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Guiyang

Guiyang (贵阳, Guìyáng) is an unpretentious, relatively youthful provincial capital under seemingly continual construction. While it may not leap out at the traveler, there are some interesting sights and affordable fine hotels, and the city's location makes it a perfect base for exploring the surrounding southern countryside, especially Huangguoshu Falls, the villages around Kaili, and historic Zhenyuan.

The city passed through the hands of various warring states until it became established during the Yuan dynasty in 1283. While Guiyang has not featured prominently in the annals of Chinese history, it has since emerged from the smoke of the country's industrial boom.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Guiyang.