Guangxi is a mountainous province on China’s south western border with Vietnam. It is home to a large number of minority peoples including: Zhuang; Yao; Miao; Dong and Shui people who live mainly in the Western two thirds. They hold many colorful festivals throughout the year. Reflecting its diverse ethnicity it is designated as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region rather than an ordinary province. Guangxi is known for its warm, tropical climate, its rivers and scenic beauty. And it is famous for its beautifully majestic peaks of limestone jutting out of the plains. The Li River that links Guilin and Yangshou has great scenic beauty.
Popular Cities: Nanning, Liuzhou, Guilin, Wuzhou, Beihai, Pingxiang, Baise
Average temperature: The annual average temperature is 17ºC to 23ºC (62.6ºF to 73.4ºF)
Places to visit
1. Guilin and Yangshuo are popular resorts on the Lijiang (Li River) as the river weaves through dramatic Karst scenery. Multitudes of towering pinnacles of limestone cover a wide area. This green ribbon-like river runs zigzag through a multitude of hills against a backdrop of steep peaks, luxuriant flowers and green hills along the shores are mirrored in the blue water, giving the visitor a poetic inspiration. In drizzly days, the peaks embraced by clouds and mists and river. Many consider this area the most scenic in China. There is an old proverb: Gui Lin Shan Shui Jia Tian Xia, meaning Guilin’s mountains and rivers are the best sights in the world.
2. Seven-Star-Rock formerly known as “Qixia Cave”. It is on the Seven Star-Rock hill to the east of Guilin. The cave presents a twisted extension of more than one and a half kilometers. This cave, the biggest and the most fascinating cave of Guilin, includes “Liudongtian Cave” and Liangdongfu Cave, offers numerous spectacular views and is big enough to hold ten thousand visitors at a time. Inside the cave, well-developed stalactites and stalagmites form numerous fantastic scenes such as `Monkey Picking Peaches`, `Two Lion Fighting for a Ball`, or in the shapes of fruits, forests and gigantic waterfall.
3. Elephant Trunk Hill is at the confluence of the Lijiang River and Yangjiang River inside the city. This hill is so named because it outlines a vivid image of an elephant sipping water from the river with its trunk. Between the body and the trunk there is a round-shaped space, known as “water moon” arch, which is about 10 meters high and 20 meters deep.
4. Crescent Hill located to the east of Guilin, gets its name from a new-moon shaped opening of a cave in the western slope of the hill. The hidden Dragon Cave at the food of the hill has a stretch of water and a food path, “Yihong Pavilion”, “Xiaoguanghan Temple” and other buildings are located half way up the hill.
5. Wuzhou in the East of the province was an important town in the 18th century. It is now well known for the trade in snakes destined for the dinner table. Huangyao is an old town with much intact Qing architecture; Guiping is renowned for its green tea while Detian Falls, rivals Huangguoshu Waterfalls in neighboring Guizhou for splendor.
6. Reed-Flute Cave is at the Guangming Hill about six kilometers northwest of Guilin. This huge cave, eroded out of karst formation and with a maximum height of 18 meters and width of 93 meters. This ancient scenic spot dates back to more than 1,000 years ago. It has been widely claimed as “Art Galley of Nature” because of its dazzling beauty of strange karts formation and marvelous scenery.