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Top Ten South China Karst Wonders in Guizhou

Guizhou is a hidden gem with jagged karst mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, rolling hills and mysterious Karst
libo zhangjiang scenic area
Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area
caves. The terrain is constantly varying, so does the climate and the local tribes. Gaze out at mist-shrouded peaks dwarfing above valleys, or marvel at waterfalls splashing down cliffs with rivers that spill into raging rapids and into subterranean caverns. Chances are that you will be exhausted, while the vision spectacle will keep your eyes begging for more.

Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area

Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Area(荔波樟江) is a symphony composed of mind-blowing karst pinnacles off a net of interlaced rivers. Xiaoqikong, Daqikong, Shuichunn River and Zhangjiang Scenic Area form the centerpiece.

Xiaoqikong is characterized by pools, waterfalls and forests along water edge and even amid water. In Mandarin Duck Pool(鸳鸯湖), trees take root in rocks amid lakes and come in clusters. It is a wonderful sight to be beheld. During autumn, when the foliages adopt burning colors, the lake is turned into an enchanting fairyland.

Daqikong is more primitive. It is a world of virgin forest, secluded valleys, pristine lakes and natural-formed bridges. Rocks are covered by moss, trees are enveloped by twisted vines and bridges are carpeted with flowering shrubs. In a world, it is perfect for hiking and contemplation.

Add: Yaoshan Township, Libo County, Qiandongnan, Guizhou
libo zhangjiang scenic arealibo zhangjiang scenic area
libo zhangjiang scenic arealibo zhangjiang scenic area

Ziyun Getu River National Scenic Spot


Encompassing 70 square kilometers, Ziyun Getu River National Scenic Spot(紫云格凸河) embraces the splendor of south China karst. Miao Ting(苗厅), literally means “Miao Minority’s Hall”, is the second largest Karst hall-style cave in China. It is a treasure trove of stalactites and stalagmites. Among which, a 38meter-high colossal, is really a rarity.

Add: Shuitang Township, Ziyun County, Anshun City, Guizhou

Anshun Longgong (Dragon Palace) Cave

The best way to explore Anshun Dragon Cave(安顺龙宫), is by boating, rather than hiking, because half of it is submerged by water. As you traverse its caves, the stalactites coming in every imaginable shape, size and pattern, will take your breath away. It has the longest and most beautiful water cave, the biggest Buddhist Hall and waterfall within the cave in China.

Add: 27km southwest of Anshun City, 116kkmk from Guiyang.
anshun dragon palace cave
anshun dragon palace cave
anshun dragon palace cave

Zhijin Cave

Zhijin Cave(织金洞) is one of the biggest Karst Cave in China. As you walk along the illuminated gallery extending for 13.5km long, you can appreciate the most complete Karst terrain. It houses as many as 58 hall-like caves. At 17meter high, Silver Rain Tree, the most beautiful stalactites sparkle like a soaring ivory pagoda.

Add: Guanzhai Township, 23 northeast of Zhijin County, Bijie City, Guizhou
guizhou zhijin cave
Guizhou Zhijin Cave

Xingyi Wanfenglin Scenic Area

Wanfenglin(万峰林), literally means “a sea of ten thousand peaks”, is a fitting title. The landscape is punctuated with over 20,000 pointed peaks. Hence, it is dubbed as “museum of cone-shaped peaks”. With rice paddies woven with crystal-like crisscrossing rivers, peaks harboring rare flora&fauna species, caves containing marvelous sights, Wanfenglin is not to be missed.

Add: Wutun Town, Xingyi City, Qianxinan, Guizhou

Xingyi Nihan Stone Forest


The skyline of Xingyi Nihan Stone Forest(泥函石林) is defined by grotesque rocks and peaks. In this land spanning 4km long and 2km wide, each step reveals a new vista. Ascend to a peak, and get awe-stricken by a sweeping panorama.

Add: Nihan Township, Xingyi City, Qianxinan, Guizhou

Malinghe Valley


Malinghe Valley(马岭河峡谷) stretches 80 km long, with width varying from 50m to 100m and depth varying from 120meter to 280meters respectively. Thirteen waterfalls cascade into deep valleys inhabited only by birds and animals. The façade of cliffs feature scale-like motifs.

Add: Maling Town,Xingyi City, Qianxinan, Guizhou

Nanjiang Grand Canyon


Dubbed as Guizhou’s Shangri-La, Nanjiang Grand Canyon (南江大峡谷) boasts over 40 waterfalls, a lengthy walkway and intact landscape. The walkway is one of the longest in China. At 30meter high, the Golden Bell Waterfall is hollow in the middle. You can walk into this waterfall from the lower cave and stand above it from the upper cave.

Nanjiang Village, Kaiyang County, Guiyang

Zijiang Earth Crackle (Zijiang Difeng)


Zijiang Earth Crackle (紫江地缝) has soaring peaks, rivers and caves. The narrowest part is 1.9 meters wide, and only allow for trekking.

Gaotun Tiansheng Bridge

Gaotun Tiansheng Bridge(高屯天生桥): Spanning over 350meters long and 138meters wide, Gaotun Tiansheng Bridge is the largest one of its kind on earth. The width of its arches varies from 88 to 119 meters. Its main body is honeycombed with dozens of stone caves filled with limestone formations.

Gaotun Township, Liping County, Qiandongnan, Guizhou
Author: Sophia    Posted on Nov 29, 2013
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