Have you heard of the city of Nanning before? Whilst the destination/name Guilin is commonly known among visitors, Nanning is by comparison, largely unknown, despite the fact that it's the capital of Guangxi Province and home to over 4 million people! The city itself is relatively similar to other second-tier Chinese cities but is known as the 'Green City' from it's vast parklands and trees throughout. More importantly, it's also an internationally accessible base to explore some incredibly scenic destinations in Southern Guangxi Province.
Current airlines operating international flights to/from Nanning are as per the following (according to wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanning_Wuxu_International_Airport):
- Air Asia (direct flights to Kuala Lumpur);
- Air Macau (direct flights to Macau);
- Hainan Airlines (direct flights to Bangkok);
- Hong Kong Airlines (direct flights to Hong Kong);
- Korean Air (direct flights to Seoul);
- Nok Air (direct flights to Bangkok);
- Shenzhen Airlines (direct flights to Taipei);
- TigerAir (direct flights to Singapore);
Anyway, by 'incredibly scenic destinations', I'm referring to a combination of popular attractions (for example the Detian Waterfalls located along the border with Vietnam), Tongling Grand Canyon as well as very off the beaten track destinations (unlikely to see another foreign tourist within miles) at Bama, Sanmenhai and neighboring areas. Obviously, with China rapidly developing and new railways being continually built, some remote regions will suddenly become popular with an influx of domestic visitors..however that time hasn't yet arrived! Stay tuned for more information or visit the Nanning Tours section to learn about some of these amazing destinations.
Finally, I hope this blog as well as other media can be inspiring for you to visit China - whether it's as part of a tour or independently. Even though many people think China is a country of only large factories and polluted skies, in reality, there are a number of amazingly beautiful destinations that would shock those same people! Thanks for reading the blog and I hope it's of interest.