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Guizhou was listed by New York Times as one of the 52 places to go in 2016 and listed by Lonely Planet as the Best in Travel 2020. Compared to other destinations of China, Guizhou is not that well known to travelers outside. For local Chinese travelers, it is famous for its stunning landscapes and the ethenic minorities, also the best place for summer vacation. 

Like all the other provinces in China, Guizhou is huge. Basically, there are 6 popular destinations for foreign travelers: Guizhou and Anshun (Qingyan Ancient Town, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Zhijin Cave, etc.); Southwest Guizhou, beautiful karst landform ( Wanfenglin, Maling River Gorge, Getu River Scenic Area, etc.); South Guizhou, stunning landscapes of Xiao Qi Kong, Da Qi Kong, and the world’s largest alien-finding telescopeSoutheast Guizhou, ethenic minorities (Xijiang, Langde, Zhaoxing, Basha etc.)and best trekking route in one of the largest rice terraces areaNortheast Guizhou, Magnificant Fanjing Mountain, one of the well-preserved border military fortress – Zhenyuan Ancient Town.
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Basic Information

Guizhou (贵州; alternately Kweichow) is a landlocked province in the southwest region of the People’s Republic of China. Its capital and largest city is Guiyang, in the central part of the province. Guizhou borders the autonomous region of Guangxi to the south, Yunnan to the west, Sichuan to the northwest, Chongqing’s municipality to the north, and Hunan to the east. The population of Guizhou stands at 34 million, ranking 19th among the provinces in China.

Compared to other provinces of China, Guizhou has not benefited substantially from the Chinese economic reform. Guizhou is rich in natural, cultural, and environmental resources. Its natural industry includes timber and forestry, and the energy and mining industries constitute an important part of its economy. Notwithstanding, Guizhou is considered a relatively poor and economically undeveloped province, with the seventh-lowest GDP per capita in China as of 2019. However, it is also one of China’s fastest-growing economies. The Chinese government is looking to develop Guizhou as a data hub.

Guizhou is a mountainous province, with its higher altitudes in the west and center. It lies at the eastern end of the Yungui Plateau. Demographically, it is one of China’s most diverse provinces. Minority groups account for more than 37% of the population, including sizable populations of the Miao, Bouyei, Dong, Tujia, and Yi peoples, who speak languages distinct from Chinese. The main language spoken in Guizhou is Southwestern Mandarin, a variety of Mandarin.

Source: Wikipedia