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Overview of Pingnan County

Pingnan County is located in the southeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (hereinafter referred to as Guangxi), east part of Guigang and at the upper reaches of Xijiang River. Pingnan is one of the main hometown counties of overseas Chinese, with Dayao Mountain in its north, Wuzhou City on its east, and Rong County (Guangxi’s largest hometown of overseas Chinese) on its south. With an area totaling 2988 square kilometers inhabited by over 1.5 million people, the County has jurisdiction over 3 townships and 18 towns. Pingnan County government locates in Pingnan town which has 30 square kilometers of built-up area and about 300 thousand permanent residents.

Rich and Profound History and Culture

Anciently called Gongzhou or Gong Prefecture, Pingnan County has earned its current name as a County for over 1650 years. The County has successively nurtured a galaxy of sages of the past, including Liang Song (number one candidate in national imperial examination in the Southern Han Dynasty from 917 to 971), Cheng Yi and Cheng Hao (two renowned scholars of Neo-Confucianism in the Song Dynasty from 960 to 1279), Zhang Can (successively as the former Minister of Rites, Personnel, Revenue, and War in the Ming Dynasty from 1368 to 1644), Yuan Chonghuan (former Minister of War in the Ming Dynasty), Peng Yuyao (a man of letters in ancient-style prose in the Qing Dynasty from 1616 to 1911), five martyrs of the Huanghugang Uprising (or the Third Guangzhou Uprising) happened in 1911, to name just a few. The Niuge Drama of Pingnan, the fire-fighting drill rally in Da’an town and the forging and making technique of Sanli knives of Pingnan have been included into Guangxi Regional-level list of intangible cultural heritage. The iron-making relic of the Western Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-9 A.D.) in Dengtang village of Liuchen town is one of the earliest discovered iron-making heritage sites in Guangxi and even in areas south of the Five Ridges (namely areas of Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan Province) at large.

Distinct Geographic Advantages

Nanning-Guangzhou High-Speed Railway and Guigang (in southeast Guangxi)-Wuzhou (in east Guangxi) Expressway run through the Pingnan County, connecting it directly to Nanning (capital city of Guangxi in the central south), Guangzhou (capital city of the neighboring Guangdong Province), Shenzhen (Special Economic Zone in the south of Guangdong Province), Guilin (an international tourism city in northeast Guangxi) and other cities, thus integrating Pingnan into the 1.5-hour economic circle and 2-hour economic circle from Pingnan County to Nanning and Guangzhou respectively. The County currently has 4 second-class highways, namely from Nanning City to Wuzhou City, Pingnan County to Rong County (in southeast Guangxi), Pingnan County to Wuxuan County (in central Guangxi), and Pingnan County to Jinxiu County (in central east Guangxi). Currently, Liuzhou(in north central Guangxi)-Wuzhou expressway is scheduled to open in 2017 while two expressways from Lipu County (in northwest Guangxi) to Yulin City (in southeast Guangxi) and from Mengshan County (in east Guangxi) to Jintian Town (in the north of Guiping, Guigang City) are being sped up. The preliminary work of opening Liuzhou-Zhaoqin (a city in west central Guangdong Province) railway is picking up speed. The section of Xijiang River in Pingnan is navigable for ships weighing over 3000 tons. In 2016, the cargo throughput of the whole County stood at 21.882 million tons, up by 21.7%, ranking first as the county-level harbor of Guangxi’s inland rivers for 12 consecutive years. Hence, the three-dimensional transportation system of “waterway-highway-railway” has basically taken shape.

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