Holding on to the Past in Yangmei, China

Surrounded by river on 3 sides this seemingly lost ancient hamlet ensconced amongst lush fields of sugar cane and banana plantations just 30 kilometres from Nanning is packed with mementos of a colourful past. Founded in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) Yangmei slowly developed over hundreds of years finally transitioning into a prosperous…

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Koi Feeding Frenzy, Qingxiu Mountain, Nanning, China

Nanning is a vibrant, dynamic modern city with some 40% of its land mass dedicated to green spaces thus earning its reputation as China’s premier “green city”.   Getting a genuine taste of this relaxed and friendly destination is simply a matter of venturing into one of the many parks or gardens. Qingxiu Mountain is affectionately…

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Guangxi Medicinal Herb Botanical Garden, Nanning, China

Imagine strolling through a verdant, well maintained garden and being wowed by the range of uses each plant has in traditional healing methods.   The meticulously maintained Guangxi Medicinal Herb Botanical Garden is the largest facility of its type in Asia and is the place to see around 4,000 varieties of plants.   The garden is…

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Huashan Rock Paintings, Guangxi, China

Shrouded in mystery the ancient rock paintings of Huashan were created some 2,000 years ago by the Luoyue people, ancestors of the modern day Zhuang minority. Accessible by boat, the journey along the Ming River is a scenic amble that allows you to take in the sights of rural life along the way.    Locals glide…

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Train from Nanning to Hanoi

  The overnight train service running daily between Nanning and Hanoi is very comfortable in Chinese soft sleeper carriages however don’t look forward to getting too much sleep.   Departure from Nanning is currently at 6.45 pm, with arrival in Pingxiang a little after 10pm for Chinese border control formalities which took around 90 minutes.   …

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The stunning Detian Falls on the China/Vietnam border is simply gorgeous in any season.

Guangxi’s Detian Falls

The magnificent Detian Falls located on the China/Vietnam border shines with vivid, jewel like colour and is definitely worth a visit. So much more attractive than just your standard trickle of water running over a cliff, Detian is some 200 metres wide and has three tiers of water rushing over its various edges. Despite the…

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Nanning – China’s Green City

Most of the guidebooks don’t have so much to say for Nanning however I found it to be one of China’s more likeable cities.   Green spaces and a population that is incredibly relaxed and happy.     Dancing is a past time that you can see happening most early mornings and evenings all around China however…

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Bananas

Hundreds and thousands of banana trees seem to stretch for miles and miles heading south out of Nanning.   Making this uniform blanket of verdant trees that roll across the landscape a very colourful scene are the large piles of harvested yellow and green fruit lying stacked on the roadside and in trailers.    Despite late November/early…

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