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Nanning

Nanning (南宁; Nánníng) is the the capital city of Guangxi Province in the South-west corner of China and has a border with Vietnam where you will find Detian Waterfall (德天瀑布 [Détiān Pùbù]) in Daxin County Guangxi Province. Nanning is the center of the Zhuang minority culture, and its population is more than 63% Zhuang.

Nanning is known as the Green City, due to an abundance of lush tropical foliage. Nanning has many Parks, one of which is Nanhu Park located in the South East of Nanning city.

The Hibiscus - Zhūjǐn in the picture on the right is the Nanning City Flower. It also has a pink variety.

Nanning City Flower

Nanning City Flower - Hibiscus - Zhūjǐn - 朱槿

Getting to Nanning and China from the UK.

Having travelled to China and Nanning on several occasions we have flown from Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport. Travelling from Manchester has usually meant flying to Amserdam then onto beijing or Guangzhou then to Nanning, travelling time around 24 hours including taxis and airport waiting times.

The travel sites we have used are Skyscanner which usually gives KLM and China Southern as the airlines or Kayak which has given Air France as the main carier.

On this site you can find information about Chinese Festivals, Travel Advice for China, Hong Kong and Macao, and Visa information the three main types for tourists or visiting family.

We also have links to the British and Chinese consulates in the UK and China at the bottom of the page.

Golden Camellia Park - Nanning

One of the many parks to visit during the cooler part of the year in Nanning, is November to April is the Golden Camellia Park which is also the best time to view the camellias.

There are 8,160 camellias comprised of 302 camellia species which includes yello camellias, Camellia Japonica, C. oleifera and C. sasanqua. Entry is free seven days a week the park is situated at, No. 3-5 Gecun Road Nanning.

Map of Nanning Golden Camellia Park

Map of Golden Camellia Tea Park - Nanning

Chinese Festivals

Click on the Festival Title below to read more.

  • Laba Festival : January 13th 2019

    Today is the traditional Laba Festival in China. Laba means the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar.
    Laba Porridge is a combination of rice, beans, nuts and dates. The festival is linked to both the new harvest and Buddhism.

  • Spring Festival and Chinese New Year : February 5th 2019

    Spring Festival is the most important festival in the chinese calendar. This is the 1st day of the 1st Lunar month.

  • Lantern Festival : Februay 19th 2019

    The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March.

  • QingMing Tomb Sweeping Festival : April 5th 2019

    Qingming festival is celebrated two weeks after the Vernal Equinox, on the 4th or 5th of April. Tomb sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to respect to ancestors.

  • Chinese Youth Day : May 4th 2019

    Commemorating the 1919 student demonstration against foreign aggression.

  • Dragon Boat Festival : June 18th 2018

    The Dragon Boat Festival is a lunar holiday, and varies from year to year. Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China.

  • Double Seventh Festival : August 7th 2018

    The Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival) is one of Chinas traditional festivals, also known as a Chinese Valentine's Day. It falls on the seventh day of the seventh Chinese lunar month.

  • Hungry Ghost Festival : August 25th 2018

    The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of several important festival days of Ghost Month (鬼月) — the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. - Read More.

  • Mid Autumn (Moon) Festival : September 24th 2018

    Chinese Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month (see Mid-Autumn Festival Dates), which is in September or October. Chinese people will have a two-day holiday.

  • National Day : October 1st - 7th 2018

    October 1st is the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and is celebrated as the National Holiday all over China. Lantern Festval is held in Nanning on October 6 in the Peaples Park.

  • Chong Yang (Double Ninth) Festival : October 17th 2018

    Held on the 21st of October Chong means double in Chinese. The Double Ninth Festival, also known as Chongyang Festival, is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. It is also known as the Senior Citizens’ Festival.

Travel Advice

A short summary of travel advice from the Gov.uk website

Hong Kong

The typhoon season in Hong Kong normally runs from April to October. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters.

You should take sensible precautions against pick pocketing and other street crime.

529,505 British nationals visited Hong Kong in 2015. Most visits are trouble free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

China

Over 590,000 British nationals visit mainland China every year. Most visits are trouble free but you should always take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

If you travel to the southern and central regions of China, including the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, monitor weather conditions and take suitable precautions. Heavy rainfall in these regions can cause flooding, interruption of power supply and disruption to roads, railways and flights. The rainy season typically begins in February and lasts until September. Temperatures in July and August can be very high and some provinces have issued heat alerts.

Take particular care if you’re travelling in Tibet. Don’t attempt to travel there without the right permits. The Tibetan Autonomous Region can be closed to foreigners without notice. See Local Travel

Macao

The typhoon season in Macao normally runs from April to October. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters.

Crime levels are low, but you should take sensible precautions against pick pocketing and other street crime. See Crime.

Visits to mainland China

If you intend to travel to mainland China via Macao using a British passport you must get a Chinese visa before arrival at the border. Failure to do so could result in a fine and possible detention by the mainland Chinese authorities. If you’re entering Macao via mainland China and leaving again via the mainland you’ll need to have a double or multiple entry visa to re-enter mainland China.

In 2016, 61,300 British nationals visited Macao. Most visits are trouble-free.

Chinese visa

The Chinese visa is available for different travellers, information here is concerned with the L, Q1 and Q2 Visas.

  • CVACS

    The Chinese Visa Application Centre.

    Chinese Visa Application Centre Logo

    When you travel to China you will require a Chinese Visa to enter and exit the country.

    • What you will need to apply for a Chinese Visa.
    • 6 Months remaining on your passport.
    • 2 Blank pages for Visa and Entry / Exit stamps.
    • One Photo less than 6 months old.
    • Flight itinerary.
    • Hotel reservations.
  • L Visa

    L Visa or Tourist visa

    Issued to those who are going to travel to China for tourism.
    The usual entry duration of the visa is 30 days at the discretion of the CVASC, although this may be extended with the appropriate supporting documentation.

    • Supporting Documentation
    • This would be an Invitation leffter from Family or a friend with permanent residence in China.
    • An Invitation from family requires a photo copy of their Chinese ID card and Invitation letter.
    • From a friend a photocopy of their passport and Chinese residence permit.
    • The duration of your stay, a copy of your flight details and hotel reservations.
    • 6 Months remaining on your passport.
    • 2 Blank pages for Visa and Entry / Exit stamps.
    • One Photo less than 6 months old.
  • Q1 Visa

    Q1 Family reunion, foster care or visiting relatives with permanent residence in China

    Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for a long-term family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purposes of foster care (intended duration of stay in China exceeding 180 days).

    "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

    • Supporting Documentation
    • This would be an Invitation leffter from Family or a friend with permanent residence in China.
    • An Invitation from family requires a photo copy of their Chinese ID card and Invitation letter.
    • From a friend a photocopy of their passport and Chinese residence permit.
    • The duration of your stay, a copy of your flight details and hotel reservations.
    • 6 Months remaining on your passport.
    • 2 Blank pages for Visa and Entry / Exit stamps.
    • One Photo less than 6 months old.
  • Q2 Visa

    Q2 Family reunion, foster care or visiting relatives with permanent residence in China

    Issued to those who intend to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China; the intended duration of stay is limited to no more than 180 days.

    • Supporting Documentation
    • This would be an Invitation leffter from Family or a friend with permanent residence in China.
    • An Invitation from family requires a photo copy of their Chinese ID card and Invitation letter.
    • From a friend a photocopy of their passport and Chinese residence permit.
    • The duration of your stay, a copy of your flight details and hotel reservations.
    • 6 Months remaining on your passport.
    • 2 Blank pages for Visa and Entry / Exit stamps.
    • One Photo less than 6 months old.
Questions and Answers.
Q2 visa is a multi entry Visa which is issued on the provision of evidence that you will be staying with family in China.

A letter from the parent of your wife or person that you are staying with in China.

The letter must contain the name of the invitee, their address, phone number, signature, stating that they are inviting you to stay with them between the dates you are travelling to China.

A copy of the parent or person you are staying with ID card.

This can be a photo sent via email to you of both the front and back of the ID Card.

Your flight schedule of when you intend to travel.

Your intended arrival and departure dates.

A passport with a minimum of six months left before expiration.

If you do not have six months left renew your passport before applying for the visa.

This Visa is a multi entry Visa, recommended that you have at least three years left on your passport before applying.

If you have plans to visit China several times this is your best option, the visa also allows you to exit and enter China after your initial entry.

The visa allows you to stay a maximum of 180 days for each entry.

For further and detailed information please visit the CVASC and apply online then print the form and send to the relevant consulate or embassy.