Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

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Guangxi Facts:

English Name: Guangxi
Chinese Name: 广西 (Guǎng Xī)
Abbreviation: Gui
Administration Type: Autonomous Region
Capital: Nanning
Location: 20°54' to 26°24' N, 104°26' to 112°04' E
Climte: tropical/ subtropical monsoon climate
Area: 236,700 km² (91,390mi²)
Population (2010): 46026629

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Guangxi Introduction

Characterized by spectacular landscapes, charming natural scenery and diverse ethnic customs, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is an impressive region to visit.

The Region is situated in the southern part of China, facing the Beibu Gulf on the South China Sea and has a border with Vietnam to the southwest. It is southwest China’s most convenient access to the sea. From here, visitors can easily cross overland into Vietnam or vice-versa. Lying in low latitude areas and straddling the tropic of Cancer, this region has a subtropical/tropical monsoon climate: rainy, warm and humid. July is the warmest month and average temperatures are 23-29°C; the coldest time is January and average temperatures are between 6-16°C. 80% of its rain falls between April and September. As a whole, Guangxi is like a large basin with higher ground surrounding a lower center. In addition, the region is very mountainous with a few plains. The capital city Nanning is also known as the ‘Green City’ because of its rich lush tropical plants.

 No. 1 Scenic Spot under Heaven
'Guilin’s landscape tops those elsewhere while Yangshuo’s landscape tops that of Guilin’. This famous Chinese saying well stresses the unparalleled beauty of Guilin and Yangshuo, both of which are located in Guangxi and should not be missed when traveling to that region. Guilin boasts characteristic karst formations, diversely shaped by the weathering and erosion of millions of years. The most famous one is Li River, which resembles a clear jade ribbon winding around the unusual-looking green hills. The Li River is a pearl in China’s beautiful landscape as well as the highlight and soul of Guilin scenery. Some other attractive sites in Guilin include Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven-Star Park, Reed Flute Cave and Wave Subduing Hill (Fubo Hill). Yangshuo is a small and peaceful town with stunning countryside scenery. Small villages hiding behind characteristic hills, water buffaloes patrolling green fields, fishermen drifting on clear rivers, all provide a feeling of tranquility far from the hustle and bustle of city life. The town's West Street, lined with western-style cafes, restaurants and hotels is a gathering place for travelers from both home and abroad. To travel between these two wonderful places, one can cruise along the Li River which provides an excellent viewpoint on the charming scenery. Apart from these two places, many other sites there are worth visiting as well, such as the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng, Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Silver Beach in Beihai, Detian Waterfall and Mt. Qingxiu in Nanning, etc.

 Ethnic Folklore
There are many ethnic groups dwelling in that area and they account for more than one third of local total population. Among them, the Zhuang is the largest group which represented one third of the ethnic population in November 2010. Zhuang people are good at singing and dancing. The Sanyuesan Singing Festival is one of their most popular festivals where Zhuang people practice antiphonal singing. Their most famous dance is the Bronze Drum Dance. The Zhuang residences are built on stilts: the ground floor is used for housing livestock while the upper floor is for humans. Traditional Zhuang clothes are double-breasted with tight waists and usually blue and black. Apart from the Zhuang, other ethnic groups like the Yao, Miao, Dong and Shui also play an important role there. Their languages, clothes, architecture and food differ and each has its own particular characteristics. They also celebrate different festivals, such as the Danu and Panwang Festivals for Yao, the Huashan Festival for Miao and the Firecrackers Festival for Dong. All these unique and distinctive customs and cultures contribute to making a tour of Guangxi very enjoyable to visitors.

- Last modified on Mar. 16, 2017 -
Questions & Answers on Guangxi Travel
Asked by Tiziana from HONG KONG | Mar. 15, 2017 05:43Reply
How to get from Dazhai Village to Yangshuo on the 29th of March? What is the fastest way?
Any convenient ways to travel to Yangshuo without stopping in Guilin?
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Answered by Sophia from POLAND | Mar. 16, 2017 03:20

If you don't want to stop at Guilin, you may need to charter a car to Yangshuo. It usually takes CNY400 to CNY500 per day. Alternatively, you can charter a car to Guilin Bus Station first. Then you can take a long distance bus to Yangshuo directly. The bus is available from 7:00 to 21:00, and it runs every 15mins to 30mins. The ticket price is CNY50/person.
Asked by John Thow from SINGSPORE | Feb. 03, 2017 07:21Reply
I'm from Singapore, I would like to go to Detian waterfalls, where should I start?
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Answered by Bella from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 04, 2017 00:58

You are recommended to start from Nanning. There is a direct bus from Nanning Langdong Long-distance Bus Station to the waterfall at 08:30. Ticket price for a single trip is CNY 75 and duraton is about 4 hours. The bus returns at 15:00.

I see there is no direct flight from Singapore. You can land in Guangzhou, then take a high speed train to Nanning. Duration is also around 4 hours and ticket price for a second class seat is no more than CNY200. Have fun~
Asked by Corinna from UAE | Apr. 29, 2016 23:00Reply
We will be travelling at the end of August and want to cover North Vietnam and Guangxi.
Which way would you recommend, first GX Areathen entering Vietnam or vice versa? what is the easiest way to cross the border and to reach GX internationally from Dubai?

Thank you so much
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Answered by Bob from BRAZIL | May. 04, 2016 01:26

You are advised to visit GX first, and then go to Vietnam.
You may fly to Guangzhou from Dubai (about 8 hours). Then, fly to Nanning (about 1.5 hours). After touring around, you can take a bus to Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ha Long Bay, etc from Langdong Bus Station. This bus station is located at No. 186, Minzu Avenue, Qingxiu District. Have a nice journey!
Asked by Anima Biswas from INDIA | Mar. 22, 2016 05:00Reply
Guangxi Temperature in coming April,2016
And China culture in that region for making a short film in April, 2016
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Answered by Rose from USA | Mar. 23, 2016 03:01

Well, GX covers a large area. Do you refer to Nanning? If yes, the temperature may range from 70F to 80F. It is a place where people of various nationalities live together. You can experience the multi-ethnic culture there.
Asked by Somprasong from THAILAND | Oct. 15, 2015 22:22Reply
Bus for Yangshuo from Guilin North Train Station
I plan one day trip to Yangshuo and want to know have a bus from Guilin North to there. But if any, we would like to know the time table and price round trip from Guilin North to Yangshuo. Thank you so much
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Answered by Aeron from THAILAND | Oct. 18, 2015 02:01

As I know, at the North Bus Station, there are direct special buses to Yangshuo, and the schedule is at 10:30, 12:30, 14:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 20:00.

Depart from Yangshuo: 08:00, 10:00, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:30. The bus fare is about CNY25.
Answered by Somprasong Sornsong | Oct. 18, 2015 19:47

From my question on Oct.,15 2015 and have the person(Aeron) answer my question which is more suspicion about North bus station. I know, there are Guilin central bus station on Zhongshan Nanlu. Where is North bus station? Please clear my suspect because it's my first time to Guilin and Yangshou.
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