Nanjiang Grand Canyon in Guiyang
Attractions Overview: China’s Karst Ecological Museum; the largest calcareous waterfall of Asia
Attraction Type: Nature Landscape
Chinese Name: 南江大峡谷
English Name: Nanjiang Grand Canyon
Best Time to Visit: Summer
Recommended Visiting Time: 1 Day
Open Hours: 8:30 - 17:30; Rafting: 8:30 - 16:30
Admission Fee: 88 RMB / Person
Address in English: Long Guang Village, Nanjiang Township, Guiyang City, Guizhou Province
Address in Chinese: 贵州省贵阳市南江乡龙广村
Why is Nanjiang Grand Canyon So Special?
Nanjiang Grand Canyon is magnificent, featuring picturesque scenery, namely, typical and spectacular karst landscapes as well as various magnificent waterfalls. As one of “Eight Guiyang Attractions”, it is known as the World Karst Ecology Museum. It has complicated terraces, eccentric rocks and wonderful ecology, which give it a unique beauty.
Where is Nanjiang Grand Canyon?
Nanjiang Grand Canyon is located in Kaiyang County, center of the Guizhou Plateau and about 54 kilometers from the provincial capital Guiyang City. And the address in Chinese is 贵州省贵阳市南江乡龙广村. The Canyon lies about 60 km from Guiyang Railway Station.
How to Get There?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Nanjiang Grand Canyon with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
Transportation：Take a long-distance bus to Tuqiao at the Kaiyang Passenger Transport Station (on the Kaizhou Avenue) which passes by Nanjiang Grand Canyon, and tell the driver in advance that you are going to get off there. Or take a direct bus (two buses per day) to Nanjiang Grand Canyon at Jinyang Passenger Transport Station in Guiyang City.
Main Attractions in Nanjiang Grand Canyon
Golden Bell Fall
Golden Bell Waterfall is more than 30 meters (100 ft) high and is known as the largest calcareous waterfall of Asia. The reason it is called ‘Golden Bell’ is because when you knock on the waterfall’s limestone, it sounds like you are ringing a bell. The most interesting fact about this waterfall is that the 30-metre-high rock from where the water gushes down conceals a limestone cave. This allows visitors to “enter” the rock and watch the falling water from within
Walk to the end of Dragon Boardwalk to see a picturesque lake — Yuanyang Lake. ‘Yuanyang’ means mandarin duck, a migratory bird that always arrives in pairs. The climate is mild and warm, so many migratory birds fly there from the north to live out the winter. As most of the birds are mandarin ducks, people named the lake Yuanyang Lake. Flocks of white egrets fly down to the lake by day, returning to their nests upstream when dusk falls. At night, fireflies light up the valley, presenting a wondrous display.
Dragon Boardwalk is the longest wooden walkway in China and is one of China’s most exciting boardwalks. It is 3 kilometers (2 miles) long and is coiled on the edge of a cliff just like a Chinese dragon. According to the statistics of an experienced guide, it will take about 6,600 steps to finish walking along the boardwalk. You can see more than 40 waterfalls of different types along the boardwalk, including Golden Bell Waterfall. Walking along the walkway, you can see ancient riverbed ruins, which tell you that the canyon has undergone geological changes for thousands of years.
Useful Travel Tips:
- If you choose the rafting option, you’ll need to take extra clothes to change into as you may get very wet.
It is not recommended to carry valuables, such as cameras and mobile phones, because they can get easily damaged by the water or lost in the rafting process. These items can be stored in the locker at the entrance. If you want to take them with you, please ensure you have made them waterproof.