Liuzhou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 柳州 (liǔ zhōu)
Area: 18,600 square kilometers (7,181 square miles)
Location: in the north-central part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, southwestern China
Administrative Division: 5 districts (Chengzhong, Yufeng, Liunan, Liubei, Liujiang); 3 counties (Liujiang, Liucheng, Luzhai); 3 autonomous counties (Rong'an, Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, Rongshui Miao Autonomous County)
Area Code: 0772
Zip Code: 545000
GDP (2019): CNY 312.855 billion (USD 45.35 billion)
Nationalities: Zhuang, Han, Dong, Miao, Yao, Hui, Shui, Mulam
Famous for Spicy Liuzhou River Snails Rice Noodles
Liuzhou is located in the north-central part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region bordering on Guilin on the east. It shares a boundary with Hunan Province to the north and Guizhou Province to the northwest. A Liuzhou trip is imperfect without a bowl of Liuzhou River Snails Rice Noodle. The authentic Liuzhou River Snails Rice Noodle is a well-known dish around the country which smells bad, but tastes fresh, sour, refreshing and spicy. It is made of the special soft and refreshing rice noodles and all kinds of ingredients such as sour bamboo shoot, agaric, peanut, fried beancurd, yellow broccoli, fresh vegetables with the cooked snail soup. Besides, Liuzhou features grand karst landform and beautiful natural scenery. What's more, visitors can experience the strong minority customs through the folk songs of Zhuang, traditional buildings of Dong, dances of Miao and diverse ethnic festivals of Yao. Liuzhou is also the second largest and the biggest industrial city in Guangxi with automobile, machinery and metallurgy as the pillar industries.
Liuzhou Attractions - Things to Do
Tourist resorts of ethnic minorities: Sanjiang and Rongshui are the counties with the largest populations of ethnic minorities. Visitors can appreciate the natural beauty, folk customs, and unique architecture of different minorities.
Other Scenic Spots: Bailian Cave, Yufeng Mountain Park
How to get to Liuzhou
Liuzhou Bailian Airport is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south of the city proper and has flights to Beijing, Haikou, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Chengdu. Airport buses can be found in Liuzhou Hotel departing about two hours before flight departure.
Liuzhou Railway Station is the only railroad passenger transport station in the city. There are many trains running to Bejing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Zhangjaijie, Guilin and more.
See Liuzhou - Zhangjiajie Train, Guilin - Liuzhou Train, Liuzhou to Shenzhen Train, Liuzhou Railway Station
When to Go: Visitors can enjoy a trip there in any season. Because it is often rainy, umbrellas and rain jackets are indispensable to visitors while traveling here.
Liuzhou Travel Tips
History: Liuzhou belonged to Guilin Shire during the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), and it was not until the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) this area became a city for the first time. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the name of this area was changed from Maping County to Liuzhou.
Physical Features: The city has a typical karst landform with the clear Liuhe River flowing through the city. It is surrounded by mountains in the east, west and north. The terrain consists of river bends in the city center, karst plains in the northern part, isolated peaks and valleys in the south, and river terraces, karst basins and hills in the east.
Local Highlights: Liuzhou has a large population of ethnic minorities, and there are many celebrations and festivals all the year round. Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County and Rongshui Miao Autonomous County are the most distinctive places to admire the customs of the ethnic minorities in the city. By 2020, Liuzhou Forest City, ie., a skyscraper covered with lush jungles and trees, will be built to absorb waste fas.
Special Local Products:
Handicrafts: jade, wonder stone, garments and ornaments made by the ethnic minorities
Foods: oval kumquat, orange, grapefruit, longan
Does anyone know of a decent (length minimum 25metres) swimming pool in the city (no hotel pool)?
Thanks a lot