Tongren Travel Guide

Tongren Travel Guide

Tongren MapThe Tongren Region lies in the northeast part of Guizhou Province, neighboring Chongqing Municipality to the north and Hunan Province to the east. It is a vital nexus between Central China and the southwest frontier, and accordingly is known as the 'Gateway of the Guizhou Eastern Area'. Tongren City is the political, economic and cultural center of the Tongren Region and enjoys a level of the capital City.

There are no historical records about this area before the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). Legend has it that during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) a man found three bronze figures underwater, hence the name Tongren (bronze figure). The region's governance covers 1 city (Tongren City), 4 counties (Jiangkou, Shiqian, Sinan, Dejiang), 4 autonomous counties (Yuping Dong Autonomous County, Yinjiang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County, Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County, Songtao Miao Autonomous County) and 1 special district (Wanshan Special District).

Tongren has a complex topology, including features of the outstanding Karst topology. On the whole, the terrain of the central area is lower than that of the surrounding areas, even though most of the land of the this region is mountainous.

There are well-known tourist destinations in Tongren Region including: the Nine-dragon Cave Scenic Spot (famous for Karst caves), Fanjing Mountain National Nature Reserve, and the beautiful Jinjiang River. There are also many well-known cultural destinations including: Dongshan Temple, China Nuo Opera and Nuo Mask Museum.

The transportation system is well developed in this region. Tongren Daxing Airport services flights to Guiyang, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and is the transportation hub of Hunan, Chongqing, Hubei and Guizhou. Several highways converge in this region and provide convenient transportation for tourists.


This region has been the home to a variety of ethnic groups including the Miao, Dong and Tujia and their different social customs attract the visitors most. In fact, ethnic minorities make up more than fifty percent of Tongren's population. The customs, folk songs, and performances of the Dong, Tujia, and Miao ethnic minorities are not to be missed when visiting there. One of the cultural heritages in this region is the Nuo Opera which is renowned as the live fossil of Chinese Opera. Special performances, for example the 'Climbing the blade', can be seen at the Nuo Opera. The performances are both breathtaking and wonderful. The 'Nuo Mask' and other wares which are used in Nuo Opera now are on display at the China Nuo Opera and Nuo Mask Museum.
- Last modified on Jul. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Tongren Travel
Asked by Mike from CHINA | Mar. 15, 2018 00:08Reply
Whats the best way to get to and from Yinjiang from Tongren?
and where does the bus leave from in TR?
Answers (1)
Answered by Colla from USA | Mar. 15, 2018 01:45

Direct buses are recommended. There are many schedules between 08:00 - 16:00 every an hour & 17:30 at TR Bus Station. It costs CNY54 and takes 2-3h.
Asked by daniela from CHILE | Feb. 27, 2018 18:16Reply
north bus station to tongren railway station
hi! ive read that the railway station, the one that departs trains to chongqing, is located north of tongren and so does the bus station, in wich ill arrive from fenghuang.

are they near each other ? should i take public transport between them ? is walkable?

thank u for info :)
Answers (1)
Answered by Tent from BELGIUM | Feb. 27, 2018 21:01

I just know tge Tourist Bus Station is about 300m west to the train station, you may have a look. And it is said that the new north bus station is under construction and I am not sure whether it is open.
Asked by Catherine from SINGAPORE | Nov. 13, 2017 07:33Reply
Solo trip- flight arrives at Tongren Airport at abt 9pm.
I am not sure if can catch S G Train to Huaihua (it is abt 45 mins journey.
1) what is the faster way from airport to South speed Train station ?
2) How far from Airport to Town ? Express bus or cab? Thanks!
Answers (3)
Answered by Joe from SINGAPORE | Nov. 13, 2017 20:47

As I know, you can only take a taxi to the South Station from the airport, and it may cost CNY200-250.
As for Q2, the town is Phoenix Town?
No shuttle bus is available at that time, so you also need to take a taxi, which costs CNY140-150.
Answered by Catherine from SINGAPORE | Nov. 20, 2017 04:50

Thanks Joe for the reply.
Q1 how long is the journey from FengHuang Airport to TR South Station?
As for Q2 I mean TR city. Will airport shuttle still operates at 10pm? I could not find Shuttle bus schedule on internet (even airport website).
Do you mind one more question? There is no SPEED train from the city to Guangzhou? Cheers!
Answered by Joe | Nov. 20, 2017 19:39

It takes about 70 minutes.
As for the bus to TR at 10:00pm, you can take Bus 20 and transfer to Bus 15 at Minzu Fengqingyuan. After that, gets off at Renmin Yinhang, you will be in downtown area.
Then Q3, sorry but no bullet train to Guangzhou, and you can only take a normal train. It takes 15h 30 minutes- 23hours and CNY288.5/254.5 for a hard sleeper, CNY450.5/463.5 for a soft one.
Asked by Catherine from SINGAPORE | Oct. 25, 2017 07:42Reply
temperature different between Tongren and Guiyang?
Heard TR City is warmer than Guiyang, is this true? What is average temp during spring time in TR?
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Answered by Mike from FINLAND | Oct. 25, 2017 21:52

Yes, TR is warmer than Guiyang but the difference is small.
As for weather of spring time there, it may range from 5 to 25C with average temperature of 15C.
Asked by Simon from USA | Aug. 23, 2017 13:28Reply
How to get to Pheonix Ancient Town from Tongren ? Any bus schedule available ? Thanks.
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Answered by Chris from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 23, 2017 22:42

Well you can take the bus from North Bus Station, which is near the railway station. The bus to the ancient town is available from 7:30 to 16:30 with interval of 90 minutes, and it takes about 90 minutes to get there.
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