Situated in southern Guangxi by west, the city of Nanning, capital
of the Guangxi Z h u a n g Autonomous Region, has a history of
1,600 years. There are such tourist spots as the Qingxiu Mountain
Scenic Area, the Yiling Crag Scenic Area, and Fenghuang (Phoenix)
Lake; Guangxi Museum, the Guangxi Folk Customs Center, Guangxi
Square for Nationalities, and the Cultural Palace for Nationalities
in the city proper; and paintings on the face of cliffs on Floral
Hill in Ningming, the Friendship Pass in Pingxiang, the Lesser
Liancheng Castle, Detian Waterfall on the border between China
and Viet Nam in Daxin, and the Longhu (Dragon and Tiger) Mountain
and Tiger) Mountain Nature Reserve
Lying to the south of the Long'an County seat, 80 kilometers
from Nanning, the 300-hectare nature reserve has 30 rocky peaks,
14 ridges, 17 gullies, and ten karst depressions. It has a forest
cover of 97.2 percent. There is an altogether different world,
with green hills, blue waters, karst caves, and stone forests.
The visitor can climb the rocky hills, drift on the waters or
venture into the depth of the forests.
The Longgang State Nature Reserve
It stretches for 8,000 hectares in northeast Longzhou County.
Listed under protection are the ecosystem, the natural resources,
and the white-headed leaf monkey. More than 300-year-old trees
are growing in the strangely-shaped hills, and the nature reserve
is a treasure house of sub-tropical plants in China. There is
an enchanting landscape and a cool climate, ideal for tourists.
Cliff Paintings on Floral Hill
The pictures are to be found on the pyramidshaped Floral Hill
towering on the eastern bank of the Mingjiang River, 25 kilometers
from the Ningming County seat. The paintings, mostly brownish
red in color, are left by the ancestors of the Zhuang ethnic tribe
in ancient times. They are grand in scale, vivid, and vigorous
in the execution of the bold lines.
Most of the paintings describe the daily life of the Zhuang tribe.
The Friendship Pass
Erected between two hills on the eastern section of the border
between China and Viet Nam in southwest Guangxi, the Friendship
Pass is 18 kilometers from the city of Pingxiang. It is one of
China's nine famous passes and has been the gateway to southern
China since ancient times. The imposing pass has three stories
and stands 22 meters tall. Fort barbettes are built on the hills
at the flanks.
The Detian Waterfall
on the upper reaches of the Guichun River in Daxin County, a border
river between China and Viet Nam, it flows more than 50 meters
down a cliff, bringing along with it thunderous roars and splashes
of water in all directions. It is cited as "the No. 1 transnational
waterfall in Asia."
Lying in southern Guangxi, the city of Beihai presents a sub-tropical
landscape. The Beihai Silvery Beach, a holiday resort, has white,
fine, soft sand; clear sea water; and complete tourist ',, facilities.
Weizhou Islet is called "the fabled abode of immortals in
southern China." There are also a mangrove forest -- a State
marine nature reserve, the beautiful Xingdao Lake, and Pearl Town
The Beihai Silvery Beach State Tourist Resort
The Silvery Beach in Beihai City is called "the No. 1 beach
in China" with a vast stretch of fine, smooth sand, unpolluted
sea water, plenty of sunshine, and fresh air. Built on the 100-hectare
tourist resort are villas, a beach sportsground, and a pseudo-classic
It is 36 nautical miles to the southeast of Beihai. Weizhou
and Xieyang islets are separated from each other by sea for nine
nautical miles and known as the Greater and Lesser Fabled Abodes
of Immortals. The beaches are good for swimming and the islets
feature marine abrasion rocks of fantastic shapes.
The Mangrove Forest Nature Reserve
Also called a submarine forest, it is on the western shore of
Yingluo Port in Hepu County. When the tide is at ebb at Yingluo
Port, a dense growth of mangrove trees that are eight meters tall
each appear. When the tide comes in, the trees are submerged under
water, and boats can sail over the tree tops. It is a new tourist