Fly To Guiyang, China
Situated in southwestern China, Guiyang is capital of Guizhou Province and although the region is famous for producing a musical instrument from bamboo called the ‘Zhu’, the city is now more famous for its superb year-round weather. It’s also renowned for being home to a more than 30 minority ethnic groups, making it a veritable melting pot of colourful cultures.
Guiyang’s deserted location meant that the town was only discovered in 1636. But since it’s become known for its variety of peoples with their own traditions and cultures, the city has become quite a popular tourist destination.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Guiyang do need a Visa for China. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from your return and that there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Beijing is the closest Embassy to Guiyang: 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing 100600. Phone: + 86 10 6532 7320 (Immigration & Civic Affairs). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: saembassy.org.cn.
See and do
You’ll find lots to explore in Guiyang, including a number of parks and waterfalls. There’s Quianling Park, which is in the city centre and boasts a zoo, small amusement park and tea gardens. There’s also Huaxi Park, south of the city, which offers a taste of typical Chinese countryside with its streams, pavilions and tea gardens.
One of Guiyang’s landmarks is the Hongfu Temple, built as a monastery in the early Qing Dynasty. Its location surrounded by trees is quite idyllic and the buildings are worth exploring to see their elaborate decorations.
Outside Guiyang you’ll find South River Grand Canyon, with its majestic scenery and the spectacular Huangguosho Waterfalls, 137km away, that measures 74m high and 81m wide. It’s considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and is located in an enchanting area full of limestone caves and stone forests. The area is also famous for its caves, especially Zhijin Cave, 22.5km from the city, which is quite magnificent and comprises 47 halls and 150 scenic spots, and Longgong Cave, 130km from Guiyang, a series of 90 karst caves with underground lakes.
Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport – KWE
Guiyang Airport (code KWE), which has been open since 1997, is located 11km from the centre of Guiyang, and caters for around 2 000 passengers an hour. It’s the 25th busiest airport in China.
Although the airport is officially called an international airport, options for travelling out of China are extremely limited. Usually, those flying in from out of China transfer to Guiyang on a domestic flight.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Guiyang Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at the airport. Nearby: Fushui Guishan Hotel, Tai Yang Hotel, Trade Point Hotel, 7 Days Inn and Ronghe Hotel.