Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is a small basin surrounded by mountains. Belonging to the subtropical monsoon zone, the climate features humidity and heat.
Nanning weather is featured by sufficient sunshine and rainfall all the year around. The mean annual temperature is about 27.7C (81.8F), with the temperatures of 28C (82F) and 12.8C (55F) to be its highest and lowest respectively. By virtue of this mild climate of Nanning, the trees of the city are green all year, hence its name 'Green City'. The rainfall here averages 1,300 millimeters a year, even in the hot summer, the rainfall is quite sufficient. The hospitality of climate makes it amenable for travelers to visit at any time of the year.
In spring, the most exciting activity perhaps is 'Qianghuapao', held on March 3 every year. It is a kind of competitive game, like rugby. At this time, the kapok flower is also one of the popular sights, with red dots sparkling everywhere. Moreover, the various fruit trees make beautiful scenery for the city in summer. The highest temperature of this season is in July and August and the weather is a little bit hot for traveling, but you can see the dragon-boat races in the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. These have great historical importance to Chinese and are great fun for all. If you would like to visit at this time, make sure to take your sunglasses, a hat and umbrella.
October and November are the best time for visiting, and a variety of special and important festivals are held during this time, such as the International Folk Song and Art Festival and the Tourism Festival etc. Actually, as a melting-pot of Zhuang and other ethnic minority groups, the city has its own special festivals at different times of the year.