Places in Guǎngxī
Seasoned travellers to Guǎngxī used to make Yángshuò their base, but many of these veterans now gripe about Yángshuò’s lack of authenticity – ‘too many tourists’, they complain. And they’re right: the town, once peaceful, is now a collage of Chinese tour groups, bewildered Westerners, pole-dancing bars, bad traffic and the glue that binds any tourist hot spot together – touts.
Like many provincial capitals in China, Nánníng is a bog-standard city with few sights of note. But it’s a fairly relaxing place to recharge your batteries before leaving for, or returning from, Vietnam. Nánníng's metro system will be completed in phases in 2016, and is expected to improve the city's traffic.
Běihǎi (literally ‘North Sea’) is famed among Chinese tourists for its Silver Beach, dubbed ‘number one beach on earth’ in tourism brochures (it’s not). More charming though is the old quarter, where you'll find colonnaded streets and colonial-era architecture that's escaped the demolition ball.
Tours and activities
7-Day Yangshuo Bike Adventure Including Longji Rice Terraces Hike and Li River Cruise
Get ready for an adventure-filled week as you explore the rural countryside of Guangxi by bike! Your guided bike tour will take you off the beaten track from Longji to Yangshuo, by way of Guilin and Xingping...
Tips and articles
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