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Guizhou

Guizhou is one of the most rewarding provinces to visit. Mountains and plateaus make up some 87% of Guizhou's topography, which has an average altitude of 1000m above sea level. The star attraction close to Guiyang is the Huangguoshu Waterfalls - the highest in China. The neighbourhood also presents many opportunities for hiking and stumbling around some of China's least-visited villages.

Guizhou is one of the most rewarding provinces to visit. Mountains and plateaus make up some 87% of Guizhou's topography, which has an average altitude of 1000m above sea level. The star attraction close to Guiyang is the Huangguoshu Waterfalls - the highest in China. The neighbourhood also presents many opportunities for hiking and stumbling around some of China's least-visited villages.

About 65% of Guizhou's population is Han and the rest a mixture of minorities such as Miao, Bouyei, Dong, Yi, Shui, Hui, Zhuang, Bai, Tujiao and Gelao. In all, over 80 non-Han groups populate the province. These minorities celebrate nearly 1000 festivals each year, which preserve fascinating customs and elaborate skills in architecture, dress and handicrafts. Surprisingly, for a province so rich in minority culture, Guizhou is neglected by most travelers. However, the southeast of Guizhou in particular deserves more attention from adventurous travelers, especially since now almost all counties and towns are open to foreigners. Around 72% of the population in this region is Miao, Dong and a mixture of other minorities. Those who strike off from Guilin to Guiyang by local buses, for example, will find themselves traveling through countless tiny villages with drum towers and wind and rain bridges. With the exception of the buses and trucks that ply the roads, life in this part of China seems to go on as it has for centuries past.

Recommended Scenic Spots

Huangguoshu Falls

The Huangguoshu Scenic Spot is located to the southwest of Guiyang. Being one of the first national key scenic spots issued by the state, it is composed of more than ten ground and underground waterfalls, the enchanting Tianxing Park and the Aquatic Stone Forest. The Huangguoshu Waterfall is the center of this scenic spot. It is the biggest one in Asia, which is 68 meters high and 84 meters wide. In flood season, it looks like the Milky Way pouring down, making the precipitous cliffs trembling, while mist of water droplets rising from the plunge pool. It is particularly superb when rainbows arch from the plunge pool of the waterfall under the shining sun. In dry season, water would be separated into several streams falling down from the overhanging cliffs like a fairy maiden's elegant hair, charming and graceful. On top of the precipice opposite the waterfall stands the Pavilion for Enjoying the Waterfall. There is a 134 meters long water- curtain cave behind the waterfall down to the foot. Being in it, one can see the plunging water like numberless strings of pearls flying down over one's head and also the rainbows in the fine drizzle. It is really a spectacular view.

Zhijin Cave

The Zhijin Cave Scenic Spot lies in Zhijin county. Covering an area of 450 square kilometers, it is one of the scenic spots of state rank. The whole scenic spot consists of four parts - the ancient town of Zhijin, the Zhijin Cave, the Jie River Gorge and the Hongjia Ferry. As the cream of this scenic spot, the Zhijin Cave is the biggest treasury of cave resource, both in scale and peculiar shape, discovered in China at the moment. The cave extends about 10 kilometers. The broadest part of the cave is of 173 meters and the highest reaches 150 meters. There are more than 40 kinds of karst precipitation forms in the cave including the main kinds of those in the karst caves all over the world and known as the "Karst Museum". Out of it are villages of the Buyi, Miao and Yi nationalities.

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