Forest and lake tour in beautiful Guangxi
The Chengbi Lake was built by more than 70,000 hard-working and intelligent people of all ethnic groups from 12 counties of Bailan, Tianyang, Tianlin, Longlin, Lingyun, Debao, Jingxi, Pinngguo, Donglan, Fengshan and Bama over two years from September of 1958 to September of 1960. Originally it was a subterranean river running under the mountains on the verge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It rushes out in the Shuiyuan Cave, Lanjin Ridge, Lingyun County. Its overall length is 127 km. The area of the Lake is 39 km2 and the combined capacity of storing is 1.154 billion cubic meters. The Chengbi Lake is praised as “the Daughter of the Sea” and “the Splendid Pearl” in western Guangxi. The Detian Waterfall is on the border between China and Vietnam. It is within the territory of Daxin County of Guangxi. This is a national-level scenic spot. Stretching across China and Vietnam, the Waterfall is the first largest transnational waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest one in the world. It is about 200 m wide and is connected with the Ban Kha Waterfall of Vietnam. Great, momentous, twisting and turning, its undulant water runs down layer by layer and its sound can be heard miles away. Either slow or fast, the Waterfall gets split or integrated sometimes. It twists and turns among the towering old trees with the setoffs of colorful flowers, green grass, and wandering birds. The Waterfall becomes cascading along the steep cliffs. Standing below the Waterfall, tourists will feel that its misty water seems to be connected with the cloud. Rows of flows sometimes are twisted, sometimes are gathering again and rush through the barriers. When the tourists are looking up at the top of the Waterfall, the mountain peaks seem to be drifting. This big Waterfall is like a torrential sea. The splashing water drops look like millions of pearls. Grand and magnificent with diverse beauty, the Detian Waterfall runs on and on and will never get exhausted. It demonstrates different landscapes in different seasons and different weathers. Tourists will be fully impressed by its vigor, momentum and charm.
Description of the Itinerary
Day 1: Leave after breakfast for Baise City, the blessed land in western Guangxi. Visit along the trip the Ganzhuang Mountain – the birthplace of the Zhuang Culture. Then tourists will climb the Yinglong Mountain, the fairy land in western Guangxi as well as the Baise Uprising Memorial Park. After that, the tourists will go to the ancient-styled Yuedong Guild, which was built in Ming (1368 A.D – 1644 A.D.) and Qing (1644 A.D. – 1911 A.D.) dynasties and is still well preserved today. It is also the site of the Head Office of the 8th Corp of the Red Army. The visitors will have a tour on the Chengbi Lake Scenic Spot, which is known as “the Pearl of Health in Western Guangxi”. The Lake has a broad area. Its water volume is as much as 1.15 billion cubic meters. The ecological environment around it is beautiful with over 92% of forest coverage. The water in the Lake is clear and green all over the year. Its quality meets with Class A national water standards. The water is drinkable without prior treatments. Here is the best place in western Guangxi for good health. Your tour guide will let you see the miracle of the water via a simple and effective experiment. Upon visiting the Chengbi Lake in 1990, Jiang Zemin, the then General Secretary of China Communist Party rained praises on its beautiful sights. He said: “The landscapes are so beautiful here! The air hers is excellent! The fruit here is marvelous!” Day 2: Go after breakfast to the place of world longevity – Bama and visit the real longevity village – Renshouyuan Scenic Spot --- the representative of more than one thousand years of longevity culture of Bama. Emperor Guangxu (1875 A.D. – 1908 A.D. in reign) of the Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D. – 1911 A.D.) granted a plaque with the words that “only the benevolent enjoy a long life”. Here, you will understand the essence of the over 1000-year longevity culture of Bama and experience “Food Supplement Producing a Longer Life”, a plain filial rituals in Bama for more than one thousand years. Moreover, you can work with local villagers to cook the native snaps for good health and taste the authentic and healthy Bama Long-Table Feast. Bama is a Yao Autonomous County and the accumulation area of Yao people. The Yao people are also those who have the longest average life locally. After lunch, tourists will travel to Bapan Village, the longevity village of Bama. Located at the important geographical boundaries of the tropical and the sub-tropical zones, Bama has the subtropical monsoon climate. Affected by the plateau climate and the marine climate, its winter is not cold and its summer is not extremely hot. Each season here looks like spring. This is a uniquely small climate zone with more than 20,000 oxyanions per square centimeter in the air. There’s no pollution here. Such special ecological environment has made Bama the well-known place for longevity in the world. You may, if lucky enough, go to the house of a centenarian, have a group picture with him/her, pray for him/her, and get the secrets on how to live longer. You will make visits here freely and absorb the atmosphere of the place for long life. Then the tourists will go back to Bama for free activities. They may go to the market and buy some locally unique handcrafts, fresh vegetables and fruit… to feel the folk culture in the longevity county. Then they will stay in the hotel. Day 3: Take the coach buses after breakfast for Debao. Three counties of Debao, Jingxi and Daxin are hailed as “the most beautiful borderlines in China”. Wonderful hills, beautiful waters and exotic sceneries constitute “a thousand miles of border art gallery” here. Tourists will travel in the Debao Maple Forest Park, the largest maple forest in China. In the central area of the Park, you will appreciate the world-famous horse --- Debao ponies. There you will have close contacts with the ponies either by racing with them or have group pictures with them. The maximum height of the ponies is not more than 95 cm and the lowest ones are only about 60 cm. Debao pony is one of the two series of ponies in the world. Then the visitors will have a tour in the landscape labyrinth --- Jixing Underground Corridor Scenic Spot. This is the most beautiful and the most fascinating underground palace found in China till now. The magnificent sights such as “Song of the Homebound Fisherman” and “Water Overflowing the Jinshan Mount” will keep tourists’ eyes fully occupied. The view is so amazing that visitors are unwilling to leave. All the people coming here are shocked by the scenes and are full of admirations. Finishing the tour in Debao, the tourists will go to the ancient-styled Jiuzhou Town, the town of a big-leaf hydrangea. There they will watch the scene that the skilled people are making the products of big-leaf hydrangea by hand, feel the long history of the Zhuang Culture and visit the Wenchang Pavilion erected in the dynasties of Ming (1368 A.D – 1644 A.D.) and Qing (1644 A.D. – 1911 A.D.). Day 4: See after breakfast the Goose Spring, which is honored as “the first purified water in China”. It concentrates the essence of Guilin Landscape. Tourists will listen to the moving legends concerning the origin of the Spring, walk on the roads covered by lotus leaves, watch the mandarin trees, and row the ferryboats. Along the trip they can enjoy the paint gallery attractions of the Guichun River along the borders between China and Vietnam. Then they will look at the Detian Transnational Waterfall, which is the largest transnational fall in Asia. They will also see the flying waterfalls running in the four seasons of a year, and No. 53 Boundary Monument at the border between China and Vietnam. At the same time, they may enjoy the Ban Kha Waterfall of Vietnam and have their personal experience on the markets along the borders. Then the journey comes to an end cheerfully.