Guiyang City, capital of Guizhou Province
is located in the southwest of China, on the eastern
side of the Yungui Plateau. It is said that in
ancient times, Guiyang was surrounded by dense
bamboo groves and was famous for producing a musical
instrument known as a Zhu. Hence the city is known
also as Zhu.
Guiyang is one of China's Spring Cities
like Kunming . The climate is often mild and moist,
neither extremely hot nor very cold. Spring, summer
and autumn are the best seasons for visiting Guiyang.
A great number of attractive sights
are to be found here, the Hongfeng Lake (Red Maple
Lake), Huaxi Park and an abundance of historical
relics of the Ming and Qing dynasties, such as
the Jiaxiu Tower, Wenchang Pavilion, Yangming
Cave and the Qingyan Ancient Town. All of these
scenic spots have their own interesting stories.
Guiyang is home to more than 30 minority
ethnic groups including Miao, Buyi, Dong and Hui,
etc. Consequently the city abounds with unique
folk culture and traditions that give rise to
many colorful ethnic minority activities.
Minority festivals and souvenirs are
popular with tourists. Items such as festival
costumes, masks and embroideries can be purchased
in the shopping street, Beijing Road, Zhonghua
Road and Yan'an Road. Local products such as the
Maotai Wine (Moutai) are widely available in the
The local food is spicy but should
you prefer western cuisine or that of other parts
of China you will find the star-rated hotels and
quality restaurants will satisfy your needs.
The life pace of Guiyang people is
rather laid back compared to that of other cities.
Guiyang people have a habit of going to bed late
and getting up late. So it is common to see local
people strolling, chatting, and playing the chess
in the street. You will find that life here is
altogether quite easy going!