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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Travel Guide

Provincial capital: Nanning

Population: 45 millions

Geological location: The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is located in southern China. It is bordered by Yunnan Province to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast, and Guangdong to the southeast, and by Vietnam and the Beibu Bay to the southwest. It covers an area of 236,661 square km, and measures over 770 km from east to west and 610 km from north to south. It is the unique province of China that is located along the coast. Nanning, the regional capital, is about 75 miles southwest of the region's geographic center.

Map of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Climate: Throughout the region, temperatures are warm enough to assure agricultural production throughout the year. The summer, covering a seven-month period from April to October, is marked by enervating heating and high humidity. Winter is mild and snow rare. July temperatures vary between 27°C and 32°C, while January temperatures range between 4°C and 16°C. The north experiences slightly cooler temperature than the south.

Because of the influence of the rain-bearing monsoon wind, which blows from the south and southwest from late April to the end of September, precipitation is abundant; the drier areas are in the northwest, and the wetter areas in the south and east. The average annual rainfall varies from 35 inches in the drier areas to 68 in the wetter zones. Most of the precipitation occurs in the period between May and August. In the extreme south, rain bursts caused by typhoons occur between November and February.

Tourism resources: The picturesque scenic spots in Guangxi are famous worldwide, symbolized by Guilin, a natural beauty produced by unique karst geography. At present, the province has established several tourist attractions including three state-level natural scenic spots, 11 state-level forest parks, 30 regional natural scenic spots, 15 state-level cultural and historical relics, 221 regional cultural and historical relics and one state-level tourist resort in Beihai City.

Guilin, as well as its nearby area of Yangshuo is Guangxi's best tourist destination. Both places are characterized by the stunning scenery of bizarre karst limestone formations beside the clear blue water of the Lijiang River, the rice paddy fields and the old picturesque villages. But with the onslaught of tourism Guilin is now facing problems of soaring prices irritating commercial hype and overcrowding. Beihai is another famous destination for great beaches and beautiful islands, but some of the

By air: There are five civil airports in Guangxi province: Guilin, Nanning, Beihai, Liuzhou and Wuzhou. Guilin, the world popular tourist destination, has flights connecting it with most domestic cities as well as Hongkong and cities in Japan, Korea and Australia. Nanning, the provincial capital, has direct flights, some daily, to cities like Beijing (3hrs), Shanghai (3hrs) Chengdu (1.5hrs), Dalian (5hrs) and Guangzhou (1hr). (See the total list). Beihai, the port city, has also a dozen of flights available.

By Train: The Hunan-Guangxi Railway, the major railway in Guangxi province, is connected with the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway to the east and the railway in Vietnam to the west. Trains can go into Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Major tourist destinations as Nanning, Guilin and Beihai are conveniently connected by railway.

By Bus: Travel by bus within Guangxi is a good possibility. With the completion of several city-to-city highways, the major cites in Guangxi are well connected so that journeys by coach are usually cheap, convenient and take less time than years before, Nanning-Beihai (2hrs); Nanning-Liuzhou (2.5hrs); Nanning-Guilin (4hrs).

By Boat: There are ferries from Wuzhou to Guangzhou (2 daily, 17hours; about RMB80) and head on to Hong Kong (1 daily; 8hours). Beihai is another transit port for tourists headed for Hainan Island. The daily Beihai-Haikou ferry takes about 11hours (Details please see the Beihai section).