Guǎngxī (广西) conjures up visions of cycling and bamboo-rafting upon shimmering river waters beneath the sublime karst peaks of Yángshuò and hiking between ethnic villages in the lofty Lóngjǐ Rice Terraces. That's not all though: you can take selfies in front of the dramatic Dānxiá landscape (a type of landform) at Tiānmén Mountain and Bājiǎozhài National Geopark, and get sprayed by the mighty waterfall of Détiān or splashed by live seafood in Běihǎi's Vietnamese quarter.
What's more, you'll be contemplating the 2000-year-old Huāshān cliff murals from a boat and comparing the poetry of the Dòng villages at Chéngyáng to the beauty of Japan's Kyoto.
After you've had your fill of wonders above ground, you'll be plunging into the subterranean forests of Lèyè and soaking your feet in the underground streams of Tōnglíng Grand Canyon. Doing it all in reverse also makes sense, for Yángshuò is the perfect conclusion to any expedition.