More about Guangxi
Guilin, Nanning, Liuzhou, Longsheng and Sanjiang
Guangxi is one of the southern provinces of China. Nanning is the capital but it is Guilin that gets the most visitors. This page offers a short selection of what to visit in Guangxi. There are 4 main areas to visit: Guilin, Nanning, Liuzhou and the Longsheng/Sanjiang/Zhaoxing area (Sanjiang and Zhaoxing are located in Guizhou).
Guilin sees millions of tourists a year. In the past Guilin was the center of tourism. The place of Guilin is since many years taken over by Yangshuo with hotels and facilities in all price ranges. There’s little need to spend more than a day or so in the city itself.
Guilin has it’s share of attractions but you can easily visit them in a day and continue to Yangshuo. For most travelers to Guilin, the starting point is the Li River Cruise, starting 45km south of the city center. It has become so popular that during the high season no less than 200 ferry boats lie in the water.
One special attraction, seldom visited is the Qingshitan Reservoir and dam, 35 km north of the city center. Have a look what this looks like and why I strongly recommend this lake.
Although Nanning is the capital of Guangxi province, it’s doesn’t see a lot of tourists. Only those who travelers to and from Vietnam see the city. Personally I don’t think it’s worth to come to Nanning. It’s just another big Chinese city with little to keep you there.
Probably the best areas to visit are outside the city, like the old national road south to Binjiang where here and there you will pass karst limestone mountains.
The Vietnamese border has some waterfalls which are worth a visit but there are more spectacular places in China you would want to see. For those who are interested in crossing the Vietnamese border, I can recommend my articles on my bicycle website about the 3 days I cycled from Nanning to the Vietnamese border:
The road from Nanning to the border is more interesting than people usually imagine.
Liuzhou is also for the most skipped by travelers. Some call the city the little brother of Guilin. It’s understandable but Liuzhou does have a few things to offer. Personally I wasn’t impressed by the city but the road from Yangshuo to Liuzhou is quite nice. I’ve cycled this twice and twice with a lot of pleasure. Here is more about that road from Liuzhou to Yangshuo.
Longsheng, Sanjiang and Zhaoxing
Longsheng, Sanjiang and Zhaoxing are well connected these days with Guilin. Longsheng is still in Guangxi while Sanjiang and Zhaoxing are already part of Guizhou province. Still, these towns are part of our tours in the northern area of Guilin. They are the heart of the Dong and Miao culture and offer a complete different experience of China.
Longsheng is famous for the Long Jie rice terraces (forget Longsheng town). Ping An is the village where you can stay and can be the base for extensive hikings in the hills visiting Miao and Zuan minorities. A guide is essential. Here is more about Longsheng/Long Jie rice terraces and our Longsheng/Long Jie tour.
Sanjiang is located another 70km further east. Sanjiang city is nowadays also a place to visit with new build traditional Dong towers but it is primarily the Wind and Rain Bridge in Chengyang Chiao which makes travelers come here.
Zhaoxing is the next stop in Guizhou. This is a traditional Dong village hidden in the mountains. Here is more about Zhaoxing.
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Even less travelers make it to Hechi. I’ve been here once and it was amazing to see such a beautiful area is completely ignored by travelers. That said, it’s quite far from other popular tourist attractions.
The city is located about 150km west of Liuzhou. The city itself doesn’t offer much to explore but north lies the town of Libo in a spectacular valley. South of the city you will find even more karst limestone mountains but the difference with the Yangshuo area is that these mountains are higher and rougher.