Guizhou Province is unfamiliar to many travelers and tourists. However, the peculiar natural scenery, remarkable national customs, brilliant history, culture and the pleasant climate condition form a unique, aboriginal, unsophisticated and mysterious landscape which is attracting more and more tourists, both domestic and international. Maolan Karst Forest Natural Conservation, which contains mountains, water, forests and caves, all in the same location, is breathtaking. Huangguoshu Waterfall is the biggest in China and among the world's famous waterfalls. Dragon Palace, which is located nearly twenty miles southwest of Anshun City, is a splendid underground Karst type cave. It looks like a fairy tale crystal palace. A boat-ride will take you to see the magnificent views in the caves, and you will feel like you are in a fairyland. Zhijin Cave Scenic Spot is another highlight. It is famous for its massive, scale, stalagmites, stone pillars and stone pagodas in unbelievable heights and numbers. There are over forty kinds of Karst precipitation formations in the cave. The Zhinjin Cave is known as "the Museum of Karst Formation". Hongfeng (Red Maple) Lake scenic spot, thirty-three kilometers from Guiyang city, is also worth a visit. It has over 100 islands within the clear blue water lake. The karst land formations, fascinating water and hills, as well as the spectacular caves make this area a state ranked key scenic location.
More than 17 minority ethnic groups settled in Guizhou and most of the amazing scenic areas are located in these settled minority areas. In addition to enjoying the scenery, visitors can discover the rich and varied folk customs and cultures of the different minority ethnic groups of the region. Numerous festivals throughout the year, strong but simple and unsophisticated customs, architectures with unique style and the exotic and colorful costumes, will make tourists feel everything is new and fresh.
During the year there are about 140 festivals held in Kaili and the surrounding villages. The best time to see a festival is Juli and August. But in this months the weather can be really bad: it is rainy season!
Every Sunday there is a big market. The minority people from the villages come to sell and buy. People mainly belong to Miao-Minority. You can see colorful costumes and interesting fruits and vegetables.
Kaili is famous for its delicate dog meat. I never saw a street in China with so many restaurants only serving dog meat. Many Chinese tourists visit Kail only for this. But dog meat is also very expensive, so not many people in China can afford it.
Take a Kailli-Guiyang bus from Wenhua Beilu long distance bus station for 50yuan which departs every half an hour to Guiyang airport. You had to inform the bus driver that you are alighting at Guiyang airport. The driver would make a detour to drop you RIGHT AT THE ENTRANCE OF DEPARTURE HALL without extra charged. But if diver requests, pay 5-10yuan for the entrance fee to airport.
This info was given to me by an experience tour operator which many of local even tourist drivers unaware of such service! Many still thought passenger had to alight at junction and change into taxi to the airport.
We came to Guizhou from Chengyang in Guangxi. The road was bad and it took us several days. Once we were in Kaili, we went to CITS to arrange transportation to the nearby villages. This must be the friendliest CITS we encountered ever. They spoke English, and they were willing to take us anywhere we desired. They could pick you up from Guiyang, to Kaili, do some village hopping here, then on to all the minority villages towards the direction of Chengyang in Guangxi. Geee... we should have done our trip in reverse direction.
In summer it is rainy season. Rain is pouring for days after days! The roads convert into streams of mud. When you are in Kaili during July and August you better take an umbrella or one of those beautiful wide hats!
Kaili itself is "Off the beaten Path". Not many tourists come here. But it is a very good place to see people of the minorities on the big sunday-market.