Xiaoqikong Scenic Area


Xiaoqikong Scenic Area

by Live in Guizhou

Image Source: Sohu News

Honored as “Small Jiuzhaigou,” Xiaoqikong Scenic Area is best known for the seven-arched Xiaoqikong Bridge, a Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area landmark. It was built in 1835 on a vital traffic road between Qiannan City and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in ancient times.

Due to continuous erosion, Xiaoqikong Scenic Area has evolved into the deep V-shaped Xiangshui River Valley, home to plunging waterfalls. In the upper reaches of the Xiangshui River, Laya Waterfall seems to link with the sky at the top, surrounded by clouds. Near Laya Waterfall, a 68-step waterfall flows down randomly along a winding river less than 1 mile. Downstream of the Xiangshui River, the Green Valley Waterfall is surrounded by high green mountains which color its water green.

To the west of Xiangshui River Valley, Mandarin Ducks River, Heaven Bell Cave, and Wolong Valley are nestled. Mandarin Ducks River, as a typical Karst Blind Valley river, is about 0.2 square kilometers. It takes one hour to visit by boat. Heaven Bell Cave is a Karst cave, enjoying landscapes such as stalagmites and stone curtains. Decorated with colorful lights, it is like a fairyland. Wolong Valley is a rafting resort. The rafting begins from Wolong Pool and ends upstream of the Mandarin Ducks River, taking 1.5 hours.