Fangchenggang: A national experimental zone for development, opening-up and border tourism in China

View of Fangchenggang

Brief overview

Being a coastal city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Fangchenggang borders Vietnam and has a 580-kilometer coastline on the Gulf of Tonkin. Covering a land area of 6,238 square kilometers and an ocean territory of nearly 10,000 square kilometers, the port city has a population of one million made up of 33 ethnic groups speaking languages ranging from Mandarin to Vietnamese.

Fangchenggang is the location of the ruins of a shell mound, which is the proof of the existence of fishing and hunting activities in the prehistoric ages. During the Qin and Han dynasties, Fangchenggang was already famous for producing pearls and ko-hemp cloth. With the creation of the "Maritime Silk Road" in the Han dynasty, Fangchenggang was known for a seaport gateway for the exports of Chinese-built silks, ceramics, tea, copper and iron. The city was also a battlefield where Chinese patriot Liu Yongfu fought against the French invaders in the 1870s and early 1880s, and a place where Sun Yat-sen launched an uprising aimed at advocating republicanism.

Fangchenggang has a unique geographic advantage due to its location in the junction of the South China Economic Circle, the Southwest China Economic Circle and the ASEAN Economic Circle, serving as a convenient gateway connecting China's inland with the ASEAN countries and a great pillar for the connectivity between China and Singapore.

A port in Fangchenggang

Fangchenggang has five national-level trading ports and the biggest seaport in the region called Fangcheng Port. Closer to the Strait of Malacca, Fangcheng Port is a major seaport hub in China with 33 10,000-ton-class berths.

The port city features a comprehensive transportation network made up of railways and highways, one of which connects China with Vietnam and the Asian Highway Network. A railway line linking Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with Fangchenggang contributes to the creation of a "One-Hour Economic Circle" for travelers crisscrossing the two cities.

Tourist resources

Fangchenggang is a major ecological city in the Gulf of Tonkin that can give visitors a panoramic ocean view experience. The city boasts various tourist sites including the Golden Camellia National Nature Reserve, the Shiwan Dashan National Forest Park as well as the white and golden beaches.

Fangchenggang is dubbed as the city of oxygen because the concentration of negative oxygen ions per cubic centimeter reaches 89,000 ions, a reading considered good for health and longevity. The air quality is 100 percent good throughout the year in the city.

View of Fangchenggang

The highlight of the tourist resources in the city is the gathering place for the Jing ethnic group, which celebrates the Ha Festival and is good at bamboo pole dance and playing single-string instrument. The Ha Festival, bamboo pole dance and single-string instrument are the essence of culture of the Jing people, with the Ha Festival and singles-string instrument being identified as the country's intangible cultural heritage. Besides the Jing people, the Yao ethnic group also lives in the city and is famous for its traditional customs especially in wedding and marriage.

Moreover, Fangchenggang also provides a good harbor for cruises with the development of the Beijing-led Belt and Road construction.

2017 China-ASEAN International Marathon was held in Fangchenggang.

Investment opportunities

As an important city in the Belt and Road Initiative, Fangchenggang is seen by the Chinese government as a great pillar to boost investment in the ASEAN countries and promote favorable policies in the country's coastal areas, border areas, western regions and places inhabited by ethnic groups.

Fangchenggang is able to provide a good business environment for both Chinese and foreigners due to its advantages in geography, port infrastructure and industrial policies.

What's more, the city has established a number of experimental and economic zones in an effort to enhance its international attraction.

The Dongxing National Key Experimental Zone for Development and Opening-up is China's biggest coastal and border experimental zone, covering an area of 1,226 square kilometers. It is an important platform for cooperation between China and the ASEAN countries. The Dongxing-Mong Cai cross-border economic cooperation zone is a key part of the Dongxing National Key Experimental Zone for Development and Opening-up due to its role in promoting economic and trade ties between China and Vietnam.

Map of the Dongxing National Key Experimental Zone for Development and Opening-up

The Fangchenggang Economic and Technological Development Zone focuses on industries of steel, nonferrous metals, energy, chemical engineering, new materials, grain and smart manufacturing. The development zone has an area of 194 square kilometers.

The Fangchenggang High Technology Industrial Development Zone sets sight on industries of electronic information and modern logistics. The development zone covers an area of 26 square kilometers.

On August 3, the State Council, the country's cabinet, agreed Fangchenggang to build a border tourism experimental zone which is tasked with studying more convenient pass system for tourists.

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