Location: located in southern China. It is bordered by Yunnan Province to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast, and Guangdong to the southeast, and by Vietnam and the Beibu Bay to the southwest.
Area: 236,661 sq km
Climate: Throughout the region, temperatures are warm enough to assure agricultural production throughout the year. The summer, covering a seven-month period from April to October, is marked by enervating heating and high humidity. Winter is mild and snow rare. July temperatures vary between 27ºC and 32ºC, while January temperatures range between 4ºC and 16ºC. The north experiences slightly cooler temperature than the south.
Provincial Capital: Nanning
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Population: 44.89 millions (March 2001)
Ethnic Groups: Han,Yao, Miao, and Dong
Major Cities: Beihai; Guilin; Liuzhou
Agriculture: Major grain crops include rice, maize, wheat, and sweet potatoes. The leading commercial crops include peanuts, sesame, ramie or China grass, tobacco, tea, cotton, and indigo. Guangxi is also a major producer of fruits -- notably pomelos (a kind of grapefruit), tangerines, mandarin oranges, lemons, litchis (the fruit of a plant of the soapberry family), pears, papayas, bananas, and water chestnuts.
Industry: Light industries produce textiles, paper, flour, silk, leather, matches, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as sandarac gum, sugar, dyestuffs, and oils and fats. Pine resin is a particularly notable export commodity of Wuzhou. Heavy industries include the iron works and steelworks at Liuzhou, machinery production at Nanning and Wuzhou, and the cement works at Liuzhou. Among the numerous handicraft products, special mention may be made of the native cotton cloth of Yulin; the ramie cloth of Guilin; the bamboo paper and rice paper of Chaoping and Guilin; and the bamboo combs of Guilin, Pinyang produces such articles as ceramics, fans, felt caps, copperware, combs, brushes and straw bonnets.
Guangxi is endowed by nature with unique, colorful tourist resources. It is one of China's provinces and autonomous regions with the widest and most typical spread of the karst landform. The karst topography that extends all over the region is known for green hills, clear waters, exotic caves, and beautiful rocks. The picturesque scenery of Guilin in particular is referred to as the finest under heaven. The landscape along the Beibu Bay with the Silvery Beach in Beihai -- the No. 1 beach in China -- boats of an azure blue sea, fine, silvery white sand, and genial sunshine. It is the best holiday resort.
Guangxi also features simple, unsophisticated customs with a strong ethnic flavor and unique scenes along the Sino-Vietnamese border. Guangxi features 12 ethnic groups, including the Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, and Dong, and a population of 44.38 million.All these make the autonomous region an ideal place for people to particpate in drifting on the river, attending conferences, riding a bicycle, exploring the forests, learning the local custums and habits, and recuperating. At present, Guangxi offers seven tourist routes: spending holidays, learning the ethnic customs and habits, admiring the ancient culture, visiting the Sino-Vietnamese border area, crossing the Sino-Vietnamese border tour, exploring the forests, and touring towns and villages where the people have a longer life span.