Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Province, is not only the political, economic and cultural center of the province, but also plays an important role in the economic development of southwest China. It is known as the "green city of China" and the hometown of red bean, it is comfortable to live with a mild subtropical climate. You can see green plants and flowers all the year around, and you could find lots of palm trees lining the streets and parks. In such a beautiful land, more than 30 ethnic minority groups have been living harmoniously for 1,680 years. And most of the Zhuang, the largest minority group of China, are living here. Their history and ethnic culture add charm to the city. And this town has a history of more than 1600 years, with the rich local cultural tradition; it was called "Yongzhou" in ancient times. In Song Dynasty, the army and people were led to resist the Vietnamese aggressors there. That's why the city is called “Yong” for short. As the process of urbanization expediting, many old buildings was rebuild or dismantled, giving it a new face of modern city. But you still can see some old buildings like“Sotto Portico” left deep imprints on this city’s history, quietly record the changes of the century.
The Qingxiu Mountain scenic spot, ranked as the number one of the “Top Ten Tourist Attractions” by Nanning Government in 1997, and approved by the State Tourism Administration as one of the first scenic areas classified as national 4A Class Scenic Spots in 2001. With other names as Qing Mountain and Taiqing Mountain, it is located about 10 kilometers northeast away from Nanning. With the torrential Yong River in the south at its foot, it stands majestically with evergreen trees covered all around, hence the name Qingxiu—in Chinese, it means “green and beautiful".
Qingxiu Mountain is the emerald in the greenness of Nanning, known as the "green lung" of Nanning, constantly providing fresh air to the city and absorbing pollutant in the air. The whole mountain, with luxuriant vegetation, is covered with green carpets of all kinds of subtropical trees. Throughout history, many poems have been left in praised of its magnificence and beauty. Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many historic interests and green beauty of evergreen luxuriant vegetation. The major scenic spots within the mountain are: Dragon and Elephant Tower, the Phoenix Tower, the Heavenly Pond, Dong Spring, Phoenix Pagoda, Water-moon Nunnery, Stele Corridor, and other scenic spots and entertainment programs like cable cars and slide-way.
Belonging to the subtropical monsoon zone, its climate features humidity and heat. By virtue of this mild climate, the trees of the city are green all year, hence its name 'Green City', even in the hot summer, the rainfall is quite sufficient. The hospitality of climate makes it amenable for travelers to visit at any time of the year. But there is still a good advice for you to visit there in October or November, when the people in Nanning have their own special festival. Nanning is also a modern city. In the city's commercial center, supermarkets, department stores, specialty commodity streets, bookstores and other retail markets offer a variety of merchandise. When night falls, colorful street lamps lit the city. People of all ages can be seen walking or relaxing in the city's many squares or along the river.