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Located in southwest China, Guizhou is a “natural park” with beautiful mountains and rivers, and a “cultural hub” with multiple minorities and unique ethnic customs. So, when you visit Guizhou, you will not only enjoy its marvelous landscapes, but also personally experience its unique ethnic customs, cultures, festivals and handicrafts.
Guizhou is listed as the 6th best region in the world for travel in 2020 by Lonely Planet (the only region in China listed) due to its new slick infrastucture alongside quaint rural life.
Now, let’s enter this mysterious land, and find out what you can do there.
As a multi-minority province, Guizhou is home to many minority villages. Most are situated around green mountains or next to crystal-clear streams.
Visiting these villages, you can see unique wooden architecture, relish the taste of distinctive local dishes, experience ethnic customs, attend local festivals, learn traditional handicrafts, or just relax in natural surroundings.
Here, we have selected some of the most distinctive ethnic villages for you to experience the essence of ethnic cultures easily:
Besides these villages, how about visiting the short-skirted Miao in Datang Miao Village, silversmithing in Kongbai Miao Village, or celebrating the world’s longest festival with the Shui people in Sandu?
The customs and handicrafts of the villages, however, are disappearing today, because young villagers tend to leave the villages and work in the cities. You are recommended to visit Guizhou as soon as possible, before the customs and crafts become history.
Guizhou is a province with mountainous terrain and high forest coverage. It is endowed with wonderful natural beauty, along with a pleasant climate.
The most famous natural attraction is Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Asia. Guinness World Records reckoned the Huangguoshu group of waterfalls to be the biggest cluster of waterfalls in the world.
In addition to Huangguoshu, Guizhou has other amazing and beautiful natural landscape worth visiting.
Guizhou has a long history and splendid culture. Historical relics provide a record of its development and display the architectural features of different periods and minorities.
You should not miss out on the delicious dishes and snacks available when visiting Guizhou. Locals love spicy and sour, such as sour soup fish, chili chicken and spicy tofu.
As well as dining in restaurants, you can sample special Guizhou cuisine in the minority villages. If you would like a meal with local people, just inform your travel consultant or guide.
If you like drinking strong liquor, you can try the famous Maotai, which originates in Guizhou and is commonly served at national Chinese banquets.
Find your favorite Guizhou dishes.
Hardly anyone knows that Guizhou is becoming a new center of high-technology. But it is true, because world-famous enterprises, like Google, Microsoft, Intel and Apple, have set up big data-centers in the province.
The world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, FAST, is located in the south of Guizhou. An astronomical town is also constructed nearby.
It would be a good idea to roam around Guiyang, or to visit the FAST. It is time to get caught up with the changes happening in Guizhou.
Guizhou borders with Yunnan, Sichuan, Hunan and Guangxi Provinces. After finishing a tour of Guizhou, travelers can conveniently take various onward tours to provinces around Guizhou, or visit other provinces first and then Guizhou.
For ideas on how to plan a visit to Guizhou, see the following article for inspiration:
Or check out some of our itineraries:
This tour includes many minority villages and the opportunity to experience different minority customs, as well as 3 handicraft experiences and countryside hiking.
In this tour, you can attend a traditional festival of the Miao people. Festival times are best for experiencing the Miao people’s culture as well as appreciating their beautiful minority costumes.
In these tours, you can encounter and come into close contact with Guizhou minority people, and visit some highlights, such as the National Park in Zhangjiajie, or the karst landscapes and Longji rice terraced fields near Guilin.
You will see Guizhou in a time tunnel: minority villages, the modern city and the world’s largest radio telescope.
If these tours don't include everything you were hoping for, why not customize your own Guizhou tour with us? We will select the best scenic spots in Guizhou for you and help you discover the most beautiful parts of the province. Our professional travel advisors will help to customize your China trip according to your interests and preferences. Create your trip with us.