Guiyang is the capital city of the Guizhou province in China. Known as “The Forest City” because of the surrounding landscape of forests and green mountains, it can come as a shock when people see the modern skyscrapers and bustling streets of the city framed against such a stunning backdrop. Expats living in Guiyang can expect to be part of a city that is up and coming; it’s becoming more popular with investors which is fueling growth. Like any city there is a growing element of culture, but the main attractions are based on the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. Tourism is growing with people coming to visit the forest park, Baihua Lake, Hongfeng Lake and Nanjiang Canyon. InterNations offers the opportunity to connect with fellow expatriates in the area, ask questions, make friends and get hints and tips through our forums and personal messaging services. InterNations also has information on relocating as a whole that many an expatriate has found useful. Find some of the general information you need in the Expat Magazine, or ask a specific question directly; we want to help you feel well prepared for living in Guiyang.
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Compared to other cities in other parts of China, expatriates in Guiyang can expect a lower cost of living. This, combined with the city’s rapid growth, is one of the reasons for its increasing popularity among expats. If you are looking to relocate to China and don’t want the high living costs of Shanghai but crave urban life then Guiyang is the place for you. As well as the attractions of the surrounding forests and lakes there is a “Western” element to the city with the availability of department stores on Zhonghua Lu, the main commercial street in the Guiyang. Expatriates from all over the world should feel at home here. Tap into InterNations’ in-depth, accurate, information about moving abroad to make settling in Guiyang that much easier. Explore our relocation guides, message boards and community.
Guiyang still relies heavily on traditional agriculture, mining and heavy industry. Tourism is growing, but currently tends to cater towards domestic rather than international visitors. The city is becoming more popular with investors, so there is much scope for the future as businesses move into the city from other parts of the world, attracted by lower rental costs and the ability to have a presence in China. It won’t be long before Guiyang is well and truly on the map. If you are a language teacher or a translator then working in Guiyang may be the perfect choice. Many tourist areas and attractions only have a handful of staff that speak another language. There will be more demand for these services as tourists and businesses begin to flock to the city. If you are not familiar with the job market in the city, and many expats aren't, it can be difficult to know where to start. Avoid the errors previous expatriates may have made during their move to Guiyang before you by visiting the InterNations’ guides and forum topics on employment in the city. And you can of course also use our website to make connections with other expats in the local area.