Nanning doesn’t trumpet itself as a ‘green city’ for nothing; you’re never far from some flora here, even downtown, with bright flowers and floppy palm fronds adding a tropical vibe. People’s Park is an a classic Chinese inner-city park, with a large central lake, fish ponds, and walkways through the trees, where you’ll stumble upon old folks playing mahjong, exercising, or just having a natter. At weekends, it’s especially popular with families, in part thanks to an old-school fair ground area that features dodgems, carousels, and a Ferris wheel. Similarly, Nanhu (‘South Lake’) Park also has a small amusement park and manicured flower beds, but what really sets it apart – as the name suggests – is the expanse of water at its heart. Its convenient downtown location means that the lake is a popular spot for Nanning’s residents to walk around or hang out beside, which in turn means that you can join them for a leisurely stroll or a good dose of people-watching.