Home to the dramatic Wumeng Mountains and numerous rivers and lakes, Bijie is a great city to soak up China’s natural spoils while delving deeper into the rich history. Classic Chinese restaurants and eateries populate the city centre, while the greater region reveals an incredible karst cave system and historical inscriptions.
Things to do
Begin your Bijie holiday by exploring the charming city centre, where you can shop for local goods at the Xinyuan Supermarket or check out unique items at the Lingke Goods & Materials Trade. The centre is also a hotspot for dining, particularly at Binhe Hot Pot, Qilixiang Mizongxie or Wuchuan Dajiaogu Restaurant.
Venture out of the city to explore the famed Zhijin Cave. This karst cave is about two hours’ drive from Bijie and extends for more than 13 kilometres. Along with boasting one of the largest unsupported roof spans in the world, it’s home to more than 120 crystalline formations, stalactites and the 17-metre-tall Silver Rain Tree with flower-esque transparent crystal.
Nature lovers should also head to Caohai Lake, which is the largest plateau freshwater lake in Guizhou and sits about two hours’ drive away. You’ll be able to spot a variety of birdlife around the lake, including black-necked cranes, white storks, white-tailed sea eagles and red-crowned cranes.
Time your visit for the annual Torch Festival, a beloved celebration of the Yi people. It features wrestling, horse racing, dance shows and a beauty contest. Don’t miss the festival’s bonfire party, when locals play music, sing and dance around a huge bonfire throughout the entire night.
Bijie is about a three-hour drive from Guiyang, where you can fly into Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport and rent a car. You can easily explore Bijie on foot but will need a vehicle to access the surrounding sights.
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