Two Days Trip to Guiyang

Jiaxiu Tower

Last month, I took a short trip to Guiyang of Guizhou Province with my friend. We chose Guiyang as our tour destination because Guiyang is not far from Chengdu. Besides, we hadn’t traveled for a long time and didn’t have much available money but wanted to spend two days out of Chengdu. This tour can also realize our wish of going to one city every year.

Budget:
800rmb each (all expenses are included).

Day one: Huaxi National Wetland Park, Qingyan Ancient Town, Jiaxiu Tower
We took train T8900 at Chengdu East Railway Station and arrived at Guiyang Railway Station at 06:41 the next day. The whole trip cost us thirteen and a half hours. We didn’t plan any activities for the first day, so the tour actually began on the second day after we left Chengdu. The first scenic spot we visited was the Huaxi National Wetland Park at Huaxi District. The park is only 12km away from the downtown area of Guiyang City. It is a rare city wetland in China.

Huaxi National Wetland Park
Huaxi National Wetland Park

As we were not so familiar about the appropriate tour route of this park and our time was, we didn’t spend too much time in it.

Huaxi National Wetland Park
Huaxi National Wetland Park

After getting out from the park, across the street we saw many minibuses, which could take tourists to Qingyan Ancient Town directly. I remembered it cost several yuan but still needed some walk to get to the town after getting off the minubuses. It is said that this town is one of the four famous ancient towns in Guizhou Province. The town is located south of Guiyang City. We spent two hours in this town. We strolled down the green stone paths and passed through old style lanes. This is really a good place to experience ancient Guiyang City from its architectures and folk customs. We wanted to see this town also because I heard that there were many snacks and I often have no resistance to food. But look, how cheap the entrance ticket was, only 10rmb! Can you believe it?

Entrance Ticket of Qingyan Ancient Town
Entrance Ticket of Qingyan Ancient Town

Here is the most famous food in Qingyan Ancient Town, Simmered Pig Feet (Lu Zhu Jiao in Chinese pinyin). It was really delicious!

Simmered Pig Feet
Simmered Pig Feet

The memorial gateway is kind of a symbol of Qingyan Ancient Town. It is said that there were eight memorial gateways but only three of them still exist. This magnificent gateway is a typical ancient Chinese architecture.

Memorial Gateway
Memorial Gateway

After strolled a few hours in the town, we began to climb the “Great Wall of Qingyan Ancient Town”. This great wall is a little different from the authentic Great Wall in Beijing but still has its own special features. What I regretted most was that I should not wear a pair of high-heeled shoes. After went down from the “Great Wall of Qingyan Ancient Town”, I couldn’t even feel my feet.

Great Wall of Qingyan Ancient Town
Great Wall of Qingyan Ancient Town

Because of my high-heeled shoes, I was really too tired to go anywhere. So we directly came back to our hotel from the ancient town and rested for a while. Then we took a bus to Jiaxiu Tower to see its night views. I must say how brilliant the tower was when we spent our time here.

Jiaxiu Tower
Jiaxiu Tower

Strolling around the tower, before we knew it, it was dinner time. So we chose to taste some Guiyang specialties, Fish In Sour Soup (Suan Tang Yu in Chinese pinyin). Just like other tourist cities in China, Guiyang also has its own famous food. This is it! When come to Guiyang, you must taste Suan Tang Yu. It was really sour! But if you don’t like sour food, I would not advise you to try it.

Fish In Sour Soup
Fish In Sour Soup

Day two: Qianling Mountain Park
On the last day we stayed in Guiyang, we came to Qianling Mountain Park. We slept in a little bit and came to the park after breakfast. This is a comprehensive tourism park and is famous for the Qianling Mountain, the so-called “the No. 1 mountain in south Guizhou”. The entrance ticket was only 5rmb which was very cheap. In the park we saw many little monkeys. They were so cute and playful.

Qianling Mountain Park
Qianling Mountain Park

We stayed in the park for four hours and then headed to Guiyang Railway Station. We booked the train ticket in advance. The train number was K1271 and departed at 18:08. When we arrived at Chengdu Railway Station, it was already 17:40 on the next day. The whole trip to Guiyang was satisfactory although we spent too much time on the train!

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