Today’s Pic du Jour, the 193rd (!) straight, provides a brief throwback to a late 2010 visit to the Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden in Nanning, China, quite likely one of the biggest cities you’ve never heard of*. The city of 6.6 million is the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China situated along the border with Vietnam.
I was in Nanning to cover the World Half Marathon Championships that fall and this was a stop on a morning-long tour organized by the local tourism organization and chaperoned by guides moonlighting with the regional office of the interior ministry. It’s located on the campus of the Guangxi Agricultural Vocational-Technical College, a very attractive setting; an English language intro is here.