"Not for all the tea in China." You'd be surprised how often I heard that comment when I said I was headed to south China. Americans have traveled to China for decades, but mainly to cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or maybe Guilin in the south. But not here, not in Nanning. As far as America is concerned, this is "undiscovered" territory. From my perspective, this area is China's best-kept secret. Nanning, known as the Green City, is the capital of the Guangxi province (population 1 million), with the look of a big sprawling city, but with a remarkably undeveloped and pristine feel to it. It isn't a city that has any historical significance or any unique natural beauty, though beautiful landscapes are just a few hours away. Thousands of people come to the Green City in October for the world famous China-Asian Expo when the city is overrun with tourists from all over Asia (but very few from the West). So, why travel halfway across the globe to visit this big city in the south of China? First, because Nanning, unlike most other big cities in China, is relatively untarnished by the West. It is a city still in its infancy. You will appreciate the openness and warmth of the people. They will greet you and welcome you everywhere you go. You achieve instant celebrity status just because you are different from them; if you are Caucasian, being American (Meiguo) is secondary. This is a rare experience, and one to savor. As of my fourth trip to Nanning, I have seen very few Caucasians -- and only men, no women. I met a guy from England last year and a couple of Canadians. This year, I bumped into a guy from Germany (and his Chinese wife), met a fellow from Scotland at my hotel. I finally spoke to an American from Chicago when I was changing my return ticket.