Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Zhuang Autonomous Region is located in southwest China
between Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan, and Yunnan provinces.
It shares a border with Vietnam and has a southern coastline
along the Gulf of Tomkin. Guangxi has a diverse mix
of ethnic minorities, with the Zhuang people making
up a significant proportion of the population. In recognition
of this, Guangxi province became the Guangxi Autonomous
Region of the Zhuang Minority in 1958.
For the visitor, the great appeal of Guangxi
is its karst limestone topography which creates the
stunning scenery of jagged green mountains beside clear
blue waters. It is said that the mountains and rivers
of Guilin, Guangxi's most famous city, are the most
picturesque in the world. Cruising down the Li River
between Guilin and Yangshuo is a highlight of many visits
to Guangxi. The Tang dynasty poet Han Yu described the
Li as "a blue silk ribbon surrounded by jade hairpins"
and the river is just as beautiful today.
Guilin and Yangshuo are exceptionally beautiful
areas however the scenery throughout Guangxi is stunning
and Nanning and Liuzhou have fascinating attractions
of their own.
Guangxi's diverse minority groups add extra
depth to a visit to the area and the different cultures
have festivals and customs unique to the region, such
as the reed flute festival of the Miao people and the
firecracker festival of the Dong people.