Guizhou, situated at the southwestern part of China right on the Yunnan- Guizhou Plateau, is a picturesque place which has the most typical Karst landforms in China and even in the world. This is an unspoiled wonderland with less commercialization but more primitive landscapes, traditional cultures and ethnic customs. Here you can refresh yourself in the beautiful natural landscapes and enrich your experience through the local lifestyle in Guizhou. How to plan a trip to Guizhou? Just read on to get some inspirations for your upcoming Guizhou trip.
Jiaxiu Pavilion in Guiyang
Due to the low latitude, weather in Guizhou is moderate with no big temperature difference, there is almost no distinct hot summer or cold winter. The lowest temperature is around 3 ℃ to 8 ℃ while the highest is between 18 ℃ and 26 ℃, it’s a good place for you to get rid of the hot summer. The best time to visit Guizhou will be spring and autumn.
Annual Temperature: 14.8 ℃
Rainy Season: May to October
Crowded Season: Late Jan. or early Feb. (Chinese Spring Festival);
first week of May (Labor Day);
first week of October (National Day)
Better to avoid these periods since the price for hotel and transportation may be higher and it’s crowded everywhere.
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►Capture the natural beauty of Huangguoshu Waterfall
Huangguoshu Waterfall, as the largest waterfall in Asia and the third largest waterfall in the world, is one of the most world-famous waterfalls. This is a great spot for photographers and water view lovers, with six viewing platforms in different directions for you to capture the magnificence and beauty of the waterfall from every angle.
►Choose an ancient town as you like
Zhenyuan Ancient Town, situated along Wuyang River in Zhenyuan County, has a long history of more than 2200 years. There are still a lot of well-preserved ancient architectures, traditional houses and historical piers in Zhenyuan Ancient Town. Peak season here is during summer time, ride a bike to go around the town or take a boat on the Wuyang River to get close to the charming culture will be a good experience in Guizhou.
Qingyan Ancient Town in Guiyang is one of the most famous ancient towns in Guizhou, along with Zhenyuan Ancient Town, Bing’an Ancient Town and Longli Ancient Town. Built from Ming Dynasty, historical architectures from Ming and Qing Dynasty have been well-kept in the ancient town. Stone carving and wood carving are the most characteristic features of Qingyan Ancient Town.
►Explore different ethnic villages
Other ethnic villages such as Basha Miao Village, Qingman Short-skirt Miao Village and Jidao Long-skirt Miao Village can also be taken into consideration. Check the 6 Days Explore Ethnic Villages & Ancient Town in Guizhou to find some good ideas for your Guizhou minority tour plan.
Xijiang Miao Village
►Experience Ethnic Festivals in Guizhou
Guizhou is no wonder a great place to experience ethnic culture and customs, especially Miao and Dong ethnic culture. Join the ethnic festival in Guizhou is a great chance to get close to the local life and their traditional culture if you have interests. There are more than a thousand minority festivals in Guizhou, including the ceremonious Miao New Year Festival which is celebrated in different time according to each area, and also the April Eighth Festival, Lusheng Festival, Huashan Festival and so on.
Zhaoxing Dong Village
Dates for the same festival may vary from different areas, better check it ahead of time. Chart below may help you make a better decision for a good visiting time feel free to contact us if you have any interests on minority tour in Guizhou.
Festivals in Lunar Calendar
|Zhouxi Lusheng Festival||Sister’s Meal Festival||Gulong Lusheng Festival|
|Jan. 15th-20th||Mar. 15th-17th||Sep. 27th|
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Food in Guizhou has a preferable flavor of sour and spicy to tickle your taste buds. Kinds of noodles, local snacks and featured dishes offers tourists a variety of choice for dining. Noodles are really popular in Guizhou, the most famous noodles are Changwang Noodles, Zunyi Mutton Noodles and Huaxi Beef Noodles. Delicious dishes that you can try are the Fish in Sour Soup which has distinctive Miao style, and also the Spicy Chicken and Guizhou style hot pot with peas cooked inside.
Fish in Sour Soup
For visiting Huangguoshu Waterfall, you can either choose to stay in Guiyang and go there within one day, or stay in Anshun for one night the former choice is highly recommended since you will get a really tired day on the road. Enter in the early morning will give you a better experience inside the scenic area for there are less people around.
►In Anshun, choose one near Anshun East Railway Station or Anshun Bus Station, convenient for you to transfer to Huangguoshu Waterfall by coach. Or you can stay around the scenic area so that you can enter very early without wasting any time on the road.
►In Guiyang, there are all kinds of choices for you to pick a comfortable hotel. You can stay in Nanming Area, close to Jiaxiu Pavilion and convenient for eating, transportation. If you want to transfer to Huangguoshu Waterfall from Guiyang, better stay near the railway station so that you can catch the train easily in the early morning.
►As condition of accommodation in Guizhou is not as good as in other big cities since Guizhou is not so developed as other modern cities, you may find very few star-rated hotels out of Guiyang, but a lot of good options can be found with clean rooms and comfortable facilities. For exploring Ethnic culture, pick one with Miao or Dong minority features will help you better experience the local ethnic culture.
No matter wonderful natural sceneries or splendid local culture, Guizhou offers too many reasons for you to pay a visit. Usually 5 to 7 days may be enough for your Guizhou tour, including Huangguoshu Waterfall, Zhenyuan Ancient Town and Miao villages in Kaili, you can extend a few days if you want to explore more natural wonders or Miao Villages.
You may choose a propriate time for a Guizhou Minority tour to experience ethnic festivals in Guizhou, usually between April and May, just take our 5 Days Guizhou Minority Festival Tour for inspiration. Or you can Tailor-made your personal Guizhou Tour here at Free Online Tailor-made Tour, we’re so pleased to help you with your Guizhou tour plan.
Langde Miao Village
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Guiyang Longdongbu International Airport is easily approaching from major cities in China, and international destinations such as Seoul, Jeju Island in Korea, Osaka in Japan, Bangkok in Thailand and so on.
Anshun Huangguoshu Airport is available to get from Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Lijiang, Nanjing etc.
Both normal train and high-speed train are available to take main cities in China. You may first arrive in Guiyang by plane then transfer to Anshun or Kaili by high-speed train, it’s also convenient to take coach to get around Guizhou.
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|请问卫生间在哪里？||Qǐngwènwèishēngjiānzàinǎlǐ?||Excuse me, where is the restroom?|
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