Bijie Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 毕节 (bì jié)
Area: 26,900 square kilometers (10,386 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Guizhou Province, southwestern China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Qixinguan); 6 counties (Dafang, Qianxi, Jinsha, Zhijin, Nayong, Hezhang); 1 autonomous county (Weining Yi Hui and Miao)
Area Code: 0857
Zip Code: 551700
GDP (2019): CNY 190.136 billion (USD 27.560 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao, Hui
Natural Summer Resort to Escape Scorching Heat
Bijie is located in the northwest of Guizhou Province and neighbors Anshun and Guiyang to the south, Yunnan Province to the east and Sichuan Province to the north. Bijie is definitely an ideal tourist destination all year round. It has a pleasant climate with an annual average temperature of 13.4 ℃ (56.1 ℉). Even in summer, the average temperature is 22 ℃ (71.6 ℉). And the whole city is full of Yi and Miao customs. Bijie possesses 61 kinds of rich mineral resources. The coal reserves reach 28.1 million tons, accounting for 51% of Guizhou’s reserves. This city also produces many famous green organic specialties, including Nayong mountain ecological organic tea, Dafang gastrodia, Zhijin bamboo fungus and Hezhang walnut.
Caohai Lake: It is the largest plateau freshwater lake in Guizhou and an ideal habitat for birds, such as the black-necked crane, red-crowned crane, white stork and the white-tailed sea-eagle. The lake is definitely a kingdom of birds.
One-Hundred-Li Azalea Belt: It is the largest primeval azalea forest in China where some festivals of Yi and Miao ethnic minorities are held.
Other Scenic Spot: Jiudongtian Scenic Area
How to get to Bijie
When to Go: Bijie is an ideal summer resort. If visitors come to see the flaming azaleas, March and April are the months when the land is aflame with red color. If visitors come for bird-watching, November to April is the best time to visit. Keeping warm should be given the first priority at this time!
Bijie Travel Tips
History: Before the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) established an administrative unit in this area, Bijie was governed by several kingdoms of ethnic minorities.
Physical Features: Bijie has a typical karst land formation. It is located on the versant from the plateau in southern Yunnan to the hilly area in the central part of the province. The terrain is mountainous and descends from the west to the east.
Local Highlights: Bijie is inhabited by many ethnic minorities, so the customs of these ethnic minorities make up the main characteristics of this region. Apart from the Torch Festival of the Yi nationality and the reed panpipe dances of the Miao nationality, visitors can also admire the song-tying, horse racing and folk dances of other ethnic minorities.
Special Local Products: Lacquer of Dafang County, dictyophora indusiata (Chinese mushroom) of Zhijin County, wine of the Yi ethnic minority
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Thus you are suggested to take a coach to Luzhou first. Then transfer to the bus to Bijie.