Exploring Guizhou: Guiyang & Kaili
Harsh mountainous regions account for 92.5% of Guizhou's topography. Some 30% of the villages cannot be accessed by road at all. Previously, travel guides such as this one had listed the remote minority villages around Guiyang and Kaili, but we have since found that few travelers are willing to endure tortuous, bone-rattling bus journeys of six or seven hours per day to some obscure tribal hamlet that has quickly transformed into a tourist cliche, and yet no English is spoken. Instead we have chosen the most comfortable, accessible section of the province so that you can stop off here for an authentic taster. Thanks to the new rail line, Xingyi is now an essential jumping-off point to see these newly accessible regions of natural beauty and bizarre topography. For tours, I would suggest an itinerary put together by either China Roads (www.china-roads.com) or Ecotripchina (www.ecotripchina.com). For more independent tourists, try the do-it-yourself itineraries at ChinaTrekking.com.