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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Guangxi one of Chinaˇ®s five autonomous regions, Guangxi is located in the southern part of the country. It has an area of 92,700 square miles (240,100 square kilometers) and is bordered by the Chinese provinces of Yunnan on the west, Guizhou on the north, Hunan on the northeast, and Guangdong on the southeast; the Gulf of Tonkin on the south; and Vietnam on the southwest. The regionˇ®s leading commercial crop is sugarcane. The province produces fruits, and livestock are raised. Pigs, chickens, and ducks are raised on farms and goats in the hills. Fishing is extensive.

The region is a major producer of timber and forest products. Guangxi has sufficient coal and iron deposits to support moderate industrial development. Industries include iron and steel, machinery, cement, textiles, paper, flour, and silk.

In the early 20th century Guangxi and neighboring Guangdong province became the base of the Nationalist revolution led by Sun Yat-sen. It was changed a province of the Peopleˇ®s Republic of China in 1949. In 1958 the province was transformed into an autonomous region.

Nanning is the capital of the guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with a population of 620,000. First built in the Jin Dynasty ( 265-420 ), it went by the name of Yongzhou Prefecture in the Tang(618-907) and was made the seat of Nanning Prefecture in the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368-1911). Major scenic attractions include the Peopleˇ®s Park and Yiling Rock. Hotels are well equipped, including the Yongjiang Hotel, Mingyuan Hotel and Xiyuan Hotel. To the welcome of tourists are Zhuang brocade, grass cloth, shell carving and bamboo curtain, in addition to such products as pearl, squid, longan and shaddock.

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