One of the most ethnically diverse provinces in China, Guizhou sprawls across mountainous terrain in the south-west of China. It’s home to minority Miao villages, ancient fortress towns and vast cave systems, as well as one of the largest waterfalls in Asia.
Things to do
Be awed by the “Yellow-Fruit Tree” Waterfall, a 78-metre-high cascade within Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park. Photograph this natural spectacle from the Rhinoceros Pool, then follow the walking trail through the lush surrounds to the Waterfalls Cluster.
Venture into the subterranean world of the Zhijin Cave, where vast caverns are home to spectacular karst formations and crystalline stalactites. Admire the 17-metre-tall “Silver Rain Tree” before visiting one of the nearby Miao ethnic villages to experience a traditional dance performance and shop for black jade handicrafts.
Wander along the well-preserved laneways of the Qingyan Ancient Town, a frontier garrison built during the Ming dynasty. Clustered with monasteries, temples, palaces and churches, it’s home to traditional dwellings decorated with Guizhou-style paintings and renowned for its sweet rose candy known as “mia pian”.
Experience the buzz of the capital, Guiyang, while exploring the island tower of Jiaxiu, which is reflected in the Nanming River below. Take in the city skyline from the top of the tower, then hike through the temperate forest along the temple-studded slopes of Qianling Hill Park.
Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport is around 45 minutes’ drive from the capital of Guizhou, Guiyang, and has regular flights from Shanghai and Beijing. Both trains and buses connect cities and towns across the province, as well as most of Guizhou’s sights.