The Guangxi Province is an autonomous region in the southeast of the Peopleís Republic of China, on the border with Vietnam. The region is blessed with an abundance of limestone and subtropical weather, allowing climbing almost year-round. The center of attention still lies in YangShuo, which has grown into a world-class sport climbing destination. However, climbing fever has caught on in China and is spreading quickly throughout the well-endowed province, and country at large. In addition to YangShuo there is well established climbing in FengShan and the capital city of Nanning. No doubt thereís plenty more hidden around and new stuff coming up daily.
I donít know all the airports, but there is one in Guilin (see YangShuo section). Itís a small airport and tickets can be pricey, but if youíre in southeast Asia you might be able to catch a deal. Itís by far the easiest way if you have a visa and are going to YangShuo. Alternately you can come in through Hong Kong (easiest place to get a visa) and take the night train in. You should also be able to come up from Vietnam via ground transport.
Those who have traveled a lot are familiar with Visa tables Ė a matrix showing the rates, lengths, and restrictions on a Visa for people from various countries. The Chinese Visa matrix looks something like this:
- - plus $100 service charge for travelers from the United States
And thatís if you can even get one; theyíre not exactly welcoming Americanís with open arms. The easiest way is to get one while youíre still in your home country. Second easiest is in Hong Kong. I got mine in Bangkok after a lot of shopping of people who _thought_ they could probably get me one. Finally I found a lady who promised me she could get one and I wouldnít pay a penny until she did.
Outside of the major cities and tourist traps China can be challenging for the foreigner, even those well-traveled. Donít expect the usual tourist signs in English, and multilingual assistance that you get in the rest of Asia. Itís next to impossible to Ďwing ití with an attempt at Cantonese or Mandarin if youíre not familiar with tonal languages. Even writing things down can be difficult at times. Your best bet is to practice up on charades before heading over.
If youíre heading for YangShuo then you can relax a bit. The heavy tourism has created a bubble of western culture much like the rest of southeast Asia. Signs are often doubled in English and the language is widely spoken. Getting around is simple so long as you stay in the bubble.
Weather station 5.7 miles from here
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