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Nanning, China


Nanning (南宁; Nánníng) is the capital of Guangxi in south-west China. It is a huge, modern city and a transport gateway for travellers to and from Vietnam.
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[edit] By plane

Nanning has an airport serving both domestic and international flights, though the latter feature only a few destinations on a non-daily basis. But there are plans to have the Nanning-Ho Chi Ming city and Nanning-Bangkok direct flights in the near future. Since Nanning city is the gateway of China to southeast asian countries, the local government put a lot of emphasis on connecting Nanning to capitals of every Southeast asian country. Getting there: There is a shuttle bus every half hour to/from Chaoyang Lu in front of the Minhang (CAAC) Hotel and next to the Yinhe Hotel close to the railway station. RMB 15 per person. 45 minutes.

You can also take a taxi. As of March 2006, a taxi will run you for about 75 RMB. If you're going to the city center or close by, don't let them charge you more. Have them use the meter.
[edit] By train

The railway station is at the northern end of Chaoyang Lu just north of the city center.
To Departure Price (Yuan) Duration (h) Last update
Beijing 0950 28 1 Nov 2006
Guilin 0513, 0559, 0825, 0828, 0950 (to Beijing Xi), 1049 (to Xi'an), 1415, 1524, 1829, 1942 65.00 5 to 6 1 Nov 2006
Kunming 18:10 ~200.00 10 5 June 2005
Pingxiang (Border to Vietnam) 7:58 30.00 3.5 30 June 2005
[edit] By bus

Nanning has two major bus terminals.

* Langdong bus terminal is on Minzu Dadao to the east of the city centre amongst all the new skyscrapers.
* Jiangnan bus terminal is on Xingguang Dadao way south of the city center. Buses to the south, Pingxiang near the Vietnam border, and Yangshuo (via Guilin) operate from Jiangnan. Getting there/away: Bus 41 (RMB 2, 20min journey) connects Jiangnan to Chaoyang Lu in the city centre. Catch them from the square in front of the terminal. Alternatively a taxi will take you for approx. RMB 5-Y10.

To Departure Price (Yuan) Duration (h) Last update
Pingxiang 7, 7:40, 9, 10, 11, 12:40,
14, 15:20, 16, 17, 17:40 ~35.00 5 29 June 2005
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Though the older people speak Cantonese (GuanDongMa), the younger generation speak Mandarin (PuTongHua) mainly. It's regarded as one of the most sucessful city in China in terms of popularizing Mandarin or 'common language'. So, it's a very good place to learn PuTongHua for foreigners. Universities offering Chinese courses are many, including Guangxi University for Nationalities, Guangxi University and so on.

Rembering with Mandarin there are 4 tones: flat, up, down-up and down; which are characterised by -,/,v,\ or 1,2,3,4. So for example to say Mandarin or PuTongHua it is really Pŭ Tōng Hùa or Pu3 Tong1 Hua4. Please note Pu1 Tong1 Hua1 means something completely different!

See also: [Chinese Language[1]]
[edit] Work

As a provincial capital, Nanning has a lot of working oppotunities compared to other cities of Guangxi region. The booming import and export business exchanges between Guangxi and Vietnam means that there is a big demand for people who can speak both Chinese and Vietnamese.Also, if you are a native English speaker, teaching jobs are also abundant.
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[edit] Budget

Around the square in front of the station, there are several hotels offering bargains for rooms and dormbeds starting at RMB 15.

* Yingbing Hotel, (directly infront of railway station, on the right side of Chaoyang Lu if looking away from station). Excels with English-speaking staff 24 hour on duty and a comprehensive list of train and bus connections.

[edit] Mid-range

* Yin He Hotel, 84 Chaoyang Lu (right in the centre of town just south of the railway station and next to airport bus terminal). Tel: 86-771-2116688. Fax: 86-771-2420303. Conveniently located near the railway station, airport bus terminal, CAAC office, Langdong bus terminal ticketing office and other amenities. Some rooms newly renovated. Rooms from RMB 388, better ones from RMB 470.
* Jinyue Hotel, 59 Xinmin Lu (about 20 minutes walk or 10 minutes by taxi from the railway station, 10 minutes from Chaoyang Square. Access to hotel is from a ramp from Minzhu Lu opposite post office). Oldish business hotel with recently upgraded rooms in 2006. Clean and comfortable rooms, all with bath, telephone and TV. Rooms from RMB 388.

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[edit] Stay safe

Chinese cities are generally speaking very safe and Nanning is no exception. But petty robberies are quite common. On buses, it's advisable to be extra-careful about your mobilephones, wallets and so on.
[edit] Cope

Vietnamese Consulate: The consulate issues Visas for Vietnam. Regular service takes 14(!) workdays, but you can opt for express service (600 yuan), in which case you can retrieve your passport and visa at 18:00 in the evening. Address:

Ground floor, Touzi Dasha, 109 Minzu Dadao, Nanning.
Tel: (86-77) 1551 0562
Fax: (86-77) 1553 4738

You can either take a taxi there (ca. 15 yuan one way) or the local bus (1.2 yuan one way): Bus number 6 bound away from the railway-station; get off at the second stop after you crossed a big bridge. The consulate is in the first really high building you can see on the left hand side when crossing the bridge. (June 2005)
[edit] Get out

There is a train to Kunming, reportedly a sensational ride through isolated mountainous country.

The famously scenic tourist area around Guilin and Yangshou is only a short distance from Nanning.

permalink written by  garisti on May 1, 2008 from Nanning, China
from the travel blog: Viaje por Asia
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