The nanjiang grand canyon is located in kaiyang county, 54 kilometers (34 miles) from guiyang city. Here, visitors can see the unique karst landscape, with views of more than 80 natural landscapes and 40 waterfalls. The canyon stretches for more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) and reaches a depth of 398 meters (1,306 feet). Birds and 36 species of animals live in harmony in pristine forests and on steep cliffs. Here, canoeing down the river is a must.
The starting point is near the gate, and you’ll pass most of the sights along the way. There are two rafting options: the entire rafting route ends at yuanyang lake, while the shorter route ends halfway at caozi pool. If you choose the latter, you’ll need to walk another three kilometers (two miles) along the feilong plank road to yuanyang lake. If you’re not a rafting enthusiast, you can take a free shuttle bus to the main section of the nanjiang grand canyon at the entrance to start your rafting trip.
This is your first attraction at the nanjiang grand canyon. Part of the cliff extends out, making it a natural pavilion on the river. A small waterfall runs down the cliff, like a curtain of pearls hanging from a pavilion.
This is the largest and best protected travertine waterfall in Asia, with a height of 16 meters (52 feet). It is called the admiralty bell because people can hear the bell when they knock on the rock. Yuanyang lake in the nanjiang grand canyon stretches for eight kilometers (five miles) along a lush valley. In winter, thousands of wild ducks live and breed there, hence the name.
Here you can find rocks in various shapes, some of which look like a Buddha, a monkey, a seal, a trumpet… Once you arrive at yuanyang lake, you can take a cable car or walk to the peak and take a free shuttle bus back to the gate. Alternatively, you can walk along the boardwalk back to the gate.