Travel Destinations: Guangxi Province, China
Guangxi Province is a region made up of so many different things – ethnic groups, lush rolling hills, impressive peaks, ancient temples, fertile plains – that it has become a wonderful colourful cultural mosaic that people just have to visit.
This is a region that is sadly overlooked by international travellers, but the south of the province has some of China’s best beaches, a border with Vietnam giving you access to more Asian travel and influence, and so many different cultural monuments it will make your heart catch in your throat.
One of the best reasons to come here is to get to know the many different ethnic groups that live in China – nearly 75% of the people are non-Han Chinese.
Nanning is one those cities which take a second, or third, glance to really appreciate her charm. Sprawling, urban and unenthusiastic initially, Nanning is yet a city that oozes charm. In addition to this, she shares a border with Vietnam which makes travel over to Hanoi very easy.
If you are in the area, come here to see the Guangxi Provincial Museum, the beautiful Qingxiu Shan Scenic Area and the Guangxi Medicinal Herb Botanical Garden. In the surrounding area, you can visit the Yiling Cave, Daming Shan and the beautiful 17thcentury town of Yangmei.
Located around the 53rdboundary marker between China and Vietnam, the Detain Waterfall is one of those places that will make your heart stop beating with its spectacular beauty. Although most of the waterfall is in China, be careful you don’t accidently step into the Vietnamese part.
If you are a beach lover, then you will not want to miss out on the beaches here! It has a ferry that will take you to Hainan Island, but Beihai has some of the best stretches of sand in China.
This small town is one of those places in China that seems almost not real – friendly, moss-covered and very pretty, it is the home of the famous Xi Shan tea that you must try whilst here. The town is also well known for the beautiful Xi Shan Park, where you hike up the modest mountain range.
Wuzhou is often overlooked by other cities nearby, but this town is simply charming once you arrive. You will find traces of the British colonial legacy here which makes for interesting walks around the back streets.
Come here to visit the Snake Repository, the incredibly stunning Western Bamboo Temple and the multicoloured Longmutai Miao, also known as Dragon Mother Temple which was said to have been the home to the dragon mother of a legendary female chieftain.
A trip to Guangxi is never complete without paying a visit to Guilin, one of the most beautiful places in the world. This is a place whose beauty is immortalised in the works of poets, artists and authors for centuries; even today, this is the beauty of China imagined by Westerners.
There are so many places to visit here. The Solitary Beauty Peak, Fubo Shan, Diecai Shan, Seven Star Park, Dark Dragon Cave, Seven Star Cave, Reed Flute Cave, Rong Hu and Shan Hu … there are so many things to see here.
The highlight of any trip to Guilin is to take a trip up the Li River. Here, you pass through some of the most beautiful scenery that words cannot simply do justice.