Anshun, Guizhou, China

Located in the middle of Guizhou (貴州) and next to Guiyang (貴陽) is the city of Anshun.  It is a prefectural city covers 9,256 sq. kilometers and 30%  of its populations are of the 55 Chinese ethnic minorities.

night view of Anshun
night view of Anshun
Anshun bridge at night
Anshun bridge at night

There is a museum with collections of different artifacts of the ethnic minorities of China.  They demonstrated that the ethnic minorities of China have a rich culture as well and quite skilled in embroideries, silver smith, music and etc.

silver headdress
silver headdress
silver headdress and accessories
silver headdress and accessories
musical instruments
musical instruments
Miao’s dress
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The famous feather dress
Yao’s drum tower

The drum tower is to summon the Yao’s people that a meeting is required or visitors are coming or danger is approaching.  Yao’s woman works in the fields while their husbands go out to work as silversmiths.  Each year the husband works as a silversmith, the woman would cut a length of their skirt until a certain length has been reached and then the husband stay home and take care of the family.

Near Anshun, about 40 minutes away,  we come to the largest village of Miao ethnic minority.  There is about 1250 household settled here.  The name is One Thousand Household Miao Village of XiJiang(西江).  It is under construction to retain its original structure.  To enter, we need to buy an admission ticket.  Inside one can find the village winding paths and many stores that offer food, silver trinkets, crafts, and hostels.  It has changed to a tourist attraction and the Miaos here has entered into the business of tourism.

an oveerview of the Miao Vaillage
an overview of the Miao Village

 

another overview of the village where rental costumes are provided for picture taking
another overview of the village where rental costumes are provided for picture taking
village street with stores on both sides
the village street with stores on both sides
typical Miao's houses build along the hill sided to preserve the more level ground for agriculture.
typical Miao’s houses build along the hill sided to preserve the more leveled ground for agriculture.
A bridge in the village

Due to lack of flat ground for planting crops, The Miaos learn to step cultivate the side of the mountainside for planting.  It is also good for irrigating the crops.

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A welcoming performance showed off their traditional dance and gorgeous costumes.  Started with greetings by offerings of wine and tea.  Also included a world class performance of music by blowing on a piece of leaf.

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chicken dance
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About an hours away by bus from Anshun is Huanggoushu Waterfall (黃果樹) the translation is Yellow Fruit Tree.  Yes, that is because there are a lot of trees around the fall that bears yellow fruits that turn the whole mountain yellow.  It is the largest fall in China.  It is about 74 meters tall and 81 meters wide.  It is special that one can view it from the top, bottom, left, right and behind, on foot.  The water falls from Baishui (白水河) River. So one can walk along the trail by the river to see where the fall begins.  There is a Pavilion beside the Rhinoceros pool where one can see from the bottom of the fall.  Behind the fall is a natural cave named Water Curtain Cave, that have openings where one can experience the waterfall from behind it.  While walking up and down the mountain to the Water Curtain Cave, one can get the view of the waterfall from the sides.

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Up river from Huanggoushu Waterfall is the Doupotang (陡坡塘) Waterfall.  It is about 105 meters wide and 21 meters high.

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The Doupotang Park has many picturesque sights.  Many scenes were used to shot the movie Journey to the West (西遊記).  These scenes may jog some memories.

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The monk and his 3 disciples met with temptations. Above is piggie surrounded by spider maidens.
The monk and his 3 disciples met with temptations on their journey to the west to collect scriptures. Above is piggie surrounded by spider maidens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greeting Lion at the entrance of the Cave

Our next stop is the Dragons Cave of Gods.  It is located within the Huangguoshu Park.  It belongs to the Buiyi ethnic minority of China.  BuiYi people worship Dragons.  This cave used to be their gathering place.  It is about 38 sq. meters and length are 4640 meters although only 1600 meters are open to

can you find the large and small dragons?
twisting dragon on a pole

the public.  The average height is about 21 meters.  It is connected to the underground water source of Haugguoshu Waterfall.  If you look closely and with your imagination you will find lots of dragons hidden, lurking in the background.

The gods looking down

Before I leave this page.  I must mention that Guizhou is also well known for its wine.  It is said that Guizhou has the natural climate for good wine and most noted is Maotai.  Maotai is scarce and expensive but try other wine of Guizhou, one will find it to be of good quality also.

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Xingyi(興義), China

Xingyi, a city southwest of Guizhou, China.  This a modern city of all amenities and exceptionally clean and orderly.  People here are very protective of their environment and happy with their surroundings.  The pictures below is the night life of the city plaza.

city center, the building of our hotel
city center, the building of our hotel
In the plaza are the young, old, and families watching a lzaer light show.
In the plaza where the young, old, and families watching a Lazer light show.

 

Southwest of Guizhou has impressive Natural Wonders.  One of them is the Malinghe Gorge and Ravine.  Along the Gorge were mighty water falls, one more magnificent than the next.

 

With these same landscapes in mind.  We go to our next Scenic Sight, the Wanfeng Lake (萬峰湖)among the peaks.  The lake was the result of a dam that holds back the water into the gorge.  The dam provides much-needed energy for the Southwest of China.  The lake has a surface area of 816  Sq. Kilometer and can stored water of approximately 102 billion cubic meters. The lake is surrounded by peaks and some protruded from the lake surface and formed islands.

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going into the narrow part of the lake
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can you see the cave entrance?

One can take a ferry to go on the lake and have a closer view.  Some ferries offer delicious fresh fish lunch made from the fishes caught from the lake. If you like fish, then you should not miss this lunch.  As it makes its round on the lake we can see a lot of caves on the side of some peaks.

 

The next scenic sight is Wangfenglin (萬峰林), A peak cluster wonder.

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This is a top view of the village of Buyi ethnic minority group of China.  One can see their farms and fields.  Their fields are of different shape and level because each field is centered on the opening of the underground water that erupts from the ground so they may irrigate the field efficiently.

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Among the peaks are the exceptional Twin Breast Peak and the Goddess of Earth.  These are Wonder of Nature and Buyi people worship the Goddess of Earth nurturing them with good climate and good harvest.

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Twin Breast Peak

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Xiaoqikong(小七孔) Scenic Area, Quizhou(貴州), China

Xiaoqikong Scenic Area is located in LiBo county in Southern Guizhou Province of China, neighboring Quangxi Province. The name Xiaoqikong is the name of a bridge build in 1835 to cross the Xiangshui River in order for ease of trade. The name Xiaoqikong means seven little holes, formed by seven arches. (See Pictures below)

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Xiaoqikong Scenic Area is along the Xiangshui River and is where the Miao ethnic minority of China live.  The Yao’s village still maintains their traditional way of life within their autonomous area.  The Southern Karst, a UNESCO world heritage site, the landscape created many scenic sights along the way and also many recreational areas for boating, rafting, and caverns to explore.

The first area is the Crouching Tiger Pond (卧龍潭) formed from water spring up from underground.  The power generating dam that was built formed a pond and the beautiful waterfall.

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Crouching Tiger Pond
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The dam  was build to hold back the water to form the pond
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Then we come to Yuanyan (Mandarin Duck) Lake

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is the only aquatic forest of the Karst landscape at this latitude in the world.  Due to the various minerals in the water gives it special color and often gives off many different colors due to reflecting lights.  One can rent a boat and have a close-up look and personal experience of the aquatic forest.

 

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Next–Laguane Lake Wetland Area-Shooting place of the TV show Survival Games in Sept. 2015

The lake water is clean and lots of algae grow in it to give off a special color.  The reflections from the clear water created colorful picturesque scenes at various angle and lighting.  The lake surrounded by water falls and mountain peaks and wetlands as well as a very comfortable and clean hotel.

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During Sunrise
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Our Hotel
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Dawn Breaking

Next stop Emerald Valley Water Fall

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Emerald Valley Water Fall

Water falls among the lush green trees a rare scene.

From the Emerald Valley Water Fall to Xiaoqikong Bridge is the Water Forest.  Its trail is approximately 2000 meters along the flow of Xiangshui River.  Its water bed flows over rocks as if the rocks grew out from the water just as the trees grow from the rocks with its leaves drape over the water.  This is a cool refreshing walk.  No wonder, legend has it, even the fairies frequently bath in these waters.

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