Tongren, known as the "gateway to eastern Guizhou", is situated in
the junction of Guizhou Province and Hunan Province. Tongren is 390
km away from Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou Province.
It takes about 5 hours by car from Tongren to Guiyang. Because of
migration to the cities, the urban area of Tongren has been
expanded to 24,000 square kilometers and the total constructed
urban area is about 23 square kilometers, with an urban Greening
Ratio of 51%.
The total population of Tongren City is 380,000, while the
population of the urban area is 230,000. In addition, the area code
for Tongren is 0856, and the postal code is 554300.
Tongren is located in the southeast edge of Fanjing Mountain, which
is the main peak of the Wuling Mountains. Here, wonderful scenes of
mountains, caves and hot springs are set together. Ridges and peaks
gracefully run together and mountains and streams depend on each
other for sustenance. Thus, it is no wonder that there are more
than 40 scenic spots in this area. In addition to the well-known
Fanjing Mountain and Jiulong Cave, there are many beautiful scenes
which are rare in the world.
Tongren is also a multi-ethnic region containing many minority
groups, with Miao, Tujia, Dong, Gelo, Man and others inhabiting
here. Each year during the Spring Festival, many colorful folk
dance performances can be seen in this area, such as Lantern, Tea
Lights, and Dragon Light, as well as Playing Money Shot and Stilt.