About Guizhou

Live in Guizhou

In China, Guizhou is a special province. Located in China’s southwestern inland, it’s the sole province in China that has no plains. It’s a well-known destination for mountain tourism. As home to people from all the 56 ethnic groups of China, Guizhou has a lot of unique historical and cultural treasures.

It’s the bridgehead of big data industry in China’s western region, also, the origin of the national liquor—Maotai. It boasts the world’s most beautiful karst terrains and 85 state-level intangible cultural heritage sites. Those that haven’t set foot in this province cannot imagine how amazing and beautiful it is here. The stories enfolding here cannot be found anywhere else!

Mountains in Guizhou

Meng Jiao (751-814), a poet from the Tang dynasty, once wrote a poem saying, “Of all the mountains under the sky, half rise in Guizhou.” Wang Yangming (1472-1529), a philosopher, strategist and master of the School of Mind during the Ming dynasty, praised Guizhou as a place “where the most marvelous mountains and rivers are to be found”. Also, Xu Xiake (1587-1641),a famous geographer and writer, once said that “despite the numerous mountains in the world, only the peaks here rise as dense as forests”. Guizhou, the only province in China with no plains, is a veritable mountain province. Since ancient times, the mountains of Guizhou have shaped countless magnificent panoramas.

Waters in Guizhou

“Taking Guizhou as a whole, mountains represent 80%, rivers –
10%, and farmland – 10%.” In Guizhou Province, almost every mountain has a river flowing by it. The unique karst landforms have shaped the magnificent beauty of Guizhou. There are dense river networks in Guizhou, with eight major water systems criss-crossing one another. The total length of rivers is 11,270 kilometres, with as many as 93 rivers having a length of over 50 kilometres. It can be said that Guizhou is born of water, lives by water, prospers because of water, and is fascinating due to its waters.

The Most Beautiful Karst Terrains in the World

Different from the lovely karst hills in Guilin basin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the karst landscape in Guizhou is more immense and magnificent as it is formed on the plateau. Hills, caves, depressions, and river terraces of varied shapes have earned a great reputation both home and abroad for their fragile environment, great variety and distinct features, and hence Guizhou is known as the world’s precious Karst Museum. As part of China’s southern karst landscapes, Guizhou’s karst terrains were added to the list of World Natural Heritage.