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Anshun Travel Guide

Anshun Overview

Anshun, located in the middle of Guizhou Province and the eastern part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, is a popular tourist destination in western Guizhou. At an altitude of 1,300 meters, Anshun has a total population of 2,523,000 and an area of 9,264 sq. km. Once an important centre for tea trading, it remains the commercial hub of western Guizhou.

As the center of South China's karst geology, Anshun features abundant rivers, waterfalls, gorges, caves, stone forests, lakes and underground rivers. It is home to over 100 waterfalls and around 1,200 caves. Famous attractions include Huangguoshu, one of the largest waterfalls in Asia; Dragon Palace (Longgong), a marvelous karst cave; Tianxingqiao Scenic Area, featuring wonderful landscapes, fantastic limestone formations, caves, a stone forest on water, waterfalls, forests and lakes, and offering visitors a pleasant hiking environment.

As an ethnic minority area, Anshun has preserved its unique folklore. Stone Village (Shitou Zhai) is a Buyi village where all the architecture is made of stone: stone houses, stone walls, flagstone roofs, flagstone roads, stone bridges and stone banks. It is said to be the birthplace of wax painting. The exuberant traditional festivals and customs of the Buyi people are a feast for the eyes.

Besides, Anshun is an ideal place for exploring ancient Han culture. Tianlong Tunpu (Village Fortress), built during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD), is highly valued by experts as a living fossil of Han culture and as the last Ming Dynasty village in the world. Some of the villagers still live in forts and follow a simple and peculiar army lifestyle, retaining traditional Ming clothing and hair styles. They are called Tunpu people. Dixi Drama is an exclusive ritual dance of Tunpu people, involving elements of drama, sacrifice and entertainment. It is performed during Chinese New Year, at festivals and celebrations, and in the months after harvest.

Anshun Facts
Anshun Transportation
Anshun Festivals
Best Time for Anshun Travel

Area: 9,269 square kilometers (about 3,579 square miles)
Population: about 2,550,000 (until 2004)
Nationalities: Han and ethnic minority groups such as Miao, Buyi, Gelao, etc.
Area Code: 0853
Zip Code: 561000

Useful Numbers:
Civil Aviation Anshun Booking Office: 0853- 3220247 (3224848)
Railway Station Enquire: 0853- 3293295
Passenger Transport (Long-distance Bus) Station Enquiry: 0853- 3222169
Tourist Complaint Telephone: 0853-3281747

Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 120
Anshun People's Hospital: 0853- 3222131
The First People's Hospital of Xixiu District: 0853- 3220999
The Second People's Hoptial of Xixiu District: 0853- 3228000
Anshun Traffic Hospital: 0853- 3346999

Anshun People's Hospital: No.22, Hongshan Road (East), Xixiu District
The First People's Hospital of Xixiu District: No.47, Tashan Road (East), Xixiu District
Getting there: Bus No.3 passes by Tashan Road (East).
The Second People's Hoptial of Xixiu District: No.28, Xichun Road, XixiuDistrict
Anshun Health Hospital for Women: No.44, Dongjiao Road, Xixiu District

Bank of China provides the foreign exchange for the visitors. The following is some branches' address in Anshun City:
Zhonghua Road (East) Branc: No.56 Zhonghua Road (East)
Youyi Branch: on the first floor of Bei'an Building in the north section of RuofeiAvenue
Minzu Restaurant Branch: No.1, Fengshan Road (West)
Getting there: Buses No.1, 9, 11, and 15 pass by Fengshan Road (West).
Railway Station Branch: No.1, Nanshan Road

Post Office:
Anshun City Post Office Nanhua Road Branch
Address: Nanhua Road, Xixiu District
Getting there: Buses No.9, 11, 15 pass by Nanhua Road Crossing.

Anshun is a city located in the mid-west of Guizhou Province and is 90 kilometers (about 56 miles) from the capital city Guiyang. Transportation between Anshun and other cities in China is now more convenient due to the opening of Huangguoshu Airport in 2006.

The road extends in all directions: the first speedway in southwest of China Guizhou-Huangguoshu Speedway offers great convenience to tourists. A two-hour drive takes tourists from Guiyang to Anshun. Getting around by train is also very convenient due to Guiyang-Kunming Railway Line which runs through this city. The Huangguoshu Tourist Special Line shuttles between this city and Guiyang every day.

Within the city, buses are clean and there are about 15 bus lines in the city. You can catch a bus at any station to reach the main streets in the city. Moreover, there are about 500 taxis in the city which are fairly priced and safe to use.

Getting Anshun:

By Air
Airport Code: AVA
Location: Anshun Huangguoshu Airport is situated 6 kilometers (about 3.7 miles) south of the city center.

Brief Intro: Huangguoshu Airport was opened in 2004. Now, it has a runway of 2,800 meters (about 1.74 miles) long and 50 meters (about 0.03 miles) wide. The flight area of the airport has reached the standard of 4C Level. It is equipped with advanced facilities such as blind landing system, meteorological automatic observing system to keep the normal flight. It has opened the city up to visitors from other major cities in China like Shenyang, Kunming and Guangzhou. Anshun is the tourist center of Guizhou West Tour Line, and the airport not only improves the transport conditions in west part of Guizhou but also it is an important window to open Anshun to the public and increase tourism.

Service: Inquiry Number: 0853-3358766 3359777 Airport Ticket-booking Office Address: No.0-2 Guozhao Apartment Community, Ruofei Road (North)

Huangguoshu Airport Ticket Booking Telephone: 0853- 3359777 3358566
Civil Aviation Anshun Booking Office: 0853-3220247(3224848)

By Train
The local railway station is located in Nanhua Road and near to the South Bus Station. Every day there are trains to other major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, etc. There is also Huangguoshu Tourist Special Line shuttling between the city and Guiyang Railway Station every day. Public buses No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 will take you to the railway station.

By Long-distance Bus
There are two main coach stations in this city. One is South Bus Station located at the opposite of Qiandong Mansion, Nanhua Road. There are direct buses to Guiyang and Liuzhi Special District. The terminal station in Guiyang is Guizhou Provincial Stadium Coach Station. In the city center public buses No.1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 will take you to this station.

The other station is West Bus Station located beside the Gong'an (Police) Mansion, Taxi Road. Coaches at this station travel to Guiyang, Liuzhi Special District, Puding, Getuhe, etc. The terminal station in Guiyang is Guiyang Chief Coach Station. Buses No.1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15 in the city center will take you there. The ticket fare is CNY5-8.

There are many shuttle buses in this city to Huangguoshu Waterfall. And there are special bus lines to Huangguoshu Waterfall, Dragon Palace Scenic Area in South Bus Station, West Bus Station and the square of the Railway Station.

Getting Around Anshun:

By City-bus
There are 15 bus lines in the city covering most of the main buildings and avenues. The following provides some information on some of the buses' stations for your reference:

Line 1 passes by the following stations: 73 Hospital - Jianshe Road - Jianjun Road - Anshun City's Hospital - Hongshan Hotel - West Coach Station - South Coach Station - Railway Station;
Line 1 return route: Railway Station - South Coach Station - Jianjun Road - Jianshe Road - Baoshan Road

Line 2 passes by the following stations: 73 Hospital - Jianshe Road - Jianjun Road - Minzhu Road - South Coach Station - Railway Station;

Line 2 return route: Railway Station - Ma'anshan Road - South Coach Station - West Coach Station - Hongyang Road - Hongshan Hotel - Qianjin Road - Anshun City's Hospital - Jianjun Road - Jianshe Road

Line 3 passes by the following stations: Railway Station - Ma'anshan Road - Yan'an Hotel - Shifu Road - Hongyang Road - South Coach Station

Line 4 passes by the following stations: Railway Station - Ma'anshan Road - South Coach Station - Hongyang Road - Jianjun Road - Yan'an Hotel

Line 5 passes by the following stations: Railway Station - Ma'anshan Road - South Coach Station - Hongshan Hotel - Ruofei Formal Residence

Line 6 passed by the following stations: Railway Station - Ma'anshan Road - South Coach Station -Ruofei Formal Residence - Hongshan Hotel - Qianjin Road

By Taxi
It is pretty convenient to commute in the city by taxi. People are allowed to flag down a taxi anywhere. Currently, almost 700 taxis are in service, with the brands of Santana, BYD, Chery, Suzuki etc. Most taxi drivers charge by the meter. Sometimes a reasonable flat rate is also acceptable if they refuse to use taximeter. But when being extremely overcharged, you can dial 0853-3297777 for a complaint.

The taxi fare differs from the car emission volume:
1. For cars with the emission volume lower than 1.8 liters (0.47 gallon), the base price is CNY5 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and it charges CNY1 for each extra kilometer (0.6 mile).
2. For cars with the emission volume higher than 1.8 liters (0.47 gallon), the flag-down rate is CNY6 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and the cost for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile) is CNY1.5.
3. Regardless of the car brands and emission volume, when a car runs farther than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), 50% surcharge is required for empty return. If running between 00:00 and 07:00 the next day, the flag-down rate is twice of the daytime charge. During the period, when the distance is farther than 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), the cost of each kilometer rises by 50%.
4. When a car waits less than 5 minutes for a ride, no extra fee is charged, while when the duration is longer than that, the cost of each extra 5 minutes is the same as the unit price of each kilometer (0.6 mile).

Tiaohua Festival is one of the most intriguing Guizhou Minority Festivals. It is held during the first month of the lunar calendar, put on by the Miao Minority. 'Tiaohua' means 'Ganpo' in Miao language. During this festival, boys and girls of the Miao Minority put on their finest traditional clothing,and boys play the lusheng (an instrument) while girls dance to the music around blossoming trees. Activities include a crossbow shooting competition, needlework competition, climbing pole competition, and martial art performance.

Baishu Festival (also called 'Sacrificing Mountain God') is one of the traditional festivals celebrated by Gelao Minority on the third day of the first month of the lunar calendar each year. For this festival, a one-meter high, one-meter wide hut is erected under the manito tree (thousand-year-old tree) using birch branch, and small, colorful, triangular flags are hung on thetree. The pigs, sheep, and chickens that will be used in the sacrifice are guided around the tree three times before being slaughtered. The candles and joss sticks will be burned afterwards while those participating in the ceremony worship onbended knees, praying for the blessing of the Mountain God.

Ox King Festival is a shared traditional festival celebrated by the three mainminorities Buyi, Miao, Gelao in Anshun. The Buyi Minority celebrate this festival on either March 3rd or April 8th of the lunar calendar every year, and is commemorated by sacrificing and bringing gifts to Ox King (such as the five-colored stickyrice meal). The Miao Minority often celebrates this festival during April and June of the lunar calendar, referring to it as 'Tiaomihua Festival'. For Gelao Minority this festival occurs on October 1st of the lunar calendar (said to bethe birthday of the Ox King) at which time they feed their farm cattle by hanging glutinous rice cake on their horns.

Changxin Festival is also called 'Chixin Festival'. It is celebrated by three area minorities - Buyi, Miao and Gelao, but most celebrated by Gelao Minorityon July 7th of the lunar calendar every year. The old in the village will guide the young to select ripe melons and fruit along with corn, all of which are then placed under an old tree. Then they will slay chickens, pigs, or sheep, in sacrifice to their ancestors and the manito. After the sacrifice, they will set off firecrackers, sing folk songs and perform martial arts. During the festival, people from Gelao Minority will free captive animals mainly including wild animal and fish.

Anshun is located in China's Central Subtropical Zone, thus the climate is mildand the average temperature is between 14C (about 57F) –16C (about 61F).The highest temperature in summer is 26C (about 79F) andthe lowest temperature in winter is 4C (about 39F) makingit a great place to visit throughout the year.

The summer months from July to August are the best time for Anshun travel. Anshun is cooler in summer than many other places in China. This is the rainy season there and the volume of water at Huangguoshu, one of Anshun's most famous scenic spots, is massive, making the waterfall a spectacular sight.

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