Guizhou Colorful minorities in remote China

Guizhou Travel Guide of China

Things to do in Guizhou

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    Wuyang River

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    Shiqiao Village

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    Gaoyao rice terraces

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    Huanggang Dong Village

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    Jiabang Rice Terraces

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    Qingyan Ancient Town

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Although Guizhou is not a popular destination in China travel, the beauty of its landscapes and multitude of ethnic groups and festivals make the province as magnificent as Guangxi. This "precious land" amazes visitors with its pristine simplicity. As the habitat of minority ethnic groups in China, Guizhou is a separate world that ceases to amaze its visitors.

Guizhou Overview

Landlocked in the heart region of southwest China, Guizhou, or Precious Earth, has blown away visitors. The region, with an altitude of just over 1,000 meters, has no flat landscape. This is probably why ethnic minorities choose here as their home, thus, all traditions and customs are preserved, as the door of Guizhou development is closed.
With little fertile land, Guizhou is unfortunately among the poorest provinces in China. In fact, the per capita GNP is one-tenth of that of Shanghai; it is said more than 15% of the population of Guizhou live below the poverty line.
Yet when traveling in small villages in Guizhou, there are smiling faces greeting you throughout your time. The people enjoy meeting people from different cultures, some of the 18 minorities in the province sometimes take out their ceremonial costumes for the occasion. Accounting for about 3%5 of the population of Guizhou, these ethnic groups live hard on products provided by the surrounding land. The minorities of Miao, Dong, Bouyi, Yi, Shui, Hui, Zhuang, Gejia and many others offer an overview of their characteristics: architecture, language, customs, clothing, food and festivities are especially authentic.
Guizhou is also known for the various festivals organized by ethnic groups throughout the year. When you visit Guizhou, you would experience the local festivals more often than not.

Things to do in Guizhou

A trip to Guizhou is mainly to see the various ethnic villages. The most popular route is beginning from the capital Guiyang to the border of Guangxi and the village of Sanjiang. Then, in this trip, you will visit the Kaili, Danzhai, Rongjiang, Congjiang and Zhaoxing. However, prepare to spend several hours on the way, sometimes in uncomfortable conditions. In fact, it is the only way to go to these remote villages in Guizhou.
Well, in southwestern Guizhou, there is the Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest and most famous in China. Nearby, take the opportunity to visit the Zhijin cave including the various karst landforms.

Best Time to Travel to Guizhou

Guizhou has a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, it doesn't prevent it from being one of the wettest regions of China. To avoid the dampness of winter and summer, it is best to visit Guizhou in spring or autumn. The months of August and September are considerable; the rain is still possible but less frequent than the beginning of the summer.

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