Located on the eastern region of the Yungui Plateau, Guiyang is the capital city of Guizhou province. In the past, Guiyang was surrounded by dense bamboo groves, which provides superb materials for producing a musical instrument called Zhu. Thus, it is nicknamed Zhu. The climate in Guiyang is often mild and moist year round. It is not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. Since Guiyang has the highest percentage of forest coverage, it is an ideal summer resort for you to stray from the scorching heat. Generally, spring, summer and autumn are the best seasons for visitors to experience what Guiyang has to offer.
Guiyang is home to more than 30 minority ethnic groups including Buyi, Miao, Dong and Hui, among which the Buyi people are most prominent. Thus, it has a unique folk culture and tradition that gives rise to colorful, ethnic activities. The local festivals are so popular that they attract thousands of visitors each year. Souvenirs like ethnic costumes, masks and embroideries are an indispensable part of the local culture. There is one item that you should not miss while you’re there which is called Maotai, also known as the name for a famous wine in China. It is widely available in large supermarkets.
The life pace of Guiyang people is leisurely and carefree when compared to other places. People in Guiyang have the habit of sleeping and waking up late. Thus, it is common to see local people strolling, chatting, and playing chess in the street. You will find that life is easy going in Guiyang.