Destination China


An autonomous region in southern China bordering Vietnam. Its capital is Nanning. Guangxi’s climate is subtropical, just like many other localities in the country (long, hot summers).

Parts of this autonomous region are moun­tainous, especially areas in China’s north­east, north, centre, and southeast sectors. Guangxi is known for its many rivers that cut through mountains, forming what we know as the West River.

A few cultural notes:

Guangxi and Guangdong mean “Western and Eastern Expanse.” Traditionally, Guangxi has had a close connection with Cantonese culture and language. These influences are noticeable in the eastern­most areas of the region.

Three varieties of Chinese are spoken in Nanning: Southwestern Mandarin, Yue, and Pinghua.


Lijiang River: The eighty-three-kilometre green river flows from Piled Festoon Hill to Bilian Peak in Yangzhou. Marvel at the steep peaks, luxuriant flowers, and green hills that reflect in the blue water.

Reed Flute Cave: This attraction, located five kilometres west of Guilin, got its name from verdant reeds that grew outside the cave (flutes are made with this type of reed). Walk inside this water cave and explore many stalactites, stone pillars, and rock formations. Don’t expect to see com­plete darkness: You’ll be greeted with many coloured lights as you tour the site.

West Street: This ancient street is found in the heart of Yangshuo County. It has been the centre of eastern and western cultures since the 1980s. Walk along the marbled streets and enjoy the simple styles and courtyard-like settings. While you’re here, have a coffee on a patio, purchase a num­ber of souvenirs, or take a bite into local cuisine (the beer fish dish is worth a try).

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