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Top 10 Nanning Attractions

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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Nanning, the capital of Guangxi autonomous region, is located in the southern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 160 kilometers from the border with Vietnam.

Nanning is close to scenic Guilin, with its world famous hillscape, northern and western Guangxi and its minority villages, and the border with Vietnam in the south. Nanning is truly a garden city with charming natural subtropical scenery.

No. 01: Qingxiu Mountain Resort
With the total area of 38.54 kilometers, Nanning Qingxiu Mountain Resort is located in the southeast of Nanning City.

The resort starts from Qingshan Road in the west, going clockwise, along Zhuxi Road, to south of Minzu Avenue in the east; from east to west going clockwise, the resort covers the intersection of Minzu Avenue and Yongning County, along the boundary of Nanning and Yongning to San’an Bridge, then along the 200-metre reserve belt along the south of the Yongjiang River to the north of Nanning Bridge.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 10, 34, Ring 1 or Ring 2 to Qingxiu Mountain; or take Special Tourist Bus to get there at Chaoyang Square

Qingxiu Mountain Resort

Qingxiu Mountain Resort

No. 02: Nanhu Lake Park
Located in the southeast of Nanning City and features aquatic sceneries and subtropical gardening landscapes, Nanhu Lake was once a brook connecting to a river.

In the park, tourists can fully appreciate the views of various plants, such as Pinang, Chinese fan palms, and other tropical trees. There is a garden with hundreds of precious flowers and bamboo, containing three attractive inner gardens, the Chinese herbal gardens with over 200 kinds of Chinese herbs, the orchid gardens and the bonsai gardens.

A visit in the gardens will reward you with not only abundant knowledge but also the pleasures of natural beauty. Nanhu Lake is an ideal place to entertain oneself.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 3, 8, 14, 20, 33, 60, 65, 80, 86 or 215 from the downtown area

No. 03: Guangxi Museum
First built in 1934 in Guilin but later moved to Nanning in 1954 and renovated in 1978, the Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region covers a construction area of 15,000 square meters, of which 7,000 square meters is for exhibition.

The Museum boasts a collection of more than 50,000 cultural relics, including 400 bronze drums, the largest collection in the nation, and over 50,000 ancient books. The Museum has two basic displays, namely, the Display of Guangxi Historical Relics, and the Display of Guangxi Revolutionary Relics. The Display of Guangxi Historical Relics exhibits heritage from 50,000 years ago.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 11m 23m 30m 33m 63m 205, 211 and get off at Wenwuyuan Station; or take Buses No. 6, 34, 79 or 213 to Minzu Gucheng Lukou Station

Guangxi Museum

Guangxi Museum

No. 04: Detian Waterfall
Detian Waterfall located in Nanning is the largest waterfall in Asia, and the second largest transnational waterfall in the world.

The Detian Waterfall is over 200 meters wide and has a drop of more than 70 meters. Its water rushes down a three-tiered cliff with tremendous force.

Detian Waterfall

Detian Waterfall

It is the largest waterfall in Asia, and the second largest transnational waterfall in the world, connecting with a waterfall in Vietnam. The fall is awe-inspiring, and its thunder is audible before it even comes into view. The changing seasons transform the natural scenery of the waterfall throughout the year.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There is one Special Tourist Bus at Langdong Station of Nanning to Detian Waterfall every day at 9 a.m., and you have to get back before 3:30 p.m.

No. 05: Daming Mountain
Daming Mountain is lying in the northeast of Wuming County, 104 kilometers away from Nanning o n the east of No. 210 national highway.

With the average altitude of 1200 meters and the 190-meter food of mountain, it has 16℃ as the average temperature of the year. Influenced by south Asian tropical wind and local topography, the temperature in the upper mountain is 8-10℃ lower than that at the mountain foot.

The clear changing of seasons shows the fog in spring, waterfall in summer, cloud in autumn, and snow in winter, all of these terrific landscapes gain the fame of “Guangxi’s Lu Mountain” for itself.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
How to get there: take the Express Bus from Nanning to Wuming, then transfer a shuttle bus at Wuming to Liangjiang; or there are buses which can get to Daming Mountain directly at Minzu Market of Nanning.

Daming Mountain

Daming Mountain

No. 06: Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center
The Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center, occupying an area of 24,000 square meters, is adjacent to the Museum of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Nanning City.

Unique architectures of various minorities such as Ganlan of Zhuang nationality, bamboo buildings of the Yao nationality, houses projecting over the water of the Miao nationality, and drum towers and storm-proof bridges of the Dong nationality, are all displayed here. Inside these buildings, the daily use articles and handcrafts are also on display.

In addition, there are restaurants of different minority groups in the bamboo buildings of the center, providing tourists with various delicacies and dishes with special flavors.

Entrance Fee: CNY 8
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 11, 23, 47, 205 or 211 to get there

No. 07: Nanning People’s Park
Built in 1951, Nanning People’s Park also has an other name: “White dragon Park“.After you walk in the gate, you can see Hundreds of stone steps right in front of you. Many people like to climb the step, up and down, as a kind of exercises.

After you climb to the top of the stairs, you are standing on the top of this hill, it is the highest point in Nanning urban area. There is a ancient emplacement on this highest point. This emplacement has a history of more than 100 years. In the emplacement, you can see a big iron cannon inside.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
How to get there: There are many buses can take you to Nanning People’s Park, including Buses No. 14, 17, 38, 62, 74, 78, 80, 81, 218 or 802

Nanning People's Park

Nanning People’s Park

No. 08: Longhu Mountain
The Longhu Mountain natural reserve, or Dragon-Tiger Mountain, lies to the south of Long’an County, 35 kilometers away from the county and 80 kilometers away from Nanning.The natural reserve was firstly established in 1980.

In 1987, it was qualified as the natural reserve and the beauty spot of the autonomous region. The main objects under protection are rare medicinal herbs and the Karst Mountain scenery.The scenic spots already open to tourists include a limestone cave, stone forest, and an area for feeding monkeys. There are more scenic places that will be opened for tourists in the near future.

Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:30-18:00
How to get there: There are Special Tourist Buses from Nanning Beida Passenger Station to Longhu Mountain

Longhu Mountain

Longhu Mountain

No. 09: Yangmei Ancient Town
Yangmei is a traditional town located on the Yong River in Rongxian County, Yulin, Guangxi, China, about 30 km west of Nanning. Yangmei Ancient Town is a charming and popular destination for tourists.

Today Yangmei, which covers an area of 6.5 square kilometers, is studded with well-preserved old buildings dating back through the dynasties, and boasts the most beautiful scenery that a southern river town of its kind can offer. The
5300 townspeople continue to live as they have for a thousand years, just as if the time had stopped.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: There are Special Tourist Buses to Yangmei Ancient Town in Nanning every day

Yangmei Ancient Town

Yangmei Ancient Town

No. 10: Yiling Cave
The Yiling cave in the suburb of the Nanning is a unique one bearing not only beautiful stones but also the culture of Zhuang ethnic minority.Yiliang Cave is a karst cave formed a million years ago as it is estimated by geologist, which looks like a whelk.

With so many beautifully shaped stone flowers, pillars, curtains, stalagmite and stalactite, visitors may find different sights at each step. Created with prodigious skill, sights in the cave are ever-changing scenery of rare beauty.

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: Take long-distance Nanning-Wuming at Anji Passenger Station, then get off at Yiling Cave.

Yiling Cave

Yiling Cave

Tip:  Hassle-free Nanning Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Nanning Guided Tours:

Nanning 2 Day Tour From US$ 159 p/p
Nanning Car Rental with Driver From US$ 139

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Nanning
Nannjing Taxi

Top 10 Attractions in Guangxi 


Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Longji Rice Terraces by Bus from Guilin

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Longji Rice Terraces from Guilin. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Guilin tour? Longji Rice Terrace (龙脊梯田), literally “Dragon’s Backbone Terraced Paddy Fields”,  is a large scenic area with their ticketing office building located about 1km to the south of Heping Town (和平乡),  about 14 km to the southeast of Longsheng County (龙胜),  76km to the north of Guilin city proper (桂林) and 146km to the northwest of Yangshuo (阳朔).

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area encompasses five natural villages – Dazhai Village (大寨) & Tiantouzhai Village (田头寨) (both Yao minority villages), Ping’An Zhuang Minority Village (平安寨), the Ancient Zhuang Minority Village (龙脊古壮寨)and Huangluohong Yao Minority Village (黄洛红瑶寨).

Longji Rice Terrrace Scenic Area mainly refers to the rice terraces in the three forest-fringed villages –  Ping’An Village (平安寨),  Dazhai Village (大寨) and Tiantouzhai Village ( 田头寨).

Ping’An Village is 18km to the northeast of the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office Building ( Also the Bus Station and Parking Lot for Longji).

Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village are 24 km to the northeast of the Longji Ticketing Office Building. Tiantouzhai is located on the hillsides above Dazhai Village. Both the two villages are roughly in the same area.

How to get to Longji Rice Terraces?
When we ask “How to get to Longji Rice Terraces?”,  actually we mean two questions –  How to get to the Longji Ticketing Office Building (the Tourist Service Center) and how to get from the ticketing office to the actual areas for viewing Longji rice terraces which mainly include the terraced paddy fields around Ping’An Village, Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village.

You either visit Ping’An Village ( a separate ticket ) or Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village ( another separate ticket ), or you can buy two tickets to cover the two areas.

To get to Ping’An Village, Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village from the ticket building, you also need to purchase the shuttle bus tickets at the ticketing office.

How to get to the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office Building by Bus from Guilin? 
The Longji Ticketing Office Building is in the service complex designed for Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area which includes the ticketing office, bus station, toilets and other facilities.

The ticket office at the tourist center sell all-through tickets ( one ticket for all ) for Ping’An Village, Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village. Each village has its own ticket check points.

There are daily buses directly getting to the Longji Ticketing Office Building from Guilin Qintan Bus Station and Guilin North Bus Station(76km)

There are three main bus stations in Guilin:
1) Guilin Qintan Bus Station 桂林琴谭汽车站
Add: 31 Cuizhu Road, Guilin 翠竹路31号
Tel: (0773)3832703
Departures ( to Longji ): 7:00-19:00 (every 15 minutes ); 25 yuan

2)Guilin North Bus Station 桂林汽车北站
Add: 76 Beichen  Road, Guilin北辰路76号
Departures (to Longji ): only 4 daily 8:25/11:40/13:40/17:20

3)Guilin South Bus Station 桂林汽车南站
No departure for Longji
Add: West of Kaifeng Road, Guilin 凯风路西侧

 

The Ticketing Office ( The Tourist Center ) at Longji

The Ticketing Office ( The Tourist Center ) at Longji

How to get to Ping’An Village,  Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village from the Ticketing Office?
If you take a public bus from Guilin to the ticketing office in Longji,  you need to change for a local public bus to go further to each of the villages after you purchase your entry ticket.

If you take a car or van ( less than 9 seats ) to get to Longji Terrace, you can directly drive to each village. But you still need to purchase your ticket at the center before you go to each village.

At present, the official shuttle buses in Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area are only designed for tourist groups instead of individual tourists. For those who come here organised by a travel agent need to purchase a 40-yuan bus ticket for the shuttle service shuttling from the ticketing office to Ping’An, Daizhai and Tiantouzhai.

It seems Longji Rice Terrace is not an individual tourist-friendly place where as an independent traveler, you are not allowed to use the shuttle service starting from the ticketing office. Instead, you have to take the local public buses outside the ticketing office to Ping’An (18km), or further to Dazhai and Tiantouzhai (24km).

It is an hourly bus ride with the bus fare at 40 yuan, a return ticket and valid for multidays. So keep your bus ticket for a return trip from the villages back to the ticketing office.

All the local public buses come from Longsheng, on to Heping Town and the ticketing office, so your bus ticket is also valid between the villages and Heping Town, or Longsheng. That means you are able to take bus to the villages directly from Heping Town or Longsheng as well as the Longji Ticketing Office.

Visit Ping’An Village, or Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village?
For a day tripper from Guilin or Yangshuo, people don’t have enough time to cover the three villages and have to make a choice between Ping’An Village, and Dazhai & Tiantouzhai villages due to the limited time since each village involves 2-3 hour hiking. Ping’An Village is about 19km away from Dazhai Village & Tiantouzhai Village.

So choose Ping’An Village, or its competitors Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village? Ping’An Rice Terrace area often represents Longji Rice Terraces since Ping’An Village was the first village in the scenic area developing rice terrace sightseeing tourism while Dazhai and Tiantouzhai are newcomers, beautiful competitors in a less touristy area.

Personally I highly recommend visiting Dazhai & Tiantouzhai since they have a much larger area put together of terraced paddy fields with more photogenic views. The upside is that they have a long cable car lifting you to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the terraced fields if you don’t have strong legs for hiking.

How to Visit Dazhai (大寨)& Tiantouzhai (田头寨)?
There is the same parking area and entrance to the two village with Tiantouzhai Village perched on the hillsides and Dazhai Village at the foot of the hills. There are three high viewing platforms in the area – Platform No. 1, No 2 and No. 3.  You may hike from Dazhai to No.02 Platform in Tiantouzhai and up to the No.01 Platform on the summit. The Platform No.03 can be reached by the cable car service starting from the parking lot and by the entrance. Cable car: 70 yuan single and 120 return tickets.

For a fast glimpse of the massive terrace rice fields, you may take the cable car up to the Viewing Platform No.03.  For hiking lovers, you may hike up from Dazhai Village along the trails with English signposts. The time hiking up to No.01 and No.2, then back to the entrance takes about 4-5 hours. The last return bus from Dazhai to the ticketing office or Longsheng leaves at 5:30 pm. So carefully schedule your travel time for a day trip to Longji.

The Parking Area by the entrance to Dazhai Village and the Cable Car Station.

The Parking Area at Dazhai Village Longji

The Parking Area at Dazhai Village Longji

Take the cable car up the Viewing Platform for a bird’s-eye’s view of the magnificent terraced paddy fields.

Take the cable car at Longji Terraced Paddy Fields

Take the cable car at Longji Terraced Paddy Fields

The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces viewed from the Platform No.03.

The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces

The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces

A close-up view of the rice terraces.

close-up view of the rice terraces

close-up view of the rice terraces

The Panorama House Hotel and the Viewing Platform No.01 on its left side with the red flag.

Panorama House Hotel and the Viewing Platform No.01

Panorama House Hotel and the Viewing Platform No.01

The Viewing platform No.01 is the best place in Longji to see the sunrise.

The Sunrise at Longji

The Sunrise at Longji

The terraced rice fields viewed from the Platform No.01.

Longji Rice Terraces Viewed from Platform No.01

Longji Rice Terraces Viewed from Platform No.01

Snapping pictures of the rice terraces below.

Snapping pictures of the rice terraces

Snapping pictures of the rice terraces

The terraced paddy fields known as “Seven Star flying to the Moon”.

Seven Stard flying to the Moon

Seven Stars flying to the Moon

The  “the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields ” viewed from the Platform No.02

the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields

the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields

Recommended Hotels
1) Dragon’Den Hostel (大寨青年旅社):  Tel: 0773 – 7585780  Located in Dazhai Village
2) Meijing Lou (美景楼): Tel: 0773 7585678  Located in Tiantouzhai Village
Panorama House Hotel (全景楼大酒店):  On the summit of the mountain Tel: 0773 – 7585688

How to Visit Ping’An (平安)?
Many individual trippers favor Ping’An Village simply because it is closer to the ticketing office, saving time and another factor is Ping’An is more developed with better catering service and it is learned that even some foreigners run a bar restaurant there.

There are two Viewing Platforms – from the No.01 Platform you can catch the stunning view of the so-called “Nine Dragons and Five Tigers”, a metaphor vividly depicting the terraced paddy fields resembling dragons and tigers; from the No.02 Platform you ‘ll see ” Seven Stars Accompany the Moon” that refers the seven high terraced platform and the watered platform that resembles the Moon, a fantastic view.

The view of “Nine Dragons and Five Tigers ” at Ping’An Village

Nine Dragons and Five Tigers

Nine Dragons and Five Tigers

The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon at Ping’An

The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon

The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon

The Ping’ An Village

Ping'An Village

The Ping’ An Village

Recommended Hotels
1) Longji Holiday Hotel (龙脊酒店): Tel: 0773 7583545
2) Liqing Hote (丽晴饭店) Tel: 0773 13878352092

Hassle-free Guide Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for your Guilin guided tours:

Guilin City Tour from US$69 p/p
Guilin Li River Cruising Tour from US$95 p/p
Guilin Longsheng Guilin Day Tour from US$109 p/p

Guilin Yangshuo 3 Day Tour from US$229 p/p
Guilin Yangshuo Daxu Town 4 Day Tour from US$305 p/p
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces Yangshuo 4 Day Tour from US$369 p/p

Guilin City Bus Tour RMB 470 p/p
Guilin City Half Day Bus Tour RMB 350 p/p

Guilin Li River Yangshuo Cruising Bus Tour RMB 480 p/p
Guilin Longji Terrace Bus Tour RMB 490 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.

Cruising on Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new tourists visiting Guilin and Li River. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Cruising on Li River is the top thing to do during your Guilin tour. The 83-km long Li River from  Guilin resembles a jade ribbon flanked by idyllic paddy fields and green forested hills, and dotted with pinnacled peaks, yellow shoals, bamboo groves, odd-shaped crags, deep pools and flying waterfalls. Li River is full of surprises which will ignite your imagination to fully appreciate the bestowed beauty.

Book a cruise ticket through the tourist desk at your hotel with a return transfer back to Guilin from Yangshuo. Or you may taxi from your hotel in Guilin to Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) where most of the cruise boats leave for Yangshuo on a 4-hour cruise including lunch on board. Zhujiang Dock (竹江码头) is about 30km east of Guilin city center with taxi fare around 100 yuan. You can buy your boating ticket on the spot at the ticketing office at the dock.

Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats
High Season ( April – November): 270 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 240 yuan

Super Luxurious Air-conditioned Boats:
High Season ( April – November): 450 yuan;
Low Season (December – March): 380 yuan

Note:
1. Most boats leave at 9:00 am, 9:30 am and 10:00 am, so try to get up early to catch the boats.
2. The lunch on board is very basic and you are advised to bring some snacks.
3. If you travel independently, you need to take bus from Yangshuo North Bus Station back to Guilin after your cruise and a short trip to Yangshuo.

Now, follow me to have a glimpse of the picturesque Li River.

Zhujiang Dock ( 30 km to the east of Gulin city center )

Zhujiang Dock

Zhujiang Dock

On a 4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo.

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

4-hour boat trip from Guilin Zhujiang Dock to Yangshuo

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts right up along the boats and try to sell fruits.

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Fruit vendors paddle rickety bamboo rafts

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks of the forested undulating hills.

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Li River is flanked by pinnacled peaks

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages.

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

Passing by the steep cliffs and idyllic villages

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery.

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We see the scenery and we are also in the scenery

We are passing by Yangdi Town ( Village). The watercourse from Yangdi to Xingping is the centerpiece of the Li River.

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

passing by Yangdi Town ( Village)

Many tourists take the motorized bamboo rafts from Yangdi floating on the most beautiful section of the Li River.

 motorized bamboo rafts

motorized bamboo rafts

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip.

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Continue on the 4-hour boat trip

Our boat is passing by the attractions known as “Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”.

"Yellow Cloth Shoal" and "The Painted Hill of Nine Horses"

“Yellow Cloth Shoal” and “The Painted Hill of Nine Horses”

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

We are approaching Yangshuo.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock.

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

Here we are at Yangshuo Dock

A busy dock,  leads toward the West Street teemed with bars and restaurants.

A busy dock

A busy dock

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guilin:

Guilin City Tour from US$69 p/p
Guilin Li River Cruising Tour from US$95 p/p
Guilin Longsheng Guilin Day Tour from US$109 p/p

Guilin Yangshuo 3 Day Tour from US$229 p/p
Guilin Yangshuo Daxu Town 4 Day Tour from US$305 p/p
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces Yangshuo 4 Day Tour from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Things to do Guilin
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Li River Cruise
Daxu Ancient Town

Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Any questions, just drop a line.