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[Guizhou] Zhenyuan: Best bits of China in one town [Copy link] 中文

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Zhenyuan, a 2,000-year-old river town in under-appreciated Guizhou province, offers adventurous travelers the chance to see something a little different.

Zhenyuan is surprisingly unspoiled.
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The Wuyang River cuts through Zhenyuan and hills and mountains tower over the town. At the northwest edge of the town is the entrance to the southernmost section of the Great Wall.

The unassuming southern section of the Great Wall.

Many Chinese themselves don’t know that there’s a southern section of the Great Wall so close by.  

Zhenyuan’s section of the Great Wall may not be connected to the ones known and loved just outside of Beijing, but it is part of a 300-kilometer wall that extends east into Hunan province that protected the Ming Dynasty from the local Miao ethnic tribes more than 500 years ago.  
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The views over the town are spectacular. During spring and summer the surrounding terraced rice fields outside Zhenyuan are the stuff of landscape photographers' dreams.
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Wander into any travel agency in town to sign up for a Wuyang River boat cruise along a 35-kilometer stretch of impressive peaks, cliffs, caves and waterfalls.  
It provides a good look at beautiful gorge landscapes for those that can't make  it to the Three Gorges or don't want to spend five days cruising up the Yangtze  River -- increasingly difficult to do with droughts and low water levels.


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As good as the Yangtze River, if not better.
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Many have been tastefully restored to their former glory and the architecture in the area is typical of Miao, Dong and Han ethnic groups who live together.
Narrow lanes and tightly knitted communities are slowly disappearing in China.

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At night, the town is lit up in garish colors.
Garish but spectacular.
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