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A landmark of Guiyang is Jiaxiu Tower, also called the First Scholar’s Tower. It is situated on Fuyu Bridge over the Nanming River. Originally built in 1598 in the Ming times, the tower is magnificent and unique, and of great culture significance for the city. In ancient times, many intellectuals studied very hard for the scholarly honor or official rank in feudal China. In order to encourage them, the local majesty ordered a tower be built and conferred on it the name of Jiaxiu. The name Jiaxiu literally means getting the very best in imperial examinations. Thereafter, Guizhou was honored successively by three number one scholars as expected. Rumors say that two of the three lived nearby the Nanming River.
Jiaxiu Tower is a three-storey tower rising 20 meters (66 feet) high. Green tiles, red pillars, engraved windows and white stone parapets make the tower superb and striking. Ascending the tower you can get a good view of the surrounding city scenery. Most impressive is the night scene of the tower. Colorfully decorated with lanterns, the tower is beautifully reflected in water, and strolling on the bridge a visitor may feel as if they have entered a fairyland.
cause of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, the town has become an attractive destination for numerous domestic and foreign tourists. Dating back to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368--1644), Qingyan town was built for military reasons. Because of its geographical location, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty established it as a station for transferring military messages and to house a standing army. Through years of modification and repeated restoration, Qingyan Ancient Town has gradually become a distinctive ancient town with cultural features of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644 - 1911).
It is found 22 kilometers (approx. 14 miles) in the northwest suburb in Guiyang, the Baihua Lake Scenic Area is a famous tourist attraction, which is famous for its natural beauty of lakes and hills. The scenery here is much like that of Li River Scenery in Guilin, thus the scenic area was given the nickname - ‘Little Guilin’. The landscape there is wonderful. Water in the lake is clean and tepid, and the green hills standing in the lake resemble pretty, gentle girls. Many kinds of birds have been attracted to live there all the year round. In the lake.
Qingyan Ancient Town
Qingyan Ancient Town, one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, lies in the southern suburb of Guiyang. As an ancient town, covering an area of 741 acres, Qingyan Town was originally built in 1378. Nowadays, be-
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Jiaxiu Tower Qingyan Ancient Town Flower Stream Park Red Maple Lake (Hongfeng Lake) Tianhe Pool Scenic Area renowned for karst landscape is 24 kilometers from the city downtown area Baihua Lake Scenic Area is situated 22 kilometers in the northwest suburb of the city Forest Park offers a good and quiet summer resort to local citizens. Huangguoshu Waterfall in Anshun is about 150 kilometers from Guiyang City. Qianling Park boasts the famous Hongfu Temple and many picturesque scenes of lakes, mountains,caves and characteristic bridges.
Guiyang is populated by 23 different minorities, the most populous of which is the Miao people, in addition to the ethnic Han. As of 2008, the total population of Guiyang municipality was 3.93 million, among which 2.72 million were urban residents.
Welcome to Guiyang
Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou province of Southwest China. It is located in the centre of the province, situated on the east of the Yunnan−Guizhou Plateau, and on the north bank of the Nanming River, a branch of the Wu River. The city has an elevation of about 1,100 meters. It has an area of 8,034 square kilometres (3,102 sq mi). Its population is 4,324,561 at the 2010 census whom 3,037,159 live in the built up area made of 7 urban districts. Guiyang has grown exponentially since the 1990s. The city’s heart is around the “Big Cross” which is a cross, resembling the Chinese character for ten, and “Fountain Pool” which is a traffic intersection which had a large fountain at its center, until the fountain was paved over in early 2010 to help improve the flow of traffic. The city is situated on the Nanming River, a headstream of the Wu River. Guiyang is a natural transportation center, with comparatively easy access northward to Sichuan, eastward to Guangxi and Guangdong, westward to Yunnan, and northeast to Hunan province.
Guiyang is the economic and commercial hub of Guizhou Province. The GDP per capita was ¥24,585 (US$3,637) in 2009. The city is also a large center for retail and wholesale commercial activities with operations of major domestic and international general retailers.