Located on eastern part of Guizhou Province, Zhenyuan has long been an ancient town of the Miao people. Its long history endows the town with many rich and generous cultural relics, making it much like a historic garden. The town covers only an area of 3.1 square kilometers (about 1.2 square miles) but greets you with more than 160 scenic spots including caves, palaces, pavilions, temples and rivers with their unique architecture, exquisite engravings and marvelous natural landscape. Among them are the famous Wuyang River Scenic Area and elegant ancient complex in the the Black Dragon Cave (Qinglong Cave) - beckoning sights not to be missed by any visitor to eastern Guizhou. When your China tours cover Guizhou province, you should never forget to discover Zhenyuan: the Oriental Venice with Culture of Miao Ethnic Group!
Located at the edge of Yunnan-Guizhou plateau, Zhenyuan is sheltered by the mountains. It is a land-and-water transportation center since early times. In 202 BC, the town became a county instituted by Han Gaozu, Emperor Liu Bang, and then in 1956 - the capital of southeast Guizhou Autonomous Prefecture. Cut through by the Wuyang River, the town is divided into two parts: south 'Wei City' and north 'Fu City', which forms a water town. Hence it is well-reputed as the 'Oriental Venice'. It is no wonder that so many China tour operators have arranged the Zhenyuan discovery along their Yangtze River cruises deals to promote sales.
As an historic cultural city, Zhenyuan is rich in tourist resources. With sub-tropical humid climate, annual temperature in Zhenyuan averages 16.4 degree with four distinct seasons. It is therefore an ideal tourist destination all year round. This may be the reason why so many travelers prefer to extend their Shangri-la tour to Guizhou to discover the Miao ethnic groups further!
The Dragon Boat Festival, held on May 25th of every year, is the most ceremonious celebration in Zhenyuan. If you are a culture-lover, and your China tour to Guiyang just falls on to the Dragon Boat Festival, you should never forget to to join the dragon boat racing with the locals.
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