and Getu River Scenic Area. The city also hosts one national forest park, Jiulongshan Forest Park, as well as a number of province-level and city-level scenic spots.
The spectacular scenery of this area is most often associated with the typical Karst type of topography. In addition to the scenery, there are many notable historic places of interest that leave an everlasting mark on visitors including: Puding Chuandong Human Fossil Site renowned as 'Asian Lamp of Civilization', the 'Red Cliff Relics' - one of the eight mysterious writings in China - a book from Heaven, Anshun Wenmiao Temple - renowned for stone-carving building complex, the cliffside inscriptions, ancient rock art, and ancient tombs. With so many places to visit, it has become a well known tourist resort.
|Huangguoshu Waterfall || |
|Dragon Palace Cave |
There is one district (Xixiu District), two counties (Pingba County, Puding County), and three autonomous counties (Guanling Buyi Minority and Miao Minority Autonomous County, Zhenning Buyi and Miao Minority Autonomous County, and Ziyun Miao Minority and Buyi Minority Autonomous County) under Anshun City's governance.
The city is a cultural melting pot with contributions from the Miao, Buyi and Gelao minority groups. These citizens are proud of the diverse mix of cultures which may be seen in: architecture styles - Folk House of Guizhou Tunbao; festivals - Tiaohua Festival, Baishu Festival, Ox King Festival, Changxin Festival; ethnic arts & crafts - brocade, wax printing, kitchen knife, embroidery; finery and decorations; and their special local foods and snacks- crystal bean jelly, glutinous rice cake, Zhenning Bobo Candy. The Living Fossil of Drama - Di Opera at Anshun of Guizhou is another "must-see" during your visit.
|Girls of Miao Minority || |
|Old Han Minority People |
Due to the Anshun's important position in the history of Guizhou, it was the earliest development area in Guizhou. Today, getting to and from the area is very convenient since the Qingzhen - Huangguoshu Speedway and the Huangguoshu Airport are both open for travelers. Thus a pleasant trip to Anshun should be no problem.
Recommended Tour including the visit to Anshun:
Yunnan-Guizhou Minorities: 10 days, Kunming, Lijiang, Huangguoshu Waterfall and other Yunnan and Guizhou cities.