Jingxi, China, is one of those "secret" places about which only those that are spending a long time in this corner of the country will find out. It is off the tourist trail, so it is -- so far -- "unspoilt," but is starting to get a reputation as one of the most beautiful parts of Guangxi.
Jingxi is in Guangxi province in southwest China, and just fifty kilometers from Vietnam. To get to Jingxi, you can take buses from Nanning, just under three hundred kilometers and five hours away. From Kunming, Yunnan, travelers will need to take the train to Nanning, and change at Baise to a three-hour bus ride.
The town in itself, on the banks of the Longtan River, is pretty ordinary, but the surrounding countryside and the spectacular karst scenery is the main draw. Jingxi is surrounded by these amazing hills, which have caves and lakes such as Equan or "goose" spring tucked away within. A hike to and through Tonglang Canyon and its beautiful waterfall is another day excursion from Jingxi. Gulong Mountain trips can be organized from Jingxi. This is a bit far for independent travelers to get to and from in one day, unless going on a tour, which will include a spot of rafting. Sanya Mountain is an easy day hike from Jingxi to the top with great views.
The nearby ancient village Jiuzhou is home to the Zhuang people, the largest ethnic group in Guangzi province. Here you can find the Eco-Museum and the beautiful Wenchang Pagoda.
Accommodation is available in Jingxi, but it is in its infancy, as this is a "hidden" destination at the moment. Jingxi, China hostel accommodation is in short supply, but you will find dorm beds on offer. Your Jingxi, China hostel can organize any trips in the area you might want to try, or can help if you're the more "do-it-yourself" type. Your Jingxi, China hostel is centrally located, but the town is quite small, so navigating your way around shouldn't be too difficult.
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