Guizhou Province, with its capital
, is located in the southwest China mainland.
It adjoins Sichuan Province to the north, Yunnan
Province to the west, Guangxi Province to the
south and Hunan Province to the east. Guizhou
covers an area of over 176,000 square kilometers
(about 67,958 square miles) with a total population
of more than 35,245,000.
Guizhou has a subtropical humid climate.
There are few seasonal changes. The weather is
frequently cloudy and rainy all year. The temperature
is also moderate, not too cold in the winter,
or hot in the summer. Annual rainfall in Guizhou
Province averages nearly 1000-1300 millimeters
and annual temperature averages 15 ¡ãC
Guizhou Province is unfamiliar
to many travelers and tourists. However, the peculiar
natural scenery, remarkable national customs,
brilliant history, culture and the pleasant climate
condition form a unique, aboriginal, unsophisticated
and mysterious landscape which is attracting more
and more tourists, both domestic and international.
Maolan Karst Forest Natural Conservation , which
contains mountains, water, forests and caves,
all in the same location, is breathtaking. Huangguoshu
Waterfall is the biggest in China and among the
world's famous waterfalls. Dragon Palace, which
is located nearly twenty miles southwest of Anshun
City, is a splendid underground Karst type cave.
It looks like a fairy tale crystal palace. A boat-ride
will take you to see the magnificent views in
the caves, and you will feel like you are in a
fairyland. Zhijin Cave Scenic Spot is another
highlight. It is famous for its massive, scale,
stalagmites, stone pillars and stone pagodas in
unbelievable heights and numbers. There are over
forty kinds of Karst precipitation formations
in the cave. The Zhinjin Cave is known as "the
Museum of Karst Formation". Hongfeng (Red
Maple) Lake scenic spot , thirty-three kilometers
from Guiyang city, is also worth a visit. It has
over 100 islands within the clear blue water lake.
The karst land formations, fascinating water and
hills, as well as the spectacular caves make this
area a state ranked key scenic location.
More than 15 minority ethnic
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 customs
and cultures of the different minority ethnic
groups of the region. Numerous festivals throughout
the year, strong but simple and unsophisticated
customs, architectures with unique style and the
exotic and colorful costumes, will make tourists
feel everything is new and fresh.
Guizhou Province is a fascinating
area that can be explored on foot and by basic
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