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Guizhou situated in Southwest China is a gorgeous resort housing 4 UNESCO World Natural Heritages sites including Fanjingshan, Libo County and Yuntai Mountain as part of South China Karst and Chishui as part of China Danxia Landscape and the Asia’s No.1 largest waterfall - Huangguoshu Waterfall. Strong recommended by CNN and listed by Lonely Planet as the No.6 of all “Top 10 Regions to Visit in 2020”, the large Guizhou Province super popular for marveling at nature’s magic creativity for special Karst spectacles is no longer an unknown place in vast China for visitors, where to appreciate countless emerald hump hills arraying together as a hidden Karst kingdom, fairyland forests with diverse water scenery, incredible iridescence underground Karst palaces, and so forth!

As an unconventional destination, we highly recommend you put Guizhou on your travel list for its unspoiled treasures.

Why Visit Guizhou:

UNESCO Natural & Cultural Heritages of China: Guizhou boasts abundant World Natural Heritage Sites including peculiar Mount Fanjing in Tongren, glowing and refreshing Chishui Danxia as a part of China Danxia, Xiaoqikong fabulous water landscape in Libo and Yuntai Mountain in Southwest Guizhou. Besides, Guizhou boassts Hailongtun Tusi Site in Zunyi City as the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site for your understanding of Tusi system with military fortress background.

Authentic Harmonious Life of 56 Ethnic Minorities: As a multiracial province with 56 ethnic compositions, Guizhou has plentiful ethnic cultural treasures for the closest appreciation, especially the 17 ethnic groups living there for hundreds and thousands of years. Visiting the authentic villages of tilted houses on mountains or along the rivers, appreciating their distinct fancy dresses with beautiful designs and decorations, enjoy the world famous Grand Songs, closely see their daily life style, etc. to feel the harmony of various groups living in Guizhou!

Exquisite Ethnic Arts and Crafts: ethnic minority people in Guizhou are really skillful craftspeople, who always succeed to attract your eyes on their gorgeous costumes of various colors, silver accessories from head to toe, etc. Also, the famous Miao embroidery, papermaking, wax printing etc. make Guizhou a great place to admire the national proud intangible cultural heritages.

Jubilant Festivals Celebration Every Day: nearly one thousand national and ethnic festivals make the nearly 365 days in Guizhou a special gala! New year of Miao people, Lusheng Festival with melodious tunes, amazing Han Tian Festival for rain praying, jubilant Sisters’ Festivals, Romantic Swinging Festival as a local romantic Valentine’s Day, etc. will treat visitors with the grand scene of their festival feast and the fantastic festive jollification!

Proud Special Karst Landscape & Natural Treasures: diverse shapes of millions of Karst mountains gives Guizhou the world special shape. World well-known second largest Huangguoshu Waterfall, photographers favored Wanfenglin with layers of hump hills, especially unique pillar mountains at Fanjingshan, dazzling underground mist of stalactites and stalagmites and other rich continuous praisable Karst landscapes are the best gift to Guizhou from nature! Besides, mind purifying Jiabang Rice Terraces, mysterious Getu River and the cave, vast Wumeng Prairie, romantic purple sea of flowers at Jiucaiping Plateau, peceful Caohai Lake at Weining, hundred mile of azalea blossoms, lovely full islands of cherry flowers, well preserved Maolan Nature Reserve, etc. also have changed Guizhou a quite popular destination to discover the hidden gems of nature!

Most Popular Tourist Destinations

Traveling to Guizhou is very different from other destinations in China. In this pleasant and refreshing wonderland, you will encounter with a series of beautiful places, such as Guiyang as the best gateway city with cool weather and famous old town and forest parks, Anshun with most famous Huangguoshu Waterfall and other highlights of Karst cave and Tunpu villages, Southeast Guizhou (Kaili, Congjiang, Rongjiang...) with best ethnic villages of Miao and Dong people, Fanjingshan with world treasured peculiar mountain pillars and Buddhist culture, Libo with UNESCO heritage landscape of water, Chishui with first-class sightseeing of Danxia landform, etc. All will let you know a large and diverse Guizhou!

Guiyang

Guiyang: A Summer Resort & Natural Oxygen Bar: Guiyang is an excellent place to escape summer heat. Climate here is pleasant, even in the hottest day in summer, temperature would rarely exceed 30℃. The emerald trees and plants not only swish a green cape around the city, but also create a natural oxygen bar. Therefore, Guiyang officials also played "Clear and Cool" Guiyang as the city’s propaganda slogan.

Anshun

Anshun Hungguoshu Waterfall: A Guizhou tour without the visit to Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest waterfall in China and even Asia, is not complete at all. It is not only a great chance to marvel at the strong power of nature, but also an up-close opportunity to learn one of the four classics of Chinese literature called Journey to the West!

Kaili

Kaili: Colorful Ethnic Traditions & Performance - In the ethnic minority villages, travelers can enjoy colorful ethnic traditions and interesting performance, including Welcome the Guests in the Way, Wine Customs “no wine no etiquette, no wine no feast”, cockfighting, bullfighting, Lusheng playing, singing and dancing performance in Copper Drum Ground…The Miao people will wear their Miao costumes and put on their most friendly smile and show their customs in their own way.

Fanjingshan

Fanjingshan: The 53rd UNESCO World Heritage Site in China. The 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Bahrain has announced Fanjingshan as UNESCO’s ever-expanding list of World Heritage Sites. It is an island of metamorphic rock in a sea of Karst and is home to many ancient and relict plant and animal species which originated in the Tertiary period, between 65 million and 2 million years ago.

Libo

Libo: Appreciate Emerald Water and Fiery-red Leaves in Libo Seven Small Arches Scenic Area - In summer, rivers and lakes in Seven Small Arches are dyed into blue and green, the 68-level Xiangshui River waterfall and The Laya Waterfall are cascading down like silver chains. Even if only the sound of water is heard, together with the surrounding lush mountains will also make tourists wonder whether they are entering paradise. Fiery-red leaves in autumn dress up Libo, makes the place becomes a delicate and charming beauty.

Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Guizhou

To enjoy best highlights in Guizhou, you shall not miss the No.1 Huanguoshu Waterfall, a series of distinct beautiful ethnic villages of local Miao and Dong groups, UNESCO bestowed Mount Fanjing and top recommended ancient town. However, Guizhou also has more excellent Karst caverns, national top rice terraces scenery, appealing forest parks, charming rivers, world largest radio telescope, and more natural and cultural wonders for your discover! Go and explore. >> Guizhou Tourist Attractions & Things to Do

Huangguoshu Waterfall: This waterfall wonder on Karst landform is Guizhou No.1 attraction listed as Asia’s largest waterfall and world most magnificent one can be admired from different angles.

Mount Fanjing: UNESCO World Natural Heritage super famous globally to admire incredible mushroom mountain, peaks with temples on the narrow summits, and peaceful Buddhist temple!

Xijiang Miao Village: World largest Miao ethnic village to admire the typical Miao dwelling with fabulous view in day and night and enjoy the typical ethnic culture and performance of Miao people!

Qingyan Old Town: One of the 4 best ancient towns in Guizhou over 600 years old with military fortress architectures and legendary story of outstanding scholars in past imperial examination!

Xiaoqikong Scenic Area: Small Seven Holes Scenic Area, part of the South China Karst listed as World Natural Heritage, to appreciate the forest and water fairyland favored for photography!

Zhenyuan Ancient Town: The former key way to Southeast Asia is now over 2,200 years old and ranks into the 4 best Guizhou old towns to enjoy historic houses along the emerald river in peace!

Zhaoxing Dong Village: China largest Dong ethnic village with over 6,000 Dong people. Most popular village to admire Dong culture and the rare 5 drum towers dotted among beautiful tilted houses!

Dragon Palace: Longgong Palace is a Guizhou top popular Karst cave to get close to amazing colorful underground limestone palace with interesting exploration by taking a little boat.

Guizhou Transportation

Get to Guizhou:

By Flight: Guizhou has 11 airports scattered in Guiyang, Tongren, Anshun, Kaili, Libo, Xingyi, Zunyi, etc. Among all, Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport and Tongren Fenghuang Airport are more frequently used for travelers. Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (IATA: KWE) is the largest provincial airport and also the best gateway for flying to Guizhou with daily flights to more than 70 domestic destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Lijiang, Tianjin, Lhasa, Sanya, etc. and some international countries (regions) Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc. Besides, Tongren Fenghuang Airport (IATA: TEN) is the closer one to directly visit Fanjingshan and has a few flights with Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Jinan, etc. Each week.

By Train: Taking a train is another very convenient way for visitors. Apart from Guiyang, the provincial capital city, Kaili, Congjiang, Rongjiang, Tongren, Anshun, Duyun, Bijie, etc. are also well connected by railway (most high speed railways) with other destinations in China. People from Guangzhou, Guilin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Lijiang, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuhan, etc. can now take the bullet train to reach Guizhou.

Travel Around Guizhou

At present, most destinations including Guiyang, Anshun, Kaili, Tongren, Congjiang, Rongjiang, Zhaoxing, Zunyi, Duyun, Liupanshui, etc. are well conveniently linked by the high speed railway system. Besides, highways and bridges link most major destinations with lesser driving duration. For travelers, Guiyang is the most chosen start to extend to the rest places, such as Huangguoshu Waterfall, ethnic villages in Qiandongnan, Mount Fanjing, and so forth.

TTC Private Transfer is the best way of getting around Guizhou, for we can pick you up from the airport/train station and escort you to every attraction by a safe, clean, comfortable, licensed private car. So you can focus on the sightseeing trip and fully enjoy the tour. If you like, our drive can stop to admire the scenery en route.

From - To Driving Time Driving Distance
Guiyang - Anshun 2-2.5 hours 130-160 km
Guiyang - Kaili 2.5-3 hours 170-180 km
Guiayang - Fanjingshan 3.5-4 hours 290 km
Anshun - Kaili 3.5 hours 370 km
Anshun - Fanjingshan 4.5-5 hours 380 km
Kaili to Fanjingshan 3.5 hours 230-260 km
Kaili - Rongjiang 2 hours 150-160 km
Kaili - Congjiang 3 hours 210 km
Rongjiang - Congjiang 1.5 hour 80 km

Best Times to Visit Guizhou

Guizhou belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate zone. With an average temperature around 15℃ in most areas, Guizhou has cool summer and warm winter and pleasant to visit throughout the year. The hottest month is usually July, however, the average temperature is usually between 22℃-25℃. Average temperature in the coldest month of January is even around 3℃-6℃ for a not cold winter. There are usually rich rainfalls in Guizhou, with more cloudy days and less sunny days, you are recommended to take rain gears during your trip.

 

For most places, March to November is the best time to travel in Guizhou. And it rains most in June when is not so suggested with more frequent natural disasters. See more on Guizhou Weather.

What to Expect in March to May, July to November: Guiyang (Qingyan Old Town, Qianling Park...), Fanjingshan, Anshun (Huangguoshu Waterfall...), Kaili (Xijiang Miao Village...), Congjiang (Biasha Miao Village, Xiaohuang Dong Village, Jiabang Rice Terraces...), Rongjiang (Zengchong Drum Tower, Kongshen Miao Village, Dali Dong Village...), Zhaoxing (Zhaoxing Dong Village...), Libo (Xiaoqikong Scenic Area, Maolan Nature Reserve...), Chishui (Chishui Waterfall...), Liupanshui (Tuole Village ginkgo trees, Wumeng Prairie...), Zhijin Cave, Zhenyuan Old Town, etc.

What to Expect in January, February: ethnic villages for festivals, etc.

What to Expect in December: Weining Caohai Lake, etc.

Plan your Guizhou Tour

Guizhou is a vast and diverse natural and cultural destinations worth your visiting for many days. For most travelers there, they usually plan 5-7 days to catch the best highlights there. If you have 4-5 days, you can enter from Guiyang and spend a fun time discovering Huangguoshu Waterfall, Dragon Palace, etc. in Anshun and the top best Miao and Dong ethnic villages in Qiandongnan destinations like Kaili, Congjiang, Rongjiang. And if you have 6-7 days, you can add Mount Fanjing in Tongren, Qingyan Old Town in Guiyang or Zhenyuan Old Town near Kaili, and discover 2-3 more villages in Southeast Guizhou for a diverse Guizhou admiration! Or you can omit the old towns and 1-2 less villages to extend to Libo for Xiaoqikong Scenic Area discovery!

For lots of visitors planning to Guizhou, they also prefer to travel with other hot destinations including Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Yunnan, Sichuan, etc. for more essences of nature and ethnic culture! Besides, you can also travel further with top China destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc.

TTC has served thousands of customers to discover the nature, culture and history of China. With our one-to-one trip planning help, considerate and professional services of tour guide, accommodation, tickets and transfer arrangement, your Guizhou travel will go smooth and conveniently with better travel experiences. You can choose from our most popular Guizhou tour packages below, or contact us to customize an ideal one by yourself.

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