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Top Things to Do in Nanning

Nanning, known as "Green City", is one of the two most fantastic destinations in Guangxi province; the other one is scenic Guilin that ranks top among popular tourist cities in China. Located in the south of the Tropic of Cancer, Nanning has humid subtropical climate, together with over 56 percent of green coverage, making it an evergreen city. In Nanning, there are eighty green city squares and twenty-one parks. Qingxiu Mountain scenic area, noted for its natural pleasant green mountain, is regarded as "Green Lung" of the city. And South Lake Park is where the locals choose to spend their spare time. All of these parks and gardens are nourishing every space of the beautiful and vibrant city and greeting eyes and soul of each dweller and traveler with charming green.
As a result of subtropical climate, "Land of Fruit" is another label of Nanning because of its extensive species. With warm temperature, ample sunshine, and sufficient rainfall, Nanning abounds with fruit that is rich in sugar and of high nutrients. Fruit shops and stalls teem with fresh seasonal fruit scattered in streets and alleys. The golden season for Nanning people is summer when is the harvest time of most fruit, like durian, mango, litchi, etc. Visitors who love fruit may not want to leave the city once taking a bite of fruit in Nanning.
Except for fruit, Nanning possesses many other fascinating specialties. Zhuang Brocade originated in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, one of the Four Famous Brocades in China, enjoys equal popularity with Nanjing Yun Brocade, Sichuan Shu Brocade, and Song Brocade. Exquisite in workmanship and gorgeous in hue, it has been a gem in brilliant Chinese ethnic culture. In Guangxi, home to many minority groups, there are colorful ethnic minority customs. Nanning is without exception. Each year, colorful ethnic festivals and custom activities would be celebrated in Nanning. Folk Song Festival on the third day of March, Zhuang Nationality's Lion Dancing Performance, stunts show in Yao Nationality's Sacrifice Ceremony, these interesting activities will demonstrate you a real Nanning in every dimension.
Must-see Attractions
  • Guangxi Ethnic Relics Center, an exhibition of special ethnic cultural relics; it is featured with rich cultural characteristics of different minority groups in Guangxi province; the largest bronze drum in the world is on display;
  • Hundred Demon Cave, a typical karst cave; it is the most spectacular cave on the earth; the stalactites of various vivid shapes in the cave form a magic world under the colorful twinkling lights; it's located in the famous "Longevity Village" Bama, a popular destination for "Migratory People";
  • Qingxiu Mountain, a breathtaking attraction in both natural scenery and human landscape; the rolling mountain is covered by emerald green pine trees all year round, which in the wind would send out wonderful sound like sea, forming one of the famous Ancient Eight Scenes in Qingxiu Mountain; the elegant architectures with a long brilliant history are where the charm of Qingxiu Mountain lies in;
  • South Lake Park, a comprehensive park with long history and precious landscape; it's noted for wonderful "parks in park" design; each of these parks is different from one another; various rare subtropical plants could be caught in the park; South Lake, the core area of the park, was formed in Tang Dynasty.
Recommended Hotels in Nanning
Nanning Hotel
Nanning Hotel
#16 of 620 Hotels in Nanning
No.38 Minsheng Road, Xingning District, Nanning
Surroundings: Nanning Department Store (250m), Trade Shopping Center (Nanning) (312m), Guangxi Science and Technology Museum (900m), Nanning Underwater World (1.5km)
Zheshang Hotel, Nanning
Zheshang Hotel, Nanning
#42 of 620 Hotels in Nanning
No.2-3 Minsheng Road, Qingxiu District, Nanning
Surroundings: Trade Shopping Center (Nanning) (358m), Guangxi Science and Technology Museum (530m), Nanning Department Store (661m), Nanning Renmin Park (1.2km), Nanning Underwater World (1.3km)
Recommended Restaurants in Nanning
Gui Xiao Chu
  • Through almost 13-year development, it has been a well-known chain restaurant in China
  • Specialized in authentic Guangxi cuisine
Location: No.419 of 4F in Mix City, No.136 Minzu Boulevard, Nanning
Special Dishes: Sour Beef, Grilled Fish, Liuzhou River Snails Rice Noodles, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY67/USD10
Ganjiajie Brand Lemon Duck
  • A time-honored chain restaurant wins good reputation of "Consumer Trust Business"
  • Serving the most famous dish – Lemon Duck and other delectable Guangxi snacks
Location: 2F of Huacheng Department Store, No.90 Dongge Road, Nanning
Special Dishes: Lemon Duck, Sizzling Potato with Minced Pork in Chili Sauce, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY64/USD10
UBUD Garden Restaurant
  • The restaurant blends well with cultural landscape, such as small forests, mini garden as well as a small bridge over the flowing stream
  • Specialized in authentic and fancy Guangdong food
  • Offering garden view booths and well-adorned private rooms
Location: No.109 Zone B of Jinhui Ru Yee Fang, No.1 Fengling South Road, Nanning
Special Dishes: Mango with Beef, Baked Crabs with Curry, Osmanthus Cake, Dongpo Pork, Fired Spring Roll, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY126/USD20
Night Shows and Entertainment
Brocade Banquet of Zhuang at Jin Yan Theater
Brocade Banquet of Zhuang at Jin Yan Theater
Highlights: advanced staging technology, primitive dances and songs of Zhuang ethnic minority
Ticket Price: CNY190-360/USD31-60 (vary according to seats)
Time: 20:30-21:40 (Tue-Sun)
Capacity: 732 seats
Get there from Nanning Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.6 at Chaoyang Square Stop and get off at Zhuxi Overpass Stop. (12 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY19/USD3
Get there from Zheshang Hotel, Nanning:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 211 at Minsheng Xinminlurou Stop and get off at Zhuxi Overpass Stop. (13 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY20/USD3
Local Market / Night Street
THE MAXIC
THE MAXIC
THE MAXIC in Nanning is a high quality shopping center under Huarun Conglomerate. As a famous chain shopping center, it provides customers with the most convenient and comfortable shopping space. With abundant commodities and colorful shopping experience, it has been the largest and most influential consumption center in Guangxi.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: various commodities
Get there from Nanning Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.704 at Minsheng Xinminlukou Stop and get off at Minzu Qingxiulukou Stop. (12 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY22/USD3
Get there from Zheshang Hotel, Nanning:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.704 at Minsheng Xinminlukou Stop and get off at Minzu Qingxiulukou Stop. (12 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY23/USD4
Dream Island Shopping Center
Dream Island Shopping Center
Dream Island Shopping Center is under Dream Island Conglomerate, a leading enterprise in Guangxi. Dream Island has been a symbol of Nanning city. It’s a window for international communication. Dream Island Shopping Center set up in 1995 and has developed into a mature and well-established shopping area, providing a fresh and comfortable environment for customers.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: various commodities
Get there from Nanning Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.33 at Chaoyang Square Stop and get off at Gucheng Xinghulukou Stop. (4 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY10/USD2
Get there from Zheshang Hotel, Nanning:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.205, 33, 34, 706 at Minzu Gonghelukou Stop and get off at Gucheng Xinghulukou Stop. (3 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY10/USD2
Shixiangkou Night Market
Shixiangkou Night Market
Shixiangkou Night Market, also known as Laoshui Street, is a paradise for hunters of Nanning local snacks. At Shixiangkou, Gourmet festival is on show everyday. There are endless delicious cuisines along the not-wide street. The genuine Nanning flavor could be tasted here.
Opening hours: 17:00 - 3:00
Things you can buy: local cuisines
Get there from Nanning Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.10 at Chaoyang Square Stop and get off at Minzu Jiangbeilukou Stop. (1 stop)
  • By Taxi: CNY10/USD2
Get there from Zheshang Hotel, Nanning:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.205, 706 at Minzu Gonghelukou Stop and get off at Minshengguangchang Stop. (2 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY10/USD2

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