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Bijie was to have been the expedition's base in Guizhou Province but this was switched to Yanhe City in Yanhe County at short notice.

Panorama of Bijie City

Bijie City

Karst scenery in surrounding hills

Bijie is a county city with a population of 45,000 and is located in the west of Ghuizhou Province about 170km west-north-west of the capital city, Guiyang. Bijie Prefecture consists of six other counties that surround Bijie City, namely Dafang, Qianxi, Jinsha, Zhijin, Nayong and Hezhang. The total population of this prefecture is 7,320,000 and is made up of 28% ethnic minorities, mainly of Yi and Miao peoples but also including Han and Buyi peoples.

Tourist map showing main attractions in Guizhou - note the river south of Bijie goes underground