Guangxi's scenic landscapes are so famous that if you've not encountered them in postcards, you've probably come across them in prints of Chinese paintings hanging in somebody's grandmother's kitchen. They're the quintessential "China" images — towering limestone karsts, rice terraces, waterfalls and winding rivers. And, even if Guilin and Yangshuo get a little flack from experienced China travelers for overcrowding and commercial hype, the exceptional Guangxi scenery will continue to ensure that the province remains on the top of even the most jaded traveler's hit list.
Situated in southern China adjacent to the provinces of Yunnan to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast and Guangdong to the southeast, Guangxi shares a 1,020-kilometer border with Vietnam. Guangxi's 1,595-kilometer Gulf of Tonkin coastline also provides excellent access to the beaches in the vicinity of Beihai, which itself serves as a gateway to tropical Hainan Island.
Guangxi highlights include: exploring Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hilland Fubo Shan in Guilin, cruising the picturesque Li River, trekking the steepest rice terraces in the world at Dragon's Backbone (Longji) near Longsheng, bicycling beneath karst peaks outside Yangshuo after a cafe breakfast on West Street, visiting the quiet ancient town of Xingping, exploring the Dong minority hill villages of Sajiang, lounging on Beihai's Silver Beach, hopping on a boat from Beihai to Weizhou Island or Xieyang Island and splashing around in Detian waterfall as it flows from China into Vietnam.
Besides the majority Han ethnicity, one-third of Guangxi's 45 million-strong population is made up of Zhuang,Yao, Miao, Tong, Maonan, Yi and Shui peoples, each with their own distinctive customs, languages and numerous annual festivals, cuisines and colorful traditions of song and dance. Favorites include the Miao Reed Flute Festival, the Dong Firecracker Festival during Lunar New Year and the Zhuang Dragon Boat and Song Festival.
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A great place for a relaxing stroll, ancient Seven Star Park (Qīxīng Gōngyuán, 七星公园) takes its name from seven karst peaks that correspond to the seven stars in the Big..
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Beihai Submarine World (Beihai Haiyang zhi Chuang) is a large museum with two parts. One area houses the former Aquatic Products Museum which, next to Qingdao, is the..