Guangxi (; alternately romanized
as Kwanghsi; ; za|Gvangjsih), officially the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR), is an autonomous region
of the People's Republic of China
, located in South China
and bordering Vietnam
, Cao Bằng
, Lạng Sơn
and Quảng Ninh Province
s) and the Gulf of Tonkin
. Formerly a province
, Guangxi became an autonomous region in 1958. Its current capital is Nanning
Guangxi's location, in mountainous terrain in the far south of China, has placed it on the frontier of Chinese civilization throughout much of Chinese history
. The current name "Guang" means "expanse" and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD. It was given provincial level status
during the Yuan dynasty
, but even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The abbreviation of the region is "" (; za|Gvei), which comes from the name of the city of Guilin
, the provincial capital during both the Ming dynasty
and the Qing dynasty
Guangxi contains the largest population of China's ethnic minorities, in particular the Zhuang people
, who make up 32% of the population. Various regional languages and dialects such as Pinghua
are spoken alongside Mandarin Chinese
"''Guǎng''" () means "expanse" or "vast", and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in AD 226. Guangxi and neighboring Guangdong
literally mean "expanse west" and "expanse east". Together, Guangxi and Guangdong are called ''Loeng gwong
'' (Liangkwang; , Vietnamese: Lưỡng Quảng, QuangTay province). During the Song dynasty, the Two Guangs were formally separated as Guǎngnán Xīlù () and Guǎngnán Dōnglù (), which became abbreviated as Guǎngxī Lù () and Guǎngdōng Lù ().
Originally inhabited by a mixture of tribal groups known to the Chinese as the Baiyue
("Hundred Yue", vi|Bách Việt), the region first became part of China during the Qin dynasty
. In 214 BC, the Han Chinese
general Zhao Tuo
( vi|Triệu Đà) claimed most of southern China for Qin Shi Huang
before the emperor's death. The ensuing civil war permitted Zhao to establish a separate kingdom at Panyu
known as Nanyue
("Southern Yue"). Alternatively submissive to and independent of Han dynasty
control, Southern Yue expanded colonization and sinicization
under its policy of "Harmonizing and Gathering the Hundred Yue" () until its collapse in 111 BC
during the southward expansion of the Han dynasty
The name "Guangxi" can be traced to the "Expansive" or "Wide" province () of the Eastern Wu
, who controlled southeastern China during the Three Kingdoms
formed one of its commanderies.
Under the Tang dynasty
, the Zhuang moved to support Piluoge
's kingdom of Nanzhao
, which successfully repulsed imperial armies in 751 and 754. Guangxi was then divided into an area of Zhuang ascendancy west of Nanning and an area of Han ascendancy east of Nanning.
After the collapse of the Southern Zhao, Liu Yan
established the Southern Han
(Nanhan) in Xingwangfu (modern Guangdong
). Although this state gained minimal control over Guangxi, it was plagued by instability and annexed by the Song dynasty
in 971. The name "Guangxi" itself can be traced to the Song, who administered the area as the Guangnanxi ("West Southern Expanse") Circuit
. Harassed by both Song and the Jiaozhi
in modern Vietnam
, the Zhuang leader Nong Zhigao
led a revolt in 1052 for which he is still remembered by the Zhuang people. His independent kingdom was short-lived, however, and the tattooed Song general Di Qing
returned Guangxi to China.
The Yuan dynasty
established control over Yunnan during its conquest of the Dali Kingdom
in 1253 and eliminated the Southern Song
following the Battle of Yamen
in 1279. Rather than ruling Lingnan
as a subject territory or military district, the Mongolians then established Guangxi ("Western Expanse") as a proper province. The area nonetheless continued to be unruly, leading the Ming dynasty
to employ the different local groups against one another. At the Battle of Big Rattan Gorge
between the Zhuang and the Yao
in 1465, 20,000 deaths were reported.
During the Ming and Qing dynasties, parts of Guangxi were ruled by the powerful Cen
() clan. The Cen were of Zhuang ethnicity and were recognized as ''tusi
'' or local ruler by the Chinese emperors.
The Qing dynasty
left the region alone until the imposition of direct rule in 1726, but the 19th century was one of constant unrest. A Yao
revolt in 1831 was followed the Jintian Uprising
, the beginning of the Taiping Rebellion
, in January 1851 and the Da Cheng Rebellion
in April 1854. The execution of St. Auguste Chapdelaine
by local officials in Guangxi provoked the Second Opium War
in 1858 and the legalization of foreign interference in the interior. Although Louis Brière de l'Isle
was unable to invade its depot at Longzhou
, the Guangxi Army
saw a great deal of action in the 1884 Sino-French War
. Largely ineffective within Vietnam, it was still able to repulse the French from China itself at the Battle of Zhennan Pass
(modern Friendship Pass
) on 23 March 1885.
Following the Wuchang Uprising
, Guangxi seceded from the Qing Empire on 6 November 1911. The Qing governor, Shen Bingdan
, initially remained in place, but was subsequently removed by a mutiny commanded by General Lu Rongting
. General Lu's Old Guangxi clique
as well and helped lead the National Protection War
against Yuan Shikai
's attempt to re-establish an imperial government. Zhuang loyalty made his Self-Government Army
cohesive but reluctant to move far beyond its own provinces. Subsequent feuding with Sun Yat-sen
led to defeat in the 1920 and 1921 Guangdong–Guangxi War
. After a brief occupation by Chen Jiongming
's Cantonese forces, Guangxi fell into disunity and profound banditry for several years until Li Zongren
's Guangxi Pacification Army
established the New Guangxi clique
dominated by Li, Huang Shaohong
, and Bai Chongxi
Successful action in Hunan against Wu Peifu
led to the Zhuang GPA becoming known as the "Flying Army" and the "Army of Steel." After the death of Sun Yat-sen, Li also repulsed Tang Jiyao
and joined the Northern Expedition
establishing control over other warlords by the Republic of China (1912–49)
. His was one of the few Kuomintang
units free from serious Communist influence and was therefore employed by Chiang Kai-shek
for the Shanghai massacre of 1927
. Within the People's Republic of China, Guangxi is also noted for the Baise Uprising
, a failed Communist revolt led by Chen Zhaoli
and Deng Xiaoping
Being in the far south, Guangxi did not fall during the Chinese Civil War
, but joined the People's Republic in December 1949, two months after its founding.
In 1952, a small section of Guangdong's coastline (Qinzhou
, Lianzhou (now Hepu County
) was given to Guangxi, giving it access to the sea. This was reversed in 1955, and then restored in 1965.
The Guangxi Massacre
, during the Cultural Revolution
, involved the killing of 100,000 to 150,000 in the province in 1967 and 1968.
While some development of heavy industry
occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, the province remained largely a scenic tourist destination. Even the economic growth of the 1990s seemed to leave Guangxi behind. However, in recent years, there has been a growing amount of industrialization and increasing concentration on cash crops. Per capita GDP has risen as industries in Guangdong transfer production to comparatively lower-wage areas in Guangxi.
Located in the southern part of the country, Guangxi is bordered by Yunnan
to the west, Guizhou
to the north, Hunan
to the northeast, and Guangdong
to the east and southeast. It is also bordered by Vietnam
in the southwest and the Gulf of Tonkin
in the south. Its proximity to Guangdong is reflected in its name, with "Guang" being used in both names.
Guangxi is partly a mountainous region. The Nanling Mountains
form the north-east border, with the Yuecheng
and Haiyang Mountains
branching from them. Also in the north are the Duyao
and Fenghuang Mountains
. Near the center of the region are the Da Yao
and Da Ming Mountains
. On the southeastern border are the Yunkai Mountains
The highest point is Kitten Mountain
, in the Yuecheng Mountains, at .
Many rivers cut valleys through the mountains. Most of these rivers form the tributary basin of the West River
Major cities include: Nanning
Notable towns include: Longmen
Guangxi has a short coastline on the Gulf of Tonkin
. Important seaports include Beihai
Along the border with Vietnam there is the Ban Gioc–Detian waterfall
(), which separates the two countries.
Guangxi has a subtropical
climate. Summers are generally long, hot, and humid, lasting from April to October. Winters are mild, and snow is rare. Average annual temperature is 17 to 23°C
, while average annual precipitation ranges from 1,080 mm in the drier zones, to 1,730 mm in the wetter zones. The region also experiences monsoons
, blowing from south-southwest from late April to the beginning of October. Most of the percipitation occurs between May and August. Microbursts
can also occasionally occur in the extreme south of the region, from July to September. This is caused by typhoons
blowing from the South China Sea
File:漓江山水.jpg|Li River, Guangxi
File:Paddy field Longsheng.JPG|Longsheng Rice Terrace
File:Thác Bản Giốc.jpg|Ban Gioc Duc Thien– Banyue Detian Falls
Guangxi is divided into fourteen prefecture-level divisions
: all prefecture-level cities
These 14 prefecture-level cities are in turn subdivided into 111 county-level division
s (40 district
s, 8 county-level cities
, 51 counties
, and 12 autonomous counties
). At the year end of 2017, the total population is 48.85 millio
The Han Chinese
are the largest ethnic group. Of these, the main subgroups are those that speak Yue
and Southwestern Mandarin
varieties of Chinese
Guangxi has over 14 million Zhuangs
, the largest minority ethnicity of China. Over 90 percent of Zhuang in China live in Guangxi, especially in the central and western regions. There is also a significant number of both Dong
minority peoples. Other ethnic groups include Yao
, and Gin
The predominant religions in Guangxi among the Han Chinese
are Chinese folk religion
s, Taoist traditions
and Chinese Buddhism
. The large Zhuang
population mostly practices the Zhuang folk religion
centered around the worship of their ancestral god ''Buluotuo'' (布洛陀). According to surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, 40.48% of the population believes and is involved in ancestor veneration
, while 0.26% of the population identifies as Christian.
The reports did not give figures for other types of religion; 59.26% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in worship of nature deities
, Buddhism, Confucianism
, Taoism, folk religious sects
. The Yao
, another numerous ethnic group inhabiting the province, mostly practices a form of indigenised and conservative Taoism
; Secretaries of the CPC
#Wei Guoqing: 1970–1975
: 2018 – incumbent
; Chairmen of Government
#Zhang Yunyi: 1949–1953
#Chen Manyuan: 1953–1958
#Wei Guoqing: 1958–1975
#Qiao Xiaoguang: 1977–1979
: 2003–December 2007
: December 2007 – 2013
: March 2013 - incumbent
Important crops in Guangxi include rice
and sweet potato
es. Cash crops include sugar cane
, and kenaf
85 percent of the world's star anise
is grown in Guangxi. It is a major ingredient in the antiviral oseltamivir
Guangxi is one of China's key production centers for nonferrous metals. The province holds approximately 1/3 of all tin
deposits in China.
Liuzhou is the main industrial center and is a major motor vehicle manufacturing center. General Motors
have a manufacturing base here in a joint venture as SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile
. The city also has a large steel factory and several related industries. The local government of Guangxi hopes to expand the province's manufacturing sector, and during the drafting of China's Five Year Plan in 2011, earmarked 2.6 trillion RMB for investment in the province's Beibu Gulf Economic Zone(See Below).
In recent years Guangxi's economy has languished behind that of its wealthy neighbor and twin, Guangdong
. Guangxi's 2017 nominal GDP
was about 2039.63 billion yuan (US$302.09 billion) and ranked 17th in China. Its per capita GDP
was 38,102 yuan (US$5,770).
Due to its lack of a major manufacturing industry in comparison to other provinces, Guangxi is the fourth most energy efficient province in China, helping to further boost its green image.
Economic and technological development zones
* Beihai Silver Beach National Tourist Holiday Resort
* Beihai Export Processing Zone
Approved by the State Council, Beihai Export Processing Zone (BHEPZ) was established in March 2003. Total planned area is . The first phase of developed area is . It was verified and accepted by Customs General Administration and eight ministries of the state, on December 26, 2003. It is the Export Processing Zone nearest to ASEAN in China and also the only one bordering the sea in western China. It is situated next to Beihai Port.
* Dongxing Border Economic Cooperation Area
* Guilin National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
Guilin Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone was established in May 1988. In 1991, it was approved as a national-level industrial zone. It has an area of . Encouraged industries include electronic information, biomedical, new materials and environmental protection.
* Nanning Economic & Technological Development Area
Established in 1992, Nanning Economic and Technological Development Zone was approved to be a national level zone in May 2001. Its total planned area of . It is located in the south of Nanning. It has become the new developing zone with fine chemical engineering, auto parts, aluminum processing, biological medicine and other industries.
* Nanning National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
Nanning Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone was established in 1988 and was approved as a national-level industrial zone in 1992. The zone has a planned area of , and it encourages industries that do electronic information, bioengineering and pharmaceutical, mechanical and electrical integration and new materials industry.
* Pingxiang Border Economic Cooperation Zone
In 1992, Pinxiang Border Economic Cooperation Zone was established. It has a total area of . It focuses on development of hardware mechanical and electrical products, daily-use chemical processing, the services, and international logistics-based storage and information industry.
* Yongning Economic Development Zone
Seventy-one Taiwanese ventures started up in Guangxi in 2007, with contracts bringing up to US$149 million of investment, while gross exports surpassed US$1 billion. There are a total of 1182 Taiwan ventures in Guangxi, and by the end of 2006, they have brought a total of US$4.27 billion of investment into the autonomous region. During the first half of 2007, 43 projects worthy of RMB2.6 billion (US$342 million) have already been contracted between Guangxi and Taiwan investors. Cooperation between Guangxi and Taiwan companies mainly relates to manufacturing, high-tech electronic industries, agriculture, energy resources and tourism.
Guangxi Power Grid invested 180 million yuan in 2007 in projects to bring power to areas that still lacked access to electricity
. The areas affected include Nanning
. Around 125,000 people have gained access to electricity. The money has been used to build or alter 738 10-kilovolt distribution units with a total length of wire reaching 1,831.8 kilometers.
Due to lack of investment in construction in the power grid
net in rural areas, more than 400 villages in Guangxi Province were not included in the projects. Around 500,000 cannot participate in the policy known as "The Same Grid, the Same Price." Guangxi Power Grid will invest 4.6 billion yuan in improving the power grid during the 11th Five Year Plan.
Guangxi Power Grid has invested 2.5 billion yuan in building electric power system in the first half of 2007. Of the total investment, 2.3 billion yuan has been put into the project of the main power grid. So far, four new transformer substations in Guangxi are in various stages of completion. Wenfu substation went into operation in the city of Hechi in January 2007, and since then it has become a major hub of the electrical power system of the surrounding three counties. When Cangwu substation was completed, it doubled the local transformer capacity. In June 2007, the new substation in Chongzuo passed its operation tests. And in the same month, Qiulong commenced production too. This shall support the power supply system of Qiulong
City, as well as the northern part of Guangxi province, and facilitate the nationwide project to transmit power from west to east.
Beibu Gulf Economic Zone
In late February 2008, the central government approved China's first international and regional economic cooperation zone in Guangxi. The construction of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone
began in 2006. With the approval, the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone will be formally incorporated into national development strategies.
The Beibu Gulf Economic Zone covers six coastal cities along the Beibu Gulf
. It integrates the cities of Nanning
, the region's capital, Beihai
. The state will adopt policies and measures to support mechanism innovation, rational industry layout and infrastructure construction in the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone.
Guangxi has pledged a 100 billion yuan (US$14 billion) investment over the next five years for building and repairing railways to form a network hub in the area. Beibu Gulf Zone will serve as the logistics
base, business base, processing and manufacturing base and information exchange center for China-ASEAN
cooperation. Beibu Gulf Zone promises broad prospects for further development and its growth potential is rapidly released. But the shortage of talent and professionals in petrochemicals
, port planning
, logistics and marine
industries are bottlenecks.
The regional government is also working on speeding up key cooperation projects including transportation
, the marine industry, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy development, cross-border tourism, and environmental protection. Beibu Gulf has already attracted a number of major projects such as Qinzhou oil refinery
projects and Stora Enso
, a Fortune 500
forest products company based in Finland
. In January 2008 trade import and export in the Beibu Gulf zone exceeded US$1.3 billion, a record high.
In September 2007, China's Ministry of Commerce
said that it has found 120 million tons of new bauxite
reserves in Guangxi. The ministry said that the new reserves, which are located in Chongzhou
in the southern region of Youjiang
, have a very high-quality of bauxite, a raw material for making aluminum
. Currently, the proven reserves of bauxite in Guangxi are about 1 billion tons, making the province one of the country's biggest bauxite sources.
The Hunan–Guangxi Railway (Xianggui Line)
, which bisects the autonomous region diagonally from Quanzhou
in the northeast on the border with Hunan
in the southwest on the border with Vietnam
, passes through Guangxi's three principal cities, Nanning
. Most other railways in Guangxi are connected to the Xianggui Line.
From Nanning, the Nanning–Kunming Railway
heads west through Baise
and the Nanning–Fangchenggang Railway runs south to Qinzhou
on the coast. From Liuzhou, the Guizhou–Guangxi Railway
extends northwestward through Hechi
and the Jiaozuo–Liuzhou Railway
runs due north to Hunan
, and eventually Hubei
in central China
. From Litang Township
on the Xianggui Line between Nanning and Liuzhou, the Litang–Qinzhou Railway
runs south to Qinzhou
on the coast and the Litang–Zhanjiang Railway (Lizhan Line)
extends southeastward through Guigang
The Luoyang–Zhanjiang Railway (Luozhan Line)
, which intersects with the Xianggui Line on the Hunan side of the border at Yongzhou
, runs south through Hezhou
in eastern Guangxi and joins the Lizhan Line at Yulin. At Cenxi
, a branch of the Luozhan Line heads east to Maoming
, Guangdong, forming a second rail outlet from Guangxi to Guangdong.
Guangxi has 7 airports in different cities: Nanning, Guilin, Beihai, Liuzhou, Wuzhou, Baise, Hechi.
"Guangxi" and neighbouring Guangdong
literally mean "Western Expanse" and "Eastern Expanse". Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called the "Two Expanses" ().
Its culture and language are reflected in this. Though now associated with the Zhuang
ethnic minority, Guangxi's culture traditionally has had a close connection with the Cantonese. Cantonese culture and language followed the Xi River valley from Guangdong and is still predominate in the eastern half of Guangxi today. Outside of this area there is a huge variety of ethnicities and language groups represented.
Guangxi is known for its ethno-linguistic diversity. In the capital of Nanning
, for example, three varieties of Chinese are spoken locally: Southwestern Mandarin
), and Pinghua
, in addition to various Zhuang languages
The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin
, a city famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Li Jiang
(Li River) among karst
peaks. It also used to be the capital of Guangxi and Jingjiang Princes' City
, the old princes' residence, is open to the public. South of Guilin down the river is the town of Yangshuo
, which has become a favourite destination for foreign tourists.
The variety of visible cultures in Guangxi, such as the Zhuang
, are also a draw for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering Guizhou
, is home to the Longsheng Rice Terrace
s, some of the steepest in the world. Nearby is Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County
Many Chinese tourists visiting Nanning also visit Ban Gioc–Detian Falls
on the China Vietnam border.
*Guilin University of Technology
*Guangxi Arts University
*Guangxi Medical University
*Guangxi Normal University
*Guilin University of Electronic Technology
*Guangxi University for Nationalities
*Guangxi Chinese Medical University
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* Major national historical and cultural sites in Guangxi
* List of twin towns and sister cities in China
* 2017 Guangxi floods
Economic profile for Guangxi
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