Nanning Overview

Basic Information

  • Chinese Name: 南宁
  • Administrative Category: Prefecture-level City
  • Location: Central-southern Part of Guangxi
  • Area: About 22,112 square kilometers
  • Population: 7,296,600(2014)

Administrative Division

Nanning has jurisdiction of seven districts and five counties, with a total of 84 towns, 15 townships, 3 ethnic townships and 22 subdistricts.


Facing the South China Sea, Guangxi is China’s only provincial-level administrative district bordering ASEAN countries both on land and at sea. Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is now playing an important role in connecting China with Southeast Asia, is the political, economic and cultural center of the region. Located in the southwest of Guangxi, Nanning is located in the subtropical zone and south of the Tropic of Cancer. The junction of South China, Southwest China and Southeast Asia Economic Circle is the intersection of Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation, Greater Mekong Sub-regional Cooperation and Pan-Pearl River Delta Cooperation. Bordering Vietnam, this city borders Guangzhou, is close to Hong Kong and Macau, and faces Southeast Asia.


Facing the South China Sea, Guangxi is China's only provincial-level administrative district bordering ASEAN countries both on land and at sea. Between 22°12′-24°32′ north latitude and 107°19′-109°38′ east longitude, Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is located in the subtropical zone, southwest of Guangxi, south of the Tropic of Cancer, and is located in a small basin surrounded by mountains. It belongs to humid subtropical monsoon climate with plenty of sunshine, abundant rainfall, less frost and no snow,  warm climate, and long summer and short winter. 

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Best Time to Go

It is suitable to visit Nanning all year round due the unique climate and tourism resources.

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Things to Do

Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1,680 years and  a profound cultural heritage. It is endowed with unique natural conditions, making Nanning be a green city and remain green throughout the year. For a long time, Nanning has formed the  city style of "the city encircled by green mountains and blue water". There are many beautiful attractions hidden around Nanning, such as the beautiful Grand Detian Waterfallmagnificent Qingxiu Mountain and Daming Mountain, quiet Yangmei Ancient Town, mysterious Huashan Muralas well as scattered parks and gardens. When you come here, you will be enchanted by the beautiful sceneries and want to stay here for longer time.

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Nanning has a developed solid transportation Internet including airway, railway, highway and waterway. It is very convenient to get to Nanning by air, train, long-distance bus and water.

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Nanning, a place with many ethnic minorities, has many unique folk festivals and the strong customs, which have become the major scenery line of Guilin Tourism. Although there are many traditional festivals in China, the most exciting is undoubtedly unique festivals for all ethnic groups.

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Nanning cuisine shares many similarities with that of Cantonese cuisine. It is particular about the freshness, tenderness and the nourishment of the dishes. Most tourists are much fonder of the special snacks, which are also popular among the locals. 

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Nanning, as a popular tourist destination at home and abroad, has a full variety of tourist souvenirs and special local products. Its urban area is praised as a shopping paradise for every visitor, with a great many commercial centers and shopping centers.