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Guizhou, a mountainous region in southwestern China, features a kaleidoscopic range of natural beauty, from canyons to hot springs, karst caves and forests.

Guizhou enjoys an agreeable temperature all year round, and Guiyang, the province's capital, has earned itself a reputation as China's number one summer hotspot.

In this mystical wonderland that houses 17 different ethnic minority groups, including the Miao, Bouyi, Dong, Zhuang, Yao and Bai, visitors will be captivated by the area's authentic and fascinating cultures.

If you decide to pay Guizhou a visit, do make sure you don't miss out on the following ten must-sees:

   Caohai Lake  威宁草海国家级自然保护区


Caohai Lake [baidu.com]

Caohai Lake, a state-level natural reserve located in the western suburbs of Weining County, is the largest fresh water lake and the largest highland wetland in Guizhou. It's as famous as Qinghai Lake in Qinghai, and Dianchi Lake in Yunnan. Covering a water area of more than 30 square kilometers, the tranquil and beautiful lake is dubbed "The Pearl on Guizhou Plateau".

The lake is the largest overwintering site for migratory birds in southwestern China and one of the world's top 10 highland wetlands for bird observation. The lake is a real paradise for bird watchers, being home to over 180 species, including over 70 rare ones, such as the Black-necked Crane, Black Stork, and Hooded Crane. Black-necked Cranes are the only plateau crane in the world, considerably beautiful but highly endangered.

The lake, surrounded by mountains, is well-known for crystal-clear water and lush grass growing at the bottom. The natural scenery here is absolutely amazing in springtime, when the azaleas around the lake are at their brightest and the water plants are in full blossom, dotting the lake with yellow, red and white flowers. The lake offers particularly wonderful views to visitors arriving here between December and late March, when over 100,000 birds fly across the world to spend their winter here.

Tips

Best time to go: December to late March

Admission: Free, 120 yuan for renting a boat

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00

How to get there: You can take a taxi from Weining County to Caohai, or walk there for about 30 minutes.

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   Malinghe River Canyon Scenic Area  马岭河峡谷风景名胜区


Malinghe River Canyon Scenic Area [baidu.com]

Malinghe River Canyon Scenic Area is a state-level scenic area located at the juncture of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou provinces in Xingyi City of Guizhou. It consists of the Malinghe River Canyon, Wanfenglin (Ten-Thousand-Peak Karst Forest) and Wanfeng Lake.

Known as the "Most Beautiful Scar of the Earth", the 75-kilometer-long canyon offers magnificent views of its narrow rift, deep caves, impressive waterfalls and shaped calcium sediments (calc-sinter tapestries or falls) on both faces of the steep cliffs. The ancient temples, bridges and postal roads further enhance the area's cultural charm. At its narrowest point, the canyon is only 50 meters wide, whereas its deepest point goes all the way down to 500 meters. The canyon features over 100 waterfalls, with the Tianxing Gallery, the core section, offering fabulous views of the more than 20 waterfalls stretching across 1.7 kilometers.

Getting on a rubber boat down the rapid watercourse is quite a thrilling experience in summer to fend off the heat while enjoying the canyon's magnificent landscapes. Tourists can also walk the plank trail to enjoy the amazing scenery on foot. In 1997, the First China International Drift-Down Championship was held here.

Wanfenglin, which features a breathtaking view of dense and bizarrely shaped karst peaks extending for hundreds of kilometers, is ranked by Chinese National Geography as one of the six most beautiful peak forests in the country. Wangfeng Lake, an artificial lake with numerous karst peaks hiding inside, looks like a natural bonsai tree. Put together the peaks, rivers, caves, farming fields and minority villages, and you find yourself gazing out over one highly idyllic landscape.

Tips

Best time to go: May to October

Admission: 110 yuan/person for Tianxing Gallery, covers the cable car; 100 yuan/person for Wanfeng Forest (Western Section), and 140 yuan/person for Wangfeng Lake and Wanfeng Forest (Eastern Section)

Drifting along the upper section: 138 yuan/person; middle section: 168 yuan/person; lower section: 168 yuan/person

How to get there: Take a long-distance bus from Guiyang to Xingyi, and then transfer onto a minibus to the Malinghe River Canyon.

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  Zhenyuan Ancient Town  镇远古城


Zhenyuan Ancient Town [baidu.com]

Dubbed the "Venice of the Orient", Zhenyuan is a surprisingly unspoiled ancient water town located in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains and rivers, the town is best-known for its picturesque landscape, historic sites and mysterious ethnic cultures. The ribbon-like Wuyang River, which runs about 94 kilometers from west to the east across Zhenyuan, cuts the town into the northern "Old Fu (Government) Town" and the southern "Old Wei (Fortification) Town".

With a history of nearly 2,300 years, Zhenyuan has been a hub of land and water transportation, a center of politics, trade and culture as well as a strategically important spot in Eastern Guizhou. The area's local cultures blended together with the western ones, making it a place of unique glamour. The Black Dragon Cave, an ancient temple complex on Zhonghe Mountain in the eastern part of town, features pavilions, temples, shrines and palaces embodying Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist cultural elements.

A stroll along the narrow lanes leads one to the still non-commercialized beauty of the town that includes well-preserved high walls, residential compounds, ancient wells and docks. Visitors can also make their way to the top of Shiping Mountain, north of the Wuyang River, to enjoy the ruins of the 3-kilometer-long Great Wall that was constructed during the late Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The site offers a spectacular bird view of the tranquil town. A boat cruise along a 35-kilometer stretch of the Wuyang River greets visitors with breathtaking sights of marvelous gorges, peaks and waterfalls.

Tips

Best time to go: March to October

Admission: 50 yuan/person for Black Dragon Cave, and 120 yuan/person for the Wuyang River boat cruise

How to get there: Take a train from Guiyang to Zhenyuan, or take a bus at the long-haul bus station near Guiyang Railway Station to Kaili, and transfer to the bus to Zhenyuan.

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   Zhaoxing Dong Village   肇兴侗寨


Zhaoxing Dong Village [dili360.com]

Known as the biggest and oldest Dong village in China, Zhaoxing Dong Village is located in Liping County of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. In 2005, it was ranked one of China's six most beautiful villages and towns by Chinese National Geography. It holds over 1,000 households and nearly 6,000 inhabitants. A small river runs through the village, which lies in a basin amidst the green mountains with terraced fields creeping upwards along the slopes. The Dong people have their timber-made houses built row upon row on the hillside.

The village is a wonderland for Dong festivals, songs and dancing. The most famous one is the Grand Song, a unique polyphonic folk music style that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 2,500 years. Visitors can also have the opportunity to enjoy the hospitability of the Dong people.

The village is also well-known for its five beautiful drum towers, five wind-and-rain (flower) bridges and five theater stages, all scattered across the five naturally formed villages. A drum tower is a multi-storied pagoda-like wooden structure built without the use of any nails. The symbol of a Dong village, it is usually the tallest building, used as a venue to host special events and ceremonies.

Tips

Best time to go: All year round

Admission: 70 yuan/person

How to get there: Take a bus from Liping County to Zhaoxing.

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Fanjing Mountain  梵净山


Fanjing Mountain [pconline.com.cn]

Known as the No.1 mountain in Guizhou and the highest of the Wuling Mountain Range, Fanjing Mountain is situated at the intersection of the three counties of Jiangkou, Yinjiang and Songtao in Tongren City, Guizhou Province. Its highest peak -Mount Phoenix- stands some 2,572 meters above sea level. In 1986, it was listed as one of the first national nature reserves in China, and brought under the protection of UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Program.

Fanjing Mountain became a sacred Buddhist site early in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has been as famous as Mount Emei, Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo and Jiuhua Mountain for a long time. However, the mountain is now better known for its magnificent natural landscape and subtropical ecology featuring rare plants and wildlife. The over 80-meter-high Larger Golden Peak at the top of the mountain offers a fantastic sight: a steep stone pillar supporting a huge square rock known as the "Pile of 10,000 Books". The most precious wildlife and plants species include the golden monkey and the Chinese dove tree.

Visitors can feast their eyes on the views of the mountains shrouded in mist and clouds, beautiful vegetation, steep cliffs, echoing caverns and ancient bridges. Those lucky enough will see the mysterious spectacles of Buddha's light and the projection of human shadows on the fog. Also, don't forget to experience the authentic cultures of the Tujia, Miao, Dong and Qiang at the foot of the mountain.

Tips

Best time to go: March to November

Admission: 110 yuan/person in peak-season (March 1-November 30), and 90 yuan/person in low-season (December 1-February 28)

How to get there: You can take a bus to Fanjing Mountain at the Tongren Railway Station, or follow the transfer route: Yuping Railway Station-Tongren Bus Station-Jiangkou Bus Station- Fanjing Mountain.

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The One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang  西江千户苗寨


The One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang [baidu.com]

Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast of Leishan County in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. It consists of more than ten naturally formed villages that have been long inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households (hence the name).

The village cluster, known as an open-air museum, displays the authentic and well-preserved distinctive culture and customs of the Miao people. Visitors can take a peek at original Miao dances, customs, rites, costumes and silver ornaments.

The Miao people have their typical architectural characteristic: wooden houses built tier upon tier on the hillside, dotted with bamboo groves. Lying amidst green mountains, the village enjoys beautiful settings, with the terraced fields rising up along the slopes and the crystal-clear Baishui River flowing through. It offers a more spectacular view when it's lit up in the evening.

Tips

Best time to go: All year round

Admission: 100 yuan/person

How to get there: Take a bus from Kaili, the capital city of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, to Xijiang Town, Leishan County.

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Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot  荔波樟江风景名胜区


Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot [xiaoqikong.org]

Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot is located in Libo County, southern Guizhou, covering an area of about 273 square kilometers. Dubbed a "green gem", this national scenic area features wild karst forests interwoven with beautiful waterscapes and striking valleys and mountains. The area, together with the Maolan National Nature Reserve, an amazingly beautiful karst forest rarely seen in the subtropical zone along the same latitude, was named a World Natural Heritage site in 2007 for its fine examples of karst scenery.

The scenic area mainly consists of the Xiaoqikong (Small Seven-hole Bridge) Scenic Zone, Daqikong (Large Seven-hole Bridge) Scenic Zone, Shuichun River Scenic Area and Zhangjiang River Scenic Area. The former two, dubbed "Little Jiuzhaigou", unveil a wide array of waterfalls, streams, lakes, forests and fantastic caves.

Of all these attractions, the 12-kilometer-long Xiaoqikong Scenic Zone stands out as the most popular one, highly reputed as a life-size miniature garden. Visitors will marvel at the spectacular sights of the ancient stone bridge where the attraction got its name, a 68-layer waterfall, Laya Waterfall, Guibei Mountain, Yuanyang Lake, as well as the water forest. The water forest provides great views of bizarre plants growing in the water.

Also don't forget to experience the original ethnic cultures of the Shui, Bouyi, Miao and Yao people.

Tips

Best time to go: April to August

Admission: 110 yuan/person for Xiaoqikong Scenic Zone, 55 yuan/person for Daqikong Scenic Zone, and 30 yuan//person for Shuichun River Scenic Area.

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00

How to get there: Take the tourism train from Guiyang City to Mawei Town, Dushan County, get off at Mawei Station, and then transfer onto the bus to Xiaoqikong Scenic Zone. You can also take the bus from Guiyang to Libo County at Guiyang Long-distance Bus Station near Guiyang Railway Station, and then transfer onto the bus to Xiaoqikong Scenic Zone at Libo Bus Station.

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