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  • Location

    Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou, located in central Guizhou province, situated on the east of the Yungui Plateau, and on the north bank of the Nanming River, a branch of the Wu River. The total population is 1.3million, not until the founding of the People's Republic of China, thoroughfares and apartment blocks are interspersed with ramshackle wooden and stone dwellings (the latter found mainly outside of town).  It wasn't fully opened to foreign tourists until 1985. The city has an elevation of about 1,100 meters. It has an area of 8,034 square kilometers.



    There populated by 23 different minorities, the most populous of which is the Miao people, in addition to the ethnic Han. In 2008 , the total population of Guiyang was 3.93 million, among which 2.72 million were urban residents.

    Just like the nearby city-Guilin, Guiyang nestled among spectacular karst formations, sits in a basin. The nearby countryside is rather rock-strewn and hilly, and the rice, wheat and tea grown here are in terraced fields that extend to the hilltops. Several ethnic minorities living in the area, with the Miao and Buyi peoples outnumber other obviously. The women wear their traditional costumes even when they labor in the fields, like several wraparound aprons of various colors and patterns. They have elaborate hairstyles pulled off to the sides of their heads, and usually don caps, they wear long, dark dresses and pointed hats; but the men generally have no special clothing.



    Like kunming, Guiyang enjoys a mild moist climate, ranging 2o to 32℃. It lies on major railway lines and is easily to reach from  Kunming, Guilin, Chongqing, and Changsha. Air service is also available.


    Religious Belief

    On October 15, 1696, the city was made the seat of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Kweichow. This was suppressed in 1715 and restored in 1846. In 1924 it was renamed as the Apostolic Vicariate of Guiyang, and in 1946 it was promoted to its current status as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guiyang.