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Top ChoiceVegetarian in Guiyang

Shanzai Vegetarian Meal

The beautiful rooftop terrace of this vegetarian restaurant has some of the best views and food in Guiyang. All dishes are stylishly presented and combine interesting and unique flavours. The signature dish is...

Top ChoiceMountain in Zhenyuan

Shiping Mountain Scenic Area

A strenuous 30-minute climb up this mountain above town takes you through quiet forest to the remains of the Miaojiang Great Wall and the Four Officials Temple. En route, a pretty pavilion perched on the...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Guiyang

Trip Smith

Tucked down one of the many alleys off Qianling Dong Lu, Trip Smith is a small, happening bar that brews its own beer and serves better-than-average western fare, including pretty decent burgers (¥68). In warm...

Top ChoiceGuizhou in Guiyang

Old Kaili Sour Fish Restaurant

This local institution has two branches, but the one on Shengfu Lu has superior service and atmosphere (both have Miao waitstaff in traditional garb). Everyone comes for suāntāngyú (酸汤鱼; sour fish soup), a Miao...

Top ChoiceBridge in Zhenyuan

Zhusheng Bridge

The most photographed sight in town, Zhenyuan’s old bridge is a gorgeous and robust span of arches topped with a three-storey pavilion, leading visitors across the water to Qīnglóng Dòng. It's an impressive...

Top ChoiceWalls in Qingyan

Qingyan City Walls

Built right on the cliffs that surround the town, the city walls were a key part of ancient Qingyan's defences. Nowadays a walk on the, at times, dizzyingly steep walls is a great way to see the town from above.

Top ChoiceCafe in Qingyan

Bǎi Wú Yī Yòng Shūdiàn

This bookshop hides a wonderful teahouse and coffee shop out back, housed in a beautiful old wooden building that opens out onto a tranquil garden. The friendly staff speak a little English.

Top ChoiceChinese in Zhenyuan

Nóngjīa Fàn Xiāng

At the top of Sifangjing Xiang, and with a lovely terrace, this quiet family-run restaurant serves up Guizhou-style dishes including smokey cured bacon with ferncakes (蕨粑腊肉, juébā làròu). It also has classics...

Waterfall in Anshun

Huangguoshu Falls

Huangguoshu Falls

Hugely popular among domestic travellers for good reason, the 77.8m-tall, 81m-wide dàpùbù (大瀑布, great waterfall) is China's largest waterfall and understandably Guizhou’s number-one natural attraction. From June...

Cave in Anshun

Zhijin Cave

Zhijin Cave

This monstrously long (10km) cave is the biggest in the country – a visit will satisfy everyone from hardcore spelunkers to wide-eyed tourists with a penchant for subterranean beauty. Pockets open up to 150m high...

Temple in Zhenyuan

Qīnglóng Dòng

Qīnglóng Dòng

Across the river from the old town, the epic vertical warren of temples, grottoes, corridors and caves of Qīnglóng Dòng rises up against Zhonghe Mountain (中和山, Zhōnghé Shān). Flooded with lights at night, it...

Area in Zhenyuan

Sifangjing Xiang

Sifangjing Xiang

Four old and well-preserved alleys lead north away from the river: Sifangjing Xiang, Fuxing Xiang, Renshou Xiang and Chongzikou Xiang. Wander along Sifangjing Xiang and peek at its namesake Sìfāngjǐng (Four...

Village in Anshun


One of eight Ming-era fortified villages in the area, Yunshan is a gem. Protected by a wall and a main gate, and overlooked by the Yunjiu Mountain (云鹫山, Yúnjiù Shān), the settlement is a charming portrait of...

Area in Xingyi

Wanfenglin Scenic Area

The karst hills of the Wanfenglin Scenic Area raise up like the knobbly back of a sleeping dragon, surrounded by charming villages, carefully tended rice paddies and winding rivers lined with banana trees. In...

Mountain in Tianlong

Tiantai Mountain

This forested mountain (1138m) has the astonishing Wulong Temple at its summit. A refreshing hike through the trees takes you to the summit, where you can explore the various rooms of the temple.

Village in Leishan


Sleepy Wudong doesn't get many visitors, due mostly to its remote location in a valley in Leigong Mountain rather than any lack of appeal – it's actually an extraordinarily pretty place. Founded 400 years ago by...

Cave in Anshun

Longgong Cave

Even though the feeling is overwhelmingly tacky – think coloured lights, awkward commentary and boats full of tourists – there is something sublime about the water-borne cave expedition winding through 20 hills....

Canyon in Xingyi

Maling River Canyon

The Maling River Canyon is a geological wonder, a 74km rift in the earth's surface caused by the surging Maling River and its groundwater. Paths down each side of the canyon and two suspension bridges allow you...

Waterfall in Chishui

Chishui Great Waterfall

Chishui Great Waterfall

The under-visited understudy to the famous Huangguoshu Falls in the south is a 76m-high beauty pummelling into the pools below. Even standing 100m away, you will get drenched if the wind is right.

Guizhou in Guiyang

Shù Chú

Next door to the Novotel is this homely restaurant set inside a courtyard of a former private residence. The menu here errs on the spicy side, although the fish-flavoured pork (鱼香肉丝, yúxiāng ròusī; ¥46) doesn't...