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Office building of the Chongzuo government
Location of Chongzuo in Guangxi
|Coordinates (Chongzuo municipal government): Coordinates:|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Jiangchuan District|
|o Total||17,345 km2 (6,697 sq mi)|
|o Density||140/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-GX-14|
Chongzuo (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; 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.
Chongzuo is located in southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It borders Nanning to the east, Baise to the north, Fangchenggang to the south and L?ng S?n, 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.
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 () 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.
Chongzuo has 1 district, 1 county-level city, 5 counties, 57 towns, 72 townships, 146 residential communities, and 1,724 villages.
|English Name||Simplified||Traditional||Pinyin||Zhuang||Area||Population(2010 or 2012)|
|Jiangzhou District||Ji?ngzh?u Q?||Gyanghcouh Gih||2,951||384,905( Zhuang people is 315,020 - According to the official statistics, 2012-03-15)|
|Fusui County||Fúsuí Xiàn||Fuzsuih Yen||2,836||432,000 (81.96% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
|Ningming County||Níngmíng Xiàn||Ningzmingz Yen||3,779||412,300 (77.6% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
|Longzhou County||Lóngzh?u Xiàn||Lungzcouh Yen||2,318||260,200 (95.8% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
|Daxin County||Dàx?n Xiàn||Dasinh Yen||2,742||359,800 (97.2% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
|Tiandeng County||Ti?nd?ng Xiàn||Denhdwngj Yen||2,159||429,200 (98.81% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
|Pingxiang||Píngxiáng Shì||Bingzsiengz Si||650||106,400 (83.5% of the people belong to the Zhuang ethnic group, 2010)|
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.
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.
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.
These findings might give some support to the claim that modern humans from Africa arrived at southern China about 100,000 years BP (Zhiren Cave, Mulanshan), Chongzuo City: 100,000 years BP; and the Liujiang hominid: controversially dated at 139,000-111,000 years BP).