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Xiangzhi Valley

The Xiangzhi Valley,about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of downtown Guiyang City, Guizhou Province,is renowned for its amazing natural views, Bouyei ethnic group customs and many ancient paper workshops.

The name of this scenic area is originated from its traditional product-Xiang Zhi (Fragrant Paper), made from bamboo, used for commemorating the dead and can be dated back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

There has quite fantanstic natural landscapes that appeal tourists from both home and abroad. These wonders include river, forest, mountains, bamboo groves, and karst caves. Trees and bamboos create a genuine sea of green, making the karst caves even more mysterious, if you bearing a spirit of adventure, try to have a visit there, you will definitely add a new experience. The varied-shaped mountains with the clear streams and waterfalls that tumble down the steep cliffs add their own charm to the area have inspired visitors for generations. It is said that each has its unique feature such as cabins hidden in the thick forest and canals seemingly hanging in the air.

In ancient times, the local people prayed to God for a good harvest on lunar April 3rd. Later, it became a tradition for the young men and women to sing antiphonal songs as part of a courtship ritual and an expression of love. Nowadays, the festival has changed into a wondrous singing party accompied with many Bouyei customs, making this ethnic group known for romantic.

The ancient paper workshops are fascinating. The paper making involves seventy-two separate procedures and the workshops situated alongside the streams present a particular spectacle to this part of China. The paper making technology used here is regarded as one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Invented by Cai Lun during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), it was brought here in the Ming Dynasty.

If you like, you can stay in the locals' flagstone houses to to sense the local customs and enjoy the special snacks. It is also possible to explore this area on horse back, a marvelous way to see the splendors of the valley and these trips are available from the parking lot.

 

Xiangzhi Valley Notes

Admission Fee: CNY11

Bus Route: Take the Tourist Bus at Qianling Park at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 14:00 pm, and 16:00 pm. Takes about one hour and a half.

Fare: CNY 10