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Area: The capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China


Population: With a population of 6,595,400


Features of Nanning City


Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is the political, economic and cultural center of the region. Pleasant climate endows the city with evergreen trees and fragrant flowers all year round, hence the name 'Green City.' Its beautiful subtropical scenery and exotic ethnic minority culture have been attracting millions of tourists for years.


Culture of Nanning City


Nanning is the center of science and technology, education, culture and health in Guangxi Province. Nanning has not only local cuisine but also food from other areas of China and abroad. Traditional food culture can be found around most streets of Nanning.


Nanning food shares the style of Cantonese food and of Southeast Asia. Chinese cuisine including Guangdong, Szechuan, Hunan and Jiangsu as well as Japanese, Thai and Western cuisines can be found. Rice noodles are very popular among the Nanning people. Laoyou rice noodles are the most famous, while other noodle dishes such as Guilin rice noodles and hand-made noodles can be found.


Attractions of Nanning


Detian Scenic Spot: The Detian Scenic Spot lies in Daxin, Chongzuo, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, around 145 kilometers (90 miles) from the downtown area of Nanning and neighboring Vietnam. The most notable one is the Detian Waterfall. The Detian Waterfall crosses the boundary between China and Vietnam and joins with the Banyue Waterfall in Vietnam. The vigorous the Detian Waterfall in Nanning tour gives you a thrilling and majestic sensation.

Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center: It features relics, folk buildings, ethnic flavor, and folk customs of four minorities, Zhuang, Dong, Yao, and Miao. Various folk performances will be shown during festivals. This is where one can fully appreciate the enchanting and unique customs of the minorities of Guangxi in its capital Nanning tour.


Mt. Qingxiu: The Qingxiu mountain range is the 'green lung' of Nanning City. Located 5 kilometers (about 3.1 miles) southeast of the suburbs of Nanning and bordering the Yongjiang River, the mountain range is renowned for its beauty and the clear waters which run through it. The undulating chains of mountains, verdant trees, liquid springs and historic sites together make Mt. Qingxiu a good place to meet the charm of antique taste and tranquility of Nanning.


Nanhu Lake Park: Nanhu Lake Park is located in the southeast of Nanning City and features aquatic sceneries and subtropical gardening landscapes. Nanhu Lake in Nanning is an ideal place to entertain yourself. In the park, you can fully appreciate the views of various plants, such as Pinang, Chinese fan palms, and other tropical trees. A visit in the gardens during Nanning tour will reward you with not only abundant knowledge but also the pleasures of nature's beauty.


Nightlife in Nanning


To some extent, nightlife can reflect a city's outlook. Though Nanning's nightlife cannot be compared to those of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other highly developed cities, its citizens do enjoy their life in special ways.


Visitors can choose from a variety of nightlife to enjoy while in Nanning. Zhuang ethnic folk songs are sung in Min Ge Square and Wuxiang Square. Shinning stars are reflected in the tranquil Yongjiang River. Sitting on the square or taking a walk along the river is a good choice for those who want to unwind after a busy day at work. Strolling through Nanning streets decorated by colorful neon lights, visitors will be dazzled by the many food stalls, bars, nightclubs, gyms and coffee bars.


Nanning Food


Nanning cuisine shares many similarities with that of Cantonese cuisine. It is particular about the freshness, tenderness and the nourishment of the dishes. Most tourists are much fonder of the special snacks, which are also popular among the locals. Hereunder is the introduction of some of the special Nanning snacks for your convenience.

1. Lao You Fen (Old Friend Rice Noodles): Fen is made by steaming the rice liquor in bamboo boxes. Fen can be eaten with different ingredients, resulting in many varieties of Fen food. Lao You Fen is the most famous Fen dish and has over 100 years of history. That Fen dish had so many flavors including garlic, fermented bean, pepper, beef and sour bamboo shoots that it helped the old man recover quickly.

2. Ba Zhen Fen (Eight Treasures Rice Noodles): This is another Fen food worthy of a taste in Nanning tour. It is said to be the imperial food in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). More than eight treasures from land and sea are used as the Fen's ingredients creating a variety of tastes, hence its name.


3. Suan Ye (Fermented Fruit or Vegetable): Nanning locals prefer sour food. Suan Ye has been popular for centuries in Nanning. The locals soak some fruits such as pineapple, pawpaw, mango, olive and wild peach in a mixture of vinegar, pepper and sugar. Some use vegetables as materials such as tender cabbages, carrots, broccoli and lotus roots.


Shopping in Nanning


Nanning has various local products ranging from fruits to handicrafts to traditional medicines. Lychee, banana, pineapple and mango are the most productive fruits, thus quite cheap.

Leather products are varied and exquisite. Handbags, luggage cases, waistbands and shoes are easily found in the city. Zhuang Jin making (Brocade of Zhuang ethnic minority group) has a long history and is the most traditional and symbolic tourist souvenir of Guangxi Province.

Shopping Area: Chao Yang Lu (Changyang Rd.) is the main shopping street of the city. There are many modern and comprehensive malls and supermarkets such as Nanning Department Mall, Diamond Square, and Wal-Mart Supermarket.


Nanning Travel Guide


Nanning Travel Tips: Transportation in Nanning  

1. Get to the Detian Scenic Spot: You can choose airplane, train or coach bus to reach Nanning first and then take the coach bus at Nanning North Passenger Transportation Center to go to Daxin County. Upon arrival at Daxin, you should transfer to the bus of the route 'Daxin – Qilong – Detian'.


Bus Frequency: every 20 minutes from 06:10 to 19:00


Departure Station: Nanning North Passenger Transportation Center


Address of the Station: 26 Beida Bei Lu (Beida Road North), Nanning City


Bus Routes to the Station: No.8, 10, 19, 28, 31, 34, 36, 46, 52, 204, 207, 604


2. Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center-- Bus Routes: 6, 8, 12, 23

3. Mt. Qingxiu--Bus Route: 10, 34, No. 1 and No. 2 Ring Road Line


4. Nanhu Lake Park--Bus Route: 6, 11, 12, 16\


China Travel in Nanning


October and November are the best time for visiting Nanning, 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 in Nanning, etc. Actually, as a melting-pot of Zhuang and other ethnic minority groups, Nanning has its own special festivals at different times of the year.


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 in Nanning.


Besides, 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. If you come to Nanning during this time, your Nanning tour will experience special local culture.

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