Hello everyone, this is Ishtiaq from Bangladesh. Love photography, traveling and volunteering. I got chance to travel into the deep beauty of Guizhou province with some other expat photographers by a competition of Guizhou tourism Govt. Here I’m sharing my travel experience.
Into The Beauty of Guizhou
On our first day we attended 2018-annual conference of International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA). IMTA is a non-government, non-profit international organization established with the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and voluntarily formed by destination management agencies, private tourism organizations, groups, enterprises and individuals of major mountainous countries and regions in the world.
Conference was divided by two parts, at morning it was Opening Ceremony of Annual Conference and theme forum. Attendees were alliance members, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, leaders of Guizhou Province and international organizations, guests and media. Their speeches were full of valuable information and guideline on mountain tourism. After their speech we had our lunch beside the conference room.
Part two was “Dialogue among famous mountains in the world”. Attendees were member representatives (related with mountain destination), destination organization representatives of famous mountains at home and abroad, traveling salesman, OTA and so on. This part was quite interesting. Different representatives and mountaineer shared their experiences, they also answered different questions from audiences.
Most attractive event of the first day held at night, a performance by 300 professional performers from 56 ethnic nationalities, called “the wind of colorful Guizhou”. The total duration of the performance was 90 minutes. But during the performance, time flied so fast that blew our imagination. Performers showed their culture, tradition and clothes throughout dance, drama and song. Everything was so glamourous, colorful and amazing. As it finished around 10pm, we had to go back to hotel directly and had enough rest to start our trip next morning.
According to our schedule we packed our luggages, had breakfast early in the morning and gathered in hotel lobby to start our first day trip to Xiaoqikong scenic area. After 4 hours journey it was already lunch. So, we had our lunch in a local restaurant. It was good experience though to enjoy local food. Restaurant offered us some tasty local fruits as well. After enjoying lunch, we started our step to scenic spot.
Xiaoqikong Located in Libo County, Qiannan City of Guizhou Province, this area is characterized by unique Karst landscapes, mysterious dense forests, various living species, splendid overlapping mountains, and clear rivers and lakes. Because of the well-preserved ecological environment, the area is honored by both Chinese and overseas experts, as "an unparalleled, well-preserved green gem unmatched by any other Karst sites in the world.
Xiaoqikong Scenic Area is also best known for the seven-arched Xiaoqikong bridge. It was built in 1835 on a vital traffic road in ancient times between Qiannan City and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The bridge shows delicate structures and exquisite craftsmanship.
When we were roaming around the deep natural beauty and stopped at the last point of Xiaoqikong bridge, it was evening already. So, we went back to nearby hotel what was booked earlier by our tour guide to have dinner and rest for the next day.
If you set off from Guiyang City, you can take a train and get off at Mawei Station. Then take bus to the West Gate of Xiaoqikong. The bus departs from 7:50 to 15:20 every 1 hour. The ticket price is CNY 14 and the whole journey is about 50 minutes.
On our third day, we went back again to the Xiaoqikong scenic spot to visit Daqikong scenic area as we couldn’t visit last day for time limitation. Daqikong Scenic Area is famous for Daqikong bridge, dream pond, natural bridge and evil wind cave. Daqikong Bridge was built in 1877 along an important trade route between Guizhou and Guangxi in ancient China. 550 yards (502 meters) northeast of Daqikong Bridge is the lower reach of dream pond where many kinds of fish gather. At one time, local people earned a living by fishing, so the pond is always attached to the hope of harvest by the fishermen and to safety by their families. Nowadays, Dream Pond is an ideal place for anglers.
Natural Bridge and Evil Wind Cave are both works of art created by nature. Natural Bridge is honored as “Oriental Arch of Triumph”. It is originally the top of an underground river. In Late Quaternary Period (about 12 thousand years ago), as a result of uplift of the Earth's crust and undercutting of underground rivers, the top over the river partially collapsed. The remains finally form today’s Natural Bridge. Similarly, Evil Wind Cave is a Karst cave formed by the corrosion of flowing water. At the entrance of the cave, waterfalls cause vibrating airflow, which formerly were considered as evil sounds by local people, so it is jokingly called Evil Wind Cave.
After roaming and taking photos around the Daqikong scenic area, we came back to our bus for our next destination Xijiang Miao village. It took around 4 hours to arrive in Miao village.
Xijiang is a village in Eastern Guizhou, known as the largest Miao village in China. It bears the title 'thousand household village' and has a little over a thousand residential dwellings. According to the latest statistics, there are about 1,288 families with a total population of around 6,000 people living there. 99.5% of the local people are Miao nationality.
It is often quoted by researchers as a living fossil for the study of the Miao people's history and traditional culture. It is host to a number of festivals, particularly around the Chinese New Year, where Miao from surrounding villages gather. The dark wooden houses are laid out compactly over two adjacent spurs, at the base of which a river flow. From the entrance gate on the opposing hill, there is a spectacular view of the entire village.
Being the largest gathering place of the Miao in China and even the world, about ten natural Miao ethnic villages exist in Xijiang Town and the Miao culture is best preserved in this area.
In Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, layer upon layer of closely connected wooden-stilted houses are built along the contour of the hill with the Baishui River passing through the bottom of the mountain. Wind-rain bridges connect the banks of the river. During the day the sunlight makes the red wood board shine brightly, and in the evening, smoke from the chimney’s spirals, forming a white belt around the mountain's waist
We’re so lucky to have a nice cozy hotel on the top of the hill to see the entire village and water flows from our room.
After having little rest, we went inside the village to have dinner in a local restaurant beside river. The environment, atmosphere of the restaurant was so colorful and traditional. We were offered to eat local traditional food in traditional way. We loved their sour and spicy food. Most interesting was the way they offer food to guest. They offered us traditional wine as well accordingly to their custom with music and song. It was one of the best experiences for all of us.
After dinner we were roaming around the village and went top of the hill “scenic view spot”. The entire village was looking spectacular and amazing from the view spot. Wherever we went around the village we met happy people and kids, nice music and colorful traditional dress. The color, music, food, wooden houses, traditional performances everything together was so amazing in Miao village.
It was late night already when we came back to our hotel room. After having shower when I lied and fall asleep couldn’t even realize because of smooth music from a distant bar of Miao village.
By Train: If one chooses the train, you need to reach Kaili first. From Guiyang, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, there are direct trains to get there. Upon reaching, take the local public bus line 1 from Kaili Railway Station or bus line 21 from South Railway Station to reach Kaili General Bus Station to find the buses for Xijiang.
After a very comfortable sleep at night on our 4th day we gathered hotel lobby in early morning to move to the next attractive destination Huanguoshu scenic area. We arrived in Huangguoshu after 5 hours journey, though it was difficult to leave the Miao village for its great attraction in our mind. We had our lunch first as we’re so hungry after long journey. As time was short to roam around the all scenic spot, we visited Doupotang waterfall and TianxingQiao scenic spot on our that day.
The Doupotang Waterfall Scenic Area lies one kilometer from the upper reaches of the Huangguoshu Waterfall, which houses a 105-meter-wide and 21-meter-high waterfall. The top of the waterfall is the widest among all of the Huangguoshu waterfalls. At the top of Doupotang Waterfall is 15,000-square-meter water area. Passing by the small waterfall, I saw the rain and flutter in the clear sky, and it was a beautiful rainbow in the sunlight.
The long and beautiful waterfall contrasts sharply with the broad and majestic main waterfall of the steep sloping pond, but seems to be in harmony with each other. This combination of waterfalls is also unusual.
TianxingQiao scenic area consists of three main components: a ‘Potted Landscape’ on Water, Tianxing Cave, and a Stone Forest in Water. It is a mysterious and spectacular world, offering visitors a pleasant environment for hiking. Generally, it is impossible for trees to grow on stones. But here, you are able to see this extraordinary sight. When you stare at the roots invading the stones, you may think the roots are already withered. But look up, and you will find bright yellow branches and green leaves still growing. Most incredible is a large banyan tree, stretching its roots across the stream, and grabbing another stone, forming a root bridge over the water. People are able to stand on or walk across the ‘root bridge. When we finished visiting around the TianxingQiao scenic area it was dark already and we’re tired also. So, we went back to the hotel to have rest and get ready for next day’s best attraction.
We were so excited and sad at the same time on our fifth day. Excited because we’re going to visit Asia’s largest waterfall and sad because it was the last spot of our trip. According to old schedule we were waiting at hotel lobby with our luggages after having breakfast. It took half an hour to arrive to the scenic spot. As we had ticket already from yesterday, we could enter easily without any hustle.
Huangguoshu Waterfall, a milky way in miniature, is the largest waterfall in Asia. Seventy-four meters (243 feet) high and eighty-one meters (266 feet) wide, it is a scenic marvel in Anshun. Known as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, it is 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Anshun city in Guizhou Province. Together with minor waterfalls, the charms of Huangguoshu Waterfall are a natural tourist drawing card. Hospitable ethic groups add the human touch. Huangguoshu is best known of some 18 in a cluster of waterfalls. Its flow is seasonally adjusted. A reservoir behind the waterfall holds back some of the water. A road on the mountainside leads into the Water-Curtain Cave, where the fall can be heard, watched and touched. On a sunny day, a rainbow arches over the falls. Don’t forget to have a deep breath in front of this giant waterfall.
1. take regular bus from Jinyang Passenger Transport Bus Station to the scenic area directly. It departs every 45 minutes from 07:40 to 12:45.
2. take regular bus from Anshun South Passenger Transport Bus Station to the scenic area. It departs every 20 minutes from 07:00 to 19:00.
After spending some unforgettable memory into the deep natural beauty of Guizhou, it was time to go back home. I’ll save Guizhou in my mind as “Living Heaven”. I would like to thank Guizhou govt. for giving me opportunity to have a deep breath into the natural beauty of Guizhou. I’m also grateful to all of my travel mate. It was awesome time together we spend in Guizhou.
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