WELCOME to Guizhou
China's "Cool and colourful province".

There are 23 provinces in China, four municipalities directly under the control of the central government, five autonomous regions and two special administrative regions. Due to geographical and topographical differences and climatic variations, each area has its own unique natural beauty.

The mountains in the north of the country are rugged and magnificent, the waters in the south are clear and yet often turbulent, the desert sands of the Gobi in the northwest shine brilliantly in the sunshine, the hills in the southeast are often shrouded in floating fog, green waves of sorghum and soybean crops undulate over the vast fields of the northeast, and the mountains in the southwest, with quiet villages and terraced fields, are tranquil and charming.

And in that picturesque southwest can be found Guizhou Province – known as ‘The Kingdom of the Mountains’. It is a beautiful and exciting region of China and lies on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau bordering Hunan Province to the east, Yunnan Province to the west, and Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality to the north.

It is often referred to as ‘the cool province’ due to its mild winters and summers that are not too hot, and it boasts a myriad of hidden scenic and cultural gems. Large tracts of the countryside are swathed in forests spreading across the world famous karst mountains It is also proud of its UNESCO ‘world heritage’ sites and many other areas of outstanding natural beauty. The province also has numerous temples, historic buildings, and wild parks. 

And the province, with a population of some 40 million, is home to 49 of China’s 56 ethnic groups. Guizhou is a big yet harmonious family of people who have lived in mixed communities for centuries. Here you will find the Miao, Bouyei, Dong, Tujia, Yi, Gelao, Shui, Hui, Bai, Yao, Zhuang, She, Maonan Mongol, Mulam, Manchu, Qiang and Han peoples. According to official statistics close on 40% are people from the ethnic minority groups. In fact more than 95% of the Bouyei, Shui and Gelao people and over half of the Miao and Dong people in China live in Guizhou.

Due to the large number of minority groups the province benefits from the cultural diversity that these people bring, providing Guizhou with its colourful pluralistic society. Their festivals, traditions and folk tales offer a wide and fascinating cultural experience.

This web site is a story platform that tells the stories of Guizhou and its peoples.
The stories of China should be well told, voices of China well spread, and characteristics of China well explained
President Xi Jinping. January 1st 2014
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