9 selected places in Guizhou that are worth visiting

Guizhou, known as the "Park Province of China," is an emerging tourist destination in China. In Guizhou, there are countless mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and streams to admire. There are also numerous ethnic villages, magnificent karst landscapes, and enchanting pastoral scenery. The scenery in Guizhou is truly beautiful, and it can be said that every place is picturesque.

Huangguoshu Waterfall is one of the representative scenic spots in Guizhou, China, and it has undergone many changes since the 1990s. As the largest waterfall in Asia, Huangguoshu Waterfall is surrounded by 18 small and large waterfalls, forming the largest waterfall group in the world. In addition to the waterfalls, visitors to Huangguoshu can also see caves and the Buoyi ethnic villages. The first Buoyi ethnic protected village in China, Huashi Shao, is located in the Huangguoshu Scenic Area. Nearby, there are also other Buoyi ethnic villages such as Shitouzhai and Gaodang Village.
Fanjing Mountain, located in Jiangkou County, Yinjiang County, and Songtao County in Tongren City, Guizhou Province, is one of the Five Great Buddhist Mountains in China and the top one in Guizhou. In 2018, it was listed as a World Natural Heritage Site. Fanjing Mountain, a national-level nature reserve, is home to nationally protected animals and plants such as golden snub-nosed monkeys and gongtong trees. On Fanjing Mountain, you can not only admire geological wonders like mushroom stones but also enjoy blooming rhododendrons in spring and spectacular snowscapes in winter. Numerous ethnic villages are scattered at the foot of Fanjing Mountain, such as Yunshe Village—the first village of the Tujia ethnic group in China; Zhaiying Ancient Village—the hometown of rolling dragon art in China; and Qishuping Qiang Village—the only Qiang ethnic village in Guizhou.

Guizhou Province

In Hezhang County, Bijie City, Axilixi is an emerging tourist attraction in Guizhou, and also a seasonal tourist destination. Dayushicai Ping (Heavenly Flower Sea) is one of the three main attractions in the Axilixi Scenic Area, with the largest number of wild chive flowers in the world. Xiaoshicai Ping (Heavenly Stone Forest) is the highest peak in Guizhou, known as the roof of Guizhou, and there is also the Axilixi grassland. The best tourist seasons are late summer and early autumn, when the 300,000 mu of wild chive flowers are in full bloom, making it feel like entering heaven.

Libo County

As a typical representative of World Natural Heritage, Guizhou Libo Karst is known as "the Karst in southern China". Its main attractions include Xiaoqikong, Daqikong, and Maolan National Nature Reserve. Xiaoqikong has many attractions, mainly focusing on water features, including Tonggu Bridge, Ancient Bridge of Xiaoqikong, Hanbi Pool, Laya Waterfall, 68-level Falling Water Cave, Wild Duck Pond, Turtle Back Mountain, A Dragon Playing with Nine Pearls, Feiyun Cave, Wild Boar Forest, Shuilin, Tianzhong Cave, Mandarin Duck Lake, Wolong Pool, and Wolong River Ecological Drift. Maolan Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful mountain forests in China, and it is also the world's largest wild plum blossom habitat with an area of ten thousand acres.

Chishui Scenic Area

The Chishui Scenic Area is the only national-level scenic area named after an administrative division by the State Council, which includes several large scenic spots, namely the "City of Thousand Waterfalls", the "Crown of Danxia", the "Hometown of Bamboo Forests", the "Kingdom of Chinese Rhus", and the "Long March Site". Chishui has numerous waterfalls, including the Chishui Waterfall, the second largest waterfall in China, and the Siguangou Scenic Area. Chishui Danxia is a World Natural Heritage site and the largest Danxia landform area in the world. Chishui Bamboo Sea is the second largest bamboo forest in China. Chishui Rhus National Nature Reserve is the only Jurassic Park in China.

Zhaoxing Dong Village

Zhaoxing Dong Village, centered around Zhaoxing, forms a cluster of Dong villages for tourism. Representatives include Zhaoxing Dong Village, Tang'an Dong Village, Xiaohuang Dong Village, and Zhanli Dong Village. In Zhaoxing Dong Village, the majority of the residents have the surname Lu, and it is divided into five major clans and five natural subdivisions, locally known as "tuan tuan". It is divided into five tuan: Ren (benevolence), Yi (righteousness), Li (propriety), Zhi (wisdom), and Xin (faith). Zhaoxing is not only known for its Drum Tower but also as the hometown of music and dance, with Dong singing and Dong opera groups in the village. Zhaoxing is the largest Dong village in China. Among them, Xiaohuang Dong Village is known as the hometown of Dage Dong songs, Zhanli Dong Village is a place where every family has one boy and one girl, and Tang'an Dong Village is considered the most beautiful Dong village among all the families.

Wumeng Great Grassland

The Wumeng Grassland, located in Panzhou City, is the largest grassland in Guizhou. It is home to thousands of acres of plateau azalea forests, beautiful high mountain lakes with magical colors, rich Yi ethnic culture, and rare natural wonders like Buddha light and the second highest peak in Guizhou, Niupengliao Mountain. Every March, the Wumeng Grassland turns into a spectacular sight with thousands of acres of blooming azaleas. In winter, it becomes a skiing resort in Liupanshui.

Zijin Cave Scenic Area

Located in Guanzhai Miao Ethnic Township, Zhijin County, Guizhou Province, it is now a world geological park. The cave is 6.6 kilometers long, with the widest part measuring 175 meters and a vertical height difference of over 150 meters. The total volume of the cave is five million cubic meters, providing a spacious environment with three levels. The cave is filled with more than 40 different types of formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, stone flowers, and stone flags, creating a diverse karst landscape. The cave is intricate and adorned with stone peaks, flowing water, intermittent pools, and underground lakes, earning it the reputation of "karst treasure" and "spectacular cave scenery".

Grass Sea

The Caohai Lake in Weining County is the largest natural lake in Guizhou and one of the top ten bird watching sites in the world. It has been rated as the world's most popular tourist destination by National Geographic and is known as the "sapphire on the crown of Guizhou tourism". It is also renowned as the "Pearl of the Plateau" and the "Kingdom of Birds". Among the birds, the most precious is the black-necked crane, one of the rarest water birds in the world.