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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Name transcription(s)
 • Cheenese广西壮族自治区 (Guǎngxī Zhuàngzú Zìzhìqū)
 • Abbreviation桂 (pinyin: Guì, Zhuang: Gvei)
Zhuang transcription(s)
 • Gvangjsih Bouxcuengh Swcigih 
Map shawin the location o Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Map shawin the location o Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Named forAbbreviatit frae "Guangnan Xi Lu" (A "lu" wis equal tae a province or a state in the Song Dynasty)
广 = wide
西 = west
literally, "The Wastren Expanse" (Guangdong being East)
(an lairgest ceety)
Divisions14 prefecturs, 109 coonties, 1396 tounships
 • SecretarGuo Shengkun
 • GovrenorMa Biao (马飚)
 • Total236700 km2 (91,400 sq mi)
Area rank9th
 • Total46,026,629
 • Rank11t
 • Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
 • Density rank20t
 • Ethnic composeetionGuangxi fowk: Han - 62%
Zhuang - 32%
Yao - 3%
Miao - 1%
Dong - 0.7%
Gelao - 0.4%
 • Leids an dialectsSoothwastren Mandarin, Cantonese, Pinghua, Zhuang
ISO 3166 codeCN-45
GDP (2011)CNY 1171.4 billion
US$ 185.9 billion (18t)
 • per capitaCNY 20,219
US$ 2,987 (27t)
HDI (2008)0.776 (medium) (20t)
(Simplified Chinese)
Chinese name
Semplifeed Cheenese广西
Tradeetional Cheenese廣西
Leeteral meanin"The Wastren Expanse"
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Semplifeed Cheenese广西壮族自治区
Tradeetional Cheenese廣西壯族自治區
PostalKwangsi Zhuangzu Zijiqu
Zhuang name
(old orthography: Gvaŋзsiƅ)
Zhuang name
ZhuangGvangjsih Bouxcuengh Swcigih
(auld orthography: Gvaŋзsiƅ Bouчcueŋƅ Sɯcigiƅ)
(Sawndip: 广西佈僮自治区)

Guangxi (GZAR), umwhile romanizit Kwangsi, is a province o soothren Cheenae alang its mairch wi Vietnam. In 1958, it became the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region o the Fowkrepublic o Cheenae, a region wi special privileges creatit specifically for the Zhuang fowk.

Guangxi's location, in muntainous terrain in the far sooth o Cheenae, haes placit it on the frontier o Cheenese ceevilization throughoot hintle o Cheenae's history. The current name "Guang" means "expanse" an haes been associatit wi the region syne the creation o Guang Prefectur in AD 226. It wis gien provincial level status durin the Yuan Dynasty, but even intae the 20t century it wis considered an open, wild territory.

The abbreviation o the province is "桂" (Pinyin: Gui; Zhuang: Gvei), which comes frae the ceety o Guilin, the umwhile caipital, center o hintle o Guangxi's cultur, politics, an history, an currently a major ceety in the autonomous region.


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