Guangxi Travel Guide

Nanning Travel Guide


Guangxi-map.jpgNanning is the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and it is the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi Region. It has the most prosperous economy in Southwest China, supplying an abundance of agricultural products to the whole Guangxi. Bordering Vietnam, this city is close to Guangzhou,Hong Kong and Macau, and faces Southeast Asia. This advantageous location makes the city a commercial and communication center, opening China to Southeast Asia.

Facts of Nanning

Population: 7.86 million
Area: 33,112 Square Kilometers

Nationalities: Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yao, Dong, Hui, Maonan, Mulam, Jing, Shui, Yi, Gelao


Climate & Weather

Pleasant climate endows the city with evergreen trees and fragrant flowers all year round, hence the name 'Green City.' In such a beautiful land, more than 30 ethnic minority groups have been living harmoniously for 1,680 years. Zhuang is the largest minority group of China. Over 90% of them live in Guangxi. Their history and ethnic culture add charm to the city.


Top Atrractions

As the linking point of the tour route from Guilin to Beihai, Nanning has a lot of attractions to offer:    De Tian Waterfall, beautiful Mt. Qingxiu and Mt. Daming, quiet Yangmei Ancient Town, mysterious Huashan Mural as well as scattered parks and gardens. Visitors will be enchanted and may want to spend more time in the city. Delicious local foods such as various porridges and rice noodles as well as Suanye (fermented fruits and vegetables) cannot be enjoyed anywhere else in China.


Transportation

Convenient transportation systems make the city easily accessible. Nanning Wuxu Airport (NNG), Nanning Railway Station and East Railway Station serve as hubs for other cities in China. Five main bus stations take people to other provincial counties and cities. Public buses, subway and taxies are plentiful and inexpensive.


Shopping

Being a modern city, its accommodation and shopping are diverse and well developed for visitors. Hotels and hostels of different standards can meet various needs. In the city's commercial center, supermarkets, department stores, specialty commodity streets, bookstores and other retail markets offer a variety of merchandise. When night falls, colorful street lamps lit the city. Under the lights, the locals become active, visiting nightclubs, gyms, bars, and coffee houses. People of all ages can be seen walking or relaxing in the city's many squares or along the river.


Festivals

International Festivals
China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) 
Every November, CAEXPO sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and ASEAN Commerce Department is held in Nanning. Commodities shows, business cooperation, commerce summit forum as well as other consulting meetings provide a wide platform for merchants to communication with others from all over the world.

Nanning International Folk Music& Art Festival
Every November, musicians and artists from home and abroad gather in this city, forming an art communication feast. During the festival, many grand activities are held, such as the National Ethnic Folk Music Competition, Square Culture Presentation and Southeast Asia Delicious Food Festival.

March 3rd Singing Fair 
Every year on lunar March 3rd, Zhuang people hold various interesting singing games to celebrate this ancient festival. Singing to find spouses or friends, echoing singing, song name guessing are all particular activities of this wonderful ethnic group. Local operas will also be played, quite attractive to those who are interested in Chinese folk music.

Dragon Boat Competition
In May and October every year, colorful dragon boats throng Yang Mei River in Yangmei Ancient Town. Drum beats start the competition and thousands of spectators cheer for the boats. Such an exciting scene should not be missed when you are in Yangmei.

Flower Seasons
From February to April, flowers bloom on mountains to attract more tourists. Mt Qingxiu has the Peachblossom Festival and Mt. Daming holds the Azalea Festival, making the whole city full of the fragrance of these flowers. Hengxian, the famous hometown of jasmine, holds the Jasmine Festival in every August. Jasmine tea fans should not miss this fragrance in August!

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