Nanning is the the capital city of Guangxi Province in the South-west corner of China and has a border with Vietnam. It is the center of the Zhuang minority culture, and its population is more than 63% Zhuang.

The Zhuang are strongly assimilated into Han Chinese culture however, with some remnant customs such as the Longboat (Dragon Boat) races held on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month (around the beginning of June). The Miao, Yao, and Dong minority cultures were more independent, and the Miao and Yao remained in the hill regions of the province in the 19th century, with several uprisings that were forcefully suppressed by the Han Chinese authorities. The Miao and Dong are noted for their traditions of silver jewellery.

The flower in the photo is the City flower for Nanning the Hibiscus or in Chinese pinyin Zhūjǐn 朱槿

Nanning City Flower
Nanning City Flower - Hibiscus - Zhūjǐn - 朱槿

Chinese Festivals

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  • January 24th 2018: Laba Festival

    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.

  • February 16th 2018: Spring Festival and Chinese New Year

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

  • March 2nd 2018: Lantern Festival

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

  • April 5th 2018: QingMing Tomb Sweeping Festival

    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 show respect to ancestors.

  • May 4th 2018: Chinese Youth Day

    Commemorating the 1919 student demonstration against foreign aggression

  • June 18th 2018: Dragon Boat Festival

    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.

  • August 28th 2017: Double Seventh Festival

    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.

  • September 5th 2017 Ghost Festival

    The Ghost Festival (also known as Zhongyuan Festival by Taoists or Yu Lan Pen Festival by Buddhists) is the day to pay respects to the deceased by offering sacrifices. - Further information

  • October 1st - 7th 2017: National Day

    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.

  • October 4th 2017: Mid Autumn (Moon) Festival

    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.

  • October 28th 2017: Chong Yang (Double Ninth) Festival

    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 website.


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.

China has a zero tolerance policy on drugs. There have been a number of recent incidences in Beijing of police raids on clubs and bars. The police have asked individuals to give urine samples to check on consumption of illicit substances. There are severe penalties in China for drugs-related offences including the death penalty. See Local Laws and Customs.

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

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.

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.


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.

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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.