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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Located in south China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is a coastal province. Guangxi province (or Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region) is located in the southern part of China, adjacent to the Beibu Gulf. Guangxi province borders Viet Nam to the south, has a population of about 49 million, and encompasses an area of 236,700 square meters. The capital city of Guangxi is Nanning.

Guangxi History
Guangxi first became part of China in 214BC during the period of the warring states, when the army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang annexed the other states, and formed the first unified China. The name "Guangxi" traces back to the Song Dynasty, which named the region "Guangnanxi Circuit". During the Yuan Dynasty, the name of the province was shortened to "Guangxi". It has since been a province of China, until the PRC converted the region into an autonomous region due to the large population of minorities - hence it has the name "Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region".

Geography and Natural Conditions
Situated on the southeast ring of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, Guangxi stands high in the northwest and low in the southeast, with the highest point at 2,141 meters above sea level.

Situated in a region at low latitudes, Guangxi borders on the tropic sea in the south, and has mountain ranges in its northern part. Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau extends into western part of Guangxi. Under the joint action of the sun radiation and atmospheric circulation, the climate here is characterized by having a short winter and long summer with the annual temperature averaging between 16ºC and 23ºC.

The annual rainfalls in Guangxi are between 1,000-2,800 mm, growing gradually southward from the north. The rainfalls from April through September make up 75% of the annual rainfalls. The rainy season just coincide with the hot season.

Affected by abnormal advances and retreats of monsoon, Guangxi often sees changes in precipitation and temperature. Drought, floods, typhoon and hailstorms may frequently hit the area.

Tourism resources
Because of the large base of minority cultures, and beautiful river and mountain scenery, Guangxi is a popular tourist destination. The major attraction in the province is Guilin, with a population of about 670,000. The city is famous for the spectacular scenery of the Li River and the surrounding mountain peaks. South of Guilin is another small town Yangshou, which is a popular tour destination for foreigners. The town is surrounded by towering peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River.

Ethnic minorities native to Guangxi, such as the Zhuang and Dong, are also interesting for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering with Guizhou, is home to the Longmen rice terraces, said to be some of the steepest in the world. Nearby Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County.,
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