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Top 5 Things to Do in Your Guizhou Tour

Guizhou Miao villageSunrise of Guizhou Miao village

Located in Southwest China, Guizhou Province is a "natural park" with beautiful mountains and rivers, a pleasant climate, multiple minorities, and unique ethnic customs.

So, when you visit Guizhou, you can not only have a rest, enjoying its culture, historical relics, and marvelous landscapes, but you can also personally experience these unique ethnic customs.

To take in your choice of the top sights and activities in the area, see what your own tailor-made Guizhou trip could look like.

1.Experience the Multi-Ethnic Village Culture

As a multi-minority province, Guizhou is home to many ethnic villages. Most are situated around green mountains or next to crystal clear streams.

Visiting these ethnic villages, you can see unique wooden architecture, relish the taste of the distinctive local dishes, experience the ethnic customs, and relax in natural surroundings.

Xijiang Miao VillageXijiang Miao Village

Here, we have selected three of the most special ethnic villages so you can experience the essence of the ethnic cultures easily:

  • Xijiang : This is the largest Miao ethnic village in China. It has thousands of diaojiaolou (Miao ’hanging feet buildings’), which have been built leaning against the mountains. In the evenings, the whole village is lit up, making the village feel like a fairyland.
  • Yintan Dong Village: This is one of the best-known Dong villages in China. The traditional Dong customs, the beauty of the majestic mountains, and the thick yew tree forests attract many tourists to this secluded little village.
  • Matang Gejia Village: This is a typical Gejia ethnic minority village. The Gejia people specialize in batik, and they are fond of colorful clothing, which includes everyday attire as well as festival costumes.

2.Discover the Natural Beauty

Huangguoshu WaterfallHuangguoshu Waterfall

Guizhou is a province with mountainous terrain and high forest coverage. Combined with the pleasant climate, Guizhou benefits from excellent natural beauty.

The most famous natural attraction is Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is one of the largest waterfalls in Asia. The Huangguoshu group of waterfalls, including 17 other nearby waterfalls, was appraised as the biggest cluster of waterfalls in the world by Guinness World Records.

Huangguoshu Waterfall is the only one in the group that can be enjoyed from its top to bottom, left to right, and front to back.

In addition to Huangguoshu Waterfall, Guizhou has other amazing and beautiful natural landscapes that are worth visiting.

  • Fanjing Mountain: Located in Tongren, with an altitude of 2,572 meters and rich in natural resources, it was designated as a world ecological reserve by the United Nations in 1982. ‘Mushroom rock’ is its representative feature.
  • Chishui Grand Waterfall: This is the second largest waterfall in China. As well as the waterfall, you can also see the special Danxia landform and beautiful valley scenery.
  • Dragon Palace Cave: This is a series of underground caverns forming a huge network through 20 hills. The features include in-cave waterfalls, stalactites, stalagmites, stone forests, and other karst landscapes.

3.Walk Through a Historical Site

Zhengyuan Ancient TownZhengyuan Ancient Town

Guizhou has a long history and splendid culture. Historical relics provide a record of the developments in Guizhou and show the architectural features of different periods and minorities.

Zhenyuan Ancient Town in the Kaili area, for example, was formed in 202 BC during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The town has been nicknamed “Oriental Venice”.

  • Qingyan Ancient Town was built 600 years ago. The architectural style of the ancient town represents both the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty.
  • Hongfu Temple: Built in 1667, it is the largest temple of Zen Buddhism in Guizhou Province. It conveys majesty and sobriety.
  • Anshun Confucian Temple: This is the oldest and largest open Confucian temple site in Guizhou Province. There are many Confucian temples in China, but the unique features of Anshun Confucian Temple are its 600-year-old stone carvings.

4.Eat Delicious Guizhou Snacks

Sour SoupSour soup

You cannot miss out on the delicious snacks available when visiting Guizhou.

The locals adore spicy and sour flavors, such as sour soup, Kung Pao chicken, and spicy tofu.

As well as dining in the local restaurants, the night markets are also good choices for tasting different Guizhou snacks.

5.Take an Onward Tour to Surrounding Places

Li River Scenery of GuilinLi River scenery of Guilin

Guizhou borders with Yunnan Province, Sichuan Province, Hunan Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. After finishing a tour of Guizhou, travelers can conveniently take various onward tours to places around Guizhou.

  • Guilin: As the saying goes, “Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful under heaven”, and Guilin is a tourist city that’s renowned for its picturesque landscapes.
  • Kunming: As a historical and cultural city, Kunming is rich in tourist attractions, including long-lasting relics of history, the magical power of nature, and distinctive ethnic customs.

Discover Guizhou with Us

For some ideas on how to visit Guizhou, see our tours below for inspiration:

  • 5-Day Guizhou Miao Minority and Huangguoshu Waterfall Tour
    Horns Liquor of MiaoMiao people welcome guests with horns liquor

    This tour includes many minority villages and the opportunity to experience different ethnic customs, while also seeing the breathtaking scenery of Huangguoshu Waterfall.

  • 10-Day Guizhou and Guilin Culture Discovery Tour

    In this tour, you can explore and come into close contact with the local people. Visit some highlights, such as Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou and the karst landscapes and Longji Rice Terraced Fields near Guilin.

  • 6-Day Guizhou Ethnic Minorities Festival Tour

    You can attend a traditional festival of the Miao people. The festivals are the best occasions to experience the Miao people’s culture as well as to appreciate their beautiful minority costumes.

If these tours don't include everything you were hoping for, why not tailor-make your own Guizhou tour with us?

We will select the best scenic spots in Guizhou for you and lead you to discover the most beautiful parts of the province.

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