Guizhou Province in the southwest of China is fairly unknown to visitors, but it has some of China's finest scenery and a large ethnic minority population which still follow their ancient colorful traditions. Guizhou occupies an area of over 176,000 square kilometers (67,958 square miles) and has a population of over 35 million. Its climate is subtropical which means that it is not too cold in the winter, or too hot in the summer. Due to the wonderful natural and cultural resources, Guizhou is destined to become one of China's more popular tourist destinations.
Guizhou is home to more than 15 ethnic minority groups(such as Buyi ethnic minority, Dong ethnic minority, Miao ethnic minority, Yi ethnic minority, etc) and most of them have settled in the most breathtaking scenic areas in Guizhou. Visiting these minority groups is a wonderful experience. Because Guizhou does not get a lot of tourists, its minority groups have remained relatively untouched and live now as they always have. It is a great experience to witness traditional Chinese cultures relatively untainted by the modern world. Guizhou's minority festivals are filled with color and tradition. There are festivals held throughout the year and visitors who are lucky enough to visit Guizhou at this time, are openly welcomed to participate in the celebrations.
Miao ethnic minority in Guizhou
The capital of Guizhou is the vibrant city of Guiyang. Often called the Pearl of the Guizhou Plateau, Guiyang's climate is perfect for growing plants, flowers, and trees and the city is filled with them. This has earned the city the reputation of being a Spring-like city all year round. Guiyang has hundreds of historic sites, most of which were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. The most famous is the Jiaxiu Tower, and the Wenchang Pavilion. The Jiaxiu Tower, considered the symbol of Guiyang is a three storey building known for its 160 character couplet written in the Qing Dynasty. The couplet records the history of Guizhou. The Wenchang Pavilion was built in the late Ming Dynasty. It is famous for its design and unique structure. It has three floors, three eaves, and nine corners. What makes it unique is that everything is an odd number, as opposed to the normal even numbers used in building construction. Located near Guiyang is the Huangguoshu Waterfall. The waterfall is the largest waterfall in China and one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. The volume of water which flows over the falls differs at different times of the year. Huangguoshu Waterfall is famous for its majesty and for the Water Curtain Cave hidden behind the curtain of water. Located 132 kilometers (82 miles) from Guiyang is the Dragon Palace Cave. The cave is an enormous karst cave which has waterfalls, cliffs, and lakes located inside it.
Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou
Guizhou is the perfect destination for people who are interested in China's ethnic minority groups and their culture and viewing some of the world's finest natural scenery. Guizhou does not have any major cities, which means that the people are more laid back and tend to enjoy life more. It makes for a more relaxing and slow-paced tour. Check out Guizhou, you'll be amazed by what you discover.
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