Guiyang is the capital
of Guizhou province, located at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the
very center of the southwest province. It is dominated by
mist-shrouded hills surrounding the Wujiang Valley. The climate is
mild throughout the year, much like that in
Kunming, the capital of neighboring
The most interesting scenic spot in the city is the Southern Cave, or
Underground Park as the locals call it. About half a mile in length, the
cave contains spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
A three-hour journey west from Guiyang is the Huangguoshu waterfall, one
of the biggest falls in China, 316 feet high and 346 feet wide. Water
pours down a cliff into the Xiniu Pool. Sunlight is diffracted through
the drops of water, producing glorious rainbows. There is a natural cave
behind the waterfall, 131 feet above Xiniu Pool. Standing inside and
watching the water pouring down is an unforgettable sight. Around the
Huangguoshu are 18 smaller falls and 30 karst caves.