Nanning Things to Do

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    Big Drum Monument - Wen Wu Yuan Park

    by myspices Updated Nov 2, 2007

    Well, once you are done with the Guangxi Provincial Museum (ground floor and 1st floor), you can proceed to go to the park which is just next to the Museum called Wen Wu Yuan. There is a huge drum monument which is painted in light green on the grounds of the park to signify the historic presence of bronze drums in Guangxi. Next to this gigantic drum monument, there is a stage for cultural performances to be held. There are some small figurines of horses and turtles around the park.

    You can actually enter Wen Wu Yuan via it's main entrance but it's more expensive if you want to cover the park, museum and the performances. Total package for this is 28yuan. As such, it's best to enter through the Museum's entrance where you only pay 8yuan but get to enjoy the museum, park as well as the performances. See my Tip on "Different Entrance - Cheaper" under Tourist Trap.

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax
    Wen Wu Yuan operating hours : 9am to 5pm
    Entrance fee is :8yuan per pax excluding performances and Museum
    28yuan - full package for park, performances and museum visit

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    Big drum monument in the park next to museum Drum monument - close up Drum monument - pic taken from 1st floor of museum View of the park from 1st floor of museum
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    Bamboo Pole Dance - Wen Wu Yuan

    by myspices Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    This is one of the many dances performed at the stage of Wen Wu Yuan Park which is next to Guangxi Provincial Museum. Like i have said, enter by the cheaper entrance ie through the Museum entrance instead of the Wen Wu Yuan entrance as the fee is triple at this entrance. See tip on "Different Entrance - Cheaper" under Tourist Traps

    The Bamboo pole dance is a joyous dance where players of long bamboos poles musically synchronise the beat of two bamboos with the music. The dancer(s) will dance with the beat of the bamboo sticks without getting the feet being clasped by the bamboo poles. It's a fun dance and you need a little practice to "perfect" the dance.

    Performance starts at 11.30a.m and it's a half hour show.

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax
    Wen Wu Yuan operating hours : 9am to 5pm
    Entrance fee is :8yuan per pax excluding performances and Museum
    28yuan - full package for park, performances and museum visit

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    Join in the bamboo pole dance - it's fun! Skilful dance in the bamboo pole dance
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    Embroidery Balls - Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Embroidery Balls ("Xiu Qiu") are the best of the embroidery crafts. Jiuzhou in Jingxi, Guangxi is the home of embroidery balls. These embroidery balls are made by hand, traditionally with 3 colours of red, yellow and green. The patterns embroidered on the petals of the balls are usually of plants, animals and lucky words.

    The "Xiu Qiu" embroidery ball is used to symbolise love. As such, if a girl were to handmade an embroidery ball and gives it to a boy - it means that she has given her heart to him..... awww....such sweet gesture!

    There is also a custom whereby the event called "Tossing the Xiu Qiu" is held by the girl in seek of a fated life partner. The girl will toss the ball over into the loop to the other side where the boys are. The boy who catches the xiu qiu will be the husband to-be. See another picture attached on this queer custom.

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am o 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax

    Colourful embroidery balls called the Tossing the
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    The Wedding - Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    The wedding ceremony of the minorites is an interesting event. You can read about it on the 1st floor of the Guangxi Sheng Bowuguan (Guangxi Provincial Museum). The pictures showed the following :-

    1) The crying - yeap, the bride is supposed to cry to show that she's sad to leave her family members as she will be off to stay with her husband's family
    2) The wedding dinner - array of food in celebration of the auspicious event. Usually the whole village will be invited to attend the dinner
    3) Piggy back the bride - The groom is to piggy back his bride. An umbrella is used to shade the bride and ward off any evil spirits.
    4) The honeymoon night - The groom will unveil the bride and helps her undo the headgear. Likewise the bride will undo the headgear of the groom.

    Interesting process, isn't it?

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am o 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax

    For more interesting exhibits - see my travelogue on "Minorities Cultures - Guangxi Provincial Museum"

    The Wedding of the Minorities
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    Minorities' Embroidery-Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    On the 1st floor of Guangxi Sheng Bowuguan (Guangxi Provincial Museum), there are lots of nice exhibits on the cultures and lifestyles of the minorities. Intricate and colourful embroidery on caps, clothes, headgears, shoes, belts, bags, table cloths, window sills etc are displayed. The awesome neddlework of these minorities makes one wonder how much of hardwork and time have been spent even on small items such as the cloth shoes and head bands. There are also tie and dye materials being exhibited. Interesting write-ups on the cultures of the minorites are good read.

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am o 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax

    For more interesting exhibits - see my travelogue on "Minorities Cultures - Guangxi Provincial Museum"

    a pair of intricately embroidered cloth shoes
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    Ancient Bronze Drums-Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Guangxi has been praised as the "base camp" of bronze drums and in Guangxi Sheng Bowuguan (Guangxi Provincial Museum), there is an exhibition hall (on ground floor) solely dedicated to these prized collection of ancient bronze drums. Bronze drums are the representative cultural relics of ancient ethnic groups of South China. In ancient time, bronze drums were taken as a symbol of power and wealth, as a sacred vessel used in religious service and entertainment.

    If you have a big group coming in for visit in this Museum, there is a guide who will explain the history of the drums in details. We followed a guide along with a group of students. The guide speaks Mandarin. You could try to check if there's an English speaking guide. Besides the bronze drums, there are many stonewares being exhibited here. Don't forget to go to the far end of the hall to check out the largest bronze drum .

    Museum operating hours : 8.30am o 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
    Entrance fee : 8yuan per pax

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    The largest bronze drum Ancient drum - exhibit glass encased More exhibit... Exhibit showing how to Exhibit showing a series of drums
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  • Detian Waterfall

    by biaoism Written Apr 16, 2006

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    The largest cross-border waterfall in Asia, which is shared by Vietnam and China. It is a 5 hour ride away from Nanning, which means travelling to and from it takes 10 hours! But it was worth the long ride for the beautiful scenery!

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    Jin Lun Dong - One of the Top Ten Largest Caves

    by TeaInChina Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Near the town of Ma San you will find the Jin Lun Cave area. Jin Lun is a famous Chinese leader for whom the cave is named. The cave is one of the ten largest caves in the world. The tickets are 40Yuan per person, which is expensive for an activity in China, I think, but I must say that it's well worth the expenditure. A short walk to the cave entrance with a tour guide and the coolness of the cave overtakes you immediately. The cave is wonderfully lit with multi-color lights to fully appreciate the size of the caverns and shape of the stalactites and stalagmites. The cave features numerous caverns, smaller caves, and many interesting spaces. Toward the end of the nearly 2 hour walk through the caves, the walkway nears the surface, only to plunge down a hundred steps underground. There are several small pools, which lead to a huge lake and a meandering river. There is an awesome reflection pool that perfectly mirrors the ceiling and lights. This was the highlight and grand finale of the tour.

    Cave of Wonders
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    YangMei

    by Christianzagar Written Jan 26, 2005

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    A really cool untouristed traditional 17th century town. It's an easy day trip from Nanning and is well worth the excursion. Ask around at your hotel how to get there as the bus stop and schedule changes frequently. The bus uses a small ferry to cross a river to reach the village. Make sure you find out what time the last bus leaves or at least find out what time your bus driver is leaving as you don't want to be stranded out there.. though I'm sure there are places to stay. You have two options once you arrive.. hire out an ox-cart for the day or just walk around... There are a few english signs outside buildings explaining this and that. There is an interesting Daoist temple and the area around the river is a great place to chill out in the shade and watch the locals. There are some food stalls near the steps down to the water..

    yangmei
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    Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by Christianzagar Written Jan 26, 2005

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    The museum has interesting displays of Guangxi's minority cultures. There was also a beautiful show of local contemporary artists... My favourite pieces where by a trained classical Chinese painter who fused his traditional skills with modern subjects... The back garden houses the National Minorities Cultural Relics Park. There is a peaceful garden that's an awesome place to chill out. There are replicas of Dong and Miao structures like bridges and houses.

    replica bridge
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    Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by Christianzagar Written Jan 26, 2005

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    The museum has interesting displays of Guangxi's minority cultures. There was also a beautiful show of local contemporary artists... My favourite pieces where by a trained classical Chinese painter who fused his traditional skills with modern subjects... The back garden houses the National Minorities Cultural Relics Park. There is a peaceful garden that's an awesome place to chill out. There are replicas of Dong and Miao structures like bridges and houses.

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    Qingxiu Scenic Area - Thai Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    Was quite surprised to see this Thai temple in China! It is built through the exchange and co-operation between Nanning and Thailand and was designed by a Thai architect.

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    Qingxiu Scenic Area - Phoenix Pagoda

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    This pagoda has been restored based on the original one built in the Qing Dynasty, because the original pagoda was destroyed during World War II.

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    Qingxiu Scenic Area - Guanyin Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    This temple is located near the top of the main hill within the scenic park but it seemed as though only part of it was open to visitors. More photos can be found in one of my travelogues.

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    Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region People's Assembly

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    This is the large modern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region People's Assembly building located on Minzu Dadao, not far from the Guangxi Provincial Museum.

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