Guiyang Travel Guide - How to Plan a Trip to Guiyang

Guiyang Travel Guide - How to Plan a Trip to Guiyang

Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou Province in southern central China. It is on the mountainous Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, with an altitude of 1,100 meters. Guiyang is likely to be the first stop of your Guizhou tour, where you can enjoy its pleasant climate, visit some historical buildings, glance at the big data centers, and taste local snacks.

You may not stay for very long in the city, but it will leave a deep impression on you. Discover what's in the city and start your Guizhou tour here.

  • Name: Guiyang (贵阳)
  • Location: the center of Guizhou Province, south central China
  • Urban population: 3.5 million
  • Languages: Mandarin, Southwestern Mandarin, minority languages

Excellent Economic Performance

An unlikely claim for Guiyang, since it has spent recent decades as the capital of China's poorest province, is that it has excelled on the economic front .

But this is actually true. From 2007 to 2017, Guiyang's GDP rose from 12 billion dollars to 50 billion dollars. In 2018, economic growth in Guiyang ranked the highest of all Chinese provincial cities.

What's going on? The Milken Institute believes 'the city has benefited from the central government's effort to bridge the gap between the coastal and inland regions. In particular, the OBOR (One Belt One Road) initiative helps Guiyang receive more investment, stimulating growth'.

Varied Things to Do

Guiyang is a transportation hub in Southwest China and the central city of Guizhou Province. Not being particularly famous in the world, many travelers consider it to be just a transfer stop before visiting other attractions.

However, Guiyang City is a place worth stopping in to spend some leisure time. Now, let's find out what you can do in Guiyang.

1. Take a Day Tour in the City

Guiyang is a combination of ancient and modern attractions , where you can visit historical buildings in the morning and then the big data centers in the afternoon, or relax in some local parks and gardens.

The whole province is undergoing a time of transition. Come here to experience the changes.

  • Cuiwei Garden is comprised of a large-scale group of ancient buildings, and was founded around 1488–1505. Here, you can marvel at the integration of Buddhist temples and garden sceneries.
  • Further south again is the fantastic Qingyan Ancient Town , which was founded in 1378. It's full of wonderful ancient architecture, which itself is a repository of Chinese history and culture. Fancy a cup of rose-candy tea?
  • If you are looking for some changes, you can take a look at the big data center located in Gui'an New District, where many global enterprises, such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, have set up their big data systems.

You can also visit Jiaxiu Pavilion , a British villa built in 1948, and more. Guiyang and its environs are well worth a visit.

2. Taste Local Food and Snacks

If you like spicy food, Guiyang is paradise. Walking along the streets, you can find restaurants selling all kinds of spicy and sour food . Would you like to try some popular dishes?

  • Changwang noodles: This is the most famous dish in Guiyang. It contains spicy oil and changwang , which means pork intestines and coagulated pig blood. If you don't mind the ingredients, you are recommended to have a taste.
  • Siwawa: This is a traditional Guiyang snack, which is easily prepared. Use wrappings made from flour to wrap several kinds of vegetable shreds, dip them into chili sauce, and then eat them.
  • Glutinous rice: By Guiyang's roadsides, you'll find restaurants or vendors serving all kinds of glutinous rice with different flavors. Sweet, salty, sour, or spicy — you may choose whichever flavor you like.

If you don't like strong-flavored food, there are also Western restaurants , bakeries, and cafés in the city.

3. Experience the Nightlife

After night falls, it is time to see another side to Guiyang. You can enjoy feasts at lively food stalls or in the snack streets, have a drink in a bar, or enjoy a cup of coffee in a quiet café or book store.

Another great option is to enjoy the night view . When the lights illuminate the riverside, bridges, and buildings, the whole city becomes a bouquet of brightness. You can enjoy a slow walk along the riverside and streets, or take photos of the scenery with your camera.

Find things to do at night .

4. Start Your Journey to Surrounding Destinations

As the capital of Guizhou Province, Guiyang is a natural base from which to launch exploratory trips to minority areas and some natural attractions. There are now bullet and high-speed trains as well as express highways linking Guiyang with other cities in Guizhou.

Kaili is the cultural hub of ethnic minority groups, making it a major destination for those wanting to visit some minority villages and to experience folk cultures.

You can visit villages where women wear short skirts, where men use sickles to shave their hair, and where people use the most original craft to make paper. You can also hike between two villages or learn folk handicrafts from a master.

If you are looking for chances to discover some natural wonders, Huangguoshu Waterfall in Anshun and Fanjing Mountain in Tongren are great choices.

Convenient Transportation

Guiyang used to be an isolated place but things have dramatically changed in this century.

Air: Guiyang now has an international airport connecting overseas cities, such as Seoul, Osaka, and Bangkok, and major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Railway: Guiyang is connected by high-speed railways in all directions, leading to important cities (such as Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, and Guilin) and nearby destinations (such as Kaili, Anshun, and Tongren), and even some towns.

Express highway: Guiyang has express highways stretching in all directions, connecting all the famous scenic areas, ancient towns, and minority villages. Traveling on the highways, it only takes 2 or 3 hours to travel from one scenic area to another.

City transport: Buses are more convenient in the city since the new loop line was constructed, and there will be more urban rail links in the future. Another option is to enjoy a private tour with a travel service, like China Highlights.

Weather and Seasonal Tips

The pleasant weather in Guiyang makes it suitable for visiting all year round , and the best seasons are summer and autumn. The weather is most suitable for traveling at those times, and you can carry less baggage due to the warmer temperatures.

The peak seasons are the May Day holiday (the first week of May), the National Day holiday (the first week of October), and the summer holidays (July and August).

If you visit Guiyang during peak seasons, you are recommended to confirm your tour as early as possible and be ready for the tide of travelers. Your China Highlights guide will try his/her best to keep you away from the crowds.

Guiyang has lots of rainfall all year round so take an umbrella with you no matter when you visit. The city also has a cooler climate than other places in China so take long-sleeved clothes, even in summer, and some thicker jackets in winter.

If you didn't pack enough warm clothes, you can buy some suitable and affordable ones in the local supermarkets.

Travel Tips

Guiyang is about 1,000 meters above sea level. Generally, people don't suffer from altitude sickness at this altitude.

Guiyang has many places with similar names, such as Caijia Jie and Caijia Guan. If you are going to take a taxi or bus by yourself, you should confirm your destination carefully. It is highly recommended to let your guide take you around.

Some Guiyang attractions are in hilly or mountainous regions, so wearing a pair of comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers is recommended.

Visit Guiyang with Us

Our recommended 6-day Guiyang and Guizhou tour will lead you around Guiyang City and to visit Qingyan Ancient Town as well as some nearby minority villages.

We have more Guiyang tours for new ideas, and all itineraries can be customized according to your requirements and interests. Alternatively, we can create your own tour .

6-Day Guizhou Miao Minority & Huangguoshu Waterfall Tour

  • 8-Day Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai Private Tour
  • 9-Day Beyond the Golden Triangle
  • 10-Day Lanzhou–Xiahe–Zhangye–Dunhuang–Turpan–Urumqi Tour
  • 11-Day Classic Wonders
  • 11-Day Family Happiness
  • 12-day Panda Keeper and Classic Wonders
  • 13-Day A Broad Taste of China
  • 13-Day Beijing–Xi'an–Dunhuang–Urumqi–Shanghai Tour
  • 14-Day China Natural Wonders Discovery
  • 14-Day Classic China Photo Tour
  • 2-Week Riches of China
  • 3-Week Must-See Places China Tour Including Holy Tibet
  • How to Plan Your First Trip to China 2024/2025 — 7 Easy Steps
  • Best (& Worst) Times to Visit China, Travel Tips (2024/2025)
  • 15 Best Places to Visit in China for First-Timers, Families, Couples...
  • The 15 Most Beautiful Places in China (#7 Will Impress You)
  • One Week in China - 4 Time-Smart Itineraries
  • How to Plan a 10-Day Itinerary in China (Best 5 Options)
  • Top 4 China Itinerary Options in 12 Days (for First Timers) 2024/2025
  • 2 Weeks in China: 3 Top Itinerary Ideas for Couples, Families, and More
  • 17-Day China Itineraries: 4 Unique Options
  • How to Spend 19 Days in China in 2024/2025 (Top 5 Options and Costs)
  • How to Plan a 3-Week Itinerary in China (Best 3 Options & Costs)
  • China Itineraries from Hong Kong for 1 Week to 3 Weeks
  • China Weather in January 2024: Enjoy Less-Crowded Traveling
  • China Weather in February 2024: Places to Go, Costs, and Crowds
  • China Weather in March 2024: Destinations, Crowds, and Costs
  • China Weather in April 2024: Where to Go (Smart Pre-Season Pick)
  • China Weather in May 2024: Where to Go, Crowds, and Costs
  • China Weather in June 2024: How to Benefit from the Rainy Season
  • China Weather in July 2024: How to Avoid Heat and Crowds
  • China Weather in August: Tips for Family Travel
  • China Weather in September: a Quieter Month in the Peak Season
  • China Weather in October: Where to Go, Crowds, and Costs
  • China Weather in November: Places to Go, Costs, and Crowds
  • China Weather in December: Places to Go, Costs, and Crowds

Get Inspired with Some Popular Itineraries

More travel ideas and inspiration, sign up to our newsletter.

Be the first to receive exciting updates, exclusive promotions, and valuable travel tips from our team of experts.

The China Highlights Experience

Where can we take you today.

  • Top 10 Tours
  • Panda Tours
  • Family Tours
  • Nature Tours
  • Photography Tours
  • Visa-free Tours
  • Hiking Tours
  • Biking Tours
  • Festival Tours
  • Top Asia Tours
  • Beijing Tours
  • Chengdu Tours
  • Chongqing Tours
  • Great Wall Tours
  • Guilin Tours
  • Guizhou Tours
  • Harbin Tours
  • Hangzhou Tours
  • Huangshan Tours
  • Hong Kong Tours
  • Inner Mongolia Tours
  • Jiuzhaigou Tours
  • Pingyao Tours
  • Shanghai Tours
  • Suzhou Tours
  • Silk Road Tours
  • Tibet Tours
  • Taiwan Tours
  • Tours from Hong Kong
  • Tours from Shanghai
  • Xinjiang Tours
  • Xiamen Tours
  • Yunnan Tours
  • Yangtze River Tours
  • Zhangjiajie Tours
  • Thailand Tours
  • Vietnam Tours
  • Cambodia Tours
  • Japan Tours
  • Indonesia (Bali) Tours
  • India Tours
  • Myanmar Tours
  • Central Asia Tours
  • Egypt Tours
  • Morocco Tours
  • Turkey Tours

guiyang travel guide

  • Travel Agents
  • Loyalty & Referral Program
  • Privacy Policy

guiyang travel guide

China Highlights uses cookies to give you the best possible service. If you continue browsing, you agree to the use of cookies. More details can be found in our privacy policy .

Guiyang, China skyline at Jiaxiu Pavilion on the Nanming River.

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Guiyang (贵阳, Guìyáng) is an unpretentious, relatively youthful provincial capital under seemingly continual construction. While it may not leap out at the traveler, there are some interesting sights and affordable fine hotels, and the city's location makes it a perfect base for exploring the surrounding southern countryside, especially Huangguoshu Falls, the villages around Kaili, and historic Zhenyuan.

Your next trip starts here

Go from dreaming to planning with trip planning options made to help you craft your ideal itinerary.

Attractions

Must-see attractions for your itinerary.

Hongfu Temple

Hongfu Temple

Guiyang's best attraction is a temple complex hidden inside Qianling Mountain Park to the north of the city. Near the top of 1300m Qianling Mountain (黔灵山,…

Qianling Mountain Park

Qianling Mountain Park

Qianling Mountain Park, in the northwest of the city, is more forest than park. It's a great escape from the crowds and city noise and has some lovely…

Jiaxiu Pavilion

Jiaxiu Pavilion

Constructed during the Ming dynasty in 1598, this triple-roofed pavilion perched atop a boulder is Guiyang's most iconic landmark. Built to celebrate the…

Cuiwei Garden

Cuiwei Garden

This city park features a restored Ming dynasty temple with some picturesque pavilions. It's a pleasant place to find some respite from the city noise.

Wenchang Pavilion

Wenchang Pavilion

There's not a lot left of this restored pavilion, but its central location makes it popular with locals. Kite flyers gather at the highest landing.

Latest stories from Guiyang

The traditional Miao village of Zhaoxing © Megan Eaves / Lonely Planet

May 13, 2019 • 6 min read

In a hidden corner of southwest China, a mountainous province remains secreted away from the travel trail. Little-known Guizhou is sandwiched in between…

Mao tat: t-shirts mark China's nostalgia for all things red. Image by Thomas Bird / Lonely Planet

Dec 15, 2015 • 6 min read

in partnership with getyourguide

Book popular activities in Guiyang

Purchase our award-winning guidebooks.

Get to the heart of Guiyang with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.

Your Best Guide to China

Visiting China soon? Start here

The Helpful Panda

  • Best China VPN
  • Chinese culture
  • Banned apps
  • Apps in China
  • Love in China
  • Teach in China
  • Provinces and regions
  • Special offers
  • 6 steps to get started
  • Best places to visit in China
  • What to bring to China
  • What not to bring to China
  • China packing list
  • Tips for your first trip
  • Tips for solo travel

10 reasons why China sucks

10 reasons why China sucks

Best things to do in Nanjing (on a quick trip)

Best things to do in Nanjing (on a quick trip)

Cheapest time to fly to China (7 ways you can save)

Cheapest time to fly to China (7 ways you can save)

  • Travel agencies
  • Learn Chinese in China
  • Learn Chinese online
  • Study programs
  • Internships
  • Recruitment agencies
  • Teacher recruitment agencies
  • TEFL courses
  • Volunteer programs
  • Dating sites
  • Travel insurance

Select Page

Guiyang Travel Guide

South China

3.5 million

Welcome to Guiyang!

This youthful, modern metropolis is unique among China’s big cities as it’s virtually hidden by the nature surrounding it. Guiyang’s skyscrapers and shopping malls are ringed by mountain ranges and some of China’s most pristine, dense highland forest.

  • Things to do
  • Where to eat
  • Where to stay

Around Guiyang

Located in one of China’s poorer provinces , Guiyang is a mid-sized city with a population of over 3.5 million.But Guiyang is different from your average mid-sized Chinese city still entrenched in low-tech, polluting industries.

Doing away with much of its former heavy industry, Guiyang has made a conscious effort to fuel its economy via tech and big data. Guiyang is putting so much effort into becoming a city of the future that The Economist recently ranked Guiyang as China’s top emerging city.

But Guiyang is also a rare example of a Chinese city on the rise that’s yet to lose its provincial character. It’s more laid-back and slower paced than its big brothers.

Guiyang get tops marks in China for quality of life, relative lack of pollution and easy access to nature.

Downtown Guiyang

Guiyang is a modern city. Image by lin2015 on Pixabay.

Green Guiyang

The green lungs of Guiyang. Image by lin2015 on Pixabay.

Guiyang is one of China’s greenest cities

Guiyang has quickly become one of China’s leaders in cleaner, greener urban development.

Industrialization and deforestation has had a devastating impact on air quality in many Chinese cities.

But Guiyang prioritizes maintaining a clean environment, preserving vast green spaces and natural forest parks. This means the air is more breathable than in most Chinese cities.

Guiyang isn’t just surrounded by forest – the forest is part of the city itself. A massive urban green center, the incredible 1,000-acre Qianling Hill Park is 98% forest.

Guiyang surrounded by trees

Guiyang is surrounded by lush, green trees.

Guizhou’s leaders, along with grassroots community movements, are actively working to increase forest coverage in the province. Now, forest covers almost 60% of Guizhou.

When you consider China’s generally poor environmental management record, what Guizhou has achieved (as one of the poorest provinces in the country) is extraordinary.

Guiyang is home to ethnic minorities

Guizhou is home to one of the largest rural-dwelling populations in the country.

Over 40 non-Han Chinese minority groups, including the Miao, Yao, Dong, Zhuang, Bouyei and Bai, account for more than 37% of Guizhou’s total population.

This ethnic mix make the city so interesting, especially from an outsider’s perspective. ( Read more about what makes China so interesting.)

Many of the younger generation from the Miao and Dong ethnic groups have moved to Guiyang to improve their education and employment prospects.

However, a large number of ethnic communities have chosen to stay in their rural hometowns.

Miao man Guizhou

A Miao man in Guizhou. Image by Jixin Yu on Shutterstock.

Here, they still live a largely traditional, mainly agricultural way of life. Difficulty of access caused by Guizhou’s mountainous terrain has meant basic infrastructure, and consequently tourism and its influences, have been extremely slow to arrive.

By contrast to rural Guizhou, Guiyang is a young, energetic and surprisingly developed city – a modern, urban Chinese center with visions of a prosperous future.

Things to see and do in Guiyang

Guiyang’s main attractions revolve around its natural beauty.

Qingyan Ancient Town

Remarkably well preserved, this fascinating old town from the Qing and Ming Dynasties was founded in 1378. It lies in the southern suburbs of Guiyang, about a 15-minute taxi ride from downtown.

Houses, temples and monasteries are built almost entirely out of the local blue-tinged cyan stone.

The town also boasts atmospheric wide streets, exquisitely carved landmarks and hundreds of relic sites scattered across the easily walkable grounds.

Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town is popular with tourists. Image by lin2015 on Pixabay.

Qingyan Ancient Town is unique in that several religious communities lived together in peace during various periods of its history.

You’ll find Buddhist temples, Taoist shrines and Christian churches sitting side-by-side.

Qianling Park

Just a mile from downtown Guiyang is one of southern China’s biggest and most beautiful urban nature parks – Qianling Park .

Spread over 1,000 acres (426 hectares) and surrounded by forested mountains, this park really is the green lungs of the city.

A cable car ride takes you to the highest point the in park, Qianling Hill. At the top stands the Zen Buddhist Hongfu Temple, built in 1667.

Qianling is a haven for hikers, bird life and also the park’s famous resident macaques.

Yes, this is one of the best places to see wild monkeys in China!

Macaque monkey Qianling Park

A hungry macaque monkey in Qianling Park. Image by YKLiu on Shutterstock.

Extremely bold, the monkeys seem to be constantly scheming new ways to snatch food, bags and hats from unsuspecting tourists.

Please though, be a responsible tourist and don’t feed them. This only encourages aggressive behavior.

At the foot of the hill, picturesque Qianling Lake is another highlight. With numerous hiking trails and hidden shrines, it’s easy to find your own tranquil spot far from the crowds.

This is almost impossible to find in most Chinese cities!

Jiaxiu Tower

With shiny new towers springing up all over town, Guiyang isn’t exactly overflowing with historic architecture.

The 65-foot (20 m) high Jiaxiu Tower is an exception. Atop the Fuyu Bridge, the three-story pavilion (which has gone through several part-reconstructions) dates back 400 years to the Ming Dynasty.

From the top, a clear day will treat you to a panoramic view of the city and the mountain ranges beyond. The pavilion is lit up at night to cast its reflection on the waters of the Nanming River below.

Tianhe Pool Scenic Area

Guiyang is surrounded by incredible mountain landscapes, rivers and waterfalls.

Among the most stunning is Tianhe Pool, 15 miles (24 km) from downtown. The pool itself is a sparkling lake surrounded by a patchwork of karst hills and steep valleys, caves and waterfalls.

Tianhe is normally quite peaceful but does attract group day tours and weekend crowds from time to time. It’s best appreciated early in the morning when you may well have this sanctuary all to yourself.

Local Guiyang cuisine

Like most people in southwest China, Guiyang locals love spicy food.

Don’t be surprised to come across dishes smothered in dried chilies, especially the local hotpot (贵州火锅 ) .

If you can’t handle too much heat, and you hear the word là, be sure to tell your waiter: bù tài là (不太辣) before you order!

A few local specialties include:

Huaxi Beef Rice Noodles (花溪牛肉粉)

These chewy soup noodles, from Guiyang’s Huaxi district,  are pure Chinese soul food.

The dish is made from a stock of beef, pork, chicken bones, and spices which simmer for almost 12 hours. This gives the soup a deep and rich, beefy flavor.

Bowl of Huaxi beef rice noodles

A bowl of Huaxi beef rice noodles. Image by HelloRF Zcool on Shutterstock.

It’s usually topped with chili oil and herbs to give it a bit of a kick.

Sour fish soup (酸汤鱼)

This classic Miao fish stew is a staple across Guizhou. It’s made with tomatoes, pickled chili, cabbage and fish collected from the rice paddy terraces.

It’s brought to the table still bubbling away in an impressive metal burner. This soup is tangy, fragrant, bursting with flavor – delicious!

Silk babies (丝娃娃)

Similar to Vietnamese rice paper rolls, this vegetarian dish in China is usually served DIY style.

You’ll be given a stack of think rice pancakes (silk babies, pronounced ‘siwawa’) and a variety of raw and pickled vegetables.

Grab a pancake and fill it with whatever takes your fancy. Then roll it up, dunk in chili and vinegar, and enjoy!

Where to eat in Guiyang

Wandering around downtown Guiyang you’ll find plenty of places to eat at reasonable prices.

There are also street food and fresh fruit vendors on virtually every corner.

Finding traditional Guizhou and Miao food isn’t difficult. However, it’s a good idea to start your flavor crusade with one of the most well-known purveyors of excellent, authentic Guizhou cuisine, Siheyyan.

Siheyuan (四合院) 

This place is so popular that it’s overtaken several of the surrounding alleyways to squeeze in as many tables as possible. You’ll find it opposite the large Protestant Church with the red cross on Qianling Lu.

Address: 79 West Qianling Road Road, Yunyan District (云岩区干陵西路79)

Old Kaili Sour Fish Restaurant (老凯俚酸汤鱼)

Another Guiyang institution (you can guess what the specialty is here), this restaurant has several branches. The Shengfu Road branch is particularly popular and arguably the most tourist-friendly option. The atmosphere is buzzing and the fish soup is top-notch.

Address: 55 Shengfu Road, Yunyan District (云岩区省府路55号)

Toufeng Bean Hotpot (土风豆米火锅店)

Bean hotpot is an authentic Guiyang hotpot with a broth of kidney bean seeds, Chinese sauerkraut, cured meat, pork fat, pickled pepper, garlic shoots and green onions.

Unlike most hotpots, this version isn’t doused with chili. It’s safe for the spice phobic! The flavor is unique, balanced and incredibly tasty.

This famous restaurant has a rustic storefront and timber furniture, giving off a charming village-like vibe in a busy part of town.

Address: 35 Qianling East Road, Yunyan District (云岩区黔灵东路35号)

Night food markets in Guiyang

Night markets are hugely popular in Guiyang.

If the city center seems a little empty in the evening, it’s probably because the student and worker hordes have dispersed into suburbia to feast at their favorite night markets.

A typical night market includes innumerable grilled-meat-on-stick stalls, dumplings, all sorts of noodle concoctions, stir fries, mini hotpots and all kinds of unusual delicacies from Guizhou’s ethnic communities.

Night markets are spread across the city, usually in suburban areas. From downtown, hop in a taxi and try some of these popular evening haunts:

Hequn Road Night Market, Yunyan District (合群路小吃夜市)

An ordinary street by day lit up by a kaleidoscope of bright lights by night, Hequn Road is one of the biggest and busiest night markets in Guiyang. Located close to Qianling Park, some stalls stay open until 3 am!

You’ll find all the famous street snacks from Guizhou like Huaxi beef noodles and candied hawthorn berries, as well as more unusual specialties such as snake meat.

The buzzing, youthful atmosphere makes Hequan a great place to spend a night out.

Xingguan Road Snack Night Market (兴关路小吃夜市)

Smaller and slightly more low-key than Hequan, Xingguan stil offers plenty of variety. Favorites from Guizhou and around southeastern China are represented here.

The market is known for its quality selection of grilled meats and seafood, like freshwater fish, crayfish and field snails, all at cheap prices.

Where to stay in Guiyang

There are some good accommodation options in Guiyang, ranging from cheap hostels to pricey hotels.

Still catering more towards business than tourism, the super low-priced hotels found in other Chinese cities are rare in Guiyang.

A few hostels are beginning to pop up however, including February of That Year Hostel. It’s a good-value offering, with colorful, well-equipped, air-conditioned private rooms and dorms, and a friendly young team of staff.

The only problem is it’s located in the Hua Guo Yuan District, which is a long walk from the center of town.

While there are some restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity, you might prefer to use the shuttle bus that ferries guests to and from the downtown area.

The Howard Johnson Plaza was once one of the plushest digs in town.

Now looking slightly old-fashioned, it’s easily one of the best bargains in Guiyang. The rooms are huge and spotless and the service is kind and obliging.

It’s a quick taxi ride to the center of town, and only a short walk to Qianling Park. So, if you want to experience the atmosphere of the park in the early morning, this hotel makes a good choice.

The Sofitel Guiyang Hunter has a plush mix of rooms and executive suites, many with dramatic mountain views.

Unlike a lot of other upscale hotels, it’s also reasonably close to downtown and the Yunyan restaurant district. It has pretty much everything you’d expect – a pool, a day spa, and a 55 th floor cocktail lounge with superb city views.

It also boasts the upmarket Le Chinois Restaurant, which specializes in Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine.

Transport in Guiyang

You’ll most likely arrive in Guiyang from elsewhere in China, either by air, rail or the slow, scenic option – by road.

High-speed rail

Thanks to the new high-speed rail network, Guiyang is well-connected to other towns and cities.

  • As the central hub for the rest of Guizhou, high-speed trains link Guiyang to other major cities in Guizhou such as Anshsun and Kaili. From these cities, you can venture out further to ethnic minority villages.
  • High-speed rail lines now connect Guiyang to other major Chinese tourist/business destinations in southern China like Kunming (2-3 hours) and Guilin (2.5-3.5 hours).
  • Around 30 high speed trains depart Guiyang for Guangzhou, completing the journey in around 4 hours.
  • The new high-speed rail between Guiyang and Shanghai runs 8 times a day and cuts the former 27-hour trip to just 8.5 hours.
  • Fast trains now also connect Guiyang and Xi’an, about 750 miles (1,200 km) away. You can make the trip in 14 hours.

Air transport

The compact Guiyang International Airport connects Guiyang to major cities like Beijing , Shanghai and Hangzhou.

You can fly with a number of domestic Chinese airlines including the local carrier, Colorful Guizhou Airlines.

International flights to Guiyang are growing little by little. In 2014, Hainan Airlines kicked off weekly flights to Paris. There are daily flights to and from Hong Kong (two hours).

Long-distance bus

Long distance buses are still the only way to reach destinations in the more remote southwestern parts of Guizhou, such as Weining and Cao Hai Lake.

If you’re on a budget, they’re also extremely cheap. Long distance coaches are surprisingly convenient and comfortable, and the much-improved expressway network in this region has made road travel more accessible than ever.

Taxis and rideshare

For getting around town, taxis remain super convenient. Almost 8,000 taxis operate in the city.

Guiyang is also building a fleet of eco-friendly taxis, now numbering around 200.

Hailing a cab on the street is easy and fares are cheap. Just be aware of traffic jams during peak times.

You can also download DiDi on your phone. This is China’s version of Uber.

Find out more about Didi and other helpful travel apps for China here .

Public buses

For short-distance travel to tourist hot spots like Tianhe Scenic Area, public buses are inexpensive, if a little confusing at first. You can always write down where you want to go and ask a friendly local for help.

For example, to get to Tianhe from downtown, look for the 211 bus which leaves from Binhe Park.

Jinyang Tourist Bus Station

This takes visitors to other major locations in Guizhou such as the famous Huangguoshu Waterfall (2 hours, departing every 45 minutes) and Anshun City (60-90 minutes, departing every 20-30 minutes).

Guiyang’s biggest drawcard isn’t the town itself.

Rather, it’s the extraordinary natural beauty and enchanting rural villages surrounding it.

Some of the (admittedly more developed towns) are just half a day’s drive away, but still seem worlds away from the bright lights of the city.

‘Ethnic minority tourism’ is hardly a new thing in China. In fact, some ethnic villages in the neighboring province of Guangxi have been transformed into gaudily reconstructed tourist towns, complete with fake building facades and karaoke bars.

But if you have any interest in the diverse cultures of southern China’s ethnic minorities, Guizhou offers an authentic and immersive cultural experience.

Just be aware that public transport can be infrequent where the train lines end. Travel is slow and reaching some of Guizhou’s remote villages may require the services of a private driver to guide you safely through the windy mountain roads.

Ethnic minority villages

If you want to visit the ethnic minority villages, Guiyang is a great place to begin your journey.

Unlike Guangxi province to the south, where many villages have been developed to cater for tourism, Guizhou province sees far fewer visitors. Many of the Miao, Dong, Shiu and Bouyei communities here have retained a traditional way of life.

Guided tours are available from Guiyang with advanced bookings, although the adventurous can visit many of the villages by a combination of public buses and short hikes through some absolutely breathtaking scenery.

Some of the larger villages have guesthouses available for overnight stays. Just remember to be mindful of the local culture and customs and you’ll find the vast majority of the locals to be warm, friendly and curious towards visitors.

Ethnic folk festivals

If you visit in the late summer, you might be lucky enough to witness the annual buffalo fighting festival held throughout several Dong villages.

Each minority group celebrates dozens of religious and folk festivals throughout the year. Full of elaborate traditional costumes, song, dance and ritual, it’s well worth timing your visit to coincide with a major festival.

Videos about Guiyang

Get a visual taste of Guiyang before you visit!

Here’s a quirky video of just how nice and modern Guiyang is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6gXb3eABDo&t=183s Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Walking the Unseen Streets of China – 2nd Tier Capital City Guiyang (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6gXb3eABDo&t=183s)

And here’s another helpful video showing how cheap Guiyang can be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgpwMogcuKY Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Traveling for $20 A Day: Guiyang, China – Ep 22 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgpwMogcuKY)

Need help with your travel bookings?

Going on a tour in China is a great idea, especially if you can’t speak Mandarin.

You can refer to this list of China travel agencies who can help put a plan together for you.

Or, to book your own flights, tours and hotels, we recommend Trip for amazing choice and value. Trip is one of the leading travel companies in China.

Don’t forget…

It’s easy to forget a thing or two before you head to China.

So, here are a few reminders for you:

  • The right visa – if you’re only staying for a quick trip, you may be eligible for visa-free travel .
  • Summer gear – Guiyang gets hot and humid, so make sure you bring breathable clothes.
  • A VPN app – if you want access to all your favorite websites and apps in China, you’ll need to download a VPN before you leave your country. Get a VPN that works in China .

Have a great time in Guiyang. And remember to get your VPN!

Want more helpful information about China?

Then hop on the newsletter!

One more step: You must click the link in the email we just sent you to confirm your email address.

Questions and comments.

Let’s chat about Guiyang!

We welcome relevant and respectful dialogue. See our terms for our comment policy.

guest

HELPFUL ARTICLES

First trip to China

10 tips for your first trip to China

Phone apps for travel to China

Top 10 China travel apps to make your trip easier

Girls traveling in China without speaking Chinese

Tips for traveling in China without speaking Chinese

vaccinations for china

Vaccinations for China – what you need to know

Page last updated 1 November 2022. Main image credit: Lin2015 from Pixabay. Commercial relationship disclosure: The Helpful Panda has commercial arrangements with organizations that may appear on this page, such as affiliate links. See our terms  for more info.

China packing list

Explore China

Do you want to build your career in China?

partner-img

Our writers have all experienced China in person. Support them by subscribing to the free monthly newsletter about visiting China.

Nomadic Samuel Travel Blog - Travel Blog with Destination and City Guides!

Guiyang Travel Guide: Top 44 Things to Do in Guiyang, China

Welcome to Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province in southwestern China. Nestled among lush mountains and surrounded by verdant landscapes , Guiyang is a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends modernity with traditional Chinese culture. With its pleasant climate, rich cultural heritage, and stunning natural beauty , Guiyang is a captivating destination for travelers seeking a unique and immersive experience.

Guiyang is renowned for its ethnic diversity, with over 30 ethnic minority groups residing in the region. This cultural melting pot has given rise to a vibrant tapestry of traditions, festivals, and cuisines, offering visitors a rich and authentic cultural experience. From exploring ancient temples and historic landmarks to indulging in local delicacies, Guiyang offers a plethora of attractions and activities to cater to every traveler’s interests.

In this travel guide , we will delve into the fascinating highlights and hidden gems of Guiyang. Discover the city’s ancient roots at the Jiaxiu Tower, a historic landmark perched on Nanming River. Explore the stunning Qingyan Ancient Town, a well-preserved architectural gem with its ancient streets, temples, and traditional houses. Immerse yourself in the local culture by attending the lively Miao and Buyi ethnic minority festivals, where you can witness colorful costumes, traditional dances, and vibrant cultural performances.

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted by Guiyang’s picturesque surroundings. Take a scenic drive to the breathtaking Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of China’s largest waterfalls, where you can witness the impressive cascades up close. Embark on a hiking adventure through the majestic Fanjing Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a sacred Buddhist mountain. Discover the enchanting Dragon Palace Cave, an underground wonderland adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and limestone formations.

Guiyang’s culinary scene is equally enticing, offering a range of flavors and delicacies. Sample local specialties such as Sour Fish Soup, a tangy and aromatic dish made with fresh river fish and pickled vegetables. Don’t miss out on the chance to try the famous Guizhou Maotai liquor, a strong spirit known for its unique flavor and cultural significance.

As you navigate Guiyang, you will be enchanted by the warmth and hospitality of the locals, who take pride in sharing their cultural heritage with visitors. Whether you’re exploring the city’s landmarks, savoring the local cuisine, or immersing yourself in traditional festivities, Guiyang promises an unforgettable journey filled with delightful discoveries and cherished memories.

Join us as we embark on a captivating adventure through the vibrant streets, cultural wonders, and natural beauty of Guiyang. This travel guide will provide you with invaluable insights and recommendations to make the most of your visit to this enchanting city. Get ready to be captivated by Guiyang’s charm and embark on an unforgettable exploration of this hidden gem in southwestern China.

Guiyang Travel Guide: Top Things to do in Guiyang, China

Guiyang City Guide: A Brief History Of Guiyang, China

Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province, has a rich history that spans over 2,200 years. The area that is now Guiyang has been inhabited since ancient times, with evidence of human presence dating back to the Paleolithic era. Guiyang’s history is closely tied to the development of the ethnic minority groups that call the region home.

During the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), Guiyang was part of the Nanman Prefecture, an administrative division of the empire. However, it was during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) that Guiyang began to gain prominence as a regional center. It served as an important military outpost and administrative hub due to its strategic location and proximity to the Yelang Kingdom, an ancient state known for its cultural and economic influence.

Guiyang continued to thrive during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and became an important trading hub along the Southern Silk Road. The city’s strategic location at the crossroads of various trade routes facilitated the exchange of goods and cultural ideas between different regions of China .

In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Guiyang was established as a prefecture and became the political and economic center of Guizhou. The city experienced significant growth during this period, with the construction of city walls, temples, and administrative buildings.

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), Guiyang saw further development and became an important cultural and educational center. Many schools and academies were established, contributing to the city’s reputation as a center of learning.

In the 20th century, Guiyang played a crucial role in the Chinese Revolution. It became a base for the Communist Party of China and was an important site for revolutionary activities. Notable figures such as Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai had connections to Guiyang and the surrounding areas.

Following the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Guiyang underwent rapid industrialization and urbanization. It became the capital of Guizhou Province in 1970 and has since experienced significant economic growth and modernization.

Today, Guiyang stands as a thriving modern city while retaining its historical and cultural heritage. Its rich history, combined with the diverse ethnic minority groups that inhabit the region, contributes to Guiyang’s unique cultural tapestry and makes it a fascinating destination for travelers seeking an immersive and authentic experience .

Exploring the historical sites, visiting ancient temples, and learning about the city’s cultural traditions provide a glimpse into Guiyang’s past and the legacy that has shaped its present-day identity. From ancient roots to revolutionary history, Guiyang offers a captivating journey through time for travelers eager to delve into the city’s rich historical tapestry.

Guiyang Top Attractions and Best Places to Visit in China

Off the beaten track in China’s southwest, Guiyang is a great place for the traveller to explore the culture of this part of the country without being overwhelmed by throngs of tourists .

With an old town dating to the Ming Dynasty, limestone karsts, and hill tribe villages in this city’s vicinity, it will make a great base for several days for intrepid backpackers .

Come check out our Guiyang travel guide as we cover the best things to do in Guiyang, China.

Start your visit to Guiyang by spending time learning about the history of the area at the Guizhou Provincial Museum . Within its walls, there are 200,000 different pieces which will fill you in on the past of this corner of China .

In its exhibits, check out handicrafts, weapons, fossils, clothing worn in prior centuries by locals and indigenous tribes, and other artifacts which will help illustrate what life what like over countless generations dating to the start of civilization in this part of the world.

Be sure to check out their marine dinosaur fossils, bronze chariots dating from the Han Dynasty, and the dresses and jewellery of the Miao (a hill tribe common to the Guiyang area), as these exhibits are the highlights of this institution.

Take a step into past dynasties by spending a part of your day exploring Qingyan Ancient Town . Built during the Ming Dynasty as a strategic military post, it serves today as a window into what life was like in this part of China many centuries ago.

With temples, palaces, shophouses, and street food stalls, a visit here could easily turn into a full-day affair. With many purveyors of authentic local goods being found here, those looking to shop for souvenirs would do well to get it done here.

Want to get out and see amazing natural wonders within an easy drive from Guiyang? Include Tianhe Lake in your travel itinerary. Situated amidst the karst landscape found throughout this part of China , you’ll find a cool day use area which makes it easy and comfortable to see the crystal clear lake and water-filled caves found here.

After taking a boat ride through the aforementioned caves, be sure to witness a traditional Miao wedding – put on for visitors, it is a spectacle not to be missed.

While in Guiyang, make time to tour some of the Miao Hill Tribe Villages found in the mountainous parts of the surrounding region. This is the heartland of this ancient culture, making the settlements in this part of China the best place to watch them go about their daily lives.

Stop by the Miao Nationality Museum to get some background on their past, then walk amidst their humble but beautiful wooden houses. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to see a performance where they sing and dance for visitors.

Other Cultural Attractions: Trip to Guiyang, China

There are many attractive green spaces one can find within the confines of the city of Guiyang, but Qianling Hill Park is easily the most attractive of the lot. Founded around a small mount/big hill, it is an immensely popular domestic attraction for those within China .

Covered in lush trees, gardens, lakes, and temples, it is easily one of the most relaxing places in Guiyang. Start by walking alongside the peaceful shores of Qianling Lake, which contains a war memorial commemorating the sacrifice of martyrs in past wars.

Next, check out the Macaque Garden, as it is filled with our simian cousins, who swing from tree to tree in this part of the park. After that, the Kylin Cave is a great place to wander, as its many stalactites and stalagmites will impress those who are into geology.

Finally, make the Hongfu Temple your last stop in the park. Built in the 17th century, it is the largest Buddhist temple in Guizhou Province. Possessing a spectacular bronze bell, drum tower, and a variety of statues depicting the Buddha in various poses, those who are taken by Buddhist temples will enjoy what they find here, especially given its setting amidst the lush greenery of Qianling Hill Park.

Back in Guiyang, take a swing past Jiaxiu Tower if you have time during your visit to this city. Erected during the Ming Dynasty, this grand old wooden structure was built by local authorities to serve as a source of inspiration for local intellectuals studying for government exams and scholarly rank.

Photographers are advised to come by at night, as this building is lit up brilliantly after darkness falls.

Need a break from the stress of wandering the busy streets of Guiyang? Spend an hour or two relaxing within the bounds of Huaxi Park . Filled with pavilions, lakes, and flower beds, it is a world away from the downtown core.

Be sure to come by in spring, as there are many cherry trees which burst into blossom during this time of year, drawing scores of locals to relax beneath them.

Top 44 Things To Do in Guiyang, China For Visitors

Here are 44 top things to do in Guiyang, China for visitors:

  • Visit Jiaxiu Tower: Explore this iconic landmark, also known as the First Scholar’s Tower. Located on a rock in the Nanming River, the tower offers panoramic views of Guiyang’s skyline. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about its historical significance as a symbol of academic success.
  • Wander through Qingyan Ancient Town: Step back in time as you stroll through the well-preserved ancient streets, temples, and traditional houses of this historic town. Admire the Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, visit the Stone Archway Museum, and sample local snacks from street vendors.
  • Explore Hongfu Temple: Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this Buddhist temple, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Marvel at the intricate wood carvings, beautiful frescoes, and golden statues. Take a moment to relax in the tranquil gardens and reflect in the temple’s serene atmosphere.
  • Discover the Guizhou Provincial Museum: Delve into Guizhou’s rich cultural heritage and history at this impressive museum. Explore exhibits that showcase artifacts from different periods, including ancient bronze ware, ethnic costumes, traditional crafts, and archaeological discoveries.
  • Visit Qianling Park: Escape the bustling city and enjoy the tranquility of Qianling Park. Climb to the top of Qianling Pagoda for panoramic views of Guiyang. Explore the park’s lush gardens, teahouses, and serene ponds, where you can feed the fish and relax amid nature.
  • Experience ethnic minority cultures at the Guizhou Ethnic Minority Museum: Gain insights into the traditions, customs, and unique cultural practices of Guizhou’s diverse ethnic groups. The museum displays artifacts, traditional costumes, handicrafts, and photographs that represent the cultural diversity of the region.
  • Explore the Forest Park of Guiyang: Reconnect with nature at the Forest Park of Guiyang. This expansive park offers hiking trails , botanical gardens, and scenic spots. Visit the Orchid Garden, Butterfly Valley, and the Children’s Amusement Park. Enjoy a leisurely picnic or take part in outdoor activities such as boating, cycling, and bird-watching.
  • Attend the Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival: Experience the vibrant celebrations and cultural performances during the Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival. This annual festival showcases the traditions of the Miao ethnic minority, with colorful costumes, traditional dances, music, and a grand feast known as the Sisters’ Meal.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Nanming River: Take a relaxing cruise along the Nanming River and soak in the scenic beauty of Guiyang. Admire the city’s skyline, bridges, and riverside scenery. Choose between daytime cruises or evening cruises, where you can enjoy the city lights.
  • Taste local delicacies at the Guiyang Night Market: Indulge in a culinary adventure at the Guiyang Night Market, known for its wide variety of street food and snacks . Sample local specialties such as Sour Fish Soup, Changwang Noodles, Roast Fish, and Spicy Tofu. Try exotic delicacies like fried insects if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Marvel at the Huangguoshu Waterfall: Take a day trip from Guiyang to witness the majestic Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in China. Admire the cascading waters as they thunder down a 77.8-meter-wide curtain of water, creating a spectacular sight. Explore the surrounding waterfalls, caves, and scenic trails.
  • Explore the Dragon Palace Cave: Discover the wonders of the Dragon Palace Cave, a magnificent underground cave system known for its unique rock formations. Cruise through the cave on a boat and marvel at the stalactites, stalagmites, and limestone formations. Explore chambers with names like Crystal Palace, Heavenly Waterfall, and Dragon King Palace.
  • Visit the Guizhou Science and Technology Museum: Engage in interactive exhibits and displays at the Guizhou Science and Technology Museum. Learn about the latest advancements in science, technology, and space exploration. Enjoy hands-on activities, virtual reality experiences, and informative demonstrations.
  • Attend the Guizhou International Folk Song Festival: Immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of Guizhou at the Guizhou International Folk Song Festival. Enjoy a diverse range of folk music performances, featuring traditional instruments, captivating vocals, and colorful costumes. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and the celebration of local music and culture.
  • Experience the Buyi Torch Festival: Join the festivities and witness the unique traditions of the Buyi ethnic minority during the Buyi Torch Festival. This vibrant celebration involves torch-lit processions, traditional dances, singing, and drumming. Experience the cultural heritage and immerse yourself in the festive spirit.
  • Visit the Guiyang Confucius Temple: Pay homage to the great philosopher Confucius at the Guiyang Confucius Temple. Explore the beautiful temple complex, featuring grand halls, tranquil courtyards, and serene gardens. Admire the traditional architecture and learn about Confucian philosophy and teachings.
  • Explore the Huaxi Wetland Park: Escape the city and enjoy a peaceful retreat in nature at the Huaxi Wetland Park. Stroll along the wooden boardwalks, spot a variety of bird species, and immerse yourself in the serene wetland environment. Enjoy picturesque views, colorful flowers, and the soothing sound of chirping birds.
  • Learn traditional handicrafts at the Guizhou Provincial Arts and Crafts Research Institute: Discover the intricate craftsmanship of traditional arts and crafts at the Guizhou Provincial Arts and Crafts Research Institute. Participate in workshops and learn techniques such as embroidery, batik, paper cutting, and silverwork. Browse the gallery and shop for unique handmade souvenirs .
  • Hike to Tianhe Pool in the Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area: Embark on a hiking adventure to Tianhe Pool, a picturesque natural pool located in the Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area. Trek through breathtaking landscapes, including towering karst mountains, dense forests, and crystal-clear streams. Enjoy the serenity of the pool and marvel at the surrounding natural beauty.
  • Visit the Guiyang Olympic Sports Center: Catch a sports event or enjoy recreational activities at the Guiyang Olympic Sports Center. This modern sports complex features a stadium, swimming pools, tennis courts, and fitness facilities. Join a fitness class, watch a football match, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere.
  • Explore the Guiyang Wenchang Pavilion: Admire the beautiful Wenchang Pavilion, dedicated to the Chinese god of literature. Located on Qianling Mountain, the pavilion offers panoramic views of Guiyang’s urban landscape. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, lush greenery, and the tranquility of the pavilion.
  • Experience the Guizhou Opera: Immerse yourself in the world of traditional Chinese opera at a performance of Guizhou Opera. Known for its vibrant costumes, elaborate makeup, and captivating storytelling, Guizhou Opera showcases local folklore, historical legends, and traditional musical techniques. Enjoy the enchanting performances and cultural richness of this unique art form.
  • Discover the Tianhe Lake Scenic Area: Escape the city and explore the scenic beauty of the Tianhe Lake Scenic Area. Engage in activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Enjoy the serene atmosphere, picturesque landscapes , and the opportunity to connect with nature.
  • Experience the cultural heritage of Miao Village: Take a trip to a traditional Miao village and immerse yourself in the rich culture and customs of the Miao ethnic minority. Visit a local Miao family, learn about their traditions, and witness handicraft demonstrations, traditional music, and dance performances.
  • Explore the Guiyang Cultural and Sports Center: Discover a variety of cultural and sports activities at the Guiyang Cultural and Sports Center. Watch a concert, theatrical performance, or sporting event. The center hosts exhibitions, art shows, and cultural festivals throughout the year .
  • Visit the Guizhou Provincial Library: Immerse yourself in the world of literature and knowledge at the Guizhou Provincial Library. Browse the extensive collection of books, periodicals, and historical documents. Enjoy the tranquil reading areas and attend cultural events and lectures.
  • Enjoy the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra: Experience the beauty of classical music at a performance by the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra. Listen to masterful renditions of symphonies, concertos, and other classical compositions in a world-class concert hall.
  • Explore the Nanming River Scenic Area: Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Nanming River in the Nanming River Scenic Area. Enjoy the river views, landscaped gardens, and charming bridges. Relax in one of the riverside cafes or join locals for a game of mahjong in the park.
  • Discover the secrets of Maotai Liquor at the Maotai Distillery: Visit the renowned Maotai Distillery, known for producing the famous Maotai Liquor. Learn about the traditional production process, visit the fermentation pits, and sample different varieties of this prized Chinese spirit.
  • Attend the Dragon Boat Festival: Experience the excitement of the Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated annually in Guiyang. Watch thrilling dragon boat races on the Nanming River, enjoy traditional zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), and witness cultural performances and dragon dances.
  • Hike the Baihua Lake Scenic Area: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails of the Baihua Lake Scenic Area. Trek through lush forests, ascend to viewpoints offering panoramic views, and enjoy the tranquility of the lake. The area is also home to diverse flora and fauna, making it a great spot for nature lovers .
  • Visit the Guizhou Provincial History Museum: Discover Guizhou’s rich history and archaeological treasures at the Guizhou Provincial History Museum. Explore the exhibits showcasing artifacts, ancient relics, and cultural relics that span thousands of years.
  • Explore the Huangguoshu National Park: Journey to the Huangguoshu National Park and explore the diverse landscapes it offers. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Huangguoshu Waterfall, hike through scenic trails, visit the Tianxing Qiao Scenic Area with its karst formations, and explore underground caves.
  • Experience the Lantern Festival: Celebrate the Lantern Festival, an important traditional Chinese festival held on the 15th day of the lunar year. Enjoy the spectacle of vibrant lantern displays, cultural performances, and lantern riddle games at various locations throughout Guiyang.
  • Discover the Guiyang Wumeng Grassland: Escape to the Guiyang Wumeng Grassland and experience the unique pastoral scenery. Enjoy horseback riding, visit nomadic yurts, and participate in traditional Mongolian cultural activities such as wrestling and archery.
  • Visit the Qianming Temple: Explore the Qianming Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple with a history dating back over a thousand years. Admire the ornate architecture, intricate carvings, and serene atmosphere. The temple complex also houses a museum showcasing Buddhist artifacts and relics.
  • Explore the Guiyang Zhucheng Square: Take a leisurely stroll in the Guiyang Zhucheng Square, a modern urban plaza surrounded by high-rise buildings. Enjoy the fountains, sculptures, and landscaped gardens. The square is also a popular gathering place for locals, offering a vibrant atmosphere and opportunities for people-watching.
  • Sample Guizhou Tea at a Tea House: Experience the art of tea-drinking at a traditional Guizhou tea house. Savor a variety of local teas, such as Maofeng green tea and black tea. Learn about tea ceremonies, tea etiquette, and the health benefits of tea.
  • Explore the Guizhou Provincial Stadium: Catch a live sports event or join in recreational activities at the Guizhou Provincial Stadium. Whether it’s a football match, track and field competition, or fitness classes, the stadium offers a lively atmosphere and opportunities for sports enthusiasts.
  • Discover the Maling River Canyon: Venture to the Maling River Canyon and witness the breathtaking natural beauty of this deep gorge. Hike along the trails that wind through the canyon, pass through suspension bridges, and marvel at the cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs.
  • Visit the Guiyang Municipal Government Building: Admire the grand architecture of the Guiyang Municipal Government Building, which combines traditional Chinese elements with modern design. Take in the city views from the rooftop observation deck and learn about the city’s urban planning initiatives.
  • Explore the Guiyang International Ecological Conference Center: Discover the innovative design and sustainable features of the Guiyang International Ecological Conference Center. Explore the green spaces, ecological gardens, and educational exhibits that promote environmental conservation and eco-friendly practices.
  • Attend the Guiyang Flower Festival: Enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrant blooms at the Guiyang Flower Festival, held annually during springtime. Explore floral displays, participate in flower arranging workshops, and enjoy cultural performances in the midst of a blossoming paradise.
  • Visit the Guiyang Grand Theater: Immerse yourself in the arts and cultural performances at the Guiyang Grand Theater. Watch ballets, operas, orchestral concerts, and theatrical productions in the state-of-the-art auditorium. Experience the talent and creativity of local and international performers.

With this diverse range of activities, Guiyang promises an enriching and memorable experience for visitors. From exploring historical sites and immersing yourself in ethnic minority cultures to embracing the natural beauty and indulging in local cuisine, Guiyang offers something for every traveler’s interest.

What To Eat and Drink in Guiyang, China

Guiyang is renowned for its unique and flavorful cuisine, which reflects the diverse culinary traditions of Guizhou Province. Here are some must-try dishes and drinks when visiting Guiyang:

  • Sour Fish Soup (酸汤鱼): This iconic dish features tender fish cooked in a sour and spicy broth made with pickled vegetables, chili peppers, and various herbs. It’s a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.
  • Spicy Chicken (辣子鸡): Guiyang-style spicy chicken is known for its fiery flavors and aromatic spices. The chicken is stir-fried with chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, and other seasonings to create a dish that packs a punch.
  • Changwang Noodles (长旺面): This local specialty consists of thick noodles served in a rich and flavorful broth made from pork bones and various seasonings. Topped with tender slices of pork, pickled vegetables, and chili oil, it’s a satisfying and hearty meal.
  • Siwawa (丝娃娃): Siwawa, or silk dolls, are a popular street food snack in Guiyang. These bite-sized dumplings are filled with a combination of minced meat, vegetables, and seasonings. They are usually served with a spicy dipping sauce.
  • Roast Fish (烤鱼): Guiyang is famous for its roast fish, a flavorful dish that combines grilled fish with a medley of vegetables, herbs, and spices. The fish is typically cooked on a charcoal grill and served with a spicy and aromatic sauce.
  • Sour Soup Hotpot (酸汤火锅): Guiyang’s version of hotpot features a tangy and spicy broth made with fermented vegetables and chili peppers. Enjoy a wide array of fresh meats, seafood, and vegetables cooked in the flavorful broth.
  • Guizhou Maotai Liquor (茅台酒): As one of China’s most famous spirits, Maotai Liquor is produced in Guizhou Province. This strong and aromatic liquor is made from fermented sorghum and is often enjoyed during celebratory occasions or as a symbol of hospitality.
  • Choujiu (臭酒): Choujiu is a traditional rice wine from Guizhou. It has a distinctive aroma and a slightly sweet taste. This local specialty is often served during festivals and celebrations.
  • Sweet Rice Tofu Pudding (甜米豆腐花): A popular dessert in Guiyang, this sweet rice tofu pudding is made from fresh soybean milk and sweetened with sugar or honey. It’s a refreshing and light dessert option.
  • Guizhou Black Tea (贵州红茶): Guizhou is known for its high-quality black tea. Enjoy a cup of locally produced black tea, which has a rich flavor and a distinct floral aroma.
  • Guizhou Beef Noodles (贵州牛肉面): This dish features tender beef slices served with thick and chewy noodles in a flavorful beef broth. It’s a hearty and satisfying option for noodle lovers.
  • Sticky Rice Dumplings (粽子): These savory dumplings are made with glutinous rice filled with ingredients such as marinated pork, mushrooms, and chestnuts. They are wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed, resulting in a delicious and aromatic treat.
  • Guiyang Rice Cake (花溪糕): Guiyang-style rice cake is a popular dessert made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, and other ingredients. It has a soft and chewy texture and can be flavored with ingredients like red bean paste or osmanthus flowers.
  • Spicy Tofu (辣子豆腐): This dish consists of soft tofu cubes stir-fried with chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, and other spices. It offers a spicy and flavorful combination that is popular among locals.

When dining in Guiyang, don’t be afraid to explore the local street food scene. Visit night markets and food stalls to sample a wide variety of snacks, such as grilled skewers, steamed buns, and spicy noodles.

Guiyang’s cuisine is known for its bold flavors and spicy profiles, so be prepared for some heat in many dishes.

Where To Visit After Your Trip To Guiyang?

After exploring Guiyang, there are several nearby destinations worth visiting to further enrich your travel experience . Here are a few suggestions:

  • Huangguoshu Waterfall: Located about 150 kilometers west of Guiyang, the Huangguoshu Waterfall is one of China’s most spectacular waterfalls. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and offers breathtaking views. Explore the surrounding area, including the Tianxingqiao Scenic Area, where you can find stunning karst formations, caves, and smaller waterfalls.
  • Zhenyuan Ancient Town: Situated approximately 180 kilometers southeast of Guiyang, Zhenyuan Ancient Town is known for its well-preserved architecture, ancient streets, and historic landmarks. Explore the town’s ancient bridges, temples, and traditional houses while enjoying the picturesque views of the Wuyang River.
  • Fanjing Mountain: Located around 250 kilometers northeast of Guiyang, Fanjing Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a sacred Buddhist mountain. Trek through lush forests, climb steep staircases, and visit Buddhist temples along the way. The mountain offers breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere.
  • Kaili: Located approximately 170 kilometers southeast of Guiyang, Kaili is the cultural heart of the Miao and Dong ethnic minority groups. Explore the traditional villages, interact with locals, and experience their unique customs, traditional music, and colorful festivals. The Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum is also worth a visit to learn more about the local culture.
  • Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area: Situated around 300 kilometers south of Guiyang, the Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area is known for its stunning karst landscapes, clear rivers, and dense forests. Explore attractions such as the Xiaoqikong Scenic Area and the Seven Small Arches, where you can hike, boat, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.
  • Xijiang Miao Village: Located approximately 200 kilometers southeast of Guiyang, Xijiang Miao Village is one of the largest Miao ethnic minority villages in China. Explore the traditional wooden houses, witness traditional Miao embroidery, and experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Enjoy cultural performances and learn about the Miao way of life.
  • Anshun: Situated around 90 kilometers west of Guiyang, Anshun is known for its natural wonders and cultural attractions. Visit the famous Huangguoshu Waterfall, explore the Dragon Palace Cave, and discover the ancient stone forest formations in the nearby Getu River Scenic Area.
  • Yangshuo: Located in Guangxi Province, Yangshuo is a picturesque town known for its stunning karst mountains, scenic rivers, and vibrant atmosphere. Take a cruise along the Li River, explore the stunning countryside on a bicycle, or enjoy the bustling West Street filled with shops, restaurants, and street performers.
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Located in Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie is famous for its towering sandstone pillars and lush forests. Explore the breathtaking landscapes that inspired the floating mountains in the movie “Avatar.” Take a ride on the glass-bottomed Bailong Elevator, hike along the stunning Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, or visit the mystical Tianmen Mountain.
  • Lijiang: Situated in Yunnan Province, Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved ancient town and rich Naxi ethnic culture. Wander through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool Park, and experience traditional Naxi music and dance performances.
  • Chengdu: As the capital city of Sichuan Province, Chengdu offers a mix of cultural attractions and culinary delights. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these adorable creatures up close, explore the historic Jinli Ancient Street, and savor authentic Sichuan cuisine, known for its spicy flavors.
  • Dali: Located in Yunnan Province, Dali is a charming city nestled in the picturesque Dali Valley. Explore the ancient city with its traditional Bai architecture, visit the serene Erhai Lake, and immerse yourself in the local Bai minority culture. Don’t miss the Three Pagodas, a symbol of Dali, and try the local specialty, Xizhou Baba, a savory pastry .
  • Kunming: Known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, boasts pleasant weather and beautiful natural scenery. Visit the stunning Stone Forest, stroll through the vibrant Flowers and Birds Market, and learn about the diverse ethnic cultures at the Yunnan Ethnic Village.
  • Xi’an: Located in Shaanxi Province, Xi’an is an ancient capital of China and home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Marvel at the life-sized army of terracotta soldiers, visit the ancient City Wall, and explore the Muslim Quarter with its bustling markets and delicious street food .
  • Jiuzhaigou Valley: Located in Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its breathtaking natural beauty . Explore the colorful lakes, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks of this pristine mountain valley. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.
  • Mount Emei: Situated in Sichuan Province, Mount Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Embark on a spiritual journey as you hike the scenic trails, visit ancient temples, and witness stunning panoramic views from the mountain summit.
  • Chongqing: As a sprawling metropolis and major transportation hub, Chongqing offers a vibrant blend of urban experiences and natural wonders. Take a Yangtze River cruise, explore the ancient Ciqikou Old Town, and indulge in the city’s famous hotpot cuisine.
  • Hangzhou: Located in Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is renowned for its picturesque West Lake, lush tea plantations , and historical sites. Take a boat ride on the tranquil West Lake, visit the ancient Lingyin Temple, and stroll along the charming Hefang Street.
  • Guilin: Known for its iconic karst landscapes and the Li River, Guilin is a destination of natural beauty. Cruise along the Li River, explore the enchanting Reed Flute Cave, and take in the stunning scenery at the Longji Rice Terraces.
  • Suzhou: Dubbed the “Venice of the East,” Suzhou is famous for its classical Chinese gardens, tranquil canals, and elegant silk industry. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, take a boat ride on the ancient canals, and explore the historic Pingjiang Road.
  • Shanghai: As China’s largest city, Shanghai offers a captivating blend of modernity and tradition . Explore the iconic waterfront Bund, stroll through the historical lanes of the Old Town, and admire the futuristic skyline from the Shanghai Tower.
  • Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park: Located in Gansu Province, this geological park is famous for its unique and vibrant rainbow-colored rock formations. Explore the otherworldly landscapes, hike along the trails, and capture stunning photographs of the natural wonders .
  • Dunhuang: Situated in Gansu Province, Dunhuang is known for its historical Silk Road connections and the Mogao Caves. Visit the UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, ride a camel in the desert, and witness the majestic beauty of the Singing Sand Dunes.

These destinations offer diverse landscapes , cultural experiences, and historical sites that complement the experience of visiting Guiyang. Whether you’re interested in natural wonders, ethnic minority cultures, or historical landmarks, these nearby places provide an opportunity to further explore the beauty and diversity of Guizhou Province.

Guiyang Natural Beauty including a stunning waterfall in China

Guiyang Travel Guide: Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Guiyang, China offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and unique culinary experiences. From exploring ancient towns and historical landmarks to immersing yourself in ethnic minority cultures and savoring local delicacies, Guiyang has something for every traveler.

The city’s attractions, such as Jiaxiu Tower, Qingyan Ancient Town, and the Guizhou Provincial Museum, provide insights into Guiyang’s history and cultural significance. The surrounding natural wonders, including the Huangguoshu Waterfall and the Forest Park of Guiyang, offer opportunities for outdoor adventures and breathtaking scenery .

Immersing yourself in the local culture is a must-do in Guiyang, whether it’s attending festivals like the Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival, experiencing traditional handicrafts at the Guizhou Provincial Arts and Crafts Research Institute, or enjoying the vibrant night market scene.

Guiyang’s culinary delights, such as Sour Fish Soup, Spicy Chicken, and Changwang Noodles, tantalize the taste buds with their bold flavors. Don’t forget to sample local snacks at the Guiyang Night Market and indulge in Guizhou Maotai Liquor, a symbol of the region’s distilling excellence.

Beyond Guiyang, there are several nearby destinations worth exploring , including Huangguoshu Waterfall, Zhenyuan Ancient Town, and the scenic wonders of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

As you plan your visit to Guiyang, be sure to consider the weather conditions and any cultural festivals or events taking place during your stay. Guiyang’s moderate climate and friendly locals make it a welcoming destination throughout the year.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a culinary enthusiast, Guiyang promises an unforgettable travel experience. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey filled with cultural immersion, natural beauty, and delightful gastronomy in the captivating city of Guiyang, China.

Guiyang travel guide

Guiyang travel guide

Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, sits amidst encircling mountains in the provincial center. Nicknamed “Forest City”, Guiyang is hailed as the “Second Spring City on the Plateau” after the more flamboyant “First Spring City” Kunming. Guiyang captivates with its refined and pristine beauty.

Though often just a transit hub for travelers, Guiyang rewards those who explore its understated charms. Most attractions are named “Park”, especially the famed karst landscapes of verdant peaks and emerald caverns. Crisp air and limpid waters abound.

Beyond splendid scenery, Guiyang exudes leisure and contentment. Life ambles at an unhurried pace unlike hectic metropolises. At night, snack streets and bar streets burst with revelry, embodying the city’s relaxed and tolerant spirit.

Come savor Guiyang’s laidback vibe and uncover its hidden depths!

Consumption level

Guiyang offers moderate travel costs, with budget hotels running 150-200RMB per night. Dining averages around 75RMB per person daily. Breakfast is about 15RMB while lunches and dinners of local snacks and dishes cost 20-30RMB, with nicer restaurants up to 60RMB. Public bus rides are 1-4RMB and taxis start at 11RMB to reach most attractions.

To maximize your budget, stay in affordable express hotels near the city center. Take buses and subways to get around town. For meals, enjoy inexpensive local noodle and rice dishes as well as Guizhou snacks like spicy tofu and fried peanuts.

With good planning, you can experience Guiyang's scenery, history, and unique local culture for 500-800RMB per day. Focus your time and budget on public transit, reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, and free natural attractions like Anshun Bridge and Huaxi Park to make the most of this laidback southwest Chinese city.

Guiyang International Beer Festival

The Guizhou International Beer Festival taking place in Guiyang, China from late June to mid July is a must-visit event for beer lovers and families alike. At the festival grounds located in the Weilai Ark area on Shuidong Road and the Guiyang International Convention Center in downtown Guiyang, attendees can taste beers from all over China and learn about the history, culture, and production process of Chinese beer. The festival also features Guizhou’s famous spicy cuisine to perfectly complement the beers. Even kids can have fun at the festival with rides like carousels, rotating chairs, and bouncy castles. With beer, food, and amusement all in one place, the Guizhou International Beer Festival promises to be an engaging cultural experience for visitors of all ages.

Climb the Jiaxiu Tower to admire the most beautiful night scenery in Guiyang

Jiaxiu Tower stands as Guiyang's most iconic landmark. At night, Jiaxiu Tower Square dazzles with lights as crowds gather. Having weathered countless storms, Jiaxiu Tower has silently witnessed Guiyang's history. Bathed in illuminations, its antique charm and beauty shine through. Modern high-rises glow seductively in neon hues. Tranquil Nanming River flows on below. Jiaxiu Tower's silhouette reflects gracefully on the water's surface. Make the ascent to the top of this storied tower and take in the mesmerizing nightscape. Against the glittering city backdrop, admire Jiaxiu Tower up close under the moonlight. Feel transported back through time as you gaze out at the juxtaposition of Guiyang's heritage and its cosmopolitan present. For breathtaking views of river and skyline, there's no better vantage point than Jiaxiu Tower to appreciate Guiyang's most romantic evening allure.

The Leisure Taste of a Small Town in the Night Market

Even with limited time in Guiyang, don't miss experiencing the lively night markets. From Erho Road Night Market to Shaanxi Road Night Market, these bustling bazaars capture the city's spirit. Strolling past endless rows of food stalls, the streets come alive with sizzling grills, clinking dishes, spirited chatter, and wafting aromas. Duck into humble local eateries tucked in neighborhoods to find authentic Guiyang snacks. Try signature dishes like siwawa spicy noodles or qingshuitan parboiled fish. Elbow-to-elbow with locals, savor the tangy, tongue-tingling flavors unique to Guiyang. Among the smoky grills, colorful crowds, and vendor shouts, lose yourself in the moment. Night markets let you taste the true hustle and hospitality of this lively city. Full of flavor and energy, they offer the perfect bite-sized experience of Guiyang after dark.

Playing macaques in Qianlingshan Park to see the beauty of the city in the forest

Qianling Mountain Park is beloved not just for its verdant hills and waters, but also its boisterous troops of monkeys. Completely habituated to humans, these mischievous macaques may even brazenly snatch food from your hands or clamber onto your shoulders. It's a rare delight to encounter such freely roaming wildlife in the heart of a city. Hike uphill through the forest to Zhanzhuting Pavilion to be rewarded with panoramic views of Guiyang, fittingly nicknamed the "Forest City." Watch monkeys romp and tumble as you take in the sea of treetops blanketed in foliage below. Let these gregarious primates entertain you with their antics - they’re always eager to show off for extra treats or playtime. An encounter with Qianling Mountain Park's monkeys offers a lively nature encounter as well as spectacular vistas of Guiyang nestled harmoniously within its verdant surrounds.

To savor the nostalgic times in the corners and corners

Meander down Liyu Street to step back in time among Guiyang's most evocative old alleys. Lined with weathered brick dwellings and vintage mom-and-pop stores, its narrow lanes exude nostalgic charm. Glimpse snapshots of daily life as residents shop at traditional sundry stalls stocked with wares from yesteryear. For artistic treasures, browse the antique dealers under Wandong Bridge, a haunt of the culturally inclined. Nearby Wandong Bridge Flower and Bird Market offers an array of exotic pets. Visit Guiyang's Beitang Catholic Church to admire the fusion of Chinese and Western architecture. Lose yourself in the ancient streets around Tongren Bookhouse, Dade College, and Wenchang Pavilion to soak up the enduring antiquity permeating Guiyang. Wandering these age-old alleys lets you experience the unhurried pulse and time-honored character of the city.

Strolling through ancient alleys and savoring delicious food in Qingyan Ancient Town

With stone walkways, walls, pillars, and tiles, everything in Qingyan Ancient Town is sculpted from rock. As one of Guizhou's four grand ancient towns, Qingyan reflects the regional Tunpu culture while integrating diverse beliefs. Rather than ticking off sightseeing spots, lose yourself in the maze-like stone alleys to soak up the captivating old-world atmosphere. When you work up an appetite, Qingyan’s main street tempts with local snacks like pig’s trotters, Qingyan tofu, rose candy, huangba (fried pancakes), sticky rice, gaojian rice porridge, and jila (spicy chicken). Let your tastebuds guide you through fried, steamed, saucy and sweet treats from stall to stall. Wandering these atmospheric lanes while sampling Qingyan's specialties makes for the quintessential experience of this charming heritage town and its rich culinary traditions.

Best Travel Time

Medical treatment, safety considerations.

When traveling in Guiyang during summer, mosquito repellent is a must, as bugs can be bothersome, especially in the parks' forests and hills. Additionally, solo travelers should avoid lingering for long periods around the train and bus stations, and be sure to closely watch their valuables. As in any city, keep aware of your surroundings and use common sense precautions. However, Guiyang is generally quite safe. Violent crime is rare and the city centers are well-lit and populated. Simply take regular safety measures like avoiding unlit alleyways at night, only taking registered taxis, and keeping belongings secure in crowded areas. For added peace of mind, the tourism police provide assistance to visitors if issues arise. While mosquitoes may be an annoyance, violent crime is not a major concern. With some basic precautions, Guiyang makes for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Guiyang Surrounding Cities

Qiandongnan travel guide

Qiandongnan

Bijie travel guide

Popular tourist cities in China

Beijing travel guide

logo

Guiyang Travel Guide

Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province in Southwest China, is a dynamic and lively urban center that boasts a fusion of modernity and traditional Chinese culture, making it a unique destination for visitors.

The city is surrounded by awe-inspiring natural landscapes, such as rolling hills, misty mountains, and pristine rivers.

Guiyang is renowned for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and hospitable locals, making it an essential stop for anyone journeying to China.

Guiyang Guizhou

Chinese : 贵阳 guì yáng

Location : Southwest Guizhou, the capital city of Guizhou

Population (urban area) : 6,102,300

Why Visit Guiyang?

  • Experience traditional Chinese culture and customs: Guiyang is a city that has preserved traditional Chinese culture through its architecture, art, and customs, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.
  • Explore the stunning natural beauty of Guizhou Province: Guizhou Province boasts breathtaking scenery, including rolling hills, misty mountains, and crystal-clear rivers, providing visitors with a chance to explore the natural beauty of China.
  • Try unique and delicious local cuisine: Guiyang is known for its delicious and unique cuisine, including spicy hotpot, sour fish soup, and rice noodles, offering visitors a chance to try something new and different.
  • Learn about the history and heritage of Guiyang and Guizhou Province: Guiyang has a rich history and heritage, and visitors can learn about the city’s past by exploring its historic landmarks and museums.
  • Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene: Guiyang has a lively entertainment scene, including bars, clubs, and live music venues, providing visitors with a chance to enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife and culture.

Top Attractions in Guiyang

Top things to do in guiyang.

1. Try the local cuisine:

Guiyang is known for its delicious and unique cuisine, including spicy hotpot, sour fish soup, and rice noodles. Visitors can try these dishes at local restaurants and food stalls throughout the city.

2. Visit the Guiyang Cultural Palace:

This museum showcases the traditional arts and crafts of Guizhou Province, providing visitors with a chance to learn about the history and culture of the region.

3. Take a stroll along the Nanming River:

This scenic river runs through the heart of Guiyang, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the beautiful views and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

4. Attend a traditional Chinese tea ceremony:

Guiyang is known for its tea culture, and visitors can learn about the history and culture of tea by attending a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

5. Explore local markets and shopping streets:

Guiyang has a vibrant shopping scene, with local markets and shopping streets offering a wide range of goods, including handicrafts, souvenirs, and local specialties.

Nanming River Guiyang

Guiyang Weather

Guiyang boasts a humid subtropical climate, characterized by mild temperatures and ample rainfall throughout the year. The ideal time to visit Guiyang is during the spring and fall seasons , which fall between March and May and September to November, respectively, as the weather is moderate and comfortable. In the summertime, Guiyang can get hot and muggy, with frequent rainfall, while winters can be damp and cold, occasionally accompanied by snowfall.

Guiyang Transportation

G e t to guiyang.

Arrive by air:  Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (贵阳龙洞堡国际机场) is a significant air transport hub in Western China, serving over 70 domestic routes linking Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, and Guilin, as well as international flights to Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Bangkok. The airport is around 11 km away from the city center, and transportation options include train, bus, taxi, or private car.

Travel by train:  Guiyang Railway Station (贵阳站) and Guiyang North Railway Station (贵阳北站) are the primary railway stations connecting Guiyang with numerous cities across the country via high-speed and normal trains, such as Guilin (2.5 hours), Nanning (4 hours), Guangzhou (5 hours), Chengdu (4 hours), Chongqing (2 hours), Kunming (2 hours), among others. The railway stations are located in the city center, and transportation options include bus, taxi, or private car.

Take a bus:  Guiyang Jinyang Bus Station (贵阳金阳客运站) and Guiyang Long-distance Bus Station (贵阳长途汽车站) are the main bus stations providing long-distance bus services to cities and counties in Guizhou Province and neighboring provinces like Guangxi, Yunnan, and Sichuan, among others. The bus stations are situated near the city center, and transportation options include bus, taxi, or private car.

Explore Guiyang with a private car service : The most comfortable and convenient way to explore Guiyang and its surrounding areas is by booking a private car service with a professional driver and a local guide who can show you the best attractions and share interesting stories. You can also tailor your itinerary based on your interests and requirements.

Navigate with the metro : Guiyang has a metro system comprising four lines (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, and Line 8) that cover most of the city’s main areas, including the airport, railway stations, bus stations, city center, and some scenic spots. The metro operates from 6:00 to 23:00, and the fare ranges from CNY 2 to CNY 8, depending on the distance traveled.

Travel by taxi or bus : Taxis and buses are plentiful in Guiyang and can take you to different parts of the city. The taxi fare starts at CNY 10 for the first 3 km and then CNY 2 for each subsequent km. Bus fares are either CNY 1 or CNY 2, depending on the bus type. Both cash and transportation cards are accepted as payment for taxi and bus services.

Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport

Our Top Guiyang Tours

3-Day Guiyang City Tour with Huangguoshu Waterfall

6 Days Magic Guizhou Hiking Tour with Hidden Tribes

6 Days Guizhou Tour of Guiyang Kaili Fanjingshan

7 Days Guizhou Tour to Guiyang, Kaili, Libo

Other Popular Guizhou Destinations

Destinations, popular tours, travel blog.

Top 15 Things to Do in China 2024/2025 11/10/2022 07:53

Chinese Zodiac 04/14/2022 09:29

Why Visit Dunhuang and Top Things to Do in Dunhuang 03/29/2022 09:33

We are member of:

Email: [email protected] [email protected] WeChat/Whatsapp: 86-15129005119 Call: (+86)18792910029 (08:00-21:00 Beijing Time)

2002-2022 © All Rights Reserved.

Username or email *

Send us a quick inquiry

I prefer to be contacted via:

Email WeChat WhatsApp Phone call

A TripAdvisor award-winning China travel agency organizing diverse private and mini-group China tours. We offer in-depth experience, free cancellation, flexible & safe trips.

[email protected] [email protected]

WeChat/Whatsapp

86-15129005119

(+86)18792910029 (08:00-21:00 Beijing Time)

Download GPX file for this article

  • 1.1 By plane
  • 1.2 By train
  • 3.1 By metro
  • 3.3 By taxi
  • 3.4 By motorcycle
  • 3.5 By foot
  • 4.1 Central Guiyang
  • 4.2 Huaxi District
  • 4.3 Outlying areas
  • 7.1 Guizhou cuisine
  • 7.2 Minority cuisines
  • 7.3 Street food

Guiyang [dead link] (贵阳; Guìyáng ) is the capital of Guizhou province, China . 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 and China's southwest. Moreover, it is drastically cheaper than the more touristed and developed provinces. It makes an excellent base for exploring mountains, caves, rivers, and minority cultures of the province.

Get in [ edit ]

Map

By plane [ edit ]

Guiyang is relatively easy to get to by air with many flights daily coming in from Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and other cities in Southwest China, particularly Kunming and Chengdu.

Travelers flying in from abroad will most likely transfer to a domestic flight to Guiyang in Kunming, Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing.

From the airport, taxis (¥60 flat rate) or the airport shuttle bus (¥10, drops off in a few locations around town) take fifteen to twenty minutes to reach downtown. Those interested in saving money may opt to catch a taxi from the bus stops in town rather than directly from the airport. Doing so brings the total for a solo traveler to ¥20 from airport to hotel.

By train [ edit ]

Guiyang straddles the trunk rail line linking Chongqing (12 hours) with Kunming (overnight) and points south. Train tickets to Chengdu are also readily available (17 hours). Train tickets, including for hard sleepers, are relatively easy to acquire, given the size of Guiyang's population and its significance as the commercial hub of the province. Heading in from Hunan, the train passes through Kaili before arriving in Guiyang. Tickets to Zunyi (hard seat only) cost ¥17 for the 3½-hour trip.

High speed rail lines have made their way to Guiyang. The journey to Kunming previously took around 7 hours. Now, travelers can pay ¥212 for a 2½-hour trip. To get from Guiyang to Guangzhou, which took 20–24 hours on normal trains, now takes 4–5 hours and ¥267.5. The line that leads from Guiyang to Chongqing, costs ¥129, and has cut a 4-hour trip in half.

By bus [ edit ]

The long-distance bus station (金阳汽车站) is in the new JinYang development area. Buses to Jinyang leave from the train station and pass by peoples square, opposite the school. From here you can get buses to several destinations, including Guilin and Guangzhou.

Long-distance buses arriving in Guiyang will likely stop at a different station near the airport where you can take a taxi into the city. The driver will probably not use the meter and will take as many passengers as he can, bargain for the price.

The long-distance bus stations are also the best location to get buses to Anshun (60–90 minutes), the gateway to Guizhou's signature Huangguoshu Waterfall. Buses north to Zunyi (two hours) depart every 30 to 60 minutes.

By car [ edit ]

The highway infrastructure in Guizhou is undergoing continual upgrading as part of China's Western Development Effort. Once completed, an expressway will link Guiyang to Chongqing, allowing relatively easy travel and an alternative to the train. The highways leading west and east out of Guiyang are modern and well maintained making for easy access to the western reaches of the province or east to Kaili. It is possible (although expensive, so it may be better to take the bus or train) to hire a car and driver between Guiyang, Zunyi, and other cities.

Climate [ edit ]

Subtropical monsoon humid climate.

The temperature changes little, the winter is warm and the summer is cool, and the climate is pleasant.

Get around [ edit ]

By metro [ edit ].

The Guiyang metro system is called Guiyang Urban Rapid Transit, or GYURT. Line 1 is in operation between Xiaomeng Industrial Park in Guanshanhu district and Xiamaixi in Guanshanhu District. It connects to the rail network at Guiyang North and Guiyang railway station. Standard fares are ¥2-6, though each 8 km after the first 24 km will cost an additional ¥1. Line 2 is expected to open at the end of 2020. It starts from Baiyun District, connect the city center to Line 1, and ends at the East Bus Terminal with a stop at the Longdongbao International Airport. A further four lines are under construction, while the long-term plans include a total of nine lines for the city.

Guiyang has a well-developed bus system, although it is entirely in Chinese and takes some getting used to. A local can help you if you know where you are going. All bus fares cost ¥2. Small local buses pick up passengers at various points around town and can take you to Huaxi or more distant districts of the city for ¥3 per person. These buses can get crowded and are forbidden to carry standing passengers. As a result, all of the standing riders are asked to duck when passing the police.

By taxi [ edit ]

Guiyang taxis charge ¥10 at flagfall. Short trips within the city should cost ¥10. This is an excellent way to get around, as taxis are everywhere. Note that taxis charge extra late at night (¥12 starting rate although for short trips the driver may let you off with the ¥10 flat rate). Taxis heading into or out of the city center may pick up extra passengers.

By motorcycle [ edit ]

As elsewhere in China, motorcycle and scooter taxi services are available. Large intersections or areas with concentrations of bars or restaurants will attract a crowd of motorcyclists. Negotiate a price in advance (¥10-15). Unlike in other areas, the driver is unlikely to have a helmet available for you. Hold on tight.

By foot [ edit ]

Although not the smallest town in China, many of Guiyang's neighborhoods and sights can be seen with a little patience and footwork. This is also a great way to experience life in a still emerging town. The city abounds with small workshops (often in what would normally be locations for small shops or restaurants), delightful street-side restaurants, and small shops selling everything from local handicrafts to new business cards (next day availability) and sheet metal.

See [ edit ]

Central guiyang [ edit ].

  • 26.637415 106.631202 1 Guanshan Lake Park ( 观山湖公园 ), Guanshan Bridge, Lincheng West Road, Guanshanhu District (观山湖区观山大桥南北两侧) ( Guanshanhu Park Metro Station (观山湖公园地铁站) ), ☏ +86 851 84878411 . Summer hours 06:00-00:00, winter hours 06:30-00:00 . Guanshanhu Park is a forested park that lies 12 km from Guiyang’s city center. It lies around a pair of lakes, Guanshan North and South Lakes, and has a main paved path around them.There are also smaller paths that lead to scenic spots. In the center of the park, you can find an 18-meter-tall golden pheasant drum statue, representing luck and happiness. On the opposite side of the lake, there is a 30-meter statue of a trio of hot peppers, or lajiao, an integral ingredient in Guizhou cuisine. Other attractions within the park include Hunan Garden, home to several original buildings from a 1950s Soviet-style farm; and the National Culture Promenade, a 330-meter-long corridor of paintings and wishing pools dedicated to the 56 ethnic groups of China. The park is home to over 700 types of plant life, including purple myrtle and osmanthus trees. If you make your visit in the spring or summer, you are likely to spot a sizeable colony of wild herons on a central island. Free, but boat rides and children's rides charge fees . ( updated Nov 2018 )
  • 26.59559 106.70141 2 Guizhou Art Museum ( 贵州美术馆 ), 168 Beijing Road, Yunyan District (云岩区北京路168号) ( Take bus no. 2, 15, 101, 214, 311 or Circular Route 1 and get off at the Museum (博物馆) bus stop. Alternatively, catch one of the many buses that stop at the nearby Beijing Road (北京路) bus stop ), ☏ +86 851 85891208 , [email protected] . Tu-Su 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:00, closed on Mondays . Incorporates the Guizhou Painting Institute (贵州画院). Free . ( updated Sep 2018 )
  • 26.57208 106.70852 3 Guizhou Nationalities Museum ( 贵州省民族博物馆 ), 23 Jiandao Street, Nanming District (南明区箭道街23号) ( catch bus no. 4, 6, 11, 16, 21, 30, 50, 63, 78, 81, 82, 237 Express, 305, 306, 310, 319 or K50 and get off at the Jiandao Street Intersection (箭道街路口) bus stop ), ☏ +86 851 85831710 . 09:30-16:30, closed on Mondays . A museum focused on the history and culture of Guizhou's various ethnic groups. Free . ( updated Sep 2018 )
  • 26.57693 106.70173 5 Guizhou Science and Technology Museum ( 贵州科技馆,贵州省科学技术官 ), 40 Ruijin Road South, Nanming District (南明区瑞金南路40号) ( there is a bus stop just outside the museum called Cinanmen (次南门), which is served by over two dozen bus routes ), ☏ +86 851 85832933 . 09:40-15:40, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays . Notable exhibitions include one on lunar exploration and one on computer databases. The museum also features a children's science and technology park and a 4D movie theatre. Free . ( updated Sep 2018 )
  • 26.57146 106.702 6 Hebin Park ( 河滨公园 ), 31 Ruijin Road South, Nanming District (南明区瑞金南路31号) ( there is a public bus stop of the same name on the north side of the park; the bus stop is served by over two dozen bus routes ), ☏ +86 851 85956270 . 07:00-22:00 . This park is by the side of the Nanming River. There is an Egyptian feel to the square in the park, which has towering pillars lit by yellow light at night, and a gigantic UFO-shaped restaurant in the centre, help up by both bamboo and metal pillars--an apt symbol of the fusion of Chinese culture and modernity. Near the restaurant, there is a bridge across the river, shaped like a Helix, and lighted up a brilliant red. Take a romantic stroll through this peaceful square at night. Free .  
  • 26.60139 106.68886 8 Qianlingshan Park ( 黔灵山公园, 黔灵公园 Qianling Park ), 187 Zaoshan Road, Yunyan District (云岩区枣山路187号) ( the bus stop outside the park is served by more than two dozen bus routes ), ☏ +86 851 86826301 . 06:30-22:00 . This large city park is well worth an afternoon. Sample local food and crafts from vendors, see curious and very brave wild monkeys (accustomed to people), as well as take in the view from the hilltops near Hongfu Temple. Qianling Park also includes a zoo and small amusement park as well as tea gardens. ¥5 .  

Huaxi District [ edit ]

  • 26.43639 106.66834 10 Huaxi Park ( 花溪公园 ), 3108 Huaxi Avenue South Section, Huaxi District (花溪区花溪大道南段3108号) ( take bus no. 8, 404, 888, 888 Route 1, 888 Route 2, or Huaxi 7, or take the Tertiary Institution Express Bus (高校专线车) ), ☏ +86 851 83851808 . 08:30-18:30 . Another popular day trip south of Guiyang in Huaxi township, Huaxi Park is an excellent escape from the heat and bustle of the city. The park with its streams, pavilions and tea gardens is popular for Guiyang residents who enjoy setting up their own barbeques and enjoying a picnic. Of historical note, former Premier Zhou Enlai and his wife visited Huaxi Park in the 1950s. A billboard sized photograph of the couple enjoying a boat ride graces the main entrance to the park. ¥6 .  
  • 26.33507 106.68269 11 [formerly dead link] Qingyan Ancient Town ( 青岩古镇 ), Huaxi District, Guiyang ( take bus no. 203 from Guiyang Railway Station, Airport Bus No. 5 from the airport, or bus no. 210 from the Huaguoyuan Wetlands Park; you can also catch a minibus from the Huaxi Bus Station northeast of Huaxi Park ). ¥20 for basic admission, ¥80 ticket includes admission to all historical buildings . ( updated Jan 2018 )
  • 26.445 106.57666 12 Tianhe Lake ( Tianhe Pool, 天河潭 ), Gui'an Avenue, Shiban Town, Huaxi District (花溪区石板镇贵安大道) ( take bus no. 211 or 701 ), toll-free: +86 400 9009995 , [email protected] . 08:30-18:00 . An easy day trip from Guiyang, Tianhe Lake Park is a pleasant cave, canal and waterfall park in Huaxi township. The park includes flooded caves which guides take you through in boats, canals which weave through minority farm areas and a spectacular cascade through a narrow opening in the mountain. Following the trail into the mountain leads to a massive sinkhole and the starting point for the cave and canal boat trips. If you are feeling adventurous, rent bikes for the day from Huaxi Park, and then cycle 11 km to Tianhe Lake on the country roads. It takes about 2 hours to get there, but the biking journey would be rewarding for backpackers who enjoy roughing it through and appreciate rural scenery. You can rent a motorcycle to take your bicycles back for ¥10 each, while getting on a rented ven to get back to Huaxi Park, at the same price. ¥10 to visit the waterfall only, ¥43 to visit the caves only, ¥52 to visit both the caves and the waterfall, and ¥82 for a combo ticket including sightseeing car and insurance. The zip line costs ¥80 per ride .  
  • 26.450212 106.606617 13 Zhenshan Village ( 镇山民族文化村 ), 花溪区石板镇镇山村 ( take bus 211 from the Huaguoyuan Da Jie bus stop; the bus takes about an hour, and then arrives at Tianhetan Scenic Spot; from there, catch a taxi or motorcycle the remaining 2 km to the village. ). Zhenshan Village is a Bouyei minority village 20 km outside of Guiyang. Visit the Ming Dynasty village to observe and try Bouyei traditions, food, rice wine and architecture. The village’s houses are almost entirely built of shale dug from local mountains; walls and floors, roofs and selected items of furniture are all built with it. The main festival celebrated in the village falls on the 10th day of the first lunar month (February 14 in 2019), so the dates change every year. During that time, the main square of the village will be full of people dancing and singing to the music of the lusheng, a traditional instrument. The festival celebrates the bond between the Miao and Bouyei people in the area, and as such brings out people from both minorities in their best traditional embroidered clothing. At any time of year, visitors can enjoy the local rice wine, or try the smoked tofu, pickled vegetables and sour fish prepared by their hosts. Guesthouses are available for those who wish to spend the night. ( updated Nov 2018 )

Outlying areas [ edit ]

  • 26.95441 106.9935 14 South River Grand Canyon ( 南江大峡谷 ), Longguang Village, Nanjiang Township, Kaiyang County (开阳县南江乡龙广村) ( there is one direct bus daily from the Guiyang Tourist Transportation Centre (贵阳市旅游游客集散中心) at the old bus station, there are also 3 direct buses daily from the Huaguoyuan Sector R1 Tourist Transportation Centre (花果园R1区旅游集散中心) ), toll-free: +86 400 8008106 . 08:00-17:30 . Canyon with karst scenery and several waterfalls of varying sizes. The canyon spans more than 40 km and has a depth of 398 m. ¥88 (including entry ticket and sightseeing car) .  

Do [ edit ]

  • 26.67529 106.63661 1 [dead link] Guiyang Happy World ( 贵阳欢乐世界 ), 483 Baiyun Road South, Baiyun District (白云区白云南路483号) ( Bus routes 5, 60, 71, 230, 231, 232, 233, b236, Baiyun 7, Baiyun 19 ), ☏ +86 851 84862777 . May–October: 09:30-18:30, November–April: 10:00-18:00 . A popular amusement park in the city's northwest. ¥160 for adults and children over 1.4 metres in height, ¥80 for children between 1.2 and 1.39 metres in height, children under 1.2 metres in height enjoy free entry . ( updated Sep 2018 )

Buy [ edit ]

  • Maotai Liquor (茅台酒) - produced in Maotai Town of Renhuai County in Zunyi Prefecture, Maotai holds itself to be one of the world's three most famous distilled liquors. In 1915, Maotai won global fame at the World's Fair in San Francisco (Panama–Pacific International Exposition). According to Maotai lore, the booth at the fair was largely overlooked by the liquor judges because of the cheap labels and black bottles. In frustration one of the attendants smashed a bottle of Maotai releasing the distinct aroma attracting the judges who later awarded the drink a gold medal. Since 1949, it has won 14 international gold prizes and has been exported to over 100 countries and regions. It is officially known as China's national liquor and served at state banquets. At 106 proof (53% alcohol by volume) or stronger, it is not for the faint of heart. Maotai is clear and offers a lingering mild and mellow fragrance some liken to soy sauce. For foreigners it can be a bit of an acquired taste but no visit to Guizhou would be complete without trying the province's most famous product.
  • Anshun Batik (安顺蜡染画) - Batiks are a traditional handicraft of the Buyi people in the Anshun region to the west of Guiyang. Traditional ethnic designs include flowers, birds, fish and insects on indigo-dyed cotton cloth. More recently artisans have produced more colorful silk and wool batiks. There are over 1,000 different types of batik products now produced including whole cloth, bedding, tapestries, caps and purses. Anshun Batiks can be purchased at expensive tourist shops in Guiyang or for more reasonable and negotiable prices in Anshun itself.
  • Guiding Yunwu Tea (贵顶云雾茶) - Produced in Yunwu Mountain in Guiding County, this tea was offered as tribute to the early Qing court. The leaves resemble fishhooks, thin and soft, with whitish hairs. This green tea is much favored for its low caffeine and high catechol content.
  • Yuping Flutes - These elaborately carved flutes are made of local bamboo and produce a clear and beautiful sound. Yuping flutes are traditional local products that have gone on to win international prizes.
  • Ethnic Silver Articles - Two ethnic groups, the Miao and Gejia, are famous for silver smithing. Both groups produce headgear, necklaces and bracelets. Each type has its distinct shapes, patterns and motifs. Miao ornaments mainly use dog, cat, horse, insect, flower or bird motifs. The Gejia prefer sun, stars, dragon, phoenix, bat and certain plant motifs. Both styles give Huangping silver ornaments great artistic value.
  • Embroidery and Cross-stitch - Miao embroidery is a traditional local handicraft. Design motifs are typically butterflies, birds and interestingly enough marine animals. Cross-stitch patterns follow the warps and wefts of the cloth and the most popular ones are colorful geometric figures.
  • Exotic stones and fossils - Guizhou's limestone hills yield a wealth of valuable stones and fossils. As the province also has impressive and commercially exploitable deposits of gold, silver and other minerals, there are a wide variety of mineral stones and samples available. Fossils of Missippian Crinoids and the Guizhousaurus (贵州龙 - a small semi-aquatic dinosaur) are available in many tourist shops. The Guizhousaurus is a common fossil and often found intact and complete so there is actually a fair chance the fossils are legitimate! The buyer will likely notice, however, that the fossils are painted to show the bones more starkly against a darker background of stone.
  • Qianwufu specialty foods ( 贵州黔五福 ). Qianwufu, a local specialty food company, packages techan (特产), foodstuffs particular to a region, into presentable gift items. Most products are varieties of dried pork or beef sealed in boxes or big pouches. A noteworthy item is the canister of tartary buckwheat tea, an intriguing beverage of nutty and chocolaty flavor. The company has a few dedicated stores in Guiyang. One location is a store along the vendor filled entrance path to the gate of Qianlingshan Park. Another store is in the underground food court directly connected to the Shanxi Road subway station. ( updated Feb 2019 )

Eat [ edit ]

People in Guiyang like those throughout Southwest China love spicy food. Use of red chilies of various temperatures and salty dried chili powder dips for hot pots is ubiquitous. Food can be prepared mild (不要辣 buyaola) according to your tastes but the best way is to settle in and eat the way the locals do.

With a brave stomach, you could eat something new everyday for a week just by walking along the streets of Guiyang and sampling the street foods of Guizhou's minorities around the night markets. Most of these offerings come heavily spiced by default, but you can ask for a little or no spice.

guiyang travel guide

  • Maotai Ice Cream Experience Shop ( 茅台冰淇淋体验店 ), On the first floor of Kempinski Hotel, 82 Huguo Road(护国路82号凯宾斯基大酒店一楼) , ☏ +86 0851-86972888 . 09:00-23:00 . This ice cream contains 2% Maotai liquor, the most famous Feitian 53 degree liquor. There are no seats in this shop. ¥67 . ( updated Oct 2023 )

Guizhou cuisine [ edit ]

For excellent Guizhou cuisine at very reasonable prices try Siheyuan (四合院). The restaurant enjoys a good bit of local fame and is popular with the (very) small expat community as well. The story goes that the owners were laid off from their factory jobs some years ago. Without work, they opened a street side restaurant with a single table. The food was so good that business boomed. Some 15 or 20 years later they serve a bustling lunch and dinner crowd in a multilevel but still rustic and homey restaurant. Siheyuan doesn't have a sign so finding it without a guide can be a bit of a trick. It is located a few feet down the alley opposite the Protestant Church on Qianling Xilu.

Be sure to try Bean Hotpot (豆米火祸 dōumǐhuǒguō) which is available all around the city. Just as with other hotpot styles, you choose whichever ingredients you want and cook them at your own pace. The difference is in its soup of pinto beans, bacon, and onions. You should get a bowl of spices that you can mix with the soup base for dipping.

Minority cuisines [ edit ]

Minority cuisines are also readily available throughout Guiyang (look for wait staff in brightly colored outfits clapping, dancing and playing oversized pan-flutes at the door). One of the most common and delicious varieties available is the Miao minority's Suan Tang Yu (酸汤鱼), a hot pot centered around a hot and spicy broth with a large whole fish chopped up inside. Like all hot pot restaurants, veggies, meats and other delicacies are purchased a la carte to be added. The dipping bowls contain the ubiquitous chili paste but also add a cube of fermented tofu (non-stinky) that makes a wonderful compliment to the fish. Be sure to wash it down with mi jiu (米酒), a sweet, dark rice wine.

guiyang travel guide

  • Xinyouke Sour Soup Beef (Chaoyang Store) ( 心有客酸汤牛肉(朝阳店) ), No. 39, Ground Floor, Building 12, Chaoyang Village, Qingxi Street(清溪街道朝阳村12栋底层39号) , ☏ +86 15185181822 . 09:00-00:30 . Sour beef soup is one of the staples of the Miao minority's diet. The shop offers a free green leafy vegetable buffet. ¥60 . ( updated Oct 2023 )

Street food [ edit ]

Night markets are popular in Guizhou for midnight munching, particularly in the warmer months although even the winter does not shut them down. Varieties of street foods particularly grilled freshwater fish, crayfish, snails, chicken, pork, mutton, cabbage, garlic greens, onions, eggplants, mutton, chili peppers and just about anything else that can be skewered is available. For the adventurous whole marrow bones can be grilled up, cracked open and served with a straw. Guiyang's street food vendors tend to come out after sunset.

A night food market fills the entrance way to Qianling Park. Another food street is along the side of Shanxi Road on the side of A exit of the subway station. However the street vendors of Shanxi Road have been overtaken mostly in popularity by the very busy underground "Chinatown" food court—decorated curiously after overseas Chinatowns—directly connected to the Shanxi Road subway station.

For a Guizhou snack unavailable elsewhere try Silk Babies (丝娃娃). For a few kuai, you are given a stack of thin rice pancakes and chopsticks. You sit at a low table covered in bowls of raw and pickled vegetables with a small dish for mixing chili sauce and vinegar. Load the pancakes according to taste, spoon in a little sauce and enjoy.

Among Guiyang's street foods, Guiyang Style Beef Noodles (牛肉粉 niuroufen) is a staple. It can be prepared in a hot red broth or a mild beef broth according to your tastes - although not all establishments offer a choice. Fresh whole garlic cloves, crushed dried red pepper, salt, MSG and Sichuan Pepper (花椒 huajiao) can be added to taste. Don't miss this one - it really hits the spot, especially after a night of drinking! Huaxi Wang Jia Niuroufen is the best and operates a chain of franchises throughout the province but for late night munchies, just follow the crowds.

A peculiar local delicacy (given the fact that Guizhou is landlocked) is Fried Chili Squid (鱿鱼: youyu). Chopped squid is skewed and deep fried before being cooked on a separate metal plate in a bath of sizzling chili sauce. This snack is served hot from carts congregating along Zhonghua Zhonglu. The dish is safe to eat despite the distance from the ocean. One stick costs ¥1. The 鱿鱼 carts are often found in close proximity to other snack carts selling grilled tofu, mutton kabobs, spicy pickled radishes and other munchies.

Drink [ edit ]

Mi jiu is between 10-30% alcohol content, depending on the variety, and is the go-to drink for local minority restaurants and festivals. Expect to see it available in villages all over the province, and at every Miao or Dong minority restaurant. The slightly vinegary and very sweet rice wine goes down very easily with a spicy and sour local meal. A row of reasonably priced restaurants specializing in Suan Tang Yu can be found on Shengfu Lu near the intersection with Fushui Lu near the Beijing Hualian supermarket. These restaurants will also perform a traditional Miao drinking ceremony if you purchase a bottle of rice wine and request the ceremony (for an additional charge). The ceremony consists of several women surrounding the table, singing a song, and pouring rice wine from a hollowed out horn into the mouths of the diners. They will also grab pieces of fish with chopsticks and tease the diners, encouraging them to try and catch a bite. It's a playful tradition with female singers and male diners, but anybody at the table can participate.

Although there are hundreds of bars in the city (many of them hidden away in large buildings) the main concentration is on Qianling dong lu (黔灵东路). These bars are very local, generally offering Snow beer and Budweiser as their only beer options.

  • 26.574622 106.708812 1 Highlands Coffee (South Location) , 1 Liudong Street, 1 Bo'ai Road, Nanming District (南明区博爱路六洞街1号) ( a 2-minute walk from Walmart at the People's Square. Behind Customs Building ), ☏ +86 0851-85826222 . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • Highlands Coffee (North Location) , You Yi Lu Ping Zi Xiang 6 (友谊路坪子巷6号) , ☏ +86 0851-86768922 . ( updated Jul 2019 )

Sleep [ edit ]

  • Nenghui Jiudian , Ruijin Nan Lu 38 , ☏ +86 851 589 8888 , fax : +86 851 589 8622 . On the airport bus route, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, good staff, comfortable rooms, free in-room broadband, basic business facilities, rooms usually heavily discounted. 125 rooms. ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • Shenfeng Jiudian , Shenqi Lu 69 , ☏ +86 851 556 8888 , fax : +86 851 556 9999 . A fine hotel with high service, large rooms, and a breakfast buffet. 260 rooms.  
  • Guizhou Karst Hotel Nearby the Peoples Square and face the Nanming River. A 4-star hotel with high quality service.

☏ +86 851 8196888 , at South Ruijin Road 25.

  • 26.488973 106.839257 1 Anantara Guiyang Resort , CREC International Eco City, Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone , ☏ +86 851 823 88888 , [email protected] . They have seasonal outdoor pool, hot tubs, barbecue and children's playground. 218 rooms, suites and pool villas. Offers Thai, Chinese and international food in their 6 restaurants. Starting from $ 89 . ( updated Mar 2017 )

Learn [ edit ]

Guiyang has four main universities that host foreign teachers and students, as well as a few others. The three universities that have foreign students are Guizhou University (贵州大学), Guizhou Normal University (贵州师范大学), and Guizhou University of Nationalities (贵州民族学院). These three universities all have foreign teachers usually teaching English. Guiyang University (贵阳学院) also employs foreign teachers.

Work [ edit ]

Guizhou, like much of central and western China, lags far behind the dynamic coast in economic, industrial and social development. As a result, the main opportunities for work are teaching English. Several private schools in the area are licensed to hire foreigners: English First, Aston, Tian Tian, and Interlingua being among the most established.

For those not interested in teaching, Guiyang is home to several industrial and high-technology development zones seeking foreign investment, partnerships and experts. These include the industrial and enterprise zone in the south (Xiaohe Qu near Guizhou Normal University) and the Guiyang High-Technology Development Zone in the north. The main industries are aerospace technology and heavy industry.

Go next [ edit ]

Huangguoshu Waterfalls - The waterfalls are on the Baishui River, 15 km From the Zhenning county seat, and 137 km from Guiyang. It measures 74 m high and 81 m wide and boasts the biggest of its kind in China and also one of the world's most magnificent. The water billows down into the Xiniu Pool, sending up great spray and creating rainbows. A visit to Huangguoshu Waterfalls is a must for all visitors to Guizhou. It has become a holiday resort where you can forget the outside world and enjoy fabulous scenes and sights, including limestone caves and stone forests. The trip is also tainted with ethnic flavor with a visit to the local Buoyei people. Local legend says that in ancient times the sky suddenly cracked open, causing part of the Milky Way to smash to pieces on the ground. The largest piece hung on the verge of a cliff and became the Huangguoshu Waterfalls, which, in the process of crashing down the cliff, broke into several dozen cascades. When the Milky Way fell, numerous stars came down with it, which were converted into stone forests, crystal-clear pools, bridges and caves. Admission to the park is steep but the scenery is spectacular. The falls can be reached by direct bus from the bus station next to the train station on Zunyi Lu.

Zhijin Cave - As the national scenic spot, the cave is in Guanzhai Township, 14 mi (23 km) northeast of Zhijin and 93 mi (150 km) from Guiyang. It is a gigantic karst cave with the length over 10 km. Although it looks still primitive in appearance, its karst landform is imposing and magnificent. Covering an area over 74 acres, its widest part is 574 feet and its height exceeds 328 feet. The cave consists of 47 halls and 150 scenic spots in its 11 scenic areas.

Longgong Cave (Dragon Palace Cave) - As the national scenic spot, the cave is in Matou Township, 130 km from Guiyang. Longgong refers to over 90 karst caves linked up like a chain of beads that run through 20 hilltops. Within these 4,000-metre-long caves there are also underground karst lakes. Tourists can enter Longgong Caves at Tianchi (Heavenly Pool) by taking a small boat.

Red Maple Lake - As a national scenic resort, Red Maple Lake is located in the suburb of Qingzhen, 33 km from Guiyang. Covering 57.2 km 2 , it is the largest man-made lake on the Guizhou Plateau. The lake consists of the North and South lakes. It's renowned for the 170 isles, the numerous caves, the clear water and the quiet bays. Folklore of the Dong and Miao people is demonstrated in the resort.

Wuyang River - Lying in Zhenyuan and Shibing counties, the national scenic area consists of Zhuwan Gorge in Shibing and the Three Gorges in Zhenyuan and extends 50 km. Wuyang River is famous for it picturesque mountain scenes and crystal-clear water. It flows among mountains in eastern Guizhou, creating secluded caves, gurgling springs, rugged rocks and spectacular waterfalls.

Xijiang - Ethnic Minority (Miao) village which is about an hour and a half journey from kaili. There are beautiful rice terraces on which you can stroll and climb. all the way to a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding paddy fields. Jump across huge drains, admire the rich variety of wild flowers, and take in the smell of cow dung and fertilizer along the way. There will also be daily performances, centred on wedding rituals, conducted in the morning and evening (17:00) which are free to watch. You do have to pay an entrance fee to get into the village though. Stay overnight at one of the hotels on the hill, so that you can open your windows to a vista of fog-shrouded houses on the hills opposite you stretching into the distance.

Museum of Great Leap Forward Relics (大跃进遗存物博物馆) - In the county seat of Sansui County (三穗县), about 270 km from Guiyang, this is the only museum in China dedicated to preserving the memory of Mao Zedong's disastrous Great Leap Forward campaign. Sansui can be reached in just over an hour by high-speed train from Guiyang North Station. The museum is at 13 Xinsui Street (新穗街13号), about 4 km by road from Sansui Station.

FAST (Five hundred meters Aperture Spherical Telescope, 中国天眼) - in Pingtang County (平塘县), about 170 km from Guiyang. You can come here to watch and visit, It is the largest single-aperture spherical radio telescope in the world.

guiyang travel guide

  • Has custom banner
  • Articles with dead external links
  • Has mapframe
  • Has map markers
  • Airport listing
  • Articles with formerly dead external links
  • Buy listing with no coordinates
  • Eat listing with no coordinates
  • Drink listing with no coordinates
  • Sleep listing with no coordinates
  • All destination articles
  • Outline cities
  • Outline articles
  • City articles
  • Has Geo parameter
  • Pages with maps

Navigation menu

Book your individual trip , stress-free with local travel experts

  • roughguides.com
  • Travel guide
  • Local Experts
  • Itineraries
  • Travel Advice
  • Accommodation

GUIYANG lies in a valley basin, encircled by a range of hills that hems in the city and concentrates its traffic pollution. Established as a capital during the Ming dynasty, modern Guiyang is a patchwork of elderly apartment blocks rubbing shoulders with glossy new high-rises and department stores, all intercut by a web of wide roads and flyovers. The effect may be downmarket and provincial, but Guiyang is a friendly place, whose unexpected few antique buildings and a surprisingly wild park lend a bit of character. With a spare half day, it’s worth making an easy side-trip to the old garrison town of Qingyan, whose cobbled lanes and merchants’ guildhalls provide a relief from Guiyang’s crowded streets.

Canine cuisine

Dog meat is widely appreciated not only in southwestern China, but also in culturally connected countries across Southeast Asia, with the meat considered to be warming in cold weather and an aid to male virility. For some Westerners, eating dog can be akin to cannibalism; others are discouraged by the way restaurants display bisected hindquarters in the window, or soaking in a bucket of water on the floor. If you’re worried about being served dog by accident, 我不吃狗肉, wŏ bùchī gŏuròu, means “I don’t eat dog”.

Tailor-made travel itineraries for China, created by local experts

Sichuan Specialities: Chengdu, Temples and Pandas

8 days  / from 2208 USD

Sichuan Specialities: Chengdu, Temples and Pandas

Discover the Buddhist history and the natural wonders of Sichuan. From bustling Chengdu and its giant pandas, to the national parks and lake districts of Sichuan Province, to the giant Buddha statue at Leshan, this trip is perfect for those who want to discover this culturally rich part of China.

Family Time in Guilin and Yangshuo

5 days  / from 838 USD

Family Time in Guilin and Yangshuo

This 5-day family trip is a magnificent opportunity to experience the beautiful outdoor settings of Guilin and Yangshuo. Walk, cycle and raft through awe-inspiring scenery, including dramatic limestone karst mountains, and learn about the everyday lives of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups.

Sichuan Family Adventure

8 days  / from 1962 USD

Sichuan Family Adventure

Sichuan is home to a rich and vibrant culture, stunning scenery and wildlife, and delicious cuisine. Spend time with Chengdu's giant pandas, trek around Mount Qingcheng, stand in awe of the world’s largest Buddha at Leshan, and much more, all with this exciting trip, which is perfect for families!

Tantalising Tibet

8 days  / from 2479 USD

Tantalising Tibet

Tibet, known as the Rooftop of the World, is one of the most spiritual and atmospheric places on earth: ancient monasteries are carved into the mountain and festooned with colourful prayer flags. Discover the secrets of this uniquely spiritual land with this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Hong Kong Deluxe

5 days  / from 3300 USD

Hong Kong Deluxe

Hong Kong makes a memorable introduction to the Chinese world. Glamorous, hectic, exciting and spectacular, with fabulous food, nightlife and shopping, this is a place like no other. Explore the city at your own pace, enjoying life’s little luxuries at every turn.

Hong Kong in a Nutshell

4 days  / from 1040 USD

Hong Kong in a Nutshell

A teeming, exotic and alluring metropolis, Hong Kong is uniquely rich in both cultural diversity and contrasts. In fact, there is so much packed into Hong Kong, it can be hard to know where to start, which is where this unique trip comes in.

The People and Cultures of Guizhou

9 days  / from 2137 USD

The People and Cultures of Guizhou

Discover the fascinating people and cultures of Guizhou, one of China's most diverse regions. Learn about the everyday lives of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups, whilst you enjoy their colourful customs and traditions, and pass through awe-inspiring scenery such as otherworldly rice terraces.

The Mystical Worlds of Shangri-La & Tibet

14 days  / from 3346 USD

The Mystical Worlds of Shangri-La & Tibet

A perfect introduction to the mystical worlds of Shangri-La and Tibet. From the breathtaking plateaus and valleys, to the historical Buddhist monasteries and villages, this trip provides a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the Tibetan people.

Along the Silk Road

16 days  / from 5521 USD

Along the Silk Road

Travel along the Silk Road, and discover the best of China with this fascinating in-depth trip. Starting in Beijing, experience the Forbidden City, the Yellow River, the Great Wall of China, Heavenly Lake, the Terracotta Army of Warriors and much more, all with this unique, detailed trip.

The Best of China

11 days  / from 3462 USD

The Best of China

From well-preserved tombs to The Great Wall, this tour of China packs in all the essentials. From the bright city lights of Beijing and Shanghai to breathtaking rolling landscapes, meandering rivers and ancient treasures, there’s much to delight all visitors to China.

China's Old Water Towns

7 days  / from 1465 USD

China's Old Water Towns

The area around Shanghai is home to some of China's best-kept travel secrets. Ancient water towns – picturesque towns constructed on a network of canals, featuring classical weeping gardens and romantic arched bridges – grace the area. Explore China's old water towns on this unique trip.

Cultural China and Majestic Yangtze River Cruise

12 days  / from 2436 USD

Cultural China and Majestic Yangtze River Cruise

China is a vast and varied land, seemingly full to the brim of mega cities, dramatic limestone mountains and endless countryside. This trip takes in the best the country has to offer, visiting the historic cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, before cruising down the Yangtze River.

Incredible Yunnan

11 days  / from 2841 USD

Incredible Yunnan

Culturally rich and ethnically diverse, Yunnan is one of China’s most fascinating regions. Explore this scenic southwestern province, great to travel to year round, from the capital Kunming to the well-preserved ancient city of Jianshui, famous for its old walls.

Hong Kong Highlights

5 days  / from 2300 USD

Hong Kong Highlights

Hong Kong is a vibrant and appealing city, with its waterside location and towering skyscrapers, it offers the visitor modernity and tradition, the exotic and efficient. Perfect for a family break, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained from Central to the New Territories and beyond.

Beijing and The Great Wall of China

9 days  / from 2560 USD

Beijing and The Great Wall of China

Following a short stay in Beijing, with its awe-inspiring Forbidden City, you will venture through the majestic Great Wall lands of Changping and Simatai, and marvel in the vibrancy of the water town of Gubei, a magnificent collage of Great Wall, mountains, lakes and ancient villages.

Complete China: Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

13 days  / from 4686 USD

Complete China: Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

Following a stay in resplendent Beijing, visit the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Terracotta Army of Xi’an. Travel into the Himalayas, before hiking to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Continue to Chengdu, home of the giant panda, before entering the mythical valley of Shangri-La.

Hong Kong Island Insights

5 days  / from 2850 USD

Hong Kong Island Insights

The bustling and dynamic city of Hong Kong is brimming with opportunities to explore its colonial past and rich Chinese heritage and culture. The perfect destination for the intrepid explorer, this unique trip won’t leave you disappointed.

China and Tibet – An Unforgettable Adventure

11 days  / from 3360 USD

China and Tibet – An Unforgettable Adventure

From tombs and monasteries to world-famous squares and walls, this trip takes in both China and Tibet for an unforgettable journey. Explore Beijing and all its spectacular attractions and take in the stunning natural surroundings around Chengdu and on into Tibet.

The Rough Guides to China and related travel guides

In-depth, easy-to-use travel guides filled with expert advice.

The Rough Guide to the A-Z of Travel

Find even more inspiration here

lujiazui-shanghai-china-shutterstock_425475433

written by Andy Turner

updated 26.04.2021

facebook

Ready to travel and discover China?

Get support from our local experts for stress-free planning & worry-free travels.

  • Where to stay
  • Travel advice
  • Guizhou Tours
  • Attractions
  • Transportation
  • Travel Tips

Guiyang Attractions - Things to Do

Those that know Guiyang will always remember it for the many minority group people in their colorful traditional costumes and ornaments, their singing and dancing during the festival occasions. Also, the beautiful lake and mountain scenery creates a truly romantic atmosphere.  

Top Things to Do

Ci Qi Kou Village

More Attractions

guiyang travel guide

guiyang travel guide

Guiyang travel guide

Guiyang tourism | guiyang guide, you're going to love guiyang.

The capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang is a smart, youthful city with plenty of historical appeal, spicy local cuisine and easy access to the tourist attractions of southwestern China.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Guiyang

1. it's a great food and drink destination.

Guizhou cuisine features spicy hotpots, rice pancakes with pickles, and bubbling hot beef noodles, and is also the global center for Maotai liquor production.

2. Captivating Ming Dynasty Temples

Historical highlights include the Hongfu Temple, located in the north of Guiyang, and the Jiaxiu Pavilion, built in 1598 and surrounded by markets and rolling gardens.

3. Cruise through the Tianhetan Caves

Just outside Guiyang you'll find Tianhetan, a complex of flooded caves, rivers, and waterfalls. Take a boat ride through some of Guizhou's most stunning scenery.

4. Get Hold of Some Batik Designs

Guiyang is a center for Anshun Batik - featuring gorgeous fabric designs inspired by nature. You'll find them for sale all over the city.

5. Take a Trip to the Huangguoshu Waterfalls

Located 100 miles from Guiyang, these falls are an incredible sight, with their 240-foot plunge and glittering, rainbow-hued pools.

What to do in Guiyang

1. towering magnificence.

The graceful Jiaxiu Tower is made entirely out of wood and stands on an enormous turtle-shaped rock. It was initially constructed between 1368 and 1644 during the Ming Dynasty. Since then, it has undergone various renovations and is now hailed as Guiyang's landmark as well as the town's cultural symbol. The blue sky and scattered clouds above the pointed roof end add a touch of heavenly beauty to the intricate architecture.

2. The Cultural Hub

Within the southern suburb of Guiyang is one of Guizhou Province's most well-known cultural and historical locations, the Qingyan Ancient Town. Built in 1378, it covers approximately 741 acres of land. Qingyan's intense cultural atmosphere has made it a favorite among local and international tourists. Through the years, it has undergone various renovations, but still maintains its cultural heritage. Walk through the town's crowded streets and discover hundreds of relic sites and the perfectly-designed architectural style all around. Make a stop at one of the many tea houses and taste local dishes such as rice tofu and Qingyan tofu.

3. Pure Natural Bliss

Also known as the Huaxi Park, the Flower Stream Park is the central part of the Flower Stream Scenic Area. It uniquely blends natural rivers with hills, and perfect scenery with ethnic features, thus earning it the name 'Black Garden of Guiyang City'. It was developed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) by local people, who planted flowers on hills and constructed towers and pavilions. The park is elegantly encompassed by the crystal-clear waters of the Flower Stream. Four hills (Lin, Feng, She and Gui) stand tall on either side of the park. Here visitors can experience nature at its loveliest.

4. Feel The Touch Of Mother Nature

Known for its majestic island, the Red Maple Lake stretches approximately 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) from Guiyang and is considered Guizhou Plateau's prized pearl. The lake area is comprised of four parts: North, South and Rear Lakes, and the scattered ethnic villages. The nearby mountain ranges are exuberant with maple trees that add a touch of red to the mostly green environment. Bask in the beauty and serenity of the Red Maple Lake by taking a sightseeing tour of each of the four beautiful areas.

5. The Ultimate Escapade

Famed for its vast landscape and many attractive features, the Tianhe Pool Scenic Area is approximately 24 km from Guiyang. It is blessed with numerous historical sites, stone bridges, and the (really deep) Water Cave, which has a length of 1,000 meters and width of 80 meters. The best thing about this site is, of course, the cultural displays scattered in different places. For couples intending to have a memorable wedding, the Tianhe Pool Scenic Area is just the place. The abundance of nature all around serves as the ideal backdrop for wedding photos.

Where to Eat in Guiyang

The food in Guizhou is usually spicy and based around soups, pancakes, and stews. Some of the best places to try it include the street vendors at Hequn Lu, as well as restaurants like Siheyuan and Huaxi Wangji Beef Noodle. Expect to pay ¥40-60 for a good meal.

When to visit Guiyang

Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the blossom or leaf fall is at its most beautiful, the weather is mild, and tourist season hasn't really begun.

weatherbase

How to Get to Guiyang

Guiyang Airport (KWE) has good connections to Beijing and Shanghai. The airport bus costs ¥10, while taxis will charge around ¥60.

Trains run into Guiyang from Beijing via Chongqing (although it's a 24-hour journey).

From Chengdu or Chongqing, take the G210. From Shanghai, take the G50, then the G56, before taking the G75 at Zunyi.

Intercity buses run into Guiyang's Jinyang neighborhood from all over southern China.

Airports near Guiyang

Airlines serving guiyang, where to stay in guiyang.

Zhonghua Lu - a bustling shopping street, Zhonghua Lu is lined with department stores, so if you need to pick up anything, it's the place to go.

Popular Neighborhoods in Guiyang

Qingyan - located in southern Guiyang, Qingyan is famous for its Ming-era "ancient town", with its temples, walls, and street markets.

Hequn Lu - Hequn Lu is Guiyang's street food center, with hotpots, beef noodles, and rice pancakes all available, day and night.

Where to stay in popular areas of Guiyang

Most booked hotels in guiyang, how to get around guiyang, public transportation.

Buses run all over the Guiyang area and charge between ¥1 and ¥2.

The first two miles or so will cost ¥8, and after that taxis charge ¥2.50 per mile, so it's not an expensive way to get around.

Car rental businesses in town include Chenghu Automobile Leasing and Hongteng, and prices can dip to ¥60 per day.

The Cost of Living in Guiyang

Shopping streets.

Zhonghua Lu is the main place to visit if you need a standard department store, but the soul of Guiyang's retail scene is Yan'an Lu, where you'll find batik fabrics, liquor, silver jewelry, and traditional masks.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in town include Xingye and Sunflower, where 12 eggs will cost around ¥8.

  • 86-19138970032 (GMT+8 18:00~09:00)

China Tours

  • Beijing Xian Tours
  • Shanghai Beijing Tours
  • Hong Kong Guilin Tours
  • Hangzhou Suzhou Tours
  • Kunming Lijiang Tours
  • Shanghai Yangtze Cruise Tours
  • Chengdu Tibet Tours
  • China Tours in January
  • China Tours in February
  • China Tours in March
  • China Tours in April
  • China Tours in May
  • China Tours in June
  • China Tours in July
  • China Tours in August
  • China Tours in September
  • China Tours in October
  • China Tours in November
  • China Tours in December

China Tours

  • High Speed Trains
  • China Yangtze Cruise Tour
  • Photography
  • Desert Adventure
  • Ethnic Villages
  • Biking Tours
  • Kung Fu Tours
  • Heritage Sites Exploration
  • China Spring Tours
  • China Summer Tours
  • China Autumn Tours
  • China Winter Tours

guiyang travel guide

  • Best-value Yangtze Cruises
  • Top Family-friendly Cruise Ships
  • Top 3 Luxury Yangtze River Cruises
  • Yangtze River Highlights
  • Yangtze River Cruise Routes
  • Upstream or Downstream?
  • Dining & Drinking
  • Accommodations
  • On-board Activities
  • Yangtze Cruise Booking Steps

China Tours

  • Inner Mongolia

China Tours

  • Fanjingshan
  • How to Plan Your First China Tour
  • How to Plan Beijing Tour
  • How to Plan Xian Tour
  • How to Plan Shanghai Tour
  • How to Plan Guilin Tour
  • How to Plan Sichuan Tour
  • How to Plan Family Tour
  • 2024 China Travel Ideas
  • Best Time to Visit China
  • What to Pack for Your China Journey
  • Ultimate Chinese Visa Guide
  • Chinese Visa Types
  • Chinese Visa Requirements
  • Do I Need a Visa for China
  • Chinese Visa Application
  • Chinese Visa Exemptions
  • 144-hour Visa Free
  • Shenzhen Visa on Arrival
  • Hainan 30-day Visa Free
  • Embassies & Consulates
  • Invitation Letter
  • Useful Visa FAQs & Tips
  • Entry Regulations
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Customs Declaration
  • Exit Regulation
  • How to Book Train Tickets
  • How to Collect Train Tickets
  • How to Cancel & Alter Train Tickets
  • How to Read Train Tickets
  • China High Speed Train Types
  • Seats Class & How to Choose
  • Friendly Facilities on the Train
  • The Train Station Departure Process
  • Available Food and Drinks on the Train
  • Western Toilets on the Train
  • Luggage Racks & Baggage Allowance
  • Beijing Train Stations
  • Shanghai Train Stations
  • Guilin Train Stations
  • Xian Train Stations
  • Chengdu Train Stations
  • Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station
  • Beijing - Xian
  • Beijing - Shanghai
  • Guangzhou - Shanghai
  • Shenzhen - Shanghai
  • Chengdu - Xian
  • Shanghai - Hangzhou
  • Shanghai - Xian
  • Chengdu - Chongqing
  • Kunming - Lijiang
  • Beijing Capital International
  • Beijing Daxing International
  • Shanghai Pudong International
  • Shanghai Hongqiao International
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International
  • Chengdu Tianfu International
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International
  • Xian Xianyang International
  • Shanghai - Beijing
  • Hong Kong - Shanghai
  • Guangzhou - Beijing
  • Chengdu - Lhasa
  • Shanghai - Guilin
  • Shanghai - Sanya
  • Travel in Spring Season
  • Travel in Summer Season
  • Travel in Autumn Season
  • Travel in Winter Season
  • Weather in January
  • Weather in February
  • Weather in March
  • Weather in April
  • Weather in May
  • Weather in June
  • Weather in July
  • Weather in August
  • Weather in September
  • Weather in October
  • Weather in November
  • Weather in December
  • Top 10 China Destinations
  • Top 15 Things to Do
  • China World Heritage Sites
  • Top 10 Best Natural Beauties
  • Top 10 Museums in China
  • Top 10 Old Towns & Villages
  • Five Great Mountains in China
  • Top 10 Monasteries & Temples
  • Top 10 Ski Resorts
  • Top 10 Beautiful Lakes in China
  • 7 Best Beaches in Sanya
  • Top 6 Beautiful Waterfalls
  • Panda Volunteering
  • Having fun on Ice and Snow Festival
  • About Us Who We Are Our Team Why Travel with Us Feedback & Reviews Travel Stories Travelers' Gallery Payment Guide Customer Support Contact Us
  • Tour Experiences

Destinations

  • Travel Guide

Attractions & Things to Do in Guiyang

Guiyang , the capital city of Guizhou, features many historical and cultural sites, and also the representative of great scenery with mountains and waters.

Things to do in Guiyang can be various : you can visit time-honored Qingyan Ancient Town and trace back to Ming dynasty; Plan a half day hiking at Qianling Park and meet the wild monkeys; Go to the Jiaxiu Tower with hundreds of years to make a comparison among the modern architectures; Taste the local food to enjoy the leisure pace lifestyle and drive to Huaxi Scenic Area and wander alongside the wetland to feel the “Cool” Guiyang...

More Guiyang Attractions are waiting for you find by yourself when you prepare your Guiyang tours.

★ Top Recommended Guiyang Guizhou Tours:

► 3 Days Guiyang City Tour with Huangguoshu Waterfall (Guiyang, Huangguoshu Waterfall)

► 6 Days Classic Guizhou Tour to Huangguoshu & Authentic Southeast Guizhou (Guiyang, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Kaili)

► 6 Days Diverse Guizhou Tour (Guiyang, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Fanjingshan, Kaili)

guiyang travel guide

Guiyang Attractions Map

  • Attractions
  • Top Things to Do

Qianling Park

No.1: Qianling Park

Type: Park, Animals, Temple

Location: No.187 Zaoshan Road, Yuyan District, Guizhou City (about 3.1km away from city center)

Opening Time: 6:00 - 16:00

Recommended Length of Visit: half a day

Qianling Park is known for the wild monkeys and other birds, with 1.5 km away Guiyang downtown. Named after the Qianling Mountain - the First Mountain in Guizhou province, it has over 426 hectares. With beautiful mountain and clean water, this park is a great escape from the crowds and city noise. What’s more, there are some lovely paths in the park that are up to the Hongfu Temple, one of the most famous Buddhism temples in Guizhou. Built in 1672, this temple preserved many Buddhist heritages and a peaceful place to purify soul and make wishes.

>> 2 Days Classic Guiyang Tour with Qingyan Ancient Town

>> 3 Days Guiyang City Tour with Huangguoshu Waterfall

Qingyan Ancient Town

No.2: Qingyan Ancient Town

Type: Historic Site

Location: Qingyan Town, Huaxi District, Guiyang City (about 27.6km away from Guiyang City)

Opening Time: 8:10 - 18:40 (April - October); 8:30 - 15:00 (November - next March)

With 29 km away from Guiyang downtown, Qingyan Ancient Town was a military town built in over 600 years ago. There are over 37 historic sites, including temples, shrines, pavilions, caves and other old buildings in Ming and Qing dynasties are made of stone. Some of them are carved with lion and other Chinese features. Stepping on the long flagstone walkway, you can get to know architectural feature in past time and join in natural folk atmosphere of Miao and Dong people by visiting their houses nearby.

Jiaxiu Tower

No.3: Jiaxiu Tower

Type: Historic Site, Landmarks

Location: No.8 Cuiwei Alley, Nanming District, Guiyang (less than 1km away from Guiyang City)

Opening Time: 8:00 ~ 22:00

Recommended Length of Visit: about 1 hours

Jiaxiu Tower is the symbol of Guiyang city with 20-meter-high, three-floor structure of its sharped pointed roof. Having white stone parapets, it makes an interesting contrast of the traditional tower with surrounding modern buildings. As a Chinese typical tower built in Ming dynasty, nearby the water and connected by bridges to each bank, Jiaxiu Tower is a good place to enjoy the surrounding scenery, especially for an after-dinner walk when the lights turn on at night.

Huaxi Scenic Resort

No.4: Huaxi Scenic Resort

Type: Scenic Spot, Wetland Park

Location: No. 3108 South Huaxi Avenue, Huaxi District (about 17km South away from Guiyang City)

Opening Time: 8:30 ~ 18:30

Being given the green mountains, limpid water, ample foliage, Huaxi Scenic Resort has owned a name of a pearl inlaid in plateau. With the Flowers Stream flowing through both sides of the Park, tourist can enjoy the beautiful scenery by rafting a boat or just make a short excursionin the Flowers Stream Park. If you have enough time, walking further to the Tianlong Pool with more natural waters landscape to view.

Tianhe Lake

No.5: Tianhe Lake

Type: Scenic Spot, Park

Location: Shiban Town, Huaxi District, Guiyang City (24km Southwest away from Guiyang City)

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5 - 1 day

Karst Caves, waterfalls, doline, clear lakes... Tianhe Lake Scenic Area can be seen as the concentration of Guizhou’s natural landscapes. Cave in Tianhe Tan can be divided into two parts: the water cave and the dry cave. Take a boat and enter into the water cave, explore the wonder of natural cave, the boatman will give you a brief introduction of stalactites. Several minutes later, you will reach the small sinkhole with deep green pools of water and the sun would show itself again. Get off the boat and start the 1,800-meter dry cave hiking. Wolong Waterfall is another star scenic spot in Tianhe Lake Scenic Area, also a favored wedding photography spot for Guiyang People.

Guizhou Provincial Museum

No.6: Guizhou Provincial Museum

Type: Museum

Location: No. 107 East Lincheng Street, Guanshanhu District, Guiyang City (about 10.4km away from city center)

Opening Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Close on Monday)

Recommended Length of Visit: about 2 - 3 hours

With a floor area of more than 45,000 square meters, Guizhou Provincial Museum is quite imposing and unique in shape, even in the high-rise buildings of Guiyang Financial Exhibition Area, the building is still conspicuous. There are three permanent exhibition hall in the Museum, which are Ethnic Guizhou Exhibition Hall, Paleontological Kingdom Exhibition Hall and Historical Guizhou Exhibition Hall. After enrich yourself with local ethnic culture and history, walk out of the entrance gate, rest a while and overlook the city at the platform. You will have a strong sense of feeling of being pulled back to the modern society.

Guizhou Province Nationality Museum

No.7: Guizhou Province Nationality Museum

Location: 3 - 4 floors, Guizhou National Culture Building, No.23 Jiandao Street, Nanming District, Guiyang City (about 1.1km away from city center)

Opening Time: 10:00 ~ 14:30

Recommended Length of Visit: about 3 hours

With a total construction area is 35191.78㎡, Guizhou Province Nationality Museum has 24 layers on the ground and1 layer underground, about 99.9m high. This building absorbs the charm of the contour curve of drum tower in Dong Villages. It is a tri-fork arc blocking type building, with the statue of Chairman Mao setting in front of the front arc. All six sides of the building together form a shape of "mountain”. The architectural modeling emphasizes the connotation of Guizhou, nationality and culture, showing the regional and ethnic color of Guizhou. Museum collections mainly includes the traditional dress, silver, masks, production and living supplies, ethnic ancient books of the ethnic minorities in southwest China, especially 17 indigenous ethnic minority in Guizhou (including Miao, Buyi, Dong Tujia, Yi, Shui Minority, etc.).

Nanjiang Grand Canyon

No.8: Nanjiang Grand Canyon

Type: Scenic Spot, Canyon

Location: Kaiyang County, Guizhou Province (about 54km away from Guiyang)

Opening Time: 8:00 ~ 19:00

With the astonishing Grand Canyon scenery, typical types of multifarious waterfalls and surrounding exquisite, Nanjiang Grand Canyon is well-known and worthwhile to pay a visit. The length of the valley is more than 40 kilometers, with steep peaks stretch towards the sky and the deepest of the canyon can reach to 398km. The results of scientific investigation by experts show that the Nanjiang Grand Canyon is a typical low-middle mountain canyon landscape with immemorial stratum and deep valleys, which is very magnificent and extraordinary.

There are more than 80 natural sites and over 40 waterfalls of various shapes in the canyon. The park has already developed a scenic area of 18.4 kilometers. Tourists can take a thrilling ride along the jasper river, walk along the cliff plank road, shady path, or conquer the primeval forest. Watch macaques, hiding on the cliffs, climbing and playing. mandarin ducks are swimming in the river, fish can be seen in flocks, ospreys, egrets are flying on the river, what a delight!

Qinglong River

No.9: Qinglong River

Type: River, Ancient Complex

Location: Kaiyang County, Guiyang City, Guizhou (about 59km away from Guiyang)

Opening Time: all day long

After visiting the Nanjiang Grand Canyon, if you still yearn for more beautiful sceneries of the crystal clear water, you can go 10km up and immerse in the extraordinary Ten-mile Gallery along the Qinglong River. The upper reaches of the Nanjiang River, the Qinglong River , shows a different look here. The river flows gently through a wide valley with fertile land and quiet ancient Buyi villages on banks. Spring, when rape flowers bloom , is the best time to pay a visit here. Other times, you can hike 2km from Maitou Village (马头寨) to Shuitou Village (水头寨) . While on the road, you will have a chance to appreciate the ancient dwellings, temples and opera stage in local villages.

Aha Lake National Wetland Park

No.10: Aha Lake National Wetland Park

Type: Wetland Park, River

Location: South Yanan Road, Huaxi District, Guiyang City (about 8.2km away from city center)

Visit Aha Lake National Wetland Park will save you 40 minutes’ drive to Huaxi Wetland but show you the similar nature splendor. The park used to be known as the Xiaoche River City Wetland Park . Xiaoche River is an important water source protection area in Guiyang city. Aside from the Lhasa River in Tibet, it claims to be the only urban river in Chinese capitals that remains largely uncontaminated. Now the scale of the park is expanding, the Fengyu Bridge, the Cherry Blossom Forest and the embellishment of waterscapes are all make this park more complete.

Keep Reading on Guiyang

  • Top 7 Things to Do in Guiyang
  • Guiyang Transportation
  • Guiyang to Huangguoshu Waterfall
  • Guiyang to Kaili
  • Guiyang to Fanjingshan
  • Guiyang Weather
  • Guiyang Hotels
  • Guiyang Maps
  • Guiyang Travel Guide
  • Guiyang Tours

Useful Guizhou Travel Articles

  • Guizhou Travel Guide
  • How to Plan a Guizhou Tour
  • Guizhou Tours
  • Kaili Tours
  • Anshun Tours
  • Fanjingshan Tours
  • Rongjiang Tours
  • Congjiang Tours
  • Zhaoxing Tours
  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Guizhou
  • Top 16 Guizhou Attractions
  • Guizhou Transportation
  • Guizhou Weather & Seasons
  • Guizhou Minorities
  • Guizhou Ethnic Festivals
  • Top 10 Guizhou Ethnic Villages
  • Guizhou Hotels
  • Guizhou Maps

Recommended Guiyang Tours

Top 3 Guiyang tours chosen by most customers to explore Guiyang in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

guiyang travel guide

2 Days Classic Guiyang Tour with Qingyan Ancient Town

Guizhou Huangguoshu Waterfall

3 Days Guiyang City Tour with Huangguoshu Waterfall

Guiyang / Anshun / Guiyang

Haircut Ritual at Biasha Miao Village - a Live Shave with a Sickle

6 Days Classic Guizhou Tour to Huangguoshu & Southeast Guizhou

Guiyang / Anshun / Kaili / Rongjiang / Zhaoxing / Congjiang

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once inquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.

guiyang travel guide

  • Affordable and valuable price
  • 100% tailor-made packages
  • Highly rated customers reviews
  • Efficient customer support

China Tours

  • Top 10 China Tours
  • Classic China Tours
  • China Tours from Beijing
  • China Tours from Shanghai
  • China Tours from Hong Kong
  • China Tours from Chengdu
  • Short China Trips
  • Customize China Tour
  • China Panda Tours
  • Family Tour with Kids
  • High-Speed Train Tour
  • Silk Road Travel
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Hiking & Trekking Tours
  • Photography Tours
  • China Minority Travel
  • Beijing Shanghai Tours
  • Shanghai Yangtze Tours
  • Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tours
  • Chengdu Lhasa Tours
  • Suzhou Hangzhou Tours
  • Guilin & Yangshuo
  • Zhangjiajie

“Very good experience”

“WONDERFUL 25 DAYS IN CHINA - PRIVATE TOUR”

“Awesome China tour from northeast to southwest”

Any questions, please email us at: [email protected] or call us at: 86-19138970032 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. GMT+8)

  • Terms & Condition
  • Privacy Policy
  • Customer Support

Copyright © 2011-2024. All rights reserved.

Cookie policy

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. Continue using our website means you agree with our cookie policy. For more info, please read here .

China Travel Logo

Guiyang Travel Guide

Guiyang, the capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province has been gradually thrust into the tourist limelight as the best city in China to escape the summer heat. 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 unique charm.

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 nighttime. The city is situated on the Yunnan-Guizhou highland with low latitude and the average temperature from June to August is approximately 23 centigrade degrees.

Economical development and urbanization in some cities in China have been widely criticized for being at the cost of the environment. In the large industrial cities of the north, pollution can be quite bad. Fortunately, Guiyang has retained an environmentally friendly atmosphere thanks to the attitude and effort of the local government.

Karst Landscape in Guiyang

Aside from its comfortable weather conditions, Guiyang lays claims to its unique karst landscape and colorful ethnic cultures in the region.

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 have nicknamed 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 that embellish the physical space and add more dynamics and vitality to nature.

Population in Guiyang

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.

Request a custom itinerary today and get one step closer to your personalized trip

Create Your Trip

guiyang travel guide

Guiyang Travel Guide: All You Need To Know

' src=

Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province, is a vibrant and modern city that offers a mix of urban attractions, cultural experiences, and natural beauty. Here’s a guide to places to visit, things to do, and travel tips for Guiyang:

Places to Visit:

Qianling Park: Enjoy panoramic views of Guiyang from Qianling Park, which features lush gardens, walking paths, and a statue of Confucius.

Jiaxiu Tower: This iconic landmark is a three-story wooden tower situated on Nanming River. It’s a symbol of Guiyang and offers great views of the city.

Hongfu Temple: Explore this Buddhist temple complex, which includes stunning architecture, ornate decorations, and serene surroundings.

Guiyang Cultural Plaza: A modern urban center featuring shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural attractions.

Huaxi Park: A large urban park with a lake, botanical gardens, and recreational facilities. It’s a popular spot for locals to relax and exercise.

Guizhou Provincial Museum: Learn about the rich history, culture, and ethnic diversity of Guizhou through its extensive collection of artifacts and exhibitions.

Flower and Bird Market: Experience the local culture at this lively market, where you can find a variety of flowers, birds, and other goods.

Qingyan Ancient Town: Take a short trip outside Guiyang to explore this well-preserved ancient town with traditional architecture, cobbled streets, and historic sites.

Things to Do:

Taste Spicy Hotpot: Indulge in Guiyang’s famous spicy hotpot, a must-try culinary experience that reflects the province’s love for spicy flavors.

Visit Night Markets: Explore the vibrant night markets where you can sample local snacks, street food, and shop for souvenirs.

Experience Guizhou Opera: Watch a traditional Guizhou opera performance, known for its unique singing style and colorful costumes.

Explore Local Cuisine: Aside from hotpot, try other local dishes like “siwawa” (wontons), “fen si” (vermicelli noodles), and “shui jiao” (dumplings).

Attend Festivals: If your visit coincides with local festivals, such as the Dragon Boat Festival or Lantern Festival, participate in the celebrations.

Cruise Nanming River: Take a leisurely boat ride along Nanming River to admire the cityscape and enjoy a different perspective of Guiyang.

Travel Tips:

Weather: Guiyang has a subtropical climate with mild winters and warm summers. Pack accordingly based on the season you’re visiting.

Local Transport: Guiyang has a metro system, buses, and taxis for getting around the city. Biking and walking are also options, especially in the city center.

Language: While Mandarin is the official language, some basic knowledge of Chinese phrases can be helpful, especially when ordering food.

Currency: The official currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Cash is widely accepted, but major credit cards are also accepted in larger establishments.

Local Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting temples or interacting with locals in ethnic villages.

Safety: Guiyang is generally safe for travelers, but take typical precautions such as safeguarding belongings and staying aware of your surroundings.

Explore Nearby: Guiyang serves as a gateway to other attractions in Guizhou. Consider taking day trips to places like Qingyan Ancient Town, Huangguoshu Waterfall, and ethnic minority villages.

Whether you’re interested in history, food, or cultural experiences, Guiyang offers a blend of modern urban life and traditional charm that will make your visit to Guizhou memorable.

Best Time To Visit Guiyang The best time to visit Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province, is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is pleasant and the natural beauty of the region is at its peak. Here’s a breakdown of the different seasons and their characteristics to help you decide when to visit Guiyang:

Spring (March to May): Spring is a popular time to visit Guiyang as the weather is mild, and the city’s parks and gardens come to life with blooming flowers. The average temperatures range from around 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), making it a comfortable time for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Summer (June to August): Summer in Guiyang is warm and rainy. While the city remains lush and green due to the rainfall, the weather can be quite humid, and occasional heavy downpours are common. The average temperatures range from around 17°C to 28°C (63°F to 82°F). If you don’t mind the rain and are interested in enjoying local festivals, such as the Dragon Boat Festival, this could be an option.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Guiyang. The weather becomes cooler and more comfortable, with average temperatures ranging from around 12°C to 23°C (54°F to 73°F). The fall foliage in the surrounding areas is a highlight, creating stunning landscapes and perfect conditions for outdoor exploration.

Winter (December to February): Winter in Guiyang is chilly, but it rarely sees heavy snowfall. Average temperatures range from around 3°C to 11°C (37°F to 52°F). While it’s the least popular season for tourism, it’s a good time to visit if you prefer fewer crowds and want to experience a quieter atmosphere. It’s advisable to bring warm clothing if you’re visiting during this period.

Keep in mind that Guizhou, in general, has a mild climate, but it can experience rapid weather changes due to its mountainous terrain. Also, some festivals and events may influence your travel plans. For example, the ethnic minority festivals held throughout the year can offer unique cultural experiences.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Guiyang depends on your preferences for weather, activities, and local festivals. Spring and autumn are generally recommended for a comfortable and enjoyable visit, with fewer weather-related concerns.

How to get around in Guiyang Getting around in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province, is relatively easy thanks to its well-developed transportation network. Here are some transportation options to help you navigate Guiyang:

Metro: Guiyang has a modern metro system with multiple lines that connect key areas of the city. The metro is an efficient and convenient way to travel, especially during peak hours when traffic can be heavy.

Public Buses: Guiyang has an extensive public bus network that covers most parts of the city. Buses are affordable and provide access to various neighborhoods and attractions. Look for route maps and information at bus stops or online.

Taxis: Taxis are readily available in Guiyang and can be hailed on the street or booked through ride-hailing apps. They are a convenient mode of transportation, especially if you’re traveling with a group or have heavy luggage.

Biking: Guiyang is becoming increasingly bike-friendly, with dedicated bike lanes in some areas. Many streets have bike-sharing stations where you can rent bicycles using a mobile app.

Walking: Exploring Guiyang on foot is a great way to soak in the local atmosphere and discover hidden gems. The city center is pedestrian-friendly, and you can easily walk between attractions, shops, and restaurants.

Ride-Hailing Apps: Apps like DiDi (similar to Uber) are widely used in Guiyang and allow you to book rides easily using your smartphone. This option provides convenience and helps avoid communication issues.

Car Rentals: While renting a car is an option, it may not be necessary within the city due to the availability of public transportation. However, if you plan to explore rural areas or take day trips, renting a car could be beneficial.

Motorcycle Taxis: Motorcycle taxis, known as “moto-taxis,” are a common sight in Guiyang. They offer a quick and convenient way to navigate through traffic, especially for short distances.

Tourist Buses: Guiyang may offer tourist buses that take you to major attractions or nearby scenic spots. Check with local travel agencies or tourism offices for information.

Language Apps: If you’re not familiar with Chinese, having language translation apps or maps with English translations can be helpful when communicating with drivers or navigating the city.

Remember that traffic can be heavy during peak hours, especially in the city center, so plan your transportation accordingly. It’s also a good idea to have the name and address of your destination written in Chinese characters to show to drivers or locals if needed.

Where to eat in Guiyang Guiyang is renowned for its diverse and flavorful cuisine, especially its spicy and sour flavors. When it comes to dining in Guiyang, you have a variety of options, ranging from local street food stalls to upscale restaurants. Here are some places and types of food you should consider trying in Guiyang:

Spicy Hotpot: Guiyang is famous for its spicy hotpot, known locally as “huoguo.” You can find numerous hotpot restaurants throughout the city, where you can enjoy a variety of fresh ingredients cooked in a bubbling pot of spicy broth. Guiyang’s version of hotpot is characterized by its rich and aromatic flavors.

Siwawa: Siwawa are wontons filled with minced meat and vegetables, usually served in a chili sauce. This local snack is a must-try and can be found in various street stalls and small eateries.

Mala Xiangguo: This is a popular stir-fry dish that features a mix of vegetables, meats, and seafood cooked in a spicy and numbing mala sauce. You can customize the ingredients to your preferences.

Gaoqiao Mixian: This dish consists of rice noodles served with a variety of toppings, including vegetables, meats, and peanuts. The combination of textures and flavors makes it a satisfying meal.

Chunbing: Similar to spring rolls, chunbing are thin pancakes stuffed with ingredients like minced pork, vegetables, and sauces. They are delicious and convenient for a quick snack.

Guizhou Rice Cakes: These chewy and glutinous rice cakes are often served with savory or sweet sauces, making them a delightful treat.

Fried Dishes: Guiyang has a variety of fried dishes, including fried rice noodles, fried dough twists, and more. These snacks are perfect for munching as you explore the city.

Local Markets and Night Bazaars: Guiyang’s night markets and food bazaars come alive in the evening, offering a wide range of street food options. Some popular markets include Shengfu Road Night Market and Hequn Road Night Market.

Local Restaurants: Look for local restaurants that specialize in Guizhou cuisine. These establishments often serve a variety of traditional dishes, allowing you to sample a wide range of flavors.

Western and International Cuisine: If you’re looking for a change of taste, Guiyang also has a selection of Western and international restaurants offering familiar dishes.

Remember that Guiyang’s cuisine is known for its spiciness, so be prepared for some heat if you’re not accustomed to spicy foods. When exploring local street food stalls, it’s a good idea to follow the lead of locals and choose stalls with a steady flow of customers, as it often indicates good quality and freshness.

Famous street stalls in Guiyang Guiyang is known for its vibrant street food scene, offering a wide variety of local snacks and dishes that you can enjoy from street stalls. Here are some famous street stalls in Guiyang where you can indulge in delicious and authentic local flavors:

Shengfu Road Night Market: This bustling night market is one of the most famous in Guiyang and offers a wide array of street food options. You’ll find everything from spicy hotpot and grilled skewers to local snacks like siwawa and chunbing.

Hequn Road Night Market: Another popular night market, Hequn Road Night Market is known for its lively atmosphere and diverse food offerings. Try mala xiangguo, fried dishes, and various regional snacks.

Qianling Park Snack Street: Located near Qianling Park, this street is lined with food stalls offering local specialties such as Guizhou rice cakes, noodle dishes, and more.

Yangming Road Food Street: This food street is known for its wide selection of street food, including mala xiangguo, grilled skewers, and fried dishes.

Wenchang Pavilion Snack Street: Situated near Wenchang Pavilion, this street is a favorite among locals for its variety of street food options, including siwawa and other local snacks.

Zhucheng Square Night Market: This night market is famous for its mala xiangguo and other spicy delights. It’s a great place to experience Guiyang’s lively food culture.

Fuyuanmen Snack Street: This street is renowned for its selection of local snacks and dishes, including noodle soups, fried dough twists, and more.

Huangyuan Market: Located in the city center, this market is a hub for fresh produce, meats, and street food. You can sample various local delicacies while experiencing the vibrant market atmosphere.

Zunyi Road Night Market: This night market is known for its affordable and tasty street food options, including hotpot, grilled meats, and more.

Guiyang Railway Station Area: If you’re arriving or departing by train, the area around Guiyang Railway Station is lined with food stalls offering quick and convenient snacks for travelers.

When exploring these street stalls, don’t hesitate to try local specialties and ask for recommendations from locals. Guiyang’s street food scene is a great way to immerse yourself in the city’s culture and indulge in the unique flavors of Guizhou cuisine. Just be prepared for some spiciness, as many of the dishes are known for their bold and fiery flavors.

Where to stay in Guiyang Guiyang offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. The city has a mix of luxury hotels, mid-range options, and budget accommodations. Here are some areas and recommendations for where to stay in Guiyang:

City Center (Nanming District): The city center is a convenient location for both business and leisure travelers. It offers easy access to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. Many international and upscale hotels are located in this area.

Pullman Guiyang Hotel: A modern and luxurious hotel with comfortable rooms and excellent amenities. Hyatt Regency Guiyang: A well-known international brand offering upscale accommodations and stunning city views. Novotel Guiyang Downtown: A mid-range option with comfortable rooms and convenient access to city attractions. Jiaxiu Tower Area (Nanming District): This area is known for its historical charm and proximity to attractions like Jiaxiu Tower and Qianling Park. It’s a great choice for those who want to explore Guiyang’s cultural landmarks.

Guizhou Long Yue Hotel: A boutique hotel with traditional Chinese design and a tranquil atmosphere. Haiyatt Hotel Guiyang: Located near Jiaxiu Tower, this hotel offers modern comforts and easy access to nearby attractions. Wenchang Pavilion Area (Yunyan District): This area is close to Wenchang Pavilion and offers a mix of accommodations, from budget guesthouses to mid-range hotels.

Guiyang Pod Inn Wenchang Pavilion: A budget-friendly option with basic amenities and a convenient location. Echarm Plus Hotel Guiyang Wenchang Pavilion: A comfortable mid-range hotel with modern facilities. Huangguoshu Waterfall Scenic Area: If you plan to visit Huangguoshu Waterfall, you can stay near the scenic area for easy access to the natural beauty of Guizhou.

Huangguoshu Hotel: A convenient option for exploring the waterfall and nearby attractions. Qianling Park Area (Nanming District): This area is ideal for nature enthusiasts and those who want to enjoy the park’s tranquility.

Hotel Sky: A comfortable hotel with a peaceful setting near Qianling Park. Caijiaguan Area (Yunyan District): This area offers a mix of accommodations and is relatively close to the city center.

Home Inn Guiyang Caijiaguan: A budget-friendly hotel with simple amenities. Remember that Guiyang is a relatively compact city, so most attractions and neighborhoods can be reached within a reasonable distance. When choosing your accommodation, consider your preferences for location, budget, and the type of experience you want to have while exploring Guiyang. It’s advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

You might also enjoy:

Ivanovo travel guide: all you need to know, your complete guide to lelystad: the charming dutch city, central equatoria state: a harmony of nature and culture, discovering the riches of cross river: a comprehensive travel guide, leave a comment cancel reply.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

London City Calling

Top things to do in Guiyang China as a first-time tourist | The Ultimate Guide

Jiaxiu Guiyang at night, Guiyang China

Disclosure: I may earn a small commission from the companies or products mentioned in this post.

The city of Guiyang (贵阳) is the capital of Guizhou province, a true hidden gem in Southwest China. Despite being a huge city with a population of almost 5 million people, Guiyang is a far less popular destination for international tourists than China’s other large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

Full disclose – I definitely hadn’t heard of Guiyang either before this year and the reason I initially decided to go was to visit my cousin who is teaching English there for a year. 

After having spent 2 months getting to experience this exciting city, I couldn’t wait to share all the amazing things there is to see and do to encourage others to visit too, from giant pandas and wild monkeys to colourful neon-clad skyscrapers dominating the modern skyline.

In my opinion, a trip to Guiyang is an absolute must for anyone wanting to experience a real Chinese city without being surrounded by millions of other tourists.

To help you plan your trip to Guiyang, this article is split into five main parts:

  • Top things to do in Guiyang
  • Trips in Guizhou province from Guiyang
  • Important things to know before visiting (Q&A’s)
  • How to get from London to Guiyang
  • Where to stay in Guiyang

What you'll find in this post

Top things to do in Guiyang China:

Explore qianling park.

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - traditional South Gate

Qianling is a huge park located on the inner-city mountain with the same name. Also known as ‘Monkey Park’, it is the city’s most popular tourist attraction and is definitely one of my favourite things to do in Guiyang.

The park is filled with beautiful forests, lakes, wild monkeys, a Buddhist temple, a zoo and plenty more which could keep you occupied for at least a couple of days.

Entry to Qianling Park is just 5yuan (around 50p) and tickets can be brought at the South Gate entrance. The ticket covers the park and zoo. Entrance to the temple, boat hire and the cable car are extra (but also extremely cheap).

Here are a few of the things you can do in Qianling Park Guiyang…

Take the cable car to the top of Qianling Mountain

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - cable car with view of the city below

If you really love walking, you can walk to the top of Qianling Mountain and take in all of the sights on the way, however, be warned that it’s a pretty long and steep treck, especially in the hot and humid Chinese summer.

Alternatively, you can catch the cable car to the top of the mountain then walk back down – this is the option I’d advise.

Not only are the tiny two people pods fun to ride, but they also give some of the best views back over the city. Once you’re at the top of the mountain the thick forest restricts the views considerably.

Close to the cable car station at the top, you’ll find Hongfu temple and the majority of the monkeys, then you can walk back down the mountain to explore the zoo and other attractions in the park.

Feed the wild monkeys

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - wild monkeys

As is probably obvious from its nickname ‘Monkey Park’, Qianling Park has an absolutely huge wild Macaque population which you’ll find causing chaos all over the park.

The monkeys are very much used to humans and are friendly enough as long as you approach them sensibly, however, these cheeky chappy’s certainly aren’t afraid to take food out of your pocket or bag if they catch a glimpse so just be careful where you keep things.

If you want to feed the monkeys, buy a bag of nuts before you enter the park (it’s cheaper outside of the main gate than in the park itself). Place some nuts in your open palm and let them take it from you. Just remember to hide the bag unless you want to be robbed by a gang of monkeys – I learnt this one the hard way!

Embrace Buddhist traditions at Hongfu temple

Hongfu Temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple at the top of Qianling Mountain. Surprisingly quiet and serene compared to the rest of the park, the large temple has a number of pavilions, altars and small koi ponds to explore.

It’s also an amazing experience to take part in all of the traditional activities happening at the temple alongside the locals.

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - red wish ribbons in Hongfu Temple

When first entering the temple you’ll find a woman sat at a small table with handfuls of red ribbons. Pay a few pennies, pick a random ribbon and make a wish. Each wish ribbon has a Chinese word written on it such as ‘happiness’ and ‘health’ which should correspond to your wish.

Despite being apprehensive at first, the ribbon I picked translated to ‘travel safety’… how perfect for someone who travels as a job?

Then you take the ribbon away (wear it or keep it at home) , and once your wish comes true you must bring it back to the temple and hang it somewhere such as on the branch of a tree.

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - burning incense at Hongfu Temple

When buying your ticket to enter the temple, make sure to also go to the window next door which you can buy sticks of incense to burn inside.

Incense is thought to purify a space, and in a temple, it is also seen as a sign of respect to offer it to the Buddha.

Go over to the large alters and hold your sticks of incense inside until they start burning then pull them out. If the sticks are on fire, wave them to put the flames out – don’t blow them as this is seen as disrespectful (yes we made this mistake at first) . Take several bows while holding the sticks and finally throw them into the alter.

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - Buddhist Monk at Hongfu Temple

While exploring Hongfu Temple you might also run into one of the monks who call the temple their home. Just like many people in this region of China, the monk we ran into was just as amazed to see us as we were to see him. He insisted on painting pictures of us (which he gave us as gifts) , then proceeded to get out his smartphone and ask for a photo with us (oh modern technology!) .

There is also a room with a large number of Buddhas which you must count until you reach your age, note the Buddha’s number, get a card at the counter and have a monk tell you about your future – however, the monks don’t speak English so it’s only worth doing this if you’re with a Chinese speaker.

For 10yuan you can also have lunch with the monks. Take a paper bowl and choose from a buffet of vegetarian dishes with plenty of rice and fruit.

See the Giant Pandas

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - Giant Pandas in zoo

A big reason many people visit China each year is for the endangered giant pandas, and Qianling Park’s zoo is one of the places where you can see them. The two male giant pandas, Haibin and Xingbao, are in Guiyang for 3 years from April 2018 for “scientific education”.

Qianling Park’s small zoo has many animals including tigers, bears, red pandas and many amphibians, but the giant pandas are by far the zoo’s most popular animals.

Want to see more giant pandas in China? Check out this guide to the Chengdu Panda Base.

Hire a boat on Qianling Lake 

Qianling Park in Guiyang China - boating lake

At the bottom of Qianling Mountain is a large lake with boats which are available to rent. When the sun’s out, it’s a relaxing way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the park for a little while.

Boat hire is just 15yuan for paddle boats (fits up to 6 people) and 30yuan for the pedal boats (fits up to 4 people). You’ll also need to give a 100yuan as a deposit which you’ll get back when you return. You can take the boat out for as long as you want.

Visit Jiaxiu Tower

Jiaxiu Tower in Guiyang China

Jiaxiu Tower is a grand three-story wooden tower built on a rock on the Nanming River which goes straight through the centre of Guiyang city. It was initially built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) but has been renovated several times since.

Jiaxiu Tower in Guiyang China at night

Also known as ‘the First Scholar’s Tower’ due to being frequented by a number of famous scholars over the years, Jiaxiu Tower has become a cultural symbol of Guiyang and is now probably the image most associated with the city, making it one not to miss for any visitor.

There are three main things to do at Jiaxiu. Walk across Fuyu Bridge (also the longest bridge in Guiyang) to reach the tower, wander around Cuiwei Garden to the south, and head inside to see the exhibit which is home to historic works such as calligraphy pieces, woodcrafts and stone tablets inscribed with poems.

Entry to the tower is just 5yuan.

See Huaguoyuan by night

Huanguoyuan is an extremely modern, built-up district in the west of Guiyang. Located in an area of the city which used to be an underdeveloped slum, it is currently the largest urban redevelopment project in China. The redevelopment has been going on for quite a few years so the district is already filled with towering skyscrapers which really come into their element at night.

Huanguoyuan White House in Guiyang China

Visiting Huanguoyuan at night is like stepping into a futuristic movie, with the huge buildings and skyscrapers draped in bright neon lights dominating the skyline in all directions.

Keep an eye out for the twin towers, which occasionally flash ‘ I <heart> GY’, and the Huanguoyuan White House, a spectacular government building sat on the edge of the central lake (it’s pretty impossible to miss it!).

There’s plenty to do in Huanguoyuan to fill an evening. Wander around the lake, grab some street food and sit on the grass while watching street performers.

Enjoy a coffee by the river in Future Ark

Coffee by the river in Future Ark district in Guiyang China

‘Future Ark Tourism Complex’ is another relatively new district in the east of Guiyang on the Nanming River. Down by the edge of the water you’ll find a number of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars with terraces overlooking the river.

Despite being close to the main city centre, Future Ark is less busy than other parts of Guiyang and therefore is a nice spot to sit and enjoy a drink or meal in peace. The views down the river are also rather pretty on a sunny day.

Visit Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town in Guiyang, street with ancient Chinese buildings filled with people

Qingyan Ancient Town is a historical town in the very south of Guiyang. Dating back to 1378 during the Ming Dynasty, it was originally built for military purposes. The charming traditional town has been well preserved over the years and is now an important cultural artefact for remembering the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Visitors can enter the town to marvel at the ancient architecture such as the traditional wooden houses, stone gates and beautiful temples and churches belonging to Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and Christianity. And don’t forget to try the delicious food here, including the local delicacy of pigs trotters!

Qingyan Ancient Town Gate at Night

While in Qingyan Ancient Town, don’t miss Guiyang’s very own version of the Great Wall winding its way up a small hill on the outskirts of the town. The stairs up the wall are steep and will definitely have you a little out of breath, but the views from the top are certainly worth it!

Guiyang Great Wall in Qingyan Ancient Town

The ancient town is located in a southern suburb of Guiyang and is around a 45 minute-1 hour bus or taxi ride from the very centre of the city.

Spend a day at the mall

Shopping malls in Guiyang China

Is it just me or does anyone else love going to shopping centres in other countries? I personally feel like they give you a real insight into the local culture and a feel for what it would be like to really live in a city.

But whether this is something you usually do or not, I would still highly recommend visiting a shopping mall in Guiyang. Chinese malls are crazy worlds of neon lights (much like the rest of the city), extreme fashion, freaky mannequins, great food and fun amusements.

Hunter Plaza (Wenchang Nan Road) – a modern complex full of local brands as well as many well-known international shops. The upper floors have a number of Chinese and Western restaurants, whilst the lower floor is home to a fun arcade in which you could easily lose a couple of hours.

Estee (Shi’nan Road) – plenty of fashion, beauty and technology brands, as well as a lower floor full of great restaurants and ‘Olé’ supermarket which is one of the best places in the city for imported Western foods.

Turtle pond inside a shopping mall in Guiyang China

A Mall Shopping Center (Jiefang Road) – as well as being a huge shopping centre with plenty of shops and other cool amenities such as a children’s amusement park and turtle pond, the main reason to visit A Mall is for the long street food market which wraps itself around the outside of the building.

Flora Plaza (Zhonghua Middle Road) – a mall mainly aiming at younger people with its large selection of multinational fashion brands.

CC Park mall, Venetian buildings

CC Park (Jingyang) – one of Guiyang’s most unique shopping malls, designed to look like Venice in Italy with a man-made canal flowing through the entire mall, a number of Venetian bridges and real gondola rides (picture the Venetian hotel in Vegas).

Take some Insta-worthy photos at the 5D Star Art Museum

Infinity room in 5D Sky Art Museum in Guiyang China

Somehow it took me until my last day in Guiyang to find this amazing museum, considering it’s an Instagrammers dream!

Based on the work of Van Gogh and other impressionist and contemporary artists, all of the art in the museum is completely interactive and every room is filled with fun photo opportunities. There’s even an infinity room (which you don’t have to queue for hours for like elsewhere in the world) and a pastel pink ball pit.

Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!

Treat yourself to a Chinese Massage

Two Chairs in Guiyang Massage Parlour

One of my favourite things about Guiyang is how affordable everything is, including many beauty treatments including hair salons, nail parlours and massage houses. So it’s only fair to treat yourself to a little pampering, right?

Head to a massage parlour in Guiyang to experience an authentic Chinese massage. Massage has been a central part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is unlike anything you will experience elsewhere in the world.

Unlike Western massage techniques, Chinese massages aim to promote overall health by easing the flow of energy, or “qi”, around the body. The practitioner’s aim is to release both physical and energetic tension, in order to restore a sense of balance and kickstart the body’s own healing process. This involves kneading, chopping, stretching, pinching and pressing to relieve sore points and blockages in the muscle tissues.

Massages can be a little on the rough side in China and the masseuses don’t hold back with the amount of pressure they apply, however embrace the experience and you’re sure to be feeling refreshed and relaxed the next day.

Note: Massages are more of a social experience in China. It’s unlikely that you’ll be in a private room with low light, candles and relaxing music. But rather, your group will be escorted to a room together where both guests and masseuses will converse during the massage experience (although you’re not obliged and you can always put on your own music and enjoy in silence).

Eat Everything!

Local sweet sausage in Guiyang China

It’s difficult to recommend what you should eat in Guiyang because there wasn’t a single thing that I didn’t enjoy during my entire trip. Every street in Guiyang is filled with cafes, restaurants and street food stalls selling amazing food pretty much 24 hours a day

Chinese BBQ is a must, in which you cook your own meats and vegetables on a grill in the centre of the table, while Hot Pot is also extremely popular with the locals and consists of a large pot of soup on a hob in the middle of the table in which you boil a selection of meats and vegetables.

And be sure not to miss the local speciality of sweet sausage – one of my absolute favourite foods in Guiyang!

You’ll also find a number of Western fast-food chains around the city such as McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as many international restaurants serving everything from Mexican tacos to proper Italian pizza. You certainly won’t be missing any home comforts.

Experience the city’s amazing nightlife

Bars and nightclubs in Guiyang China

I have to admit, the thing that surprised me the most about Guiyang was the amazing nightlife.

Around almost every corner you’ll find another bar or club open until the early hours of the morning and rammed with people partying 7 nights a week.

Uptown  is about as close to an English pub as you’ll get, with a chilled-out atmosphere, good drinks, pub grub and a pool table. It’s also where you’re likely to run into Guiyang’s expat population most nights of the week. Uptown is the place to start a night out in Guiyang.

South Park is another chilled out pub/bar which hosts regular Latina nights. So if you love a bit of salsa after a few drinks, this is the place for you.

For big night clubs, head to the likes of Playhouse, Excess, CCL and Max . All of the clubs have a very cool and modern vibe, with groups of young locals hanging out sipping cocktails and taking shots while live DJs play house and techno music in large neon light-filled rooms.

Also, be prepared to party until 6-7 in the morning, most places in the city don’t shut until the last person decides to go home!

Hire a KTV for a private karaoke experience

Guiyang KTV room

KTV’s are one of the most popular pastimes in Guiyang amongst the locals, and it’s hard to miss the bright neon signs advertising them all across the city.

A KTV is a venue with a large number of rooms, ranging in size, which can be privately hired from the daytime until late into the night (we didn’t leave ours until almost 5am). The rooms always feature screens and microphones for karaoke plus a private bar, while larger rooms can have all sorts of additions including a pool table and mahjong table (a popular Chinese game).

Large rooms are popular for events such as birthdays and can be extravagantly decorated with balloons and flowers, while smaller rooms are often hired for more casual nights out with a small group of friends or family.

Room packages also come with a set amount of beers and food, making them great value for money! You can’t take in your own alcohol, but if you do run out there is a shop within each building where you can purchase more beers, wine and spirits.

Trips within Guizhou province from Guiyang:

Trip to Miao village from Guiyang China

Other than the exciting city of Guiyang, wider Guizhou province is predominantly filled with beautiful natural landscapes, including the largest waterfall cluster in the world and extensive cave systems . It is also home to 48 of China’s ethnic groups, the second-highest concentration of any province in China, some of which you can visit in their traditional villages .

Most of the most popular attractions in Guizhou province are accessible as either a day trip or overnight stay from Guiyang city.

For more information on what to do in Guizhou province, check out:

Guizhou Travel Guide | Top things to do in Guizhou Province, China

Important things to know before visiting G uiyang China (Q&A):

A few important things to know before visiting the city as a tourist…

Do people in Guiyang speak English?

No, very rarely.

One of the major difficulties of visiting Guiyang is probably the language barrier.

The majority of locals don’t speak a word of English, while every now and again you’ll come across someone who can say a few sentences. If anything, the people who know most English are usually young children due to the growing recent popularity of English language schools in the city.

In the more modern parts of the city and places such as the malls, many of the signs and menus are now translated into English. However, if you go to the smaller, more local spots, this is highly unlikely so might require some guesswork and a lot of hand gestures.

There are a few ways to make the language barrier easier:

Firstly, have google translate on your phone -this isn’t a perfect solution as Guiyang dialect is slightly different from ‘Chinese’ on the app, however, it is better than nothing.

Secondly, use google maps to point to the location you want to go to when getting taxis – this managed to get me to the right place every time.

Are there other foreign tourists in Guiyang?

Once again, very few.

Although you’ll see a number of tour groups from different regions of China coming to visit Guiyang, you’ll very rarely see another Western face in this part of the country.

So much so that many of the locals do tend to stare (in a curious way, they’re not being rude) and will even come over to say hello and take a photo with you. Being a foreigner in Guiyang is probably the closest most people will come to feeling like a celebrity!

There is a very small expat community in the city, the majority of which work in the few English language schools for children. So if you’re a foreign tourist in Guiyang, people will often assume you’re a teacher – I got asked on a couple of occasions.

Locals taking photos of tourists in Guiyang China

Is Guiyang safe to visit as a tourist?

Before visiting China for the first time, I must admit that I was a little apprehensive about how safe I would feel. However, I can honestly say that Guiyang is one of the safest cities I’ve ever visited.

As someone who still gets a little nervous even getting a taxi alone in London, I was jumping in taxis alone late at night without a second thought in Guiyang.

Every person I met in the city was friendly and eager to help me, despite the language barrier. There’s also an extremely low crime rate.

What’s the best way to get around Guiyang?

Guiyang is a large city, so although you can walk around the different districts easily, it’s pretty difficult to get from one place to another quickly by foot.

Public transport is available, with one subway line going through the middle of the city and regular buses.

However, taxis are so cheap and readily available that personally, I don’t see the point of faffing around with anything else.

A 15-minute taxi ride from one place to another within the city centre will probably only cost between £1-2, while I once took a 45-minute journey from one side of the city to another for just £4.50.

Enjoying cycling? Find out more about riding a bike around China here.

How do I pay for things in Guiyang?

In every restaurant, shop, taxi and even market stall, you’ll notice a small plaque with a QR code on it. This is how the majority of the locals pay for things, using WeChat Pay or Ali Pay on their mobiles (yeah, it’s super high-tech!) .

However, it’s only possible to set up mobile payments with a Chinese bank account.

As a tourist, you’ll be completely fine paying for everything in cash. Just make sure to get some out before you arrive in the country in case your card doesn’t work in China.

Do I need a visa to visit Guiyang?

Just like everywhere in China, you’ll need to have the correct visa to enter the country.

Any other important things to know before I go?

In the whole of mainland China, many Western websites and social media are blocked, including Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, WordPress and several more.

In order to be able to access these while away, make sure to install a VPN (Virtual Private Network) before you leave home.

What is a VPN? Find out more here.

How to get from London to Guiyang China:

How to get from London to Guiyang China

Unfortunately there are no direct flights from London to Guiyang, however, you can transfer within China to arrive at Guiyang airport, or fly direct to one of the nearby airports then get the train into the city…

London -> Beijing -> Guiyang

Fly from London Heathrow to Beijing Capital (10.5h) followed by an internal flight from Beijing Capital to Guiyang (3.5h).

London -> Guangzhou -> Guiyang

Fly from London Heathrow to Guangzhou (12h) then take a short internal flight to Guiyang (1.5h).

London -> Chongquing -> Guiyang

Fly from London Heathrow to Chongqing (11h) then take a train from Chongquing railway station to Guiyang (2.5h). This is the route I took, flying with Tianjin Airlines, and would definitely recommend.

It’s around a 40minute taxi or bus from Chongqing Airport to the railway station so be sure to factor this in.

London -> Shenzhen -> Guiyang

Fly from London Heathrow to Shenzhen Bao’an International (12h) then a train (5h) to Guiyang.

London -> Hong Kong -> Guiyang

Fly London Heathrow to Hong Kong (12h) then take the train (6h) across the border to Guiyang.

Where to stay in Guiyang China:

Where to stay in Guiyang China

Luxury Hotels:

  • Atour Hotel Guiyang Future Ark – A modern hotel with large clean rooms, a gym and a restaurant, located in Future Ark. £50-60pn.
  • Ramada Plaza Guiyang – Luxury hotel in the north of the city, easily accessible to main attractions. £45-50pm.
  • Pullman Guiyang – 5* hotel with swimming pool, located in the south of the city next to ‘A Mall Shopping Centre’ and a great street food street. £85-95pn.

Mid-range Hotels:

  • 7Days Inn Qianling Park – Fairly basic but nice, affordable hotel very close to Qianling Park. £15+pn.
  • 7Days Inn Guiyang HuaGuoYuan – Same brand as above but in modern Huaguoyuan district. £15+pn.

Cheap Hotels & Hostels:

  • Y.T Studio Space Hostel – A chic, modern hostel close to Huaguoyuan. £8pm for a bed in a dorm room, £20pn for a private room.

Enjoyed this post? Pin it for later:

Top things to do in Guiyang China

Emily is a born and raised London girl, starting life in the north of the capital then moving down to Fulham in the southwest. She has a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from University College London and now works full-time running this blog and as a freelance travel writer, splitting her life between London and travelling the world as a digital nomad.

Find me on: Instagram

You may also enjoy:

33 fantastic things to do in bansko, bulgaria (other than …, 9 best day trips from valencia, spain, 20 awesome date ideas in melbourne to suit every budget …, 16 free things to do in melbourne.

guiyang travel guide

Wonderfully thorough article, Emily! I appreciate the points on what to do in Guiyang and also like how you address the FAQs people have when thinking about visiting a place!

Guiyang Travel Guide

  • Guiyang Travel Guide

Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is also known as ‘Zhu’ (bamboo that can be made into a musical instrument) and JinZhu. It enjoys the alias of ‘Forest City’. As the city is located south of Gui Mountain, it is called Guiyang (the Yang of a mountain means the south side of the mountain in terms of Fengshui). It is actually the center of administration, economy, culture, and scientific research for Guizhou, and also serves as the telecommunication center, industrial base, and trade and tourism service center. As a critical city in southwestern China, it also provides ecotourism, and it is one of the railway hubs.

Guizhou Trip

Guiyang boasts a national big data development and exchange cluster, calling center, service outsourcing cluster and data centers. It is the first National Forest City, a pilot city for circular economy based on the national policy, a paradise for escaping the summer heat, and is actually the top city on Top Ten Tourist Cities in China.

  • English Name: Guiyang
  • Chinese Name: 贵阳 GuìYáng
  • Government: Prefecture-level city, provincial capital
  • Location: Southwest China (106°42’E26°35’N)
  • Area code & Zip Code: Area Code:0851;Zip Code: 550000
  • Airports:Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
  • Railway Stations: Guiyang Station, Guiyang North Station, Guiyang East Station
  • Suburban Districts: Huaxi District, Baiyun District, Wudang District, Longli District
  • Population: About 4.86 million

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Guiyang can be between March and October. The climate is good for appreciating the natural scenery and participating in celebration of numerous ethnical minorities’ festivals, or the rich people friendly landscape.

What to see

Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan (Black Rock) Ancient Town : The town lies in the southern suburb of Guiyang, and is 29km from the urban city. This town can date its history back to 1378 CE, and is one of the most renowned ancient towns in Guizhou Province. It covers an area of 3 km and adheres to the style that was popular in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are 9 monasteries, 8 temples, 5 pavilions, 3 caves, 2 clan temples and 1 yard. The culturally related temples add up to well over 30.

Wenchang Pavilion : the pavilion is located in the eastern part of Guiyang city. The town was built in 1596 CE. The construction faces west and its height is 20 meters. The generally gray building has the style that was popular in the Ming Dynasty. There are three roofs for each floor, and there are a total of three floors.

Jiaxiu Building

Jiaxiu Building

Jiaxiu Building : Jiaxiu Building scenic area is on the riverbank of Nanming River in Guizhou. It covers an area of 4000 m2. It includes Jiaxiu Building, Fuyu Bridge and Cuiwei Garden. The three-roofed three-storied structure has four dragon heads set on the four corners of the third floor, while the decoration for the second and the ground floors are ‘The Boy’, and ‘The Avalokitesvara’, and four dragon tails. It was built in 1598 CE when the Guizhou Governor Jiang Dongzhi and Governor Supervisor Ying Chaoqing decided to a set stone dyke here to fend off floods. Jiaxiu means "First Scholar ". A huge turtle-like rock is the base of the building.

Qianling Park : this is a general park for tourism. The park is located in the northwest of Guiyang, and in it you can find Qianling Mountain, which is the most renowned mountain in southern Guizhou Province. This city park covers an area of 426 ha. and is 1.5km from the center of the city.

Natural Landscape

Historical attractions, how to get there.

Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport connects many metropolitan areas in the country. You can jump onto a plane and land at Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport. Alternatively, travelers can take a train with the destination of either Guiyang Railway Station, North Guiyang Station,orEast Guiyang Station.

Gourmet Food Recommendations

Sour Fish Soup

Sour Fish Soup

Spicy Chicken : Spicy Chicken is a Guizhou specialty. First, dice the chicken and marinate the pieces with spices for a while. Stir-fry them in boiling oil quickly and remove them from the frying pot. Put pounded red chili in the frying pan. Drop the chicken back when the red chili is done. The dish can be cooked in a homely way or made into a hot pot. As fried Pepper Chicken can be preserved for a long time, many houses choose to prepare it and enjoy it over a couple of days.

Sour Fish Soup : this is a traditional dish of the Miao nationality. It is often served in a hot pot. In the special sour soup there are tomatoes, garlic, the Chinese wonder herb ‘litsea’, and fermented chili. The bright color is really tempting. Each restaurant makes sour fish soups with their own twist. Sour soup can also be sold separately for home cooking.

Rose icy jelly

Rose Icy Jelly

Rose Icy Jelly : this is popular in summer in Guiyang. What makes it different from the icy jelly sold in other parts of the country is the rose petal jam in addition to brown sugar water. A handful of sesame is the final dressing. It is sweet and refreshing. Remember to buy some when you are in Guiyang.

Chang Wang (intestines & blood curd) Noodles : this renowned dish is made from large intestine, pig’s blood, and egg noodles, as well as a dressing made from marbled pork, bean sprouts, and marinated tofu. Chicken stock and special chili oil also add to the rich flavor.

Huaxi Beef Rice Noodle : Guizhou produces premium yellow cattle, and the beef rice noodle is common in southern China. But Huaxi Beef Rice Noodle is always a unique combination. Huaxi Beef Rice Noodle is made with premium beef and boiled beef bone stock. Sliced marinated beef, braised cubed beef, fermented cabbage, baked chili and rice noodle are all in the soup with nice color and flavor. Usually you will finish the dish by drinking all the soup.

Shopping Recommendations

Tea in Guizhou : Maojian from Duyun, Maofeng from Zunyi, and Yangai are some of the top varieties of tea. The suburb of Guizhou is one of the major places of origin for these teas. Zhaosi Tea shows a uniform shape and a yellowish green color with a refreshing fragrance.

Wax print fabric

Wax Print Fabric

Qingyan Rose-scented Sugar : The stripe shaped sugar is made from rose petals, brown sugar, glutinous rice, wheat, sesame and walnuts. It is crispy to chew and is very fragrant. The flavor is long lasting and it is inexpensive.

Wax print fabric : this is the hometown for the wax print fabric. Traditional wax printing techniques are combined with modern painting methods to bring forth nationality styled wax printing decoration and artware.

Yuping Bamboo Xiao & Di : The musical instrument is smooth and elegant. The delicate piece is a premium one among the Chinese folk musical instrument category. The Dragon-Phoenix Xiao & Di are the most popular ones. They are a pair. The dragon one has a lower sound and the phoenix gives a relatively higher pitch. The male one produces a louder sound and the female one produces a full sound. They sound like a wonderful combination tone.

bamboo xiao

Bamboo Xiao

Huaxi Chili Sauce : The chili peppers grow at the foot of mountains in Huaxi District, Guiyang. Brooks meander through the place. It has a blazing dark red color. Its fragrance is attractive after proper baking. There are numerous chili products in Guizhou, such as fermented chili, baked chili, pounded chili, oily chili, etc. Laoganma that is sold on amazon.com is one of the oily chilies. They are probably good choices for home cooking.

Strange stones : many strange stones born out of special geomorphology accord with aesthetic ideas of the Chinese. There are Guizhou Green Stones, Panjiang Stones, Wujiang Stones, Jiangshuihe Stones, Chinese Painting Stones, and Keichousaurus Fossils.

Recommended Tour (4 Days)

Day 1, Your private guide is ready to pick you up at the airport, in a comfortable A/C vehicle, and you will be transferred to the hotel for a good rest.

miao village

Day 2, Start the day with a big buffet breakfast, drive to Kaili city in 3 hours. Kaili is home to many ethnic groups and the biggest Miao Village. Also the widest and longest Wind & Rain Bridge in the world is located in Kaili. Qingman Miao Village is the first stop, so be ready to be surrounded by Miao people in colorful Miao costumes. After lunch, drive half an hour to Shiqiao Village and learn how local people made paper in the ancient way. Proceed to the route to get to Matanggejia Village, whose residents are the ancestors of Houyi, a mythological Chinese archer. A fulfilling day comes to an end and you can have a good night’s sleep.

miao minority women

Day 3, Another full day awaits you, so make sure you have enough for breakfast. Drive 30 minutes to Jidao Miao Village , admire the hundred-year-old barn. Lunch will be served in the village, then take another 30 minute ride to Shuidian Miao Village , the starting point of your 40 minutes of hiking towards Paika Miao Village . On route you will pass by numerous Miao buildings and Miao people working in the fields. Say Hi to them and they will say it back to you. Paika Miao people are the only ones to make Lusheng, a reed-pipe wind instrument, in the Leishan area. You will visit a workshop and see how Lusheng are being made. Before going back to Guiyang, stop over at Datang Miao Village to stroll in the ancient village and find the barn above water. Head back to Guiyang hotel, and take a nap on the 4-hour ride.

Day 4, With all the ethnic group knowledge in mind, wave goodbye to Guiyang. Your tour guide will make sure you get to the airport on time to fly to your next destination.

Go Guizhou

Recommended Hotels in Guizhou

Recommended hotels in kaili.

  • Guizhou Province
  • Guiyang Weather
  • Guiyang Cuisine
  • Guiyang Attractions
  • Guizhou Tour Packages

6 Days Guizhou Karst Landscape Tour

tct-logo

  • China Tours
  • Top 10 Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Tailor-made
  • Destinations
  • Classic China Tours
  • Scenic China Tours
  • China Cultural Tours
  • Yangtze River Cruises
  • Silk Road Adventure
  • Tibet Tours
  • Yunnan Tours
  • Beijing Tours
  • Shanghai Tours
  • Guilin Tours
  • Chengdu Tours
  • Zhangjiajie Tours
  • China Group Tours 2023
  • Beijing Group Day Tours
  • Shanghai Group Day Tours
  • Guilin Group Day Tours
  • Hong Kong Group Day Tours -->
  • Beijing Districts
  • Beijing Tourism
  • Beijing Dialect
  • Beijing Temple Fair
  • The Central Axis of Beijing

Top Guiyang Tours

5 Days Beautiful Guizhou with Huangguoshu Waterfall

Guiyang, Anshun

5 Days Guizhou Minority Festival Tour

Guiyang, Anshun, Kaili

6 Days Explore Ethnic Villages & Ancient Town in Guizhou

Guiyang, Kaili, Zhenyuan

7 Days Explore “FAST” Telescope Tour

Guiyang-Keli-Guiyang-Kaili-Rongjiang-Zhaoxing

From on request

12 Days Southwestern China Minority Tour

Guangzhou, Guiyang, Kaili, Rongjiang, Zhaoxing, Sanjiang, Longsheng, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou

From $ 1555

Top Attractions in Guiyang

Jiaxiu Pavilion

Jiaxiu Pavilion

Hongfu Temple

Hongfu Temple

Qianlingshan Scenic Area

Qianlingshan Scenic Area

Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town

Chishui Danxia Landform

Chishui Danxia Landform

Wanfenglin ( Forest of Ten Thousands Peaks)

Wanfenglin ( Forest of Ten Thousands Peaks)

Cedar River Scenic Spot

Cedar River Scenic Spot

Zhijin Cave

Zhijin Cave

Tailor-made Your Trip

Tailor-made Your Trip

Free Design Itinerary and Quote for You !

More about Guiyang

guiyang travel guide

Attractions

guiyang travel guide

Transportation

guiyang travel guide

Travel Tips

guiyang travel guide

Travel Blogs

guiyang travel guide

We are member of

guiyang travel guide

Follow us on

guiyang travel guide

About us Contact us How to Book How to Pay Terms & Conditions Loyalty & Referral Programs All China Tours All City Tours All One Day Tours All SIC Tours --> All Asia Tours Privacy Statement

Our license Number: L-GX-CJ00001

Copyright 2004 All Rights Reserved Top China Travel

go to top

  • Guiyang Overview

Chinese Name : 贵阳 English IPA : [ˈɡweiˈjɑ:ŋ] Location : In Guizhou Province, Southwest of China Population (city) : 4,862,000 Language : Mandarin, Southwest Mandarin Zip code : 550000 Tel code : 0851 Time zone : UTC+8

Guiyang , the capital of Guizhou Province, is a significant center city in Southwest China, known as an innovation-oriented and ecological leisure tourist city and national comprehensive railway hub. Due to its coolness and wetness in summer, low ultraviolet ray, fine water quality, suitable altitude and excellent eco-environment, Guiyang has the honor of “Summer Resort in China” awarded by Chinese Meteorological Society. It is not only modern, but provided with plateau characteristic that the city is in the mountains while mountains are in the city, and the city is in the forest while the greenness covers all over the city.

Highlights:

  • Famous Attractions: Guiyang attractions boast both beautiful natural landscapes and historical human landscapes, including Hongfeng Lake , Qianling Park , Tianhe Pool Scenic Area , Huaxi Park (Flower Stream Park), Qingyan Ancient Town , Jiaxiu Tower , Wenchang Pavilion , etc. 
  • Ethnic Culture: There are rich ethnic festivals, ethnic song and dance and ethnic costumes in Guiyang, including Buffalo Festival(牛王节) of Miao, Shangsi Festival(上巳节) of Buyi, Lusheng Dance, Miao and Buyi Costumes, etc, with unique charm. 
  • Folk Handcraft:  Embroidery and cross-stitch work are the traditional ethnic crafts in Guiyang, with various styles and features of ethnic minorities. The Miao embroidery is the most typical. 
  • Qian Cuisine:  Guizhou cuisine is also known as Qian cuisine. Its cooking technique and flavor combines Sichuan Cuisines, immigrants from north to Guizhou and local minority cuisines. In the early Ming Dynasty, Guizhou cuisine has tended to mature, many Guizhou cuisines have a history of more than 600 years.

Other Destinations in Guiyang

  • Qingzhen County
  • Nanming District
  • Yunyan District
  • Huaxi District
  • Wudang District
  • Guanshanhu District
  • Xiuwen County
  • Kaiyang County
  • Xifeng County (Guiyang)
  • Baiyun District (Guiyang)
  • Guiyang Attractions

Located in the center of Guizhou Province, Guiyang is one of the central cities in southwest china and the national ecological leisure tourism city. Guiyang is abundant in rich and colorful tourism resources. Covered by extensive peculiar karst landform, Guiyang is distributed with mountains, rivers, canyons, lakes, caves, waterfalls, hot spring, forests, ancient town, pavilion and various tourism resources. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful lake view at Hongfeng Lake and Baihua Lake, view unique natural landscapes at Huaxi [...]

More Guiyang Attractions >>

  • Guiyang Tours

Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is usually the gateway city and the first stop of Guizhou tour. Guiyang tours are usually related to other top destinations in Guizhou, like Anshun, Kaili and Libo County, as well as other provinces like Yunnan and Guangxi. Famous for its beauty, in the southwest of China, Guiyang boasts spectacular scenic spots and rich ethnic culture. Guiyang tours will take you to Qianling Park, Jianxiu Tower, Qingyan Ancient Town, Tianhe Pool and other famous attractions [...]

  • More City Tours Including Guiyang >>
  • More China Provinces Tours Including Guiyang >>
  • More Multi-City Tours Including Guiyang >>
  • All Tours Including Guiyang >>

Climate & When to Go

Situated in the southwest of China, on the east side of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, due to its low latitude(106°27′E, 26°44′N) and high altitude (1100 meters), controlled by westerlies, Guiyang enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate, with about 15.3℃ of annual average temperate and 77% of annual mean relative-humidity. Neither intense heat in summer nor bitter cold in winter, Guiyang has pleasant climate with moist air, no wind or sand all year around. And pleasant weather in Guiyang makes it a cozy city for living.  Meanwhile, its [...]

More Guiyang Climate & When to Go >>

Transportation

Equipped with aviation, railway, and highway, Guiyang is one of significant traffic tubs and regional logistics centers in connecting the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta in southwest of China. Sichuan-Guizhou, Hunan-Guizhou, Guizhou-Guangxi and Guiyang-Kunming 4 railways are intersected here, and Guiyang-Guangzhou, Changsha-Kunming, Chongqing-Guizhou, Chengdu-Guiyang, Guiyang-Nanning and other high-speed railway have been built one after another.  How to Get to Guiyang At present, Guiyang can be available by air, train and long-distance bus from other major cities, such as Chengdu, Beijing,  [...]

More Guiyang Transportation >>

Festivals and Activities

Guizhou is a place famous for the numerous festivals of ethnic minorities. Guiyang, as the capital of Guizhou Province, is a multi-ethnic city. There are more than 20 ethnic groups living in Guiyang, among them, Buyi and Miao have the largest minority population of all minorities in Guiyang. During the festival, the locals wear their festival clothes, which are very exquisite and beautiful.  Festivals in Guiyang Besides some Chinese traditional festivals, like New Year's Day(January 1), Spring Festival(The first day of the first lunar month; [...]

More Guiyang Festivals and Activities >>

Travel Tips

To have a better travel experience in Guiyang, here are some useful Guiyang travel tips which may be helpful for your Guiyang tour. Useful Numbers Fire: 119 Police: 110 Ambulance: 120 Area Code: 0851 Zip Code: 550000 Weather Forecast: 12121 Medical Help: 0851-96999、96996 Check Telephone Number: 114 Tourist Complaint: 0851-6515376 Tourist Inquiry: 0851-6515376 Expressway Emergency Rescue: 12122 Consumer Complaints Hotline: 12315 Shuttle bus inquiry: 0851-6505805 Railway Station Information Inquiry: 0851-8181222 Civil Aviation Consulting Telephone: 0851-5983000 Best Time to Visit The best time to travel in Guiyang is in spring, summer and autumn, in particular, in the late August. In March and April, you can experience many traditional festivals [...]

More Guiyang Travel Tips >>

Useful Maps

Located in the middle of Guizhou Province, Guiyang is the political, economic, cultural, scientific and educational, transportation center of Guizhou province and an important transportation, communication hub, industrial base as well as trade and tourism service center in southwest China. To help you have a better understanding of Guiyang City, we have collected some useful Guiyang maps including Guiyang transportation map, Guiyang regional map, Guiyang location map, Guiyang tourist attractions map, Guiyang cities map, map of scenic spots around Guiyang, Guiyang travel map, etc, [...]

More Guiyang Useful Maps >>

  • Guiyang Accommodation

Guiyang is the provincial capital of Guizhou Province, famous for its beautiful scenery as well as cultural and historical relics. As the gateway city of Guizhou province, the number of tourists to Guiyang is increasing every year. Surely, for tourists to Guiyang, accommodation is the most important part of their journey. Guiyang have a wide range of hotels, which can receive a large number of tourists from home and abroad. Recommended Hotels in Guiyang Deluxe Hotels in Guiyang Hunter Sofitel Hotel(贵阳亨特索菲特酒店) [...]

More Guiyang Accommodation >>

Other Hot Destinations in China

  • Changbai Mountains
  • Fanjingshan
  • Fujian Tulou
  • Mount Everest
  • Mount Huashan
  • Mount Kailash
  • Mount Siguniang
  • Mount Wudang
  • Mount Wutai
  • Namtso Lake
  • Qiandao Lake
  • Shennongjia
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Xizhou Ancient Town

Blogs About Guiyang

More blogs about Guiyang >>

8 Days Guiyang Xingyi Xijiang Libo Group Tour

You Might Like

Leave a reply cancel reply.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Guiyang Travel Guide

Things to do.

  • Guiyang Shopping
  • Guiyang Culture
  • Guiyang Festivals and Events
  • Guiyang Entertainment and Nightlife

Travel Information

  • Guiyang Travel Tips
  • Guiyang Climate
  • Guiyang Transportation
  • Guiyang Maps
  • Guiyang Photos
  • Guiyang Dining
  • Guiyang Education
  • Guiyang Administrative Divisions
  • Guiyang Travel blog

guiyang travel guide

Tips Before Travel

Bring copies of your passport.

Don't assume you're restricted to the main hubs of Beijing and Shanghai, our tours can start from any city.

Register with your embassy

For your safety, please register with the Embassy.

Always have local cash

Exchange some local currency for your trip

Amy Cha

Customize a Trip

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once enquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.

China Travel Guide

  • China Guide
  • China Attractions
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Food & Cuisine
  • Ethnic Culture in China
  • Transportation in China
  • Weather and Climate in China
  • China Themes Travel Guide
  • China Tours From
  • China Traditional Villages
  • China Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
  • 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Tours
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • The Great Wall Travel
  • China Silk Road Travel
  • China Tea Culture Travel
  • China Travel Tips
  • Tibet Tours
  • Rutsan Organic Tea
  • Create My Trip

Latest News

Tofu Factory and Caizhai Village in Songyang, Lishui

Tofu Factory and Caizhai Village in Songyang, Lishui

7-Seat Buick Van in Shanghai

7-Seat Buick Van in Shanghai

Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve Pilgrimage Trekking Travel Guide

Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve Pilgrimage Trekking Travel Guide

How to Plan Sichuan Bird-Watching Tour

How to Plan Sichuan Bird-Watching Tour

Contact info.

Address: Hongxing Building, Lujia Road, Xishan Area, Kunming, Yunnan, China Wechat: 908400838 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/YunnanExploration https://www.facebook.com/TransAsiaDiscovery

Tel/Wechat/WhatsApp: +86-13987040240 Email: [email protected]

Daily: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday: Closed

my tripadvisor

Copyright © 2015-2019 ChinaDragonTours. All rights reserved

Address: Hongxing Building, Lujia Road, Xishan Area, Kunming, Yunnan, China Wechat: 908400838 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/YunnanExploration https://www.facebook.com/TransAsiaDiscovery Tel/Wechat/WhatsApp: +86-13987040240 Email: [email protected]

IMAGES

  1. Guiyang Travel Guide

    guiyang travel guide

  2. 10 Best Things to do in Guiyang, Guizhou

    guiyang travel guide

  3. Guiyang

    guiyang travel guide

  4. Guiyang Travel Guide

    guiyang travel guide

  5. Top things to do in Guiyang China as a first-time tourist

    guiyang travel guide

  6. 10 Best Things to do in Guiyang, Guizhou

    guiyang travel guide

VIDEO

  1. [4K] Rainy night city walk. Huaguoyuan, Guiyang, China

  2. Xiashui Buddha in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province#Shorts

  3. Guizhou Province

  4. 20 Most Popular Street Foods in the Guiyang

  5. Flea Market at Luohanying Road, Guiyang City, Guizhou, China

  6. [4K] Foggy day in Huaguoyuan, Guiyang City, China, morning walk

COMMENTS

  1. Guiyang Travel Guide: Tour, City Map, Attractions, Festivals

    Guiyang Travel Guide Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, is located in the southwest of China, on the eastern side of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It is a transfer point between most China cities, and the various ethnic minorities' villages in the province.

  2. Guiyang Travel Guide, Discover Ethnic Villages

    Home Travel Guide Guizhou Guiyang Travel Guide - How to Plan a Trip to Guiyang Written by Kelly Pang Updated Oct. 30, 2023 Guiyang City Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou Province in southern central China. It is on the mountainous Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, with an altitude of 1,100 meters.

  3. Guiyang travel

    01 / Attractions Must-see attractions for your itinerary Hongfu Temple Guiyang Guiyang's best attraction is a temple complex hidden inside Qianling Mountain Park to the north of the city. Near the top of 1300m Qianling Mountain (黔灵山,… Qianling Mountain Park Guiyang Qianling Mountain Park, in the northwest of the city, is more forest than park.

  4. Guiyang Travel

    Guiyang Travel | Guiyang Travel Guide: Attractions, Hotels, Maps Classic China Tours Start from Beijing Start from Shanghai Expats Tours Beijing Xian Tours Shanghai Beijing Tours Hong Kong Guilin Tours Hangzhou Suzhou Tours Kunming Lijiang Tours Shanghai Yangtze Cruise Tours Chengdu Tibet Tours China Tours in January China Tours in February

  5. Guiyang Travel Guide

    Guiyang Travel Guide Province Guizhou Location South China Population 3.5 million w Language Mandarin Welcome to Guiyang! This youthful, modern metropolis is unique among China's big cities as it's virtually hidden by the nature surrounding it.

  6. Guiyang Travel Guide: Top 44 Things to Do in Guiyang, China

    In this travel guide, we will delve into the fascinating highlights and hidden gems of Guiyang. Discover the city's ancient roots at the Jiaxiu Tower, a historic landmark perched on Nanming River. Explore the stunning Qingyan Ancient Town, a well-preserved architectural gem with its ancient streets, temples, and traditional houses.

  7. Guiyang Travel Guide: Explore Cultural Diversity and Natural Beauty in

    Guiyang travel guide Guiyang: "Forest City". Refined beauty, karst landscapes. Relaxed atmosphere, leisure, nightlife. Uncover hidden depths. Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, sits amidst encircling mountains in the provincial center.

  8. Guiyang Travel Guide: Plan Your Trip to Guiyang

    Guiyang Travel Guide Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province in Southwest China, is a dynamic and lively urban center that boasts a fusion of modernity and traditional Chinese culture, making it a unique destination for visitors.

  9. Guiyang

    Learn Work Go next Guiyang (贵阳; Guìyáng) is the capital of Guizhou province, China. 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 and China's southwest. Moreover, it is drastically cheaper than the more touristed and developed provinces.

  10. Guiyang Travel Guide

    Guidebook Shop. Plan your visit to Guiyang, China: find out where to go and what to do in Guiyang with Rough Guides. Read about itineraries, activities, places to stay and travel essentials and get inspiration from the blog in the best guide to Guiyang.

  11. Guiyang Attractions China: Things to Do, Sightseeing Sites

    Top Things to Do Jiaxiu Tower Situated on Fuyu Bridge over the Nanming River, the Jiaxiu Tower is one of the symbols of Guiyang. It's also called the First Scholar's Tower. It is a three tiered wooden tower of an exquisite architectural design that has inspired a great number of writers and celebrities in the past. Qingyan Ancient Town

  12. Attractions & Things to Do in Guiyang

    No.1:Taste Local Food. For most travelers to Guiyang, especially the first time visitors, the local food is the must-try. Featuring the spicy and sour favors, the Guizhou food can stimulate your appetite to most degree, like Fish in Sour Soup, Siwawa (a kind of vegetable spring roll), Changwang Noodles, Pot-stewed Pig Feet, Huaxi beef Rice Noodles and more famous street snacks, which will ...

  13. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Guiyang

    1 Historical Tours from $360 per adult (price varies by group size) 6-Day Private Tour: From Guizhou to Guilin 1 Historical Tours from $1,579 per adult (price varies by group size) 14 day Guizhou tour from Xingyi to Tongren 0 reviews

  14. Guiyang Travel Guide

    Introduction What to do Where to eat When to visit How to get there Where to stay Getting around Local costs You're Going to Love Guiyang The capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang is a smart, youthful city with plenty of historical appeal, spicy local cuisine and easy access to the tourist attractions of southwestern China.

  15. Top Guiyang Attractions, 10 Best Places to Visit in Guiyang, China

    Top Guiyang Attractions, 10 Best Places to Visit in Guiyang, China High Speed Trains Photography Food Tours Biking Tours Kung Fu Tours China Spring Tours China Summer Tours China Autumn Tours China Winter Tours View all Yangtze Cruise Find A Cruise

  16. Guiyang Travel Guide, Capital of Guizhou Province

    Guiyang, the capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province has been gradually thrust into the tourist limelight as the best city in China to escape the summer heat. [email protected]; 86-773-286-5632 (Intl rates apply) ... Guiyang Travel Guide. Written by Sally Guo Updated Oct. 13, 2021.

  17. Guiyang

    1 Get in 2 Get around 3 See 4 Do 5 Buy 6 Eat 7 Drink 8 Sleep 9 Learn 10 Work 11 Get out Guiyang (贵阳; Guìyáng) is the capital of Guizhou province, China. 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 and China's southwest.

  18. Guiyang Travel Guide: All You Need To Know

    Here's a guide to places to visit, things to do, and travel tips for Guiyang: Places to Visit: Qianling Park: Enjoy panoramic views of Guiyang from Qianling Park, which features lush gardens, walking paths, and a statue of Confucius. Jiaxiu Tower: This iconic landmark is a three-story wooden tower situated on Nanming River.

  19. Top things to do in Guiyang China as a first-time tourist

    The city of Guiyang (贵阳) is the capital of Guizhou province, a true hidden gem in Southwest China. Despite being a huge city with a population of almost 5 million people, Guiyang is a far less popular destination for international tourists than China's other large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. ... Guizhou Travel Guide | Top things ...

  20. Guiyang Travel Guide

    Guiyang Travel Guide. Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is also known as 'Zhu' (bamboo that can be made into a musical instrument) and JinZhu. It enjoys the alias of 'Forest City'. As the city is located south of Gui Mountain, it is called Guiyang (the Yang of a mountain means the south side of the mountain in terms of Fengshui).

  21. Guiyang Travel Guide: Tour Guiyang with a Agency & City Guide Info

    Guiyang Travel Guide. Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is located at the east of the Yunnan- Guizhou Plateau in the southwest of China. The city features low latitude, high elevation and diversified landforms. In the subtropical zone, Guiyang enjoys a warm and moist climate, which endowed the city with abundant biological resources.

  22. Guiyang Travel Guide: Attractions, Tours, Weather, Tips, Hotels, Maps

    Guiyang Overview. Chinese Name: 贵阳 English IPA: [ˈɡweiˈjɑ:ŋ] Location: In Guizhou Province, Southwest of China Population (city): 4,862,000 Language: Mandarin, Southwest Mandarin Zip code: 550000 Tel code: 0851 Time zone: UTC+8 . Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, is a significant center city in Southwest China, known as an innovation-oriented and ecological leisure tourist ...