Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nanning and Lost Posts for Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai

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If you are reading this blog then you are probably wondering what happened to all the promised posts about my trip?

After anticipating that I was going to have an easier time blogging in Vietnam, I broke my laptop on the second day in Hanoi. After trying to retrieve my lost posts on Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai for the past two months I have finally decided to just go ahead and post what I do have. I regret not doing this sooner but I had not expected my blog to have went public already. I apologize to those of you who really wanted to know what happened on my study abroad trip if you have come back again!

Here goes Nanning:

In Nanning, Guangxi we had one free day and I chose to go the Qingxiu Mountain Park. If you ever have a chance to go to Nanning, I highly recommend you to go!

There I discovered the importance of nature's beauty to the Chinese people. As one of the ladies I met said, I need three days at least to explore the whole park. Unfortunately, we only had about four hours to enjoy the beauty of nature displayed there. I do not know how to describe how beautiful it is except by saying that most landscapes look better in photo than in person, but the park was much more beautiful than the photos I took of it. The amount of work needed to keep the park looking beautiful and clean must be tremendous. The costs must be too. Considering the extremely low ticket prices, the local government must see maintaining the park as a priority if it chooses to shoulder most of the costs.

Nanning is a considerably small city compared to the other cities we visited in China but it has its own unique beauty. It is known as a good place for retirement as the living costs are low and is also known as a 'green city.' However, it does not provide many opportunities for young people as jobs are more scarce and pay lower salaries. Nanning is home to many different Chinese ethnic minorities, including the largest, the Zhuang people. They have their own language and writing which bear similarities to Vietnamese.

Something else that is special about Nanning is that it is very close to Vietnam. There are Jing peoples, which is the Vietnamese ethnic group in China, living there. The food is also very different from the rest of China and has a Vietnamese influence. I also noticed that the food had a strong distinct smell.

Nanning turned out to be a great ending to our time in China. It has beautiful scenery, the people are nice and friendly, and the costs to travel there are low compared to the rest of China. In all aspects, Nanning is a great place to visit. The only downside is if you do not speak Chinese you will have a hard time there. I saw a few other foreign tourists there though so if they can do it you can too!

We took a short break from the 'studying' part of study abroad in Nanning so I do not have anything to tell in that area.

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