About Guizhou

Guizhou Province, "Qian" or "Gui" for short, is situated in the south-western part of China. The Province covers an area of over176,167 square kilometres and has population of more than 39.75 million, there are total of 49 nationalities live in Guizhou, including Han, Yao, Miao, Dong, Bouyei, Tujia, Li, Gelao, Sui, Hui, Bai, Zhuang, etc. Guiyang is the capital of the Province.

Guizhou occupies the eastern part of the Yungui Plateau, rising between the Sichuan Basin and Guangxi Basin. The Terrain of Guizhou gradually lowers down eastwards, its western and central part having an attitude of one to two thousand meters above sea level. The river valley area on the south-eastern fringe of the province has an altitude of around 500 meter above sea level. Guizhou has a rugged terrain, with numerous precipitous peaks and deep valleys, as well as extensive karsts formations, caves and underground rivers. Many date-shaped mini-basins scatter around the mountains.


In recent years, Guizhou has made considerable progress in education. Further expanded the scale of pre-school education; Vigorously promoted compulsory and equal education; Steadily improved high school education; Rapidly expanding vocational education; Significantly developed the scale and resources of postsecondary education. In 2012, the province has 30,500 schools in total at all levels, the number of students are 1,069.49 million. Among them, 3159 are the nursery schools, with 98.25 million children; Elementary are 11,529, with 380.08 million students in school; Junior high schools of 2215, with 210.09 million students; 446 Senior high schools, with students 77.30 million; Special education schools 56, with 1.37 million students; 229 secondary vocational schools, with students of 38.34 million; 49 universities/colleges, with 38.38 million students; 4 continuing education institutes (for adults), with students 8.56 million. The private schools(educational institutions) at all levels are 3032 (including eight independent colleges), with 90.49 million students in total. Compulsory retention rate is 78.6%. The gross enrollment rates for pre-school, high school, postsecondary education are 62%, 62.2%, 25.5% respectively. The average schooling year is 7.64 years.

Guizhou Normal University

Founded in 1941, Guizhou Normal University was originally named National Guiyang Teachers’ College, In 1985, it was formally entitled Guizhou Normal University (GZNU) and honored as one of the key universities in Guizhou Province in 1996. Located in Guiyang, GZNU is made up of three campuses. The University has now over 34,000 students, including 2,500 graduates. Right now, GZNU comprises 19 schools, one college of further education, one independent college (Qiushi College) and one teaching department, and offers 56 undergraduate programs and 105 master programs (including 4 professional degrees). Besides, GZNU possesses the right to recommend undergraduates to study for master degrees. All the subjects cover 11 disciplines (philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agronomy, management science and art).


SouthwestChina's Guizhou Province has launched a scholarship program for students from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Thescholarship, to be offered twice a year from the 2013 autumn semester, is aimed at attracting more students from the ASEAN to study at Chinese colleges or universities, according to sources with the provincial educational authorities.

ASEANstudentswhoarealreadyinGuizhouorarewillingtocomeforhighereducationortoattendlinguisticorprofessionalprogramslastingoneyearormorecanapplyforthegrant, which is up to 20,000 yuan (3,279 U.S. dollars), the sources said.About600 overseas students from the ASEAN are currently studying in Guizhou.


How much money does an individual typically need for food?

International students can expect to spend between 600RMB and 800RMB on food per month. This includes eating at the campus hotel for dinner (ranging from 15-20RMB for three courses), as well as going out to eat in Huishui and Guiyang. Typically breakfast at the cafeteria ranges from 3-4.5RMB. Lunch and dinner can range from 4-8RMB. At the cafeteria, individual dishes range from 1-5RMB, with meat dishes around 5RMB and vegetable side dishes at 1-1.5RMB. Some volunteers and students spend as little as 400RMB per month on food. Spending really depends upon personal preference.

What is the weather like at Guizhou?

Guizhou has a subtropical, humid climate, with average annual temperatures ranging from 10-20˚C (50-68˚F). Summer temperatures range from 23-27˚C (73-80˚F) and winter temperatures from 1-10˚C (33-50˚F). The fall (autumn) and winter months can be foggy at times, and the area has enough annual rainfall to maintain the green lushness of the local environment.

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