Anshun in brief
The city of Anshun lies in the southwestern part of Guizhou Province, southwest China. Located is the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, the place is since recent years renowned for its collection of outstanding scenic spots attracting many tourists from all over China. The city is composed of one district and three ethnic minority autonomous counties. Indeed the whole Guizhou Province is home to many ethnic minority people among which the Miao and the Buyi constitute the most important part. Karst mountains, lakes, rivers, crystal clear waterfalls, stone forests... the city doesn't have anything to envy to other tourist areas, the beauty of the place being astonishing to every travelers passing by. Namely, traveling to Anshun is having the chance to see the ranked Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park (5A level) of more than 75 meters-high. With its water curtain caves, this "Shuiliandong" (水帘洞) scenic spot is just the longest waterfall in mainland China. The cool and humid climate of the Province just adds to the picturesque image of the city. Travelers to Anshun would just have a great time in this southwestern part of China, where mountains and lush vegetations mingle in a harmonious way.
History of Anshun – An important tea and opium trading route
Historically, the city of Anshun was famous for its location on the Guizhou-Yunnan trading route, ranking it in ancient times, as a centre for opium and tea trading. During the period of the Warring States (403 BC - 221 BC), the city was the state of King Yelang, but it changed to a prefecture during the Ming Dynasty. Proud of its past as a trading stop-off, the city is now still displaying its rich ethnic minority culture, tea culture and 2000 years old wax craft printing history. Namely, the city is also known as "The hinterland of Qian (Short for Guizhou), the throat of Dian (short for Yunnan), the lips and teeth of Shu (short for Sichuan) and Yue (short for Guangdong)".
Anshun nowadays – Natural sceneries and rich cultural relics
Most travelers coming to visit Anshun are definitely intending to reach the most important scenic spot of the area: Huangguoshu pristine waterfalls. But Anshun also flourishes with other worth-visiting historical sites such as the Dragon Palace Cave Scenic Spot (5A level), the Getu River Scenic Area or even the numerous beautiful national parks and historical sites lying in the city. Jiulongshan Forest Park, Puding Chuandong Human Fossil Site, the 'Red Cliff Relics, Anshun Wenmiao Temple, etc... This is no wonder why the city has become a famous touristy place since recent years. Typical Karst type topography, rivers, lakes, stone-carving, cliffside inscriptions, ancient rock art and ancient tombs... Anshun will never let visitors down with the great amount of tourist attractions developing here. Being home to ethnic minorities, a stop to Anshun is also a way the encounter the friendly Miao, Buyi and Gelao peoples. The city of Anshun flourishes with many ethnic minority villages such as the Stone Buyi ethnic village, the Tianlong Tunpu Han ethnic village... Place of many festivals, travelers will always be charmed by the richness of the place. With its easy going access, Anshun is a pleasant destination for who wants to enjoy minority culture and gorgeous landscapes!
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