Nanning is the capital city of Guangxi, and is usually not considered by tourists as a hip city to visit. However, Nanning has plenty of hidden secrets and some seriously beautiful and vibrant attractions to checkout. My first day in Nanning was spent exploring the city. I visited the botanical garden which was huge, filled with gorgeous, vibrant flora and provided a wonderful escape from modern day life. Little buggies were available to reduce the walking distance since the gardens are massive, and bikes could be rented as well. I cannot stress enough how wonderful this place was. I even got into a game of Hacky Sack with some of the locals! After the botanical garden, I explored the modern city center which was gloriously lit up at night. There were plenty of great bars and pubs to check out. My favorite was the Queen’s Head.
My second day was spent outside the city visiting Daming Mountain. I love hiking, so this was a great way for me to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. There are several marked paths to follow for hikers and I decided to ignore several of these and venture off on my own. I eventually met up with a marked path once more and climbed quite high. The views were amazing and the air was amazingly clear. It is little wonder that Nanning is known as one of the greenest capital cities in China.
My final day was spent at the ethnic museum of Nanning and the medicinal plants garden. Both places were fascinating and interesting.The museum showcased some of Nanning’s ethnic minority cultures. It was brilliant to see the way they dressed, learn about their festivals and to even see some craftsmen making beautiful ethnic art before my very eyes. The medicinal plant garden was grand in scale and I actually got lost for a while.Still, things were well-labeled and I actually enjoyed my aimless wanderings through the beautiful medicinal plant garden.