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Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province in southwest China, has gradually emerged into the tourist limelight as one of the best cities in China for escaping the summer heat.
The city has a history of more than 400 years. Ancient Guiyang was rich in bamboo and was famous for making musical instruments. Guiyang was China's first national forest city.
It's generally recognized as China's second summer city (after Kunming), and prides itself in the thought of challenging Kunming for the title of China's Spring City (with spring-like weather all year round). The challenge can surely never succeed, however; unless spring weather is equated with wet overcast weather. But Guiyang, at an elevation of around 1,100 meters, is pleasantly cool and comfortable in summer.
A much more unlikely claim for Guiyang, since it has spent recent decades as the capital of China's poorest province, is that it has excelled on the economic front. But this too is true. The Milken Institute announced in September 2016 that among cities in China, Guiyang jumped into first place in 2016, ahead of Shanghai and Tianjin, on the economic performance front.
What's going on? The Milken Institute believes ‘the city has benefited from the central government's effort to bridge the gap between the coastal and inland regions. In particular, the OBOR [One Belt One Road] initiative helps Guiyang receive more investment, stimulating growth.
Qianling Park takes its name from the mountain in the park, Mount Qianling. It's a great place for flowers, trees and herbs, but also for wild monkeys and a little mini-zoo. The Buddhist Hongfu Temple in the park is over 340 years old.
By comparision, Huaxi Park is quieter on the animal front, but also an oasis of beauty, in the busy southern suburb of Huaxi.
Further south again is the fantastic Qingyan Ancient Town, founded in 1378. It's full of wonderful ancient architecture, which itself is a repository of Chinese history and culture. Fancy a cup of rose-candy tea?
Not to mention the Jiaxiu Pavilion, Guiyang Forest Park, Tianhe Lake, the Xifeng Hot Springs and more. Guiyang and its environs are well worth a visit.
As capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang is a natural base from which to launch exploratory trips to minority areas. The Guizhou University for Nationalities is located near Huaxi and many minority experts live there. There is now a fast train link between Guiyang and the minority areas in the south of the province.
Minority culture is changing fast. The whole province is undergoing a time of transition. Come and witness for yourself some stories from the ordinary people here.
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