Sweat is dripping down your nose. Although the trees offer some protection from the sun, there is no hiding from the humidity. It hovers around you, a palpable viscous barrier to every step. In Nanning’s summer heat, keeping cool is a challenge. From May to October, temperatures hover around 30–33°C, with humidity at swimmable levels. While this shouldn’t deter visitors to the Green City, there are a few things you can do to make your trip more comfortable. Here are the five best ways to beat Nanning’s heat.
1) Splash Around at Caribbean Water WorldView In Map
Nanning’s water park features giant carved tiki faces, colourful waterslides and swimmers shrieking as the next wave hits. Caribbean Water World is attached to the Nanning Zoo, but has its own entrance fees and independent facilities. The park provides a half-day of splashy fun, with two- and four-person raft rides, twisted tubes for sliding, and an eternal wave. A large false beach leads into a shallow swimming pool; every hour, waves ripple through the sides. They range in size from gentle to downright massive. The wave intervals are the best time to hit the water slides, as the lines peter out. The park has clean, safe facilities, including a changing room, showers, and lockers which are opened with your entrance bracelet. You can also charge soft drinks and snacks to your bracelet.
Add: 77 Daxue Xilu, Xixiangtang District, Nanning
Tel: 0771 321 8828
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Price: 100 RMB
By bus: The No. 33 bus stops at Nanning Zoo (动物园)
2) Enjoy Soft-Serve Ice Cream at TCBYView In Map
Nanning’s cuisine shines in the savoury categories, but it has few special sweet foods. That makes this tiny soft-serve stand a real treasure. The woman working there didn’t know whether or not TCBY was associated with the American chain of the same name; in any case, they serve similar fare. TCBY has only a few flavours, the best of which is milk (niúnǎi), which echoes a sweet and creamy vanilla. You can choose toppings from some aged-looking chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, and a few strangely unrecognisable jellies. A small cup will satisfy most appetites.
Add: 11-5 Gucheng Lu, Qingxiu district, Nanning
Tel: 0771 281 5593
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30
Price: 15-30 RMB
3) Sip on Fresh Fruit JuiceView In Map
Summer brings a harvest of tropical fruit. Because of Nanning’s southern location, pineapple, mango, jackfruit, durian, mangosteen, nectarines and banana are available throughout the city. Nanning people love to blend their fruit into cooling beverages, usually crushed with ice and a splash of sugar-water. Try the mángguǒ zhī（芒果汁）; the meaty sweetness of the mango gives the drink a smoothie-like taste, and cuts the sugary additives. A high concentration of fruit stands can be found on Chaoyang Lu, around the shopping centers in the centre of town. Many locals sip their fruit juices while shopping inside the air-conditioned malls along Chaoyang Lu.
Add: Chaoyang Lu, between Zhonghua Lu and Minzu Dadao, Nanning
Price: 3-6 RMB
Getting There: Take bus No. 10, 33, 34, 76, 205 and 604 all stop along Chaoyang Lu. Get off at the train station (火车站) and walk south along the shopping street
4) Relax at Gentle Hot Springs (嘉和城)View In Map
It may seem oxymoronic to cool off at a hot springs. Although this spring bubbles with natural heat, it also has cooler pools, a small water park and indoor spa facilities. You can spend the day under the fans in a massage parlour, sipping chilled drinks at one of the restaurants, or dipping in the large swimming pool. Children will enjoy the Mayan Water World, which isn’t as extensive as the zoo’s but has some large pools for splashing about.
Add: 995 Kunlun Dadao, Nanning. The hot springs are in the Gentle Uptown Resort, about 10 km outside the city
Tel: 0771 580 5511, 0771 610 0011
Price: 130 RMB
By bus: Nos. 22 and 101 stop at the junction of Kunlun Dadao and Hot Springs Street (昆仑嘉和城路口)
By taxi: A taxi ride from the city center will cost around 45 RMB. Tell the driver jiāhé chéng (嘉和城)
5) Roll up Your Shirt
There’s no address, no opening hours, and no price for this typical Chinese cure for heat. Look around on the Nanning’s streets: you’ll see men with their shirts rolled up over their stomachs. Resplendent bellies bulge, letting off heat and cooling them. While women don’t generally partake in this tradition, it's a truly local method to beat Nanning’s heat!
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