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Guizhou is a multi-minority province in Southwest China. It is located southwest of Beijing, and northwest of Guilin and Hong Kong. Guizhou is famous for its marvelous landscapes, unsophisticated ethnic customs, cultural and historical relics, and pleasant climate.
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Landlocked, with beautiful mountains, lovely lakes, a nice climate, good food, and friendly people speaking in different languages in different regions… Sound a bit like Switzerland? Well, this is Guizhou Province.
In 2017, according to a report by The Economist, Guizhou was not a developed province, with a GDP per capita of only $5,449. In 2017, Switzerland was the richest country in the world, with a GDP per capita of $81,051.
But look at the mountains in Guizhou, listen to the people singing there, and watch them farming. See how they coexist amicably, although they often speak different languages. Doesn’t all of this remind you of Switzerland?
Guizhou, like Switzerland, is a wonderful place for a vacation.
Guizhou is in the humid subtropics with a monsoon climate. That means it's pretty wet. It can also be overcast and changeable. Local people say you can experience all four seasons in one day.
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 times are July and August, with average temperatures hitting 27°C (81°F).
It's not too hot in summer (at high altitudes) and not too cold in winter (at low altitudes), so Guizhou has the potential to provide the perfect vacation experience.
Read more about Guizhou climate and weather.
Guizhou is the only China province without any plains. The mountainous terrain is widely covered by karst landscapes and a lot of forested areas. Together with its pleasant climate, Guizhou’s amazing and beautiful natural landscapes make it worth visiting.
In addition to enjoying the scenery, tourists can explore the rich and varied folk customs and cultures of different minorities living in the region.
Guizhou Province has the country's third largest minority population, after Tibet and Xinjiang. Many minority groups live in Guizhou, including the Miao, Dong, Shui, and Gejia. Different ethnic groups account for about 39% of the province's total population.
Do you want a taste of minority civilization in flux? Come and visit the minority people of Guizhou — they are traditionally hospitable and kind. You can still observe their colorful, distinctive clothing, some unique customs, arts, festivals, or even try some traditional handicrafts.
You may like to read about interesting minority customs in Guizhou.
In the southeast of Guizhou, near Kaili, there are quite a few villages preserving a traditional lifestyle, and still inheriting their arts and crafts. We have selected some special villages for you if you want to experience authentic minority cultures.
Read about the top villages in Guizhou.
Guizhou is a land of festivals, where hundreds of festivals are celebrated every year. Local people are happy to invite you to participate in their ceremonies. Will you join in?
Check the times of Guizhou’s minority festivals.
Guizhou transportation used to be very inconvenient but things have changed dramatically in the latest decade with the launch of an international airport connecting major cities and high-speed trains operating through the province. It's no longer the isolated provincial island it used to be, but a hub of Southwest China.
Guizhou now has railways and express highways connecting cities and attractions, and it only takes 1–2 hours’ drive to get from one attraction to another. If you are going to visit some further attractions, you should be prepared for twisty mountainous roads, some of which are rough.
Read about transportation in Guizhou.
Roads: Be prepared for twisty mountain roads, some of which are very uneven.
Hotels: Guizhou has 4- or 5-star hotels in Guiyang and some major cities, but the facilities may not be as good as elsewhere. In villages, there are comfortable and characteristic hostels and guesthouses.
Temperatures can vary greatly between day and night, so warm clothes may be required, even in summer.
Take some walking shoes and a raincoat.
Guizhou people like to eat spicy and sour food. You are suggested to try some dishes if you like these flavors, or tell your guide if you don’t like spicy or sour foods. It is possible to find a Western restaurant.
Mosquito repellent may be necessary during the warmer months when touring the village areas.
If you are planning to visit some minority families, a small inexpensive gift from your home country may be warmly appreciated.
Read more Guizhou travel tips.
Guizhou used to be like a shy girl hiding in the mountains and is now embracing the world with open arms. In Guizhou, you will experience a pleasant climate, unique landscape, mouthwatering food, and – most importantly – disappearing minority cultures. Now is the best time to travel to Guizhou.
Please see our recommended tours below for inspiration. Alternatively, you can contact us to create a Guizhou tour according to your requirements.
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