In Guiyang City, there are many interesting and worthwhile scenic spots for tourists to visit. If you have enough time, you can visit all of them.
Baihua Lake Scenic Area (百花湖风景名胜区)
Baihua Lake is a well-known tourist attraction. It belongs to the provincial-level scenic spot which is attached to the Chu Chang Town (朱昌镇). This town is the northern entrance to Baihua Lake Scenic Area and is an important place for economic activities. It is also the main developing zone for this scenic area.
Baihua Lake, near the Chu Chang Town, is 22 kilometers away from Guiyang City. It is famous for its beautiful lakes. This scenic area has another name called “Little Guilin”, because its scenery is much like that of “Li River” of Guilin. There are more than 100 small islands in the middle of the lake. This scenic spot divides into three parts: Middle Lake, South Lake and North Lake. The middle of the lake is wide, but the upstream and the downstream have been a long and narrow valley that stretches for 10 miles. When you reach the upstream, you will find both sides of green trees close so nearly that it seems to form a thin strip of sky (一线天). In the scenic area, there are more than 50 sceneries, 23 of which are now opened to tourists, such as overlooking the Pin Ocean, Two Monkeys Guarding the Garden, Kwan-yin Cavity on the Maoli Hill, Hongwu Temple on the Moon Hill, and Birds Island. In spring or winter, this Birds Island is crowded with so many birds. How magnificent this spectacle is!
In the middle of the lake, there are three small villages. Baihua Lake is a good place for tourists to be away from a hot place in the summer and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Tourists here have some entertainments, including boating, swimming and playing in the water.
Hongfeng Lake belongs to a national key scenic spot. It is located in the center of Guizhou Plateau with a total area of 200 square kilometers. It is known as a shining pearl of Guizhou Plateau. In the late of 1950, local people prepared to construct a power station near a river, so they had to cut the river. From there on, this river that was cut is called Honghu Lake. Now it is the largest artificial lake in the boundary of Guizhou. This lake covers 57.2 square kilometers with the capacity of 602 million cubic meters. Lying in hilly areas, this lake has spread over 170 islands with different shapes, thus it has another reputation – “Plateau Island”. Most of these islands which have cavities flock together. Some cavities link with the lake, forming underground cave-like underwater lake. It shows wonderful scenery.
Mountains, water, forests and cavities form a natural landscape perfectly. The surface of the lake is wide and clean; the bay of it is winding and beautiful; the cavities hide in the islands are exotic; and the forests are luxuriant and full of flowers. The Karst Forest in the lake naturally divided the Hongfeng Lake into four parts: North Lake, Middle Lake, South Lake and Back Lake. In 1981, Hongfeng Lake was officially designated a scenic area. In 1988, it was announced a national key scenic spot by the State Council.
In Dong and Miao minorities scenic areas of Hongfeng Lake, there are many ethnic villages, including Dong, Miao and Buyi Villages. Their lifestyles are fascinating. Tourists here can see minority’s architectural art, drink Lanmen wine of Dong minority and Lanlu wine of Miao minority and experience other hospitable etiquette. Especially, tourists have a chance to take part in the “Land wind evening” every Saturday. What’s more, this evening can make tourists heartfelt praise the creation and wisdom of minority compatriots. This carnival gathers the elite of minority programs: Dage (Big song) of Tong minority that had stirred in Paris, Anti-handling Drum dance of Miao minority that was well-known as “Oriental Disco”, Colorful Bridge of Lusheng dance and so on. The evening also displays martial art skills of Miao minority. All the wonderful performance can make people absolutely astonished.
The transportation, shelter and food are all convenient to tourists. Hongfeng Lake Scenic Area is only 26 kilometers away from Guiyang. Tourists will get there only 20 minutes by bus. So far, this area has about 100 cruise vessels, over 1000 beds with different standards rooms and more than 10 restaurants enough to seat 1500 people.
The average annual temperature of Hongfeng Lake is 14.06 centigrade. There is no heat in summer and no cold in winter. So its comfortable weather also becomes a superior condition for tourists to travel. Hongfeng Lake is an ideal destination for people to tour, spend their holidays and be away from a hot place.
Guiyang Huaxi Park
Huaxi Park, which is well-known as “pearl of the Plateau”, is also called Huaxi River. It is the center of the Huaxi Scenic Area. This lake is located at Huaxi Town in the southwest suburb of Guiyang City with an area of about 825 mu. 300 mu of them is water area. The clean water, beautiful scenery and ethnic customs form this scenic area. Chinese marshal Chenyi has even visited here, leaving some praiseful sentence, “People can appreciate real mountains and water anywhere and the layout of the Huaxi River is even more natural”.
In Huaxi Park Scenic Area, there are some famous scenic spots: Bashang Bridge, Baibu Bridge, Xiujia Dam, Furong Continent, Fangfeng Continent, Linshan Hill, Snack Hill, Turtle Hill, Meishan Hill, Gourd Hill, Pines and Plum Park, Peach Park, Sakura Park, Osmanthus Park, Peony Park and so on. In spring, flowers are in full blossom; in summer, lotuses are blooming; in autumn, longan flowers’ fragrance spread widely; and in winner, plum flowers’ fragrance fill the air.
Throughout the year, this park is covered with dense trees. Because this scenic area belongs to subtropical region with an elevation of 1,100 meters, people feel cool permanently. Therefore, Huaxi Park is a comfortable place for tourists to enjoy the cool weather. Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, commissary Zhude and other celebrities had ever visited and lived in Huaxi Park. They said all the beautiful sceneries left a good impression on them.
Jiaxiu Tower, Guiyang China
Jiaxiu Tower located on the top of a boulder above the Nanming River of Guiyang City. It was built in 1598 in Ming Dynasty. This tower is about 20 meters high with three floors. White stone parapets, green tiles and engraved windows form a spectacular tower. There are nine small holes in Fuyu Bridge. People call it “nine eyes shine the Shazhou”. After the liberation, only seven holes are visible.
Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Jiaxiu Tower has been a good place to feast for tourists. Nowadays, more and more visitors prefer to see this tower and appreciate the woodcrafts, stone tablets and paintings.
Qianling Park, built in 1957, is located in the northwest of Guiyang City. It belongs to an AAAA National Tourist Attraction. This park is near Bage Rock Road in the east, Guandao Rock in the north and Holy Spring in the west. It is only 1.5 kilometers away from the center of city with an area of 426 acre. It is famous for these beautiful sceneries: bright mountains, clean water, silent forests, old temples, the holy spring and lovely monkeys.
The weather in Qianling is good all year round. It's not cold in winter and not hot in summer. The average annual temperature is 15.3 centigrade. The highest temperature is between 33 and 34 centigrade and the lowest is between 4 and 5 centigrade.
In Qianling Park, there is a mountain called Qianling Mountain. It is well-known as “The First Mountain in Qiannan”. Buddhist temple and Hongfu Temple are two famous temples in this park. They are situated on the top of Qianling Mountain. In addition, other scenic spots are also popular: Qianling Lake, Sanling Bay, Macaque Garden, Two-Dam Wind-Rain Bridge, the Zoo and Qiling Cave.