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7 Best Things To Do In Nanning, China - Updated 2020

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Nanning has plenty to offer for nature lovers with its parks, picturesque mountains, and caves. Even if you are out just to have a relaxing time whilst enjoying the local cuisine, Nanning will not disappoint. Below are 7 of the top things that one can do when in Nanning, China.

Interested in visiting an exotic destination for a holiday? Why not explore Nanning, China and find out what the city has to offer? Nanning is the capital of Guangxi which is situated in the southern region of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Bordering Vietnam, Nanning is also in close proximity to Guilin, which is known for its picturesque hilly landscape. Apart from that, the local cuisine will tantalize your palate after a hard day out exploring the city of Nanning. Find out the best things to do when in this lovely city.

1. Nanning People's Park

 Pixabay Men Nanning People'S Park
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Built in 1951, the People’s Park in Nanning is a beautiful public park in Central Nanning, with close proximity to the city’s downtown. The park is also known as the White Dragon Park, owing to its location on White Dragon Lake. Once you enter the park, you will be faced by 141 steps. Apart from climbing up and down the stairs as a form of exercise, the top of the hill is home to the Ancestral Hall built to honour the 6 main figures who were central to the development of Guangxi. Subsequently, this was broken by Lu Rongting, the Guangxi warlord in 1917 and replaced by the Zhenning emplacement. One will also not miss the cannon situated on the top of the hill. Enjoy the panaromic views of urban Nanning from the top of the hill whilst capturing some memorable moments on your camera.

People's Park, Nanning

Address: Gongyuan Road, Xingning District, Nanning 530012, China

Opening Hours: 9 am to 10 pm

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2. Mesmerizing Detian Waterfall (from USD 1.0)

The Detian Waterfall is situated in Daxin County close to Nanning City. The waterfall has received so much popularity because it is known to be the largest waterfall in Asia and the second largest transnational waterfall in the world. Visitors who take the effort to visit this waterfall are never disappointed as the waterfall and its surroundings are a feast for the eyes. Owing to the sheer height of about 70 m (230 ft) at which the water falls, the experience is stunning even before the waterfall comes into sight. Detian Waterfall is all-year round sightseeing spot because the natural surroundings of the waterfall changes according to the season. For instance, during spring, visitors will be able to enjoy the sight of bright red blossoms coming from the kapok trees while in winter, the water drops gently to the bottom of the cliff. The best months to visit the waterfall is between April to November as that is when the water falls at its greatest force. Although the waterfall is still nature’s beauty during the other months, there is less water and therefore less force.

Nanning Detian Waterfall & Jingxi Tongling Grand Canyon Private Three Days Tour

Duration: 3 days

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3. Guangxi Ethnic Relics Centre

Guangxi Museum Bronze drum
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Visitors who are interested in knowing more about the Guangxi community can head down to the Guangxi Ethnic Relics Centre in downtown Nanning. This outdoor exhibition area is an extension of the Guangxi Museum and features sights and sounds of the Guangxi minority communities: Zhuang, Dong, Yao, and Miao. Apart from relics, visitors can also enjoy folk performances during festivals. At the entrance of the centre, visitors will be welcomed by a huge bronze drum which is symbolic of the bronze culture prevalent in the province of Guangxi. In this centre, there are buildings representative of the different minorities such as the drum towers typical of the Dong community and over-water dwelling of the Miao community. Visitors can also see the daily utensils that are used by the community along with the communities’ folk art and handicraft. This outdoor exhibition centre allows one to completely immerse himself/herself in the customs and lifestyle of the minorities of Guangxi.

Guangxi Ethnic Relics Centre

Address: No.21-6, Gucheng Road, Qingxiu District, Nanning, Guangxi

Opening Hours: 8 am to 11.30 am & 2.30 pm to 5 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

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4. Hike up Qingxiu Mountain

Longxiang Pagoda in Mt Qingxiu Nanning
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About 9 km (5.6 mi) southeast of Nanning lies the very scenic mountain, known as Qingxiu Mountain. Bordering the Yongjiang river, a visit to Qingxiu Mountain is now known as one of the must-see places for visitors to Nanning. A visit to the Qingxiu Mountain Scenic Spot, which will take about an hour by foot, will reveal why the mountain is reputed globally as the Green Mountains. Surrounded by lush greenery, undulating hills and clear, crisp air, Qingxiu Mountain is known as one of the Eight Famous Sceneries of Nanning. History has it that several temples were built on the mountains during the Song and Ming dynasties, but eventually destroyed in war and fires. On the peak of the mountain now stands a single pagoda known as the Longxiang Pagoda. This pagoda is known as the symbol of the Qingxiu Mountain. From the top of the pagoda, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain range and the city of Nanning. It is especially beautiful during spring when the Peach Festival is held. With the peach trees in full blossom, the spot provides nothing less than a feast for the eyes. Another good time to visit Qingxiu Mountain would be during the New Year festival when the temple fair is held with various cultural performances being staged and local fare on display.

Qingxiu Mountain

Address: Yongjiang River’s Riverside, Qingxiu District, Nanning 530000, China

Opening Hours: 7 am to 5 pm

Cost: 15 CNY or 2.17 USD

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5. Nanning Zhongshan Snack Street

Meat Street Chinese Food
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What’s a trip without sparing some time to try out the local cuisine. If you are in Nanning, do not miss the trip to the Zhongshan Snack Street, which is the one stop destination to savour Nanning’s local delicacies. The street is full of life with locals and tourists flocking to the vendors to buy some delicious snacks. On this street, you will find rows of vendors with stalls dishing out an array of snacks, both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Typical street snacks like barbecued seafood, meat skewers, and other deep fried food can be found on this bustling street. If you are in the area and feeling peckish, this is the street to visit. It is on this very street that a night market also starts after 6 pm.

Zhongshan Snack Street

Address: Zhongshan Road, Nanning, China

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6. Nanhu Lake Park

Nanhu Lake park - panoramio
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Nanhu Lake Park is a large park spanning an area of about 1.3 square kilometers (0.5 sq mi) and is located in the southeastern area of Nanning City. What is notable about this park is that almost a quarter of the park is a lake that was once a brook. History has it that during the Tang Dynasty, due to a disastrous flooding situation, the entire area was submerged in water, thereby creating a lake.

An all-year round entertainer, Nanhu Lake is known to be a relaxing environment for visitors to walk about or even have a picnic. Full of flora and fauna, visitors will be welcomed by a variety of plant and flower species. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy taking pictures of the scenic gardens around the park and the lake from the scenic nine-arch iconic bridge. When your tummy starts to growl, head to the fish restaurants within the park to savour some delicious seafood. If you have your little ones with you, you could spend some time together by taking them boating on the picturesque lake or engaging them in some fishing.

Nanhu Lake Park

Address: Southeast of Nanning City, Qingxiu District, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Admission Cost: Free

Opening Hours: Open All day

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7. Yiling Cave

Stalagmites Stalactite Cavern
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Yet another sightseeing spot for naturalists is Yiling Cave, located in Wuming County, 18 kilometers (11.1 mi) from the city of Nanning. Touted to have formed millions of years ago, the cave features a range of stalagmites and stalactites. Each formation seems to resemble a flower or a shape and is purely stunning. Visitors to this cave will also be able to find out more about the culture, history, and folklore of the Zhuang minority within the caves. As it would be cold and wet inside the cave, visitors are advised to wear jackets and non-slip shoes.

Yiling Cave

Address: Wuming, Nanning, Guangxi, China

Opening Hours: 8 am to 5.30 pm

Admission Cost: 60 CNY or 8.70 USD

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Why not plan a visit to Nanning now?

As much as Nanning might be an unfamiliar travel destination in China to some travellers, it does have much to offer for tourists. With an abundance of natural attractions and a wide variety of local cuisine, Nanning might just be the perfect holiday for you if you are looking to visit a city which is pretty much unspoiled by tourism. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and plan your holiday to Nanning right away.

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