Chongzuo

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Chongzuo
崇左市 · Cungzcoj Si
Prefecture-level city
Location of Chongzuo in Guangxi
Location of Chongzuo in Guangxi
Chongzuo is located in China
Chongzuo
Chongzuo
Location of Chongzuo in Guangxi
Coordinates: 22°25′N 107°22′E / 22.417°N 107.367°E / 22.417; 107.367
Country People's Republic of China
Region Guangxi
Area
 • Total 17,345 km2 (6,697 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,347,700
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 532200
Area code(s) 0771
Website http://www.chongzuo.gov.cn/

Chóngzuǒ (Chinese: ; Zhuang: Cungzcoj) is a prefecture-level city in the south of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region along the Sino-Vietnamese border. It is home to one of China's largest Zhuang populations.

Geography and climate[edit]

Chongzuo is located in southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It borders Nanning to the east, Baise to the north, Fangchenggang to the south and Lạng Sơn, Vietnam to the west. The Zuo or Left River and the You or Right River have their confluence in Chongzuo after which the river becomes the Yong River. Chongzuo is mountainous and hilly with numerous karst formations similar to Guilin and northern Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay. Its area is 17,345 km2 (6,697 sq mi), 7,190 km2 (2,780 sq mi) of which is forested.

Chongzuo's climate is humid subtropical and monsoon-influenced. January's average temperature is 13.8 °C (56.8 °F) and in July it is 28.1 °C (82.6 °F). Within the prefecture, the annual mean is 20.8–22.4 °C (69.4–72.3 °F). There are 330 frost-free days. Annual precipitation is between 1088-1799mm.

History[edit]

Chongzuo government buildings

Chongzuo is one of the earliest centers of Zhuang culture. Important sites dating back to the stone age have been found here. The Rock Paintings of Hua Mountain along the Ming River at Huashan date back 1800 to 2500 year and are one of the largest groups of pictographs in China and in the world. On several cliff faces are hundreds of large red pictographs depicting a large battle. The red pigment is still bright and vivid and individual figures, weapons, and animals are easy to distinguish. The cliffs, part of the sacred Frog Mountain, were important site to the early Zhuang.

In 214 BC, during the Qin dynasty, Chongzuo was part of the Xiang (象郡) commandry. Chinese general Feng Zicai beat back a French attack here at the Battle of Bang Bo in 1885. Sun Yat-sen fired the first cannon shot of the anti-Qing revolution in Chongzuo in 1907. In the 1930s, after fomenting rebellion in other parts of Guangxi, Deng Xiaoping helped organize the peasants and workers here during the Longzhou rebellion and eventually formed the Red Army's 8th Army. Later, in 1979, the Chinese army invaded Vietnam from here.

Administration[edit]

Chongzuo has 1 district, 1 city, 5 counties, 57 towns, 72 townships, 146 residential communities, and 1,724 villages.

District:

Central square of the Chongzuo city

City:

Counties:

Demographics[edit]

Chongzuo's population is 2,347,700.[1] 88% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group. The rest include Han, Yao, and other ethnic groups.

English Name Simplified Traditional Pinyin Zhuang Area Population(2010 or 2012)
Jiangzhou District 江州区 江州區 Jiāngzhōu Qū Gyanghcouh Gih 2,951 384,905( Zhuang people is 315,020 - According to the official statistics, 2012-03-15)
Fusui County 扶绥县 扶綏縣 Fúsuí Xiàn Fuzsuih Yen 2,836 432,000 (81.96% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
Ningming County 宁明县 寧明縣 Níngmíng Xiàn Ningzmingz Yen 3,779 412,300 (77.6% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
Longzhou County 龙州县 龍州縣 Lóngzhōu Xiàn Lungzcouh Yen 2,318 260,200 (95.8% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
Daxin County 大新县 大新縣 Dàxīn Xiàn Dasinh Yen 2,742 359,800 (97.2% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
Tiandeng County 天等县 天等縣 Tiānděng Xiàn Denhdwngj Yen 2,159 429,200 (98.81% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
Pingxiang 凭祥市 憑祥市 Píngxiáng Shì Bingzsiengz Si 650 106,400 (83.5% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)
  • These figures are based on the following official statistics:

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Economy[edit]

Zhuang's beautiful maiden in Chongzuo

Forestry and agriculture are two of Chongzuo's biggest industries. Oranges, rice, beans, corn, cassava, cinnamon, bananas, vegetables, durian, pineapples, longan, and tea are all major crops, but sugarcane is the center of Chongzuo agriculture. Farm raised animals include beef and dairy cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens, geese, and bees. Aquaculture for fish is also big. Chinese medicinal herbs are picked from the wild and also grown. Important mineral resources include manganese, gold, ferberite, coal, barite, bentonite, uranium, and vanadium. It is China's biggest manganese producer and the world's biggest producer of bentonite. Other industries include export infrastructure, paper, forest products such as timber and turpentine, building materials, pharmaceuticals, and electronics manufacturing.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Chongzuo has amazing biodiversity with more than 4000 species of plants and more than 450 kinds of animals. There are more than 30 rare and protected animals including white headed and Indo-Chinese black langurs, crested striped hornbills, pangolins, and clouded leopards. 1/4 of China’s wild animal species can be found in Chongzuo.

Tourism[edit]

View from the Guangxi side in the dry season. Banyue fall is on the left. Detian is on the right

Chongzuo is famous for its beautiful natural scenery. The most famous attraction is Detian Waterfall in Daxing County along the border with Vietnam. It is the second largest waterfall along a national border after Niagara Falls and was one of the crossing points for China’s army during the brief Sino-Vietnamese War. Nearby there is the Tongling Gorge accessible only through a cavern from an adjoining gorge. Rediscovered only recently, it has many species of endemic plants, found only in the gorge, and used to be used as a hideout by local bandits whose treasure is occasionally still found in the cliff-side caves. West of Chongzuo city, there are several forest and animal preserves, some with minor tourist facilities.

Famous people born in Chongzuo[edit]

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