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.
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
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
|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.