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The below reference information is from Travel China Guidline.

 

Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, is located in the southwest of China, on the eastern side of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It is a transfer point between most China cities, and the various ethnic minorities’ villages in the province. It is said that in ancient times, the city was surrounded by dense bamboo groves, and was famous for producing a musical instrument known as Zhu. Hence the city is also called Zhu for short.

Surrounded by mountains and forests, the city has pretty well environment. As in other Spring Cities; like Kunming, Guiyang is a popular summer resort city in China. The climate is often mild and moist, neither extremely hot nor cold. Spring, summer, and autumn are all wonderful seasons for sightseeing.

The city is renowned for its colorful culture, represented by various ethnic groups and its special landform - Karst. Guiyang is home to more than 30 minority ethnic groups including, Miao, Buyi, Dong and Hui. Consequently, it abounds with unique folk culture and traditions that give rise to colorful ethnic minority activities. With many Karst caves, the city is even regarded as an ecological model on Karst Landform.

 

Guiyang Climate - Seasons & Travel Advice

Guiyang nestles in the southwest of China, on the eastern side of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It has a pleasant moist subtropical climate with plenty of sunlight and ample rainfall. It does not have intense heat in summer or severe cold in winter. Guiyang weather is fresh and humid without any sandstorm. The agreeable climate makes it a cozy city for living.
A yearly average temperature of Guiyang is about 15℃. July is the hottest month of the year with an average of 24℃ while January is the coldest one, averaging a temperature of 4.6℃. This place features four distinctive seasons, with winter to be the longest one.

Its genial year-around weather contributes a lot to its popularity among travelers. However, due to the changeful weather on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, it is recommended to take rain wear along with you whenever you go out. A folding umbrella is indispensable! Due to its topography, the things for anti-solar radiation should be fully prepared. Mornings and evenings can often be rather cool so a windproof coat is necessary.

If you are lucky enough to visit in March or April, you can experience a lot of traditional Miao festivals. From April 30 to May 7 there is the Baiyun National Kites Festival and from June to August is the Hongfeng Lake Tourism Festival, lasting nearly two months. The best seasons for visiting the Huangguoshu Waterfall near Guiyang are summer and autumn when the scenery is the most splendid. The good weather means that travelers can visit at any time of the year. However, the best weather there is in late August.

Let's see some must-see destinations one by one.

 

Qingyan Ancient Town, one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, lies in the southern suburb of Guiyang. As an ancient town, covering an area of 300 hectares (740 acres), Qingyan Town was originally built in 1378. Nowadays, because of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, the town has become an attractive destination for numerous domestic and foreign tourists.

Dating back to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368--1644), Qingyan town was built for military reasons. Because of its geographical location, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, established it as a station for transferring military messages and to house a standing army. Through years of modification and repeated restoration, Qingyan Ancient Town has gradually become a distinctive ancient town with cultural features of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644 - 1911).

Although small in size, the Qingyan Ancient Town has a well-planned architectural style, hundreds of sites of relics, and an influential local culture. Qingyan Ancient Town is really a fantastic place for visitors to learn about Chinese ancient culture. Time permitting, it is worthwhile to stay in Qingyan Ancient Town for one or two days. By doing so, you can grasp a better sense of the classical elegance of this unique ancient town in the early morning.

Huangguoshu Waterfall, a milky way in miniature, is the largest waterfall in Asia. Seventy-four meters (243 feet) high and eighty-one meters (266 feet) wide, it is a scenic marvel in Anshun. Do not miss it if you are in Guizhou Province.

Known as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, it is 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Anshun city in Guizhou Province. Together with minor waterfalls, the charms of Huangguoshu Waterfall are a natural tourist drawing card. Hospitable ethic groups add the human touch.
There are mainly three National Parks in this waterfall national park: Waterfalls Cluster, Water-Curtain Cave and Rhinoceros Pool (Xi Niu Tan).

 

Jiaxiu Tower, situated in downtown Guiyang in Guizhou Province, is a grand wooden tower built on a huge turtle-shaped rock on Nanming River. Initially built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the tower has been renovated for six times. It used to be one of Eight Great Sights in Guiyang. Now regarded as a landmark and a cultural symbol of Guiyang, it should certainly be included in your plan.

 

 

 

Baihua Lake

In the northwest suburb of Guiyang, approximately 22 km (14 miles) from the downtown area, there is Baihua Lake. As a large reservoir, the water here is well preserved. The lake is famous for its natural landscape of water and hills. The enchanting scenery here is very like that of the Li River in Guilin, thus the scenic area was given the nickname - 'Small Guilin'.

The Baihua Lake is divided into three parts by islets. The South Lake is long and narrow; the Middle Lake boasts a boundless expanse of blue water; and the North Lake abounds with islets and bays. The whole Baihua Lake provides visitors with wonderful landscapes. Water in the lake is clean and tepid, and the green hills standing by the lake resemble graceful beauties. Over 100 islands make Baihua Lake look like the blue sky bejeweled with stars. With such a beautiful scene, Baihua Lake is definitely an ideal destination for spending holidays with friends and family.

Over 50 interesting scenic spots can be discovered in this scenic area, of which 23 are now open to tourists. These spots include Overlooking the Pin Woods, Two Monkeys Guarding the Garden, Kwan-yin Cave on the Maoli Hill, Hongwu Temple on the Moon Hill, and Birds Island. The Birds Island is the most eye-catching one. When spring or winter comes, a considerable amount of birds' wheel above the island, forming a spectacle of tremendous magnificence. Also to be found is the Zhuchang Castle, located on the southeast bank of Baihua Lake. It was a military fortification in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), where troops were quartered. The castle measures about 2,000 m (2,200 yards) long with two gates respectively in the east and west. There are three huge rock peaks, which are named 'General I', 'General II' and 'General III' by local people.

In addition to visiting these attractions, travelers can also get on a ship to fully enjoy the beautiful lake scenery. Some dozens of families live on the islands in Baihua Lake and berth their boats by the islands. Therefore, Baihua Lake looks more poetic and picturesque in the mist. Although Baihua Lake provides amazing scenery from March to October, you are suggested to visit it during the springtime from March to late May. In spring, birds fly through the sky and widgeons play in the water. What a lovely scene! Besides, with all flowers blooming together in spring, the lake is in a blaze of color. And that is why the lake is given the Chinese name 'Baihua', which literally means hundreds of flowers.