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    Jin Lun Dong - One of the Top Ten Largest Caves

    by TeaInChina Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Cave of Wonders

    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.

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    Guangxi Medicinal Plants Botanical Garden

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    Established in 1959, Guangxi Medicinal Plants Botanical Garden is located in the north-east part of Nanning. There are over 4,000 medicinal plants in the garden. most of which are native to the south of China but there are also some from 20 other countries including the UK, France, Netherlands, USA, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. The garden is the largest professional medicinal plant garden in the Asian Pacific region with the most number of species.

    Admission: RMB10.

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    Wen Wu Yuan Park-next to Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    The Wen Wu Yuan park next to Guangxi Provincial Museum has a separate entrance. If you enter from this entrance instead of through the Museum's entrance, you have to pay like triple!. See my tip on "Different Entrance - Cheaper" under Tourist Trap.

    This park is very scenic and you get to see the miniature structure of the "Wind & Rain Bridge" . There is also a moon-shaped bridge across a stream and nice little stools for you to relax. Near to this stream and the gigantic drum monument, there is a stage where we sat and watched a series of minorities folk dances (also the bamboo pole dance) and the wedding ceremony of the minorities tribe. The audience is invited to join in the dances and also participate in the wedding ceremony. Lots of laughter and cheering echoed through the park.
    Performance is at about 11.30am and it's an half hour entertainment.

    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

    See more pictures on the cultural dances/wedding ceremony in my Travelogue entitled "Cultural Dances & Wedding Ceremony"

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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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    Qingxiu Scenic Area - Tianchi and Yaochi Lakes

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    These are two man-made lakes within the park in front of a series of steps that lead up to the Longxiang Pagoda. There's a lovely building on the shore which serves as a tea house. The lakes are brimming with fish, as you can see in the photos.

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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 Wedding - Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    The Wedding of the Minorities

    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"

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    Bamboo Pole Dance - Wen Wu Yuan

    by myspices Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Join in the bamboo pole dance - it's fun!
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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

    See another pic attached.

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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..

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    Qingxiu Scenic Area - Longxiang Pagoda

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 21, 2008

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    On the top of the mountain stands Longxiang pagoda or Qingshan pagoda which is the symbol of the Qingxiu Mountain. It was first built in the Wanli period (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty, but was destroyed by war. It was rebuilt in the mid-1980s and become the highest and largest pagoda in Guangxi. The pagoda retains the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty; inlaid with green bricks and tiles and featuring a 9-tiered octagonal exterior.

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    Minorities' Embroidery-Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by myspices Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    a pair of intricately embroidered cloth shoes

    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"

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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

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    Guangxi Provincial Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    The Guangxi Provincial Museum was built in 1954 and extended in 1978 to have a total area of 30,000 square metres. The museum has items such as hand axes that date to around 830,000 years ago, big stone spades of the Neolithic Age and bronze pieces from the various Chinese dynasties. But its main claim-to-fame is its collection of bronze drums which is said to be the largest in the world and are truly amazing. The other major exhibition of the museum is its ethnological section which features various artefacts from the different minority groups within Guangxi. Not only does the museum display some 50,000 exhibits but it also has a Minority Cultural Relics Garden at the back of the museum that was built in 1988. This displays some of the structures found within the province with the main showpiece being the Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people.

    Open: 9am-5pm. Admission: was free when I visited but I think it's normally RMB8.

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    Guangxi Provincial Museum - Bronze drums

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    Bronze drums are the representive cultural relics of ancient ethnic groups in South China. In ancient times, they were taken as symbol of power and wealth. As a sacred vessel used in religious service and entertainment, bronze drums had been pursued, collected, treasured and worshipped by many ethnic groups for more than 2,000 years from the Spring and Autumn Period to the late Qing dynasty (8th century B.C. - 20th century A.D.).

    Guangxi has been praised as the "base camp" of bronze drums and, here, historical records of them are abundant with this collection numbering over 1,000 which makes it the largest collection in the world.

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    Guangxi Provincial Museum - Ethnology

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    As well as the superb bronze drums, the other major exhibition of the museum is its ethnological section which features various artefacts from the different minority groups within Guangxi. These include different textiles, wooden hand looms, drinking vessels, clothes, musical instruments, puppets and dolls, jewellery and masks. More photos can be found in my travelogues.

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