Seated on Fuyu Bridge over the Nanming River, the Jiaxiu Tower is one of the symbols of Guiyang. Also called the First Scholar’s Tower, it is a three-tiered wooden tower of exquisite architectural design that has inspired a great number of writers and celebrities in the past. A cultural as well as a historical relic, Jiaxiu Tower houses the authentic works and paintings of many ancient calligraphers’. Nowadays, most visitors come to the tower to see calligraphy exhibition pieces, wood-crafts and stone tablets inscribed with poems.
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. Although small in size, the town has well-planned architectural style, built completely of stone. Visitors can see spectacular city walls right on the cliffs with vast rocks, which divided Qingyan into inner and outer towns. There are over 30 types of buildings including monasteries, temples, cabinets, caves, courtyards and palaces. All of them delicately designed by the skillful architects of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. A number of exquisite pieces, such as the stone sculptures of Ciyun Temple and wooden sculptures of Shoufo Temple are worth seeing.
Flower Stream Park (Huaxi Park)
Flower Stream Park (Huaxi Park) forms the center of the Flower Stream Scenic Area. Blending natural hills and rivers, idyllic scenery with ethnic flair, it has gained the name of “Back Garden of Guiyang City”. Unlike man-made parks, the stream and the four hills in this park are all naturally formed.
Red Marple Lake Scenic Area (Hongfeng Lake)
Located about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Guiyang is the Red Maple Lake (Hongfeng Lake). Red Maple Lake is the largest artificial lake on the Guizhou Plateau. There are many red maple trees on the surrounding mountain ranges whose leaves turn red every fall – hence the lake’s name.
It is considered to be the pearl of the Guizhou Plateau, and is the most fascinating among the three lakes in this part of Guizhou. The other two are Baihua (Hundred Flowers) Lake and Dongfeng (East Wind) Lake.
Tianhe Pool Scenic Area
About 23 kilometers (14.3 miles) away from the southwest suburb of Guiyang in Guizhou Province, the Tianhe Pool Scenic Area combines waterfalls, crystal springs, deep pools, stone bridges, unusual caves, and strange rock formations. This scenic area is a typical Karst cave that features a stone curtain plus a great number of stalagmites, stalactites, and stone pillars.
Qianling Hill Park
Located on Qianling Hill close to the center of Guiyang City, the park covers an area of 426 hectares (1,052.7 acres). Its name is derived from the Qianling Mountain which lies in the park and is the most famous mountain in southern Guizhou. As one of the noted gardens on the Guizhou plateau, it boasts clear waters, green mountains, tranquil forests and old temples. There are eight predominant scenic locations: Sanlingwan, Macaque Garden, Hongfu Temple, Kylin Cave, the Zoo, Qianling Lake, Two-Dam Wind-Rain Bridge, and the Winding Mountain Path.