Nanning is the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Situated in the Nanning Basin in the Lingnan Mountain Range, Nannign is only 160 kilometers away from Vietnam. There are many ethnic groups live in Nanning including Zhuang, Han, Yao, Hui, Miao, Dong and Manchu minorities. It is the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Favorable location that neighbor to Guangzhou, close to Hong Kogn and Macau, faces Southeast Asia made Nanning an importance city opening and connecting China to Southeast Asia. As a popular tourist destination Nanning have many nice scenic spots to visit, such as Guangxi Ethnic Relic Center, Guangxi Provincial Museum, Mountain Qingxiu, Nanhu Lake Park and De Tian Waterfall, etc.
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Best Season of Nanning Tour
Nanning has a humid subtropical monsoon climate due to its subtropical location. With plenty sunshine and rainfall, Nanning is seldom snow. Summer in Nanning is long and winter is short, even the coldest month in the city is not freezing. Temperature in the coldest month is 12.8C and the highest temperature is 28C. Rainfall is quit sufficient in summer. The best time to visit Nanning is July to November. There will be variety festivals during these times and the weather is warmer than other cities northward cities in China, natural sceneries will be amazing in this “green city”. Besides, the trees of the city are green all year round.
Time Zone: East 7 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
Nanning is neither so cold nor so hot during the whole year. Light overcoat and long-sleeves is enough for spring. Summer is little hot and humid due to the rainy weather, better take an umbrella with you incase of the rain and do some necessary sun-prevent measures such as wearing sunglasses and hats. Autumn is usually warm, but remember to wear a coat if you need to go out at night. As for clothing advice, just the same with spring will be fine. Winter in Nanning is not so cold as mentioned before. Sweaters and overcoat or jeans will be fine for this season. Winter is usually dry do not forget to drink much water then.
Accommodation of Nanning Tour
Nearly forty star rating hotels are available for provide service to the travelers. Accommodation ranging from five stars to three stars could all be found in the city. Qualified Youth Hostels are also available for the budget travelers. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Nanning
--Nanning Wuxu International Airport is the only airport in Nanning. It is situated in Wuxu Town about thirty-one kilometers away from Nanning city. Over Twenty scheduled airlines in this airport has flights depart to southern and western part of the whole nation, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou, Xiamen, Kunming, Chengdu, Guiyang, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan as well as Beijing and Xian are all included. The airport also provides special services for different groups of passengers, such as seniors, handicapped and children without companions.
--Nanning Railway Station is just located in the central part of the city. Built in 1951 the station has trains directly to most major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Jiangxi, Guilin, Beihai and Fangchenggang, etc. Moreover, international railways are opening directly to Dongdang in Vietnam.
--Long-distance buses are also convenient if you are not so far away from Nanning. National and provincial highways connect Nanning with other neighbor cities. Travelers from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming and other places are all available to take long-distance bus to Nanning. Langdong Bus Station, Jiangnan Bus Station, Anji Bus Station, Beida Bus Station and Jinqiao Bus Station are the long-distance bus stations in the city.
Internal Transport: Almost two thousand buses are running on the streets of Nanning city. It is the most economic way for travel in the city. The buses can take you to almost every corner of the city. The operating hour is from 06:30 to 22:00 everyday.
Travelers can get a taxi easily in Nanning. The charge of the taxi fee is differing from the different style of the car. They are cheaper than other big cities in China. Faster and more privacy, taking a taxi in Nanning is a good way for travel.
Nanning Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Nanning and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Situated close to Guangdong province, foods in Nanning have some similar points with Cantonese cuisines. Stresses on freshness, tenderness and nourishment Nanning food boasts the flavor of crisp and fresh ethnic taste. Traditional local snacks are also nice and worth to try. Famous local dishes and snacks are Old Friend Noodles, Nanning Lemon Duck, Bazhen Rice Noodles, Rice roll, Sour pickles and Roasted Duck, etc.
Zhongshan road is a famous food street in Nanning city. Travelers can find local dishes and snacks on this street as well as the night market. Other famous food streets are Xinmin road, Qixing road, Gucheng road, Jianzheng road, Sixian road, Yuanhu road and Xinzhu road. There are some old cafes and restaurants on those streets. Here are some nice restaurants to recommend:
Xiao Du Lai Cafeteria (No.38, Min Sheng Lu)
Xi Yuan Restaurant (No.38, Jiang Nan Lu)
Ming Yuan Restaurant (No.38, Xin Min Lu)
Nanhu Fish Restaurant (Nanhu Lake Park, Bin Hu Lu)
Ban Xian Residence
Taste Made Restaurant
Hundreds of River Fish Village
Xiangshui Yuan Chongqing Hot Pot
Louis XIII (No.5, Dongge Road, Qingxiu District)
Lv Yin Ge (No.61, Tao Yuan Lu)
Hetang Yuese Western restaurant
Zhaolong Western Restaurant
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Ranging from fruits to handicrafts, Nanning has many various local products worth to purchase both for taste and souvenirs. Lychee, banana, pineapple and mango are the most productive fruits in Nanning. They are common in the city hence the price is also very reasonable. Three treasures that are popular among tourists are preserved salted vegetable, fermented bean and ground rice cake. Zhuang Jin making has a long history and is the most traditional and symbolic tourist souvenir of Guangxi province. In addition, Nanning is famous for its leather goods, gold and silver jewelry; Leather products are varied and exquisite. Handbags, luggage cases, waistbands and shoes are easily found in the city. Watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants could easily be found in the vendors. Small embroidered balls and Vietnamese products are the most special goods in the city.
·Where to buy?
Chao Yang Road is the main shopping street of Nanning city. Many malls and supermarkets on this street provide various local specials for the tourists and local resident. Department mall, Diamond Square and supermarket could all be found here. Golden ornaments could be found in Xing Ning Road, goods on this street have reasonable price relatively. Xi Guan Road is one of the night markets where you can find cheap clothes, cosmetics and dolls. While Fu Ye Tian Tourist Souvenir Market is located in the underground square in front of Nanning Railway Station. It will be convenient to do some shopping here.
--Some shopping places to recommend:
Dream Island Shopping Center (No.137 Qixing Road)
Heping Shopping Center (Middle Renmin Road)
Wangfujing Department Store Nanning Branch (4 Xinmin Road)
Nanning Department Store (45 Chaoyang Road)
Festivals and Customs
·March 3rd Spring Fair is held on lunar March 3rd every year in Nanning. During the festival Zhuang people will hold many interesting singing game to celebrate this annually festival. Local operas will also be played, quite attractive to those who are interested in Chinese folk music.
·Dragon Boat Competition is held in May and October every year. During this holiday colorful dragon boats will throng on Yang Mei River in Yangmei Ancient Town. Drum beats start the competition and thousands of spectators cheer for the boats. It will be very exciting to watch the competition by your own. ·China-ASEAN Expo is an annually festival hold in November every year. 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.
·Celebrate in the same day with CAEXPO, Nanning International Folk Music and Art Festival is also an annually festival. Musicians and artists from home and abroad gather in Nanning, 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.
·Flower Seasons is from February to April in Nanning. During these times, flowers blooming everywhere in the city and attracted many tourists to Nanning. Mt Qingxiu has the Peachblossom Festival and Mt. Daming holds the Azalea Festival. Hengxian is the famous hometown of jasmine and holds the Jasmine Festival in every August.
Recreation in Nanning
Recreation in Nanning may not be so bustling as other large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, but there have some local ethnic style ways to spend your leisure time in Nanning. Travelers can enjoy the folk songs and dance in some public squares or the bank at night. Surly there are authentic shows and performance indoor, Guangxi Concert Hall and Nanning Changyuchuan Famous Teas are good place to watch local programs. Moreover, bars and clubs are popular among young people in Nanning, cafes, gyms are all available to find here.
--Here are some nice places to recommend:
House Night Club (No.63, Tao Yuan Lu)
Oudi Amusement World (No.96, Dong Ge Lu)
CITI Bar (No.57, Tao Yuan Lu)
SOHO Bar (No.43, Tao Yuan Lu)
U.B.C. Coffee (No.22, Zhu Xi Nan Lu)
Must-see Attractions of Nanning Tour
Mount Qingxiu: Mount Qingxiu is located along the Yongjiang River in the southeastern of Nanning. It is reputed as the "Green Lungs" of the city. The mountain is famous for its beauty and the clear waters running through. The undulating chains of mountains, verdant trees, liquid springs and historic sites together make Mt. Qingxiu a wonderful place, with the charm of antique taste and tranquility. Mount Qingxiu is the primary source of fresh air for the downtown Nanning area and is considered as one of the eight wonderful sceneries of ancient Nanning.
Nanhu Lake Park: The Park is located in the southeast of Nanning city. Covers an area of 1.3 Square kilometers, Nanhu Lake Park features aquatic sceneries and subtropical gardening landscapes, almost a quarter of the park is covered by lake. Above the lake, there is a nine-arch bridge, a scenic bridge, and a long bank where you can get a good view of the lake. In addition, there is a museum set up in 1984 to commemorate two uprisings in history. It was constructed in the Guangxi folk style which is also of tourist value.
Yangmei Ancient Town: Yangmei Ancient town is a traditional town located on the Yong River in the city. It is a popular tourist destination in Nanning due to the great deal of architecture which remains from the old age. Yangmei ancient town has a long-term history more than one thousand years. Yangmei Ancient Town is a well-preserved historical and cultural heritage with complete human landscapes which reveals the great changes during the history. Ancient Street, lane, temple, shrine, house, tree, port, Wenwu pagoda, and beacon tower are all famous and attractive to every traveler.
Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center: The Center is an outdoor exhibition center that combined with knowledge and entertainment. It features relics, folk buildings, ethnic flavor, and folk customs of four minorities—Zhuang, Dong, Yao and Miao. With a history of more than two thousand years, there are more than 320 timbals in the centre, among which the Yunleiwen Timbal is the largest in the world. Typical buildings of several minorities can be seen here, such as dwelling houses of Zhuang people, bamboo buildings of the Yao's, houses constructed on water by the Miao people and finally, the drum-towers of Dong people. The place has its own unique style and worth to visit in Nanning.
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