Liuzhou, the second largest city in Guangxi, is a natural communication centre, being situated at the confluence of several tributaries that form the Liu River, which flows southward into a tributary of the Xi River. In contemporary times Liuzhou has become the focus of a highway system and is linked by rail northeastward to Guilin and Hengyang (in Hunan), southwestward to Nanning and the Vietnamese border at Pingxiang, northwestward to Guiyang (in Guizhou province) and Chongqing, northward to Huaihua and Zhangjiajie (both in Hunan), and southeastward to the port of Zhanjiang (in Guangdong province).
Until comparatively recent centuries, the area was occupied by non-Han Chinese peoples. The county of Tanzhong was founded there in the 1st century BCE; it was renamed Maping in 591 and became the seat of a prefecture under the Tang dynasty (618–907) and of a superior prefecture (Liuzhou) after 1368. However, during most of the Ming period (1368–1644) it was little more than a frontier garrison and trading post, often used as a place of exile. Only in the 17th century did the area become dominated by Chinese settlers.
Liuzhou is one of the most famous tourism cities in Guangxi and the most representative spots can be concluded as “Liuzhou Eight views”. Here are some sightseeings recommendation.
Longtan Park, also known as Liuzhou Dalongtan scenic area, is an open urban comprehensive park featuring karst natural landscapes, highlighting the ethnic customs culture of the south, and integrating the subtropical karst plant science and landscape. Dalongtan Scenic Area is located in the south of Liuzhou City, only three kilometers from the city center, with a planned area of about 544 hectares.
Yufeng Mountain (鱼峰山 - yú fēng shān) means "Fish Peak Mountain" as the karst hill has teh appearance of a fish leaping from the water. The hike to the top is strenuous, so many people take the cable car, at least for the ascent.
From the top there is a great view (weather permitting) of central and northern Liuzhou with the River Liu 柳江 - liǔ jiāng) winding around the city. At the foot of the mountain is a pleasant enough park which also affords access to the neighbouring Ma'an Mountain.