Longzhou

Longzhou (龙州; Lóngzhōu) is a rural town in Central Guangxi.

Understand

Longzhou is southwest of Nanning, near the border of Vietnam.

Longzhou has quite a history despite its current lack of importance. There is a saying in Longzhou, "We have an embassy, but no ambassador. A train station, but no trains. And an airport with no planes."

During the late 1800s as French influence grew in Vietnam they tried to expand into Guangxi province. In Longzhou they set up the first Embassy in Guangxi. Wars were fought along the little great wall to prevent further influence.

In the early 1900s the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalists) built up their influence in this important river port, they even built an airport to help them keep control of the city. In the 1950s and 60s Ho Chi Minh had a small house in Longzhou where he would be able to meet with Chinese leaders.

In 1979 Deng Xiaoping tried to launch a Communist rebellion from Longzhou. Ultimately it failed, and Deng tried again in Baise, where he launched his most famous rebellion. There is a small building where Deng Xiaoping stayed while in Longzhou.

With the development of the Nanyou expressway, Longzhou has been cut out of the main Vietnam-China traderoute and has returned to its backwater status.

Get in

By bus

Longzhou has a bus service from the provincial capital of Nanning and the journey takes just over 2.5 hours. There are also regular services from Chongzuo and Pingxiang. There are two bus stations - the new station (where buses from Nanning arrive) opposite the museum, and the old station in the centre of town (where buses to Pingxiang arrive).

By train

The nearest train station is at Chongzou, about one and a half hours by bus.

Get around

The city is small enough to walk most places. Three wheeled taxis are available and cost ¥2-3 to get anywhere in the town.

See

Do

Eat

Noodles and fried rice is available in small restaurants on the street for ¥2-3. One KFC type restaurant is also in town but otherwise a trip to Nanning is needed for Western food.

Drink

There are many KTV options otherwise outdoor restaurants offer an interesting atmosphere.

Sleep

Mid-range

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