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Guiyang (贵阳) is the capital of Guizhou province. While not the most spectacular of Chinese cities it has much to offer as an introduction to the history, culture and natural splendor of Guizhou. Moreover it is drastically cheaper than the more touristed and development parts of China. It makes and excellent base for exploring mountains, caves, rivers, and minority cultures (including traditional Han Chinese culture lost in many areas) of China's southwest.

Guiyang, has an area of 2,406 square km., and a population of 3,5 million. Lying in the central part of the Miaoling mountain range, most of Guiyang is hilly except the central area. It has a subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 15.3'C, and 271 frost-free days. Annual rainfall averages 1,197 millimeters.
Although tha capital of Guizhou province has a mild climate year-round, ts name means Precious Sun and may be a reference to the fact that the sun rarely seems to shinethrough the clouds and drizzle. Guiyang has good food available. lively marked and shopping areas, and there are some pleasant parks and a few interesting sight around town.
Guiyang is also Guizhou's transport hub with brand new, state-of-the-art train station and good bus connections in every direction.

Guiyang is one of China's major producers of nonferrous metals and tobacco. Its major industries also include machinery, steel making, food processing, and chemicals. The chief farm products are rice, wheat, rape, tea, and Guiyang is a hub of railways in the southwest of China. The Chuanqian, Xiangqian, Guikun, and Qiangui railway lines converge here. Road and air transportation facilities are also good. Flights connect to more than twenty other major cities throughout China.

Guiyang has many beautiful mountains and rivers. The region's premier tourist attractions are Qianlingshan mountain, Lake Qianling, the Huaxi scenic area, the Huangguoshu falls, Lake Hongfeng, and the Dragon Palace. The special locally-made produces include Guiyang Daqu liquor, cigarettes, and Zhumaojiao liquor

In the north of the city, Qian Ling park is worth a visit for its forested walks and for the 17th-century. Qing-dynasty Hongfu Si, perched near the top of 1300m Qianling Shan. A path winds uphill from inside the entrance gate, or if that seems like hard work, there's a cable car that takes you straight to the top. The monastery has a vegetarian restaurant in the rear courtyard making the park a good place for lunch.
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