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Little-known to most foreigners, Guizhou province is filled with sights and adventures for the seasoned traveller. When you ask Chinese nationals about the place, few of them know much about it either. "It's so poor there." "The people are short." "Oh, yes, Mao's Zunyi is there." All true, but a landscape of green mountains, ethnic minority villages, and innumerable other things await.
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Sandu, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
The air smelled of wet earth, cotton candy and fried pork as we waded through mud to help celebrate the Duan festival in Longtai. Children laughed and jumped in the inflatable tent, and the adults lifted their voices in warning when a water...
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Guizhou, China
If you're weary of 5-star hotels, paved roads and predictable food, head to China's Guizhou Province during autumn's harvest festival season. Minority groups make up nearly 40 percent of the province population. With costumes as colorful as their...
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Meijiang N Rd, Meitan Xian, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
If you like tea, especially green tea, Meitan is a must. "Seas" of tea spread out in every direction. The city's major tea manufacturer built the world's largest teapot several years ago to attract tourists. The amazing thing? It's also a hotel!...
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Ziyin Rd, Honghuagang Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
Zunyi is known by Chengdu folks as a cool getaway in the scorching Sichuan summer months. Every now and then, though, the city has its own sweltering days. One such day I was out walking with one of my college students who is also a good friend....
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Machang St, Kaiyang Xian, Guiyang Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
A couple of times each year the Peace Corps Volunteers in Guizhou, China, gather in the tiny village of Shuitou (水头) near the town of Qinghe (青禾) about an hour and a half north of Guizhou's biggest city Guiyang by bus. (The map marker is correct,...
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208 Provincial Rd, Renhuai Shi, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
As I said in another Zunyi Highlight, this city is famous for two things: Mao Zedong, and Maotai liquor. Renhuai is a town in Zunyi county northwest of Zunyi city. It was fascinating to see how Maotai is made--a whole tradition of making spirits...
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96 Ziyin Rd, Honghuagang Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
Zunyi, a small Chinese city of a few million people in north central Guizhou province is famous for two things: Mao and Moutai. In 1935 a crucial meeting of the Chinese Communist Party happened here. There's a lot more to it, but in a nutshell,...
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Jianhe, Qiandongnan, Guizhou, China
While China is nearly 95% Han Chinese, there are dozens of other minority cultures throughout the country, especially in the Southwest. Some friends and I spent a couple of weeks in Jianhe, Guizhou, and one night were invited to go with some...
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Changling N Rd, Guanshanhu Qu, Guiyang Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China, 550081
Walking around chinese montai boot .
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Zhenyuan, Qiandongnan, China, 557700
In the fall of 2012 during National Holiday, I was invited on a trip with a Chinese family. I wouldn't want to experience the National Holiday traffic again, but if you can make it to Zhenyuan at a time other than an official Chinese public...
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Shanghai Rd, Huichuan Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China, 563002
Baozi (literally, "little bags") are a snack staple in China. We know them better as steamed buns. They come in a wide variety of flavors and fillings--sweet, savory, sour, spicy; meaty, crunchy, velvety, hearty. A good baozi will be fluffy on the...
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Shanghai Rd, Huichuan Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China, 563002
Just across the street from Zunyi Teacher's College (830 Shanghai Road), down two small pedestrian alleys, you'll find one of the foodie gems of Zunyi. There are other outdoor markets in town, but this one has just the right balance of chaos and...
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13 Yushui Rd, Huichuan Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
In the center of Zunyi stand two small mountains. The first, Phoenix Mountain, is topped by a pagoda-design fire tower and offers a great climb, and most of all a breathtaking view of the city. On the way, you'll also find a Buddhist monastery....
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Shanghai Rd, Huichuan Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
Guizhou food. It's similar to Sichuan cuisine, but also incorporates local cooking traditions, including those of the many minority groups in the province. In general, it's just as la (spicy / 辣), but less ma (numbing / 麻). One of the best bowls...
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Shanghai Rd, Huichuan Qu, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China, 563002
When you ask locals in Zunyi about their local contribution to Guizhou cuisine, they mention Yang Rou Fen (羊肉粉 / Mutton Noodles). You can find the dish served throughout Zunyi and other parts of central Guizhou, but the Little Shrimp shop is my...