Guiyang, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Xinyi, Pingtang, Libo & Guiyang
Off the Beaten
Set in the southwest of China largely unknown to international travellers, the mountainous Guizhou province is an extravagant blend of natural wonders and man-made miracles.
Starting from its capital in Guiyang, head to China’s largest waterfall in Huangguoshu and karst panorama of caves, canyons, stone forests, as well as viewing two of the world’s highest bridges newly built in Guizhou, the world’s biggest astronomical telescope, before concluding at Libo’s emerald natural beauty
Upon arrival in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Optional tours can be taken if time permits:
Drive 93km/1.5hr to Anshun. Visit Jichang’s Old Han Village where Ming architectures and ladies’ folk costumes is still prevalent, then catch a private Ground Opera unique to the area.
After lunch, head 46km/1hr to Huangguoshu Waterfall, China’s largest fall. Cruise through Longgong Caves (Dragon Palace), visit a floating stone forest and a Miao village hidden in the large cave.
Hop on cable car to Tianxingqiao Scenic Area to admire the caves and stone forests in water. Drive 192km/3hr to Xingyi via Balinghe Bridge, China’s 10th highest which measures 370m high from deck to water. Also visit Huajiang Grand Canyon, nicknamed China’s “earth crack” with its steep peaks and stone forest maze, cliffs-crashing river, waterfalls, swallet streams, stalactite caves and bizarre stones. Arriving in Xingyi, transfer and check in to your hotel.
Explore the Forest of Ten Thousand Peaks where grey-green karst formations jut out against yellow-green fields, followed by a hike around the deep rift of the Maling River Gorge.
Depart 417km/5hrs to Pingtang County. Visit a platform to view this 500m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nicknamed Tianyan or Eye of Heaven (cameras, cellular phones and electronics are banned). Also visit Astronomy Museum.
Drive 147km/2hr to Libo 荔波 via the colossal Pingtang Bridge, world’s 2nd largest viaduct with 2nd tallest bridge structure ever built at 328m. This afternoon, you will visit the Seven Small Arches Scenic Area, blessed with natural splendour and authentic culture of Tujia and Yao minorities.
Drive for approx. 280km/4hrs back to Guiyang for your departure flight.
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Inspired by the Yin and Yang balance between culture and nature, this tranquil resort is located 15m drive from Guiyang airport and 30m drive from the city centre, with oriental-styled rooms facing the mountain or garden. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 218)View More
Adjacent to Huangguoshu Waterfall, this spa resort embodies traditional Chinese architecture with rich use of teakwood and elegant high space design, spread across 16 villas amidst mountains and waters, each with its own private bathing pool. (Opened 2019; Rooms: 65)View More
Named after the neighbouring residence of Zhao Yijiong, Qing Dynasty’s number one scholar, this Tunpu Architecture Art-inspired boutique hotel with modern facilities is located in Qingyan Ancient Town, 42km from Guiyang airport. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 105)
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