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When is the best time to visit Guizhou?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
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Plan your Guizhou Tour? Guizhou Province, with its capital Guiyang, is located in the southwest China mainland. As a multinational province, the colorful costumes and custom of the ethnic minority groups attract visitors far and wide. The world-famous waterfall –Huangguoshu Waterfall is in Guizhou Province.

Guizhou is in the subtropical zone with a humid monsoon climate. The annual temperature in the province averages 15°C. One of the often-asked-questions likely to tantalize you is “When is the best time to visit Guizhou?”

In fact, Guizhou is suitable to visit all year round. But Guizhou has more rainfall than any other parts of China. It often rains from March to August.

Guizhou in Spring (March – May)
Spring in Guizhou is warm and humid, rains frequently, it is the best time to rice planting. January is the coldest month in a year, with the temperatures ranging from 1 to 10°C.

If visitors come to Guizhou during the Spring Festival and in early spring, they can experience the diverse ethnic cultures in Guizhou, because most of the ethnic traditional festivals are held during that time.

Guizhou in Summer (June – August )
Summer in Guizhou can get hot during June and July. July is the hottest month in a year, with the temperatures ranging from 17 to 28°C. Guizhou is an ideal summer resort due to the temperate climate. In the fresh early morning of summer in Guizhou, you can take a walk.

There are many good walks along the river and into the Miao villages nearby. Summer is the rainy season, make sure to take an umbrella with you. The best time to visit Huangguoshu waterfall is June to early October after the rains in summer and early autumn.

Guizhou in Autumn ( September to November )
Autumn is also a nice season for traveling to Guizhou, especially early autumn. In the fall, the average temperature and rainfall are lower than summer, usual sunshine time equally with the average value.

The moist, subtropical climate has brought abundance of flowers and trees to Guiyang, earning it the name “City of Gardens”.

Guizhou in Winter (December to February)
Winter in Guizhou is not very cold which is a good place for proofing against the bitter weather. It is a relatively low season for visitors to come.

Not so many tourists come to Guizhou in Winter now. It’s the cheapest season to come. Guizhou special winter tour products are in developed now. Less than three years, Guizhou will become a hot tourist destination with hot springs, folk customs, food, sports, etc.

Tip: Hassle-free Escorted Guizhou
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free guided tours, here are some options for guided tours to Guizhou:


3 Days Guizhou Karst Landscape Tour from US$270 p/p
5 Day Karst Landscape & Minority Culture Tour  from US$450 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Huangguoshu Waterfall
How to Get to Qingyan Ancient Town
How to Get to Xijiang 1000-Household Miao Village
When is the Best Time to Visit Guizhou?

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Guizhou, Top Things to Do in Guizhou

Monday, January 24th, 2011
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Plan your Guizhou tour?  With the total area is 170,000 square kilometers, Guizhou Province, known as Qian for short, is situated on the eastern part of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in southwest China. Guizhou Province has a subtropical humid climate.  The capital city of Guizhou Province is Guiyang.

More than 15 minority groups settled in Guizhou and most of the amazing scenic areas are located in these settled minority areas.  In addition to enjoying the scenery, visitors can discover the rich and varied folk cultures of the different minorities.

No. 01: Qingyan Ancient Town (青岩古镇)
Qingyan Ancient Town, which is located at the south suburb of Guiyang, is one of the four ancient towns of Guizhou.  It is about 29 kilometers away form the downtown area. Bcause of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, ingyan Ancient Town is regarded as the most attractive town of China.

Qingyan Ancient Town covers an area of 3 square kilometers. Qingyan Ancient Town has a well-planned architectural style, hundreds of sites of relics, and an influential local culture. As a military garrison during ancient times, Qingyan Ancient Town was built of stone.

What’s more, there are Buddhists, Nazarenes and Romanists in this town. Qingyan Ancient Town is really a good place for you to learn about Chinese ancient culture.Entrance Fee: Free

Opening Hours: All day

Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town

No. 02: Hongfeng Lake (红枫湖)
Hongfeng Lake, which is situated in Pingba County of Qingzhen City, is 33 kilometers away from Guiyang. Hongfeng Lake is considered to be the pearl of the Guizhou Plateau.

Hongfeng lake gets its name from the many maple trees on the surrounding mountain ranges whose leaves turn red every autumn. As the largest artificial lake on the Guizhou Plateau, Hongfeng Lake covers a total area of 57.2 square kilometers.

Hongfeng Lake is composed of four parts: the North Lake, the South Lake, the Middle Lake and the Rear Lake. Hongfeng Lake is an ideal tourist destination for you.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40 (Mar.1—Oct.31); CNY 30 (Nov.1—the next Feb.)
Opening Hours: 08:10-20:00

How to get there: you can take a taxi to get there

Hongfeng Lake

Hongfeng Lake

No. 03: Huangguoshu Waterfall (黄果树瀑布与天星桥一张大门票)
Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is also known as Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall, is one of the largest waterfalls in China and Asia located on the Baihe River in Anshun, GuizhouProvince.

The main waterfall is 67 meters high and 83.3 meters wide. The scene changes while you are standing in different places. There is a cave in the rare wall of the waterfall called “Water-Curtain Cave”. In Chinese, we call it “Shui Lian Dong”.

It allows visitors to not only view, but also hear and touch the waterfall. Huangguoshu Waterfall is one of few waterfalls that can be viewed from every side in the world. Huangguoshu Waterfall is a really famous attraction and definitely worth a visit.Entrance Fee: CNY 180 (including Waterfall, Tianxingqiao Bridge and Doupotang Scenic Areas).

Opening Hours: 08:10-18:00
How to get there: There are long-distance buses from Anshun Train Station, South Station and West Station to Huangguoshu Waterfall every day.

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Huangguoshu Waterfall

No. 04 Tianxionqiao Scenic Area (天星桥景区与黄果树一张大门票)
Located about 6km downstream of the Huangguoshu Waterfall, Tianxionqiao Scenic Area is consists of three main areas: Tianxing Cave, ‘potted landscape’ on water, and Stone Forest in Water.

The scenic area is featured various grotesque limestone formations, caves, waterfalls, forest, lakes and ‘Heavenly Star Bridge’ (Tianxing Qiao): a slab of stone spanning and forming a bridge across a gorge. It is a mysterious and spectacular world, which offers visitors a pleasant hiking environment.Entrance Fee: Part of the through ticket of Huangguoshu Waterfall,

Opening Hours: 068:00-18:00
How to get there: There are long-distance buses from Anshun Train Station, South Station and West Station to Tianxingqiao Scenic Area every day.

Tianxionqiao Scenic Area

Tianxionqiao Scenic Area


No. 05: The Dragon Palace Cave (龙宫洞)
The Dragon Palace Cave Scenic Spot (also called Longgong Cave) is 27 kilometers southwest of Anshun city en route to Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou Province.

The Dragon Palace Cave is a magnificent underground cave system with lakes, waterfalls and stalactites, covering an area of almost 60 square kilometers.

The scenic spot has four main areas, namely, the Rape Lake, the Whirlpool, the Leech Pass and the Dragon Palace itself. It is a comfortable place for people to relax because the radiation frequency in this region is the lowest in China.

Entrance Fee: CNY 150
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: There are shuttle buses from Anshun West Station to the Dragon Palace Cave.

The Dragon Palace Cave

The Dragon Palace Cave

No. 06: Chishui Scenic Spot (赤水景区)
Chishui Scenic Spot is located in Chishui City in northern Guizhou Province.  It is well known both at home and abroad for Chishui River War where the Red Army traversed in the road of the famous Long March.

Chishui is rich in natural resources. Chishui Scenic Spot covers an area of 116 square miles and boasts a wide variety of green forests, waterfalls, rivers and creeks, lakes and plants. Chishui city is also famous for its unique Danxia Landform.

The abundant natural resources and the rich historical and cultural background together with the convenient traffic have made Chishui an ideal tourist attraction for visitors all over the world.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:30

How to get there: you can take a bus to get to the Chishui Scenic Area

Chishui Scenic Spot

Chishui Scenic Spot

No. 07: Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village (西江千户苗寨)
Miao people are everywhere in southwest China, mostly in Guizhou Province.  Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village is the largest Miao village in China.  It is located on the north side of Leigong Hill, about 35 km south of away Kaili city in Guizhou Province.

It is said that there are over 1,000 families with a total population of around 6,000 people living in the village, hence the name of “Qianhu” which literally means “One Thousand Families” and 99.5% of the local people are Miao nationality.

Layer upon layer of wooden-stilted houses are constructed along the slopes of the hill. The pretty Baishui River is winding past the bottom of the mountain. Wind-rain bridges link the banks of the river. It is a mesmerizing Miao village.

 Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

Opening Hours: the whole day
Entrance Fee: CNY100
How to get there: The long-distance bus from Guiyang

No. 08: Zhaoxing Dong village (肇庆侗寨)
Zhaoxing Dong village is one of the largest Dong village in China, with some beautiful Drum Towers , Wind & Rain Bridges and traditional stages.  Enjoy the traditional singing and dancing performance of Dong people at night.

72 km (48 miles) south of the county town of Liping, the village is seated in a valley surrounded by green mountains. The Zhaoxing River flows through the village.

Zhaoxing Dong village

Zhaoxing Dong village

No. 09: Caohai Lake (草湖)
The Caohai Lake is one of China’s premier birdwatching sites and only a 15-minute walk southwest from downtown Weining.

This 20 square km fresh water wetland became a national nature reserve in 1992 and is an important winter site for many migratory birds, the most famous of which is the black-necked crane.

 Caohai Lake

Caohai Lake


No. 10: Maling River Gorge in Guizhou (马岭河峡谷)
The gorge around the Malinghe River is a national scenic spot in south western part of Guizhou. It was formed during the Yanshan movement of the earth.

With fantastic views, precipices and waterfalls, the gorge is absolutely fascinating. Boat rides down the river provide great views of the beautiful scenery.15 km-long Maling River Gorge is located 10 km from Xiny.  It has stunning and spectacular scenes with its limestone karst landscape and its more than 100 waterfalls cascading down to its deep valleys.

Maling River Gorge in Guizhou

Maling River Gorge in Guizhou

Tip:  Hassle-free Escorted Guizhou
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free guided tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guizhou:

3 Days Guizhou Karst Landscape Tour from US$270 p/p
5 Day Karst Landscape & Minority Culture Tour  from US$450 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Huangguoshu Waterfall
How to Get to Qingyan Ancient Town
How to Get to Xijiang 1000-Household Miao Village
When is the Best Time to Visit Guizhou?


Any questions, just drop a line. 

Kaili Taxi: Kaili Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
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Kaili Taxi Quantity
At the time of my writing,
Kaili has more than 500 taxis. For Kaili is small in size, the current taxi number is just enough to meet the local taxi demand. 
 
Taxi Models in Kaili
The taxi running in the street in
Kaili are mainly Xiali. ..
 
Kaili  Taxi Fares:
• RMB5 during the day time
• RMB10 at night.
 
Kaili Taxi Company Bookings
If you need to book a taxi in
Kaili, please make the call as following:
•Kaili Taxi Group, Public Transport Company     Tel: 0855-8602873
 
Hailing a taxi in Kaili City
•It is very easy to hail a taxi along the streets, or near the Station, Scenic Spots, and Hotel.
 
Kaili Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Kaili
Your car driver knows the streets in Kaili and the way to major destinations in
Kaili;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tipping
 
Kaili Taxi Stands
There are no particular taxi stands in
Kaili. People just hail a taxi anywhere it is safe.
 
Kaili Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Kaili, please contact the following:
•Kaili Price Bureau           Tel: 0855-8063849
 
Kaili Taxi Useful Information
• Taxi drivers in 
Kaili are not used to running the meter, instead, taxi ride within urban area is charged 5 yuan per ride at day time and 10 yuan per ride at night. If you want to go farther beyond the urban area, you need to negotiate with the driver on the price or ask him to start the meter. 
 
Kaili Travel Service
Kaili Travel Guide
Guizhou Tour
5 Day Karst Landscape & Minority Culture Tour
5 Day Minority Culture Tour in Guizhou
9 Day Tour of Passing Guizhou Plateau