Liuzhou City Guangxi Province
When it comes to tourism Guangxi, with Yangshuo, and Guilin is one of China’s Big Kahunas, but like any Chinese province, Guangxi is not only massive, but also has a ton of nondescript cities that are huge by western standards, but considered small by China. Welcome to Liuzhou City!
Liuzhou City is actually the second biggest city in Guangxi province with a population of almost 4 million, and the area is home to many of China’s minority nationalities, such as the Zhuang, Miao, and Dong.
Liuzhou City is major railway hub, with connections to Beijing, Guangzhou, and is only an hours ride away from Guilin, Yangshuo, and Beihai, making it a genuinely good stop if you are on the Guangxi tourist trail.
Like any Chinese city there is a decent bus network, but as tier 3 city it offers cheap taxis that start at about $1 per journey. Due to the increase in apps to book taxis, it can sometimes be hard to flag one in Liuzhou City.
What to see?
Short answer to this is there really isn’t much to see and do in Liuzhou City.
- Liuhou Park – Named after the poet Liu Zongyuan, who as well as being a poet was also the governor. Nice park, but it’s not exactly Suzhou.
- Ho Chi Minh’s house – If you are a communist geek you can go check out the house Uncle Ho lived in when he was here, but it’s a little nondescript, to say the least.
- Ma’an Hill Park – Some caves that show Neanderthals sued to live in Liuzhou.
What is there to do in Liuzhou City?
There really isn’t anything unique to do when you visit Liuzhou aside from getting yourself out to the countryside to check out the scenery which is very similar to Yangshuo, but without the crowds.
What is there to buy in Liuzhou City?
So there’s a Chinese saying that goes “Be born in Suzhou, live in Hangzhou, eat in Guangzhou, and die in Liuzhou”. Not exactly sure why anyone would wish to die here, but the net result is that you can buy souvenir coffins here that are supposed to be good luck.
What should you eat in Liuzhou City?
- Guilin Rice noodles – Stating the obvious here, but this is a Chinese classic available throughout the province.
- Luosifen – Rice noodles in spicy sauce served with snails! A lot better than it sounds.
What should you drink in Liuzhou City?
Like any Chinese cities they have their own brand of Baijiu, but nothing worth writing home about. Liquan is the provincial beer you will see served everywhere.
There is no real bar scene to speak of.
Where to sleep in Liuzhou City?
Like any Chinese city there are lots of options to suit every budget. The best hotel, and at a very reasonable price is the Radisson Blu, Liuzhou, which can cost as little as $60 a night.
Probably one of the best things you can do is get out of the place! The central location makes it easy to get on the tourist trails of Guilin, Yangshuo, Beihai, and even Vietnam.