Liupanshui is located
in the west of Guizhou, covers an area of 9914 square kms which
is composed of Liuzhi special district, Panxian special district,
Shuicheng county and Zhongshan district.
The region has a
total population of 2.55 milion of which 650000 are ethnic groups.
Regarded as " the Coal sea of South China", Liupanshu
is a heavy industry city where coal industry, power industry, metallurgical
industry and building material industry are the major industries.
In Liupanshui, the
annual average temperature is between 12 and 15 degrees centigrade,
it's not cold in winter, not hot in summer either. Different karst
formations have created steep mountains, beautiful rivers and grotesque
caves. Especially the Miao, Buyi and Yi villages in the region are
worth a visit. Many interesting festivals are held annually, namely
the Long Horned Miao's Tiao Hua Chang festival from the 5th day
to the 15th day of the first lunar month in Suoga, the Small Flowery
Miao's Dancing on the mountain slope festival on the 15th day of
the second lunar month, the Buyi's Liu Yue Liu on the 6th day of
the 6th lunar month, the Yi's Torch Festival on the 24th day of
the 6th lunar month and the Buyi's Qi Yue Ban on the 15th day of
the 7th lunar month. During the festivals, the minorities in traditional
festival dress from the nearby region get together celebrating the
festivals, these festivals are particularly worth visiting.
In the region, there
are different Miao branches, you can see Long Horned Miao, Four
Seal Miao, Side Comb Miao, Flowery Miao and Small Flowery Miao,
their festival dresses are made of cloth or hemp or wool with fine
embroidery and batik, and the traditional costumes are well preserved
due to the poor transportation.
The region is still
poor, so hotels are not really good, so I only recommend this region
to experienced travelers and professional photographors.