Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province has been
gradually thrust into tourist limelight as the best city in China
to escape summer heat. In 2006 Guiyang had the distinction of being
chosen as the best summer destination in China. But the result does
little justice to the city's pleasant summer weather condition and
While the vast majority of China has very hot summers, Guiyang is
an enclave of coolness where a thin quilt is even needed during the
night time. The city is situated on the Yunnan-Guizhou highland
with low latitude and the average temperature from June to August
is approximately 23 centigrade degree.
Economical development and urbanization in some cities in China
have been widely criticized for being at the cost of environment.
In the large industrial cities of the north, pollution can be quite
bad. Fortunately Guiyang has retained an environmentally-friendly
atmosphere thanks to attitude and effort of the local government.
Aside from its comfortable weather conditions, Guiyang lays claims
to its unique karst landscape and colorful ethnic cultures in the
Unlike its neighboring region Guangxi, whose karst terrain is still
under development, Guizhou's topography features a myriad of
developed karst landscapes, epitomized by the numerous waterfalls,
stone forests, caves, ravines, pinnacles, subterranean lakes and
hot springs. The magnificent and thundering Huangguoshu Waterfall,
the glittering Hongfeng Lake, outcroppings of the Fanjingshan
Mountain are the highlights of the natural scenery.
Guizhou's natural scenery is very impressive but the patent ethnic
savor steals the shows. China's west frontiers are nicknamed as the
corridors of the nation's minority peoples as these regions are
inhabited by China's largest ethnic population. Compared with other
provinces in Southwest China, ethnic groups in Guizhou are more
pristine, simple and mysterious. The strong exotic flavor is the
nub of Guizhou's tourism resources and it’s the various ethnic
communities scattered throughout the region embellish the physical
space and add more dynamics and vitality to nature.
Guizhou is home to more than 10 ethnic groups, most of who live in
the southeast realm bordering Guangxi and Hunan. Their pristine
culture, tradition and lifestyle are well preserved and displayed.
Those ethnic people still live in their aged houses, practice their
centuries-old customs and adhere to their simple life.
A trip to Guizhou is inevitably a tour of spiritual neutralization
for urban people, a trip to return to nature and a tour to
experience the destinies of the region's ethnic people.