Trip to Guizhou

My travel companion Lisa has put up a great post with stunning pictures of our recent four-day trip to Guizhou, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We were both speechless as we drove by towering mountains and deep valleys, with poor farmers tilling the fields, terraced into the mountains, in their bare feet, helped by their water buffalo. It is a paradox that Guizhou is China’s poorest province, and one of the most gorgeous. Go see Lisa’s post now.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 7 Comments

Heh! Was just going to email you to say that I’d posted it.

If you want to see more images of Guizhou, the post below that one is all photos. It is truly a stunning place, and while my photos don’t fully do it justice, I hope they give a little sense of how beautiful it is.

May 4, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Comment

And thanks for the shout-out! I meant to say that above.

May 4, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Comment

Been there myself. It is gorgeous *precisely* because it’s seen much less industrial development. That could change though!

And by 2008, the government had already cemented over most grand tourist attractions… because you just can’t enjoy a waterfall if you don’t have a 50-yard wide concrete staircase leading to it, can you?

May 5, 2011 @ 7:36 pm | Comment

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to see the famous waterfall. A shame if they’ve touristified it.

May 5, 2011 @ 10:36 pm | Comment

I love Guizhou. I spent a week in AnSun which is close to the famous waterfall and Seven Star bridge in summer 1991. But I have to say it is the people there I miss the most. We stay in a family for the whole week in AnSun who we met on the street when we really need the help. There is always a mist in the air. We were almost the only ones in the tourist sites. Good old days…

May 6, 2011 @ 3:09 am | Comment

The Miao ethnic tribe in this area is this the group that is based on matriarchal society? Where they do not stay with husbands but instead stay with their own mothers, sisters and brothers?

May 8, 2011 @ 5:01 pm | Comment

afaik that would be the Mosuo

May 9, 2011 @ 2:44 am | Comment

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