Qianxinan is located in the southwestern part of Guizhou Province, at the intersection of Guizhou Province, Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It covers an area of 16,804 sq km. Its population is 7.51 million.
Qianxinan has a subtropical humid monsoon climate with warm weather and plenty of rain. The average temperature is 13.6-19.1°C, while the average annual precipitation totals 1,253.1-1,577.2 mm.
Qianxinan is rich in natural resources. Forests cover 35.2% of the city’s lands. There are more than 100 rivers running in the area, and installed hydropower capacity of approximately 10 million kw. In addition, Qianxinan is replete with mineral resources such as coal, oil, natural gas, gold, antimony, thallium, lead, zinc, iron, molybdenum, and marble. With proven reserves of gold amounting to 208 tons, Qianxinan is widely appraised as the gold town of Guizhou.
Transportation in Qianxinan is very convenient. The Nanning-Kunming Railway, and the Guiyang-Kunming Railway run through Xingyi, the capital of Qianxinan, and extend to major cities such as Nanning, Chongqing, Kunming and Guiyang. There are also high-grade highways connecting Xingyi with Guiyang and Kunming, and the high-grade Xingyi-Nanning highway is currently under construction. In addition, Xingyi Airport, 8 km from the city’s downtown area, operates scheduled flights to domestic cities such as Guiyang, Kunming and Nanning, and also to some cities in southeastern Asian countries.
|Qianxinan realized GDP of RMB 23.2 billion in 2009, representing a rise of 13.1% year on year. The city's GDP accounted for approximately 6.0% of Guizhou's total and ranked eighth in the province.
The agricultural sector generated value-added output of RMB 4.8 billion in 2007, accounting for 21.3% of the city's GDP. Secondary industry (industry and construction), the largest contributor to Qianxinan's economy, realized value-added output of RMB 10.2 billion, accounting for 44.1% of the city's total.
The industrial sector realized value-added industrial output of RMB 9.2 billion, up 13.3% year on year, while value-added industrial output of industrial enterprises with designated size or above increased by 12% to RMB 7.8 billion, contributing 84.8% to the industrial sector's total.
Tobacco, ammonia, ferroalloy, coal, electricity, gold, cement, calcium carbide, and liquor are the major industrial products of the city. In 2009, the prefecture produced 13.7 million tons of coal, 2.9 million tons of cement, 0.6 million tons of ammonia, 2.3 million tons of liquor, 9,133.5 tons of gold and 0.3 million tons of ferrous alloy, respectively.
The service sector generated value-added output of RMB 8 billion in 2009, accounting for 34.6% of the city's total GDP.
Tourism is the most important pillar of the service sector. During 2009, 4.4 million tourists visited the city, while tourism income totaled RMB 2.3 billion, representing a rise of 1.2% compared to the previous year.
During the same year, foreign trade value of the city amounted to US$6.33 million. Major export goods are minerals and local products. Utilized FDI totaled US$25.5 million in 2009.
Qianxinan is a multi-cultural prefecture-level city with many ethnic minority groups, including the Han, the Yi, the Miao, the Hui, and the Buyi. They live together harmoniously and retain their cultural legacy and life practices. The population of all the minority ethnic groups accounts for more than 40% to the prefecture's total.
The Miao Folk-Custom Festival and the Buyi Folk-Custom Festival, held around the eighth day of the eighth lunar month in Xingren County and the sixth day of the sixth lunar month in Zhenfeng County, respectively, are two most charming cultural activities of Qianxinan.
Qianxinan is rich in beautiful natural tourism resources including Malinghe River Canyon, which is a state-level scenery spot with waterfalls, hanging rocks and cliffs, Wanfeng Forest, Wanfeng Lake, Anlongzhao Bank, and Xingyi Maomao Cave, which is an archaeological site from the paleolithic-age. Tourists can also visit the former residence of He Yingqin, the prime minister of the Republic of China from 1911-1949.
When it comes to local snacks, Zhenfeng Glutinous Rice, which has been famous since the Qing Dynasty, pickled radish, and Shujia Gangzi Noodles, are delicious and famous among locals.