Expats explore diverse charms of enchanting Guizhou

Updated: Sep 19, 2023 Print
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Vrushti Jitendra Balad (right) from India hangs on tight while jet-skiing in Runlong Bay. [Photo provided to]

From Sept 14 to 17, the China Storyteller Partnerships Tour of Amazing Guizhou had a captivating journey through Xingyi in Qianxinan Bouyei and Miao autonomous prefecture, Southwest China's Guizhou province. 

The tour consisted of journalists and content creators from the United States, the United Kingdom, Senegal, Turkey, Italy, India and Venezuela. It aims to harness the professional strengths of news websites and internet platforms to facilitate collaboration among international content creators, create personalized intellectual properties, and increase Guizhou's influence.

Expats enjoy white-water rafting in Malinghe Canyon. [Photo provided to]

The journey commenced with a visit to Wanfenglin scenic spot, which means "forest of 10,000 peaks" in Chinese. This breathtaking landscape, stretching for hundreds of kilometers, is a masterpiece of nature's craftsmanship. Cameras and smartphones clicked incessantly as the expats tried to capture the magic of Wanfenglin. 

At Runlong Bay of Wanfeng Lake, the group tried water sports such as speedboating, paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking. Nathan Keith Williams from the UK described it as absolutely beautiful and said he would heartily recommend it.

Expats experience the high-octane excitement of quad bike racing.  [Photo provided to]

For those with a thirst for excitement, Guizhou offered opportunities for even more daring adventures. After enjoying a spot of rafting in Malinghe Canyon, the expats watched a thrilling paragliding performance at a training site in Longyin Mountain, before heading to Anlong county for an unforgettable tour on quad bikes. 

The adventure ended at Balinhe Bridge, an architectural marvel that spans the picturesque Balin River. The bridge is currently the highest in the world and is known as a place for extreme sports such as parachuting and bungee jumping.

Beyond its natural wonders, Guizhou is a tapestry of diverse cultures and vibrant ethnic traditions. Throughout their journey, the expats immersed themselves in the rich tapestry of Guizhou's ethnic heritage. They witnessed traditional music performances, and got to interact with local communities in a way that showcased the warm hospitality and unique customs of the region.

Mouhamed Tamba Diouf from Senegal takes in the view of Balinghe Bridge. [Photo provided to]

American Douglas Dueno was impressed by the colorful culture in Guizhou. "During my travels, I had the privilege of interviewing local people, immersing myself in their daily lives, and gaining a deeper understanding of their lifestyles, attitudes, and ways of life," he said. 

The internet influencers and journalists left Guizhou with deep and lasting impressions. The province's breathtaking landscapes, thrilling adventures, and diverse cultures left an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. Their journey is a testament to Guizhou's beauty and the warmth of its people. 

Rafael Saavedra, a content creator from Venezuela, said: "Outdoor tourism is now booming, and more people want to enjoy parks, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Luckily, Guizhou has all that, and it has welcoming locals and ethnic groups, making it one of the most colorful and diverse provinces in China."

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