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Guiyang

Country
China
State
Guizhou Sheng
City
Guiyang
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Guiyang, also known as Zhu, lies in the center of Guizhou province and in the middle of a plateau flanked by high mountains. It stretches along the banks of the Nanminghe river, a tributary of the Wujiang. There are rail links with Chongqing and Kunming and air links with

Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and other large Chinese cities.Guiyang's origins lie in the dim and distant past. There is evidence that there was a town here at the time of the Han dynasty (206 BC to AD 220). It served as a military base in the Yuan era (1271-1368). Under the Mings (1368-1644) Xingui, as it was then called, enjoyed a considerable boom; the town walls which still stand date from that period. It has been called Guiyang since 1913. In recent years heavy industry has become established here, as well as chemicals, textiles and consumer-goods.



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How to Reach

By Air

Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport was opened in 1997 and began to serve as an international airport in Jan, 2006. The terminal covers an area of 34,000 sq m (8 acres), and the airport has the capacity to serve 5,000,000 passengers a year. Longdongbao International Airport is connected to more than 40 domestic cities and offers flights to Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok.

By Train

Guiyang acts as the transportation center of Guizhou Province. Transportation links depend mainly on the rail system. Four railways pass through Guiyang connecting to Chongqing, Chengdu, Liuzhou of Guangxi, Kunming and Zhuzhou and of course major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Zhanjiang and Beihai and so on.

By Coaches

Coaches here are mainly bound for cities and counties inside Guizhou Province, as well as neighboring cities and provinces, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong and Chongqing. Generally the coaches leave hourly.

Key places to visit
Huanggoushu Waterfall, Qianlingshan Gongyuan Park, Underground Gardens, Yanwa Cave, Temple of Great Fortune


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Places to Visit

Huanggoushu Waterfall

The Huangguoshu Waterfall (Huanggshu Pubu) is over 60m/200ft high and 80m/260ft wide, making it the largest waterfall in China. It lies 150km/93mi southwest of Guiyang, where for more than 2km/1.25mi the Baishui river winds its way over nine steep tiers of rocks and the same number of waterfalls.

Qianlingshan Gongyuan Park

Qianlingshan Gongyuan Park lies 1.5km/1mi northwest of the town and covers an area of some 300ha/750acres. It is in fact a miniature nature park, with trees, medicinal herbs, 2500 different species of plants, dozens of rhesus monkeys and 50 species of birds. The park also boasts a picturesque lake encircled by hills.

Underground Gardens

The Underground Gardens (Dixia Gongyuan) in an extensive cave some 23km/14mi south of Guiyang were first discovered in 1965. The path through the 587m/1930ft deep cave leads past a number of stalactites and stalagmites, the surreal effect of which is intensified by an effective system of lights.

Yanwa Cave

Yanwa Cave is located 123 km from Guiyang and features three stories - one is a water cave, the other two are dry. During the spring and summer months, thousands of swifts call the cave home.

Temple of Great Fortune

The Temple of Great Fortune (Hongfu Si) was built on Mount Qianlingshan in 1672. It contains several halls.

Right Time to Visit

June - October

Temperature

June - August -> 28(°C) - Summer
December - February -> 10(°C) - Spring


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