Guizhou Province, with its capital Guiyang, 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.
Owing to folds, faults and erosion, the plateau is intersected with mountains, hills, basins and valleys, giving it a very rugged topography. In many areas, limestone is found with numerous caverns and underground streams.
Guizhou covers an area of over 176,000 square kilometers (about 67,958 square miles)
It possesses a total population of more than 35,245,000.
Guizhou has a humid, sub-tropical monsoonal climate with warm winters, mild summers and unclear seasonal contrasts. It has a mean annual temperature of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius, and a mean annual precipitation of 1,100-1,400 mm. It has more overcast days than any other part of the country, the area around Guiyang averaging 220 cloudy days a year.
Guizhou Ethnic groups
More than 15 minority ethnic groups settled in Guizhou and most of the amazing scenic areas are located in these settled minority areas.
Qian Opera, Huadeng (Flower Lantern) Opera, operas of Dong and Bouyei ethnic minorities
What to see
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. Zhijin Cave Scenic Spot is another highlight. Hongfeng (Red Maple) Lake scenic spot, thirty-three kilometers from Guiyang city, is also worth a visit.
Guizhou Cuisine is characterized as spicy and savory. Special dishes include noodles with intestines, Yelang dough fish, Tangyuan (dumplings made of glutinous rice flour), and steamed (or fried) glutinous rice paste wrapped in lotus leaves, etc.