Nanning Journals

Nanning: The Deep South

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A January 2004 trip to Nanning by SeenThat

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Quote: Sometimes travelers change plans unexpectedly; in one such an occasion Nanning was a stop along my shortest way out of China.

Nanning: The Deep South

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Overview

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Nanning provides a look into a slightly different China; despite being a modern city, it has a slower pace than the eastern coast. Its varied ethnic puzzle seems to be occupied with life’s quality more than with technological development; this is evident in the charming downtown. Trees, gardens and flowers are obviously important to the denizens that walk the wide avenues at a slow pace atypical of the busy dizzy Chinese cities on the east; that is enough for justifying a visit, but Nanning has more surprises for the visitor.The city is the capital city of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and is an important industrial and transport center; the Yong Jiang River div...Read More

Guangxi Minorities Cultural Relics Center

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Attraction | "Guangxi Museum"

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The Guangxi Museum is Nanning’s main cultural gate; its collections take the visitor into a historical tour beginning with an ancient culture specializing in bronze drums, various dynasties, the Taiping Uprising and the Communist Revolution.The rectangular, low and massive structure is a fine example of Communist architecture and contains six exhibition halls. It was founded in 1978 on People's Square eastern side; in 1988 the People's Cultural Hall was added.The Historical Artifacts Exhibition shows items from prehistoric times up to the Opium War (1840-1842), concentrating in the local culture and its relations with central China (es...Read More

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Guangxi Minorities Cultural Relics Center

Nanning, China

Guilin

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Attraction

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On SandstoneSoft sandstone is typical of areas that were once underwater. Their destiny being inexorably linked to water, they are easily eroded by slightly acidic – due to the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide – raindrops. This simple story of creation and destruction is responsible for the creation of fractal landscapes across the globe. Usually baptized "Moon Valley," they provide an opportunity to see the spiky, irregular side of nature.Guangxi has been blessed with one of the biggest karst formations on earth; it is so big that the name Moon Valley doesn’t fit. Amidst the wonder is the town of Guilin, which its name became a synonym for the formations....Read More

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The Garden of Nanning

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Attraction

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In modern China, traditional Chinese cultural structures are painfully missing; a silent reminder of the Communist and Culture revolutions. Oddly, gardens are the most delicate cultural feature, but have has proven to be the toughest one to eradicate. Nanning trees and flowers literally suffocate the city, transforming it into a point of harmony between humans and nature; I chose here some of the best gardens.Nanhu Lake ParkThe Nanning Southern Lake Park, offers a subtropical backdrop in the southeast of the city. The lake occupies much of the park, while the rest features traditional pavilions and bridges, like the Seven Holes Bridge.Paddling boats allow enj...Read More

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Around and Within Guilin

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Attraction

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Additional attractions of Guilin are described in this entry; all of them are easily reached independently or with the help of the abundant tourism agencies in downtown.Yueliang ShanThe Moon Mountain is called so due to a semicircular hole passing it through; that’s all what was left of an eroded limestone cave. It is located nearby the town of Yangshuo, and can be reached from Guilin.Unluckily, a cement road was paved through the half moon, damaging much of its natural beauty. Another path leads to the summit, from where an excellent view of surrounding karst formations awaits the visitor.The town of Yangshuo itself is worth mentioning since it i...Read More

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