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Guangxi Travel Guide

Guangxi Overview

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Called "Gui" for short, has a long history of more than 2,000 years. It belonged to the Yue region during the Spring and Autumn period, then was divided into tow counties named Guilin and Xiang in Qin Dynasty. It was first established as a province in Song Dynasty, got the name Guangxi in Qing Dynasty. In 1958, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was set up.

Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one of the border frontiers of Chinese civilization. Even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The current name "Guang" itself means "expanse", and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD.

The abbreviation of the province is Gui, which comes from the city of Guilin, the former capital, center of much of Guangxi's culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region.

Guangxi Facts

Provincial Capital: Nanning

Area: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region covers about 23.67million square km, 2.5% of the total China's land,9th largest province.

Geography: Guangxi is the only province in West China that both an international border and a sea coast, serving as a juncition with the Beibu Gulf economical zone circle and the ASEAN Economic Circle, thus the reason Nanning was chosen as the permanent host city for China- ASEAN Expo.

Guangxi is a mountainous region. The Nanling Mountains are found in the northeast border, with the Yuecheng Mountains and Haiyang Mountains being its shorter branching ridges. To the north there are the Duyao Mountains and the Fenghuang Mountains, while on the southeast border there is the Yunkai Mountain. The highest point is Mount Maoer located in the Yuecheng Mountains, at 2141 m.

Population: At the end of 2006, Guangxi's population is 49.61 million, the population density is 208 every square kilometer. The region is inhabited majorly by 12 different groups, namely, Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, Dong, Mulao, Maonan, Hui, Jing, Yi, Shui and Gelao. The Zhuang nationality is taking up 1/3 of the total population.

Administrative Division: Guangxi is divided into fourteen prefecture-level cities, fifty-six counties, thirty-four districts, twelve ethnic autonomous counties and seven county-level cities.

Climate: Guangxi is located in low-latitude area in the southern China, linking with Yungui Plateau in its northwest, and Tropic of Cancer comes across its center. Generally, Guangxi lies in the subtropical monsoon climate zone. In China's administrative regions Guangxi is one of the hottest places with its annual average temperature is 20 degree Celsius.

With a subtropical monsoon humid climate, Guangxi enjoys abundant rainfall, long frostless season, long summers and short winters but fairly high temperature as the Tropic of Cancer cuts through.

Guangxi Climate & Weather

Guangxi is located in Centre and South Asian tropical monsoon climate zone. It has warm climate and various climate type. The climate characteristics of Guangxi are: long summer and short winter, rich quantity of heat, plenty rainfall, clear dry and wet seasons, little sunshine in winter but much sunshine in summer. The annual average temperature around the whole Guangxi is about 16.0℃~23.0℃; the annual extreme maximum temperature in each district is about 33.7℃~42.5℃, the annual minimum temperature is about -8.4℃~-2.9 ℃. Guangxi is one of the most abundant rainfall area; the annual precipitation are above 1070 mm. The months from April to September are rainy seasons, and the months of October to March are dry seasons.

Tips for Guangxi Weather

Best season to visit Guangxi:
The best time to travel in Guangxi is in spring and autumn, especially April, May, August, September and October. The months of April and May in Guangxi are rainy seasons. The temperature of spring in Guangxi changes from 15℃ to 27℃. Summer is long with lots of rain in Guangxi. The average temperature of the hottest month July is about 27℃~29℃. Autumn is cool with little rain in Guangxi. The temperature in this season changes from 16℃ to 28℃. Winter is short and dry with short duration of sunshine in Guangxi. The average temperature of the coldest month January is about 5.5℃~15.2℃.

Clothes for travelling:
If your choose to have your Guangxi Tours in May, the weather is cold in the morning and evening, but hot at noon in this month, tourists had better take your thin coats of Long-sleeved Tees. Generally, tourists can dress your T-shirt in summer season in Guangxi, while you need to put on your thick coats or sweaters in winter.

Avoid Peak Holidays:
It is not a good idea to travel in China during Chinese holidays when huge numbers of Chinese people are travelling around. The busiest three national holidays in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07).. Spring Festival is an especially crowded time to travel. The advantage of being in China at this time is that you will get the opportunity to experience "first hand" the significance of these celebrations in Chinese culture.

Other Tips:
1. Summer in Guangxi has strong ultraviolet rays, please protect yourself from the sunburn; and summer is also the rainy season, please pay attention to bring umbrella in case of rain.
2. Detian Waterfall in Nanning and Li River in Guilin has large temperature difference in the daytime and night, please bring enough clothes to avoid catching cold.