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Guizhou Travel Guide

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Guizhou is a multi-minority province in southwest mainland China. It is land-locked, hemmed in by Sichuan Province to the north, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the south, Yunnan Province to the west, and Hunan Province to the east.

With its marvelous landscapes, diverse ethnic customs, cultural and historical relics, pleasant climate, and improving road and rail networks, Guizhou is attracting more and more tourists, both domestic and international.


The average annual temperature in Guizhou is 15°C (59°F). The coldest time of year is January, with average temperatures of 5°C (41°F), and the hottest time is July, with average temperatures hitting 24°C (75°F).

Guizhou is in the humid subtropics, with a monsoon climate, and has yearly rainfall of 1000–1300 millimeters.

At high altitudes it is not too hot in the summer and at low altitudes not too cold in the winter, so it has the potential to be the perfect tourist resort.


Most of Guizhou’s amazing scenic spots are located in areas occupied by minority people. The unique landscapes, remarkable mountains and caves, and brilliant history and culture make a lasting impression on tourists.

Natural Sights

huangguoshu waterfall Huangguoshu Waterfall

Huangguoshu Waterfall, 80 meters wide and 74 meters high, is the biggest and most famous waterfall in China and Asia.

The Dragon Palace is a spectacular underground Karst cave located 32 kilometers southwest of Anshun. You can take a boat into the cave to see around.

Zhijindong Cave is another highlight of Guizhou. It is well-known for its massive scale, stone pagodas, and large number of stalactites and stalagmites. There are more than 50 types of Karst topography in the cave, and it is renowned as the "Museum of Karst Topography".

Minority Culture

miao minority peopleMiao minority people in Guizhou

In addition to enjoying the scenery, tourists can explore the rich and varied folk customs and cultures of the different minorities living in the region. Apart from the Han people, many minority groups also live in Guizhou, including the Miao, Bouyei, Dong, Tujia, Yi, Gelao, Shui, Hui, and Bai, whose populations each total more than 100,000.

Guizhou province has the country's third largest minority population. Different ethnic groups account for around 37% of the province's total population. With its numerous minorities, Guizhou offers tourists many different and unusual festival experiences.

There are over 100 ethnic festivals throughout the year, including bullfights, dragon boat races, horse races, and Lusheng (a type of instrument) dancing. Some villages remain untouched by tourists.

The minorities, who wear colorful and beautiful ethnic clothing, maintain most of their unique customs, and they are generally hospitable and kind. They still convene complex and traditional welcome ceremonies, worship their totems, and play their own harmonious music while dancing.

See Guizhou Ethnic Festivals

Kaili — Gateway to Many Minority Areas

kaili lusheng dancingLusheng performance

Kaili is the second city and one of the most popular destinations in Guizhou. It is a focus for many minorities to gather and the area attracts a large number of foreign visitors from all over the world.

In Kaili, you can make paper with the original technology, observe women weaving with old wooden looms, taste homemade wine made by minorities, or join in local festivals and special events, such as Lusheng dancing, Miao and Dong New Year. With all of this, you will feel like staying longer to experience the diversity of the people’s lives.

Guizhou Travel Tips

  • Road Conditions: Some areas that you will visit may be very remote so be prepared for twisty mountain roads,  some of which are rough.
  • Hotels: The facilities and service standards at some hotels in Guizhou may not be as good as in other provinces. Air conditioning is now available in many hotels. Only Chinese (and not foreign) breakfasts may be available in some towns.
  • Please respect the local customs. If you are visiting local ethnic families, a small inexpensive gift from your home country would be warmly appreciated.
  • In some places the temperature can differ greatly between day and night, so warm clothes may be required even in summer.
  • Bring shoes suitable for walking.
  • Mosquito-repellent is also necessary during the warmer months when  touring village areas.

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If you are planning a tour to Guizhou, please see our recommended tour below for inspiration. Or you can contact us to tailor-make a Guizhou tour according to your requirements.