Guizhou province in the southwest of China is famous for its scenic landscape, unspoilt nature and ancient villages. But that's changing. Right now, engineers are constructing the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the province's Pingtang county. Guizhou was chosen to host the radio telescope precisely because of its landscape. The valley FAST is being built in is exceptionally well shielded from magnetic disruptions, while the ground underneath is both stable enough to hold the structure, and porous enough to drain away water and protect the telescope.