5 cities you can’t miss on a high-speed train trip in Guangxi

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Located in southern China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is famous for its picturesque landscape and gorgeous natural scenery.

But back in 1958, it was quite difficult for tourists to visit Guangxi as there were just three railways, spanning 1,346 km, connecting only with neighboring provinces. While sixty years later, the railway route has expanded to 5,191 km, including 1,771 km for high-speed trains.

The development of high-speed trains has made commuting between other provinces and Guangxi much easier and has greatly boosted its tourism in recent years. Let’ hop on a high-speed train that goes all the way from Guilin to the south to visit five cities that you can’t miss in Guangxi.

Li River in Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Photo: VCG

Guilin 8:00 a.m.

Guilin’s landscape is known to the world as “the best under heaven.” Located in the north end of Guangxi, it is an ideal place to start your trip as there are more than 10 high-speed trains passing through Guilin to the southern part of Guangxi every day.

When traveling in Guilin, you can’t miss the 83-kilometer-long “river art gallery” of Li River. The waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo County is like an artist’s masterpiece, decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages. A 3.5-hour cruise trip from Mopanshan Pier will take you to the beautiful and fascinating county of Yangshuo.

Nightlife in Yangshuo is never boring as thousands of tourists will gather to watch the Liu San Jie Impression Light Show, which is said to be the largest natural theater in the world. The water of the Li River sets the stage and a dozen beautifully lit karst formations form the natural backdrop. The stunning visual effect and beautiful folk songs will linger in your mind making this trip unforgettable.

Do try the rice noodles, river snails, beer fish and shrimps of Li River when you are in Guilin as the gourmet here is another reason you’ll fall in love with this city.

Local residents of Zhuang Minority perform musical instruments on April 18, 2018.
Photo: VCG

Liuzhou 9:05 a.m.

Located on the banks of Liu River in north central Guangxi, Liuzhou is a fascinating tourist city as well as a historic and cultural city.

As with much of Guangxi, the landscape in Liuzhou is a mix of mountain peaks, crystal water, bizarre caves and amazing scenery. The city consists of river bends in the center, karst plains in the north, peaks and valleys in the south, and river terraces, karst basins and hills in the east. Yufeng Peak Park and Jiangbin Park are all highly recommended for a city tour.

It is also an ideal place for exploring the minority villages in the area. The folk songs of the Zhuang Minority, dances of the Yao Minority, festivals of the Miao Minority and the architectures of the Dong Minority are hailed as the “four distinct features of the ethnic customs” in Liuzhou.

Snail rice vermicelli, orange, grapefruit and longan are some of the must-try food here.

Read full article at CGTN: https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d31496a4d31457a6333566d54/share_p.html

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