Fangchenggang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 防城港 (fáng chéng gǎng)
Area: 6,173 square kilometers (2,383 square miles)
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Gangkou, Fangcheng); 1 county (Shangsi); 1 county-level city (Dongxing)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0770-88829911
Taxi Complaints: 0770-88600079
Wuzhou People's Hospital: 0770-2822147
Railway Station: 0770-2828025
Bus Station: 0770-2821709
History: As early as in the Neolithic Age, human beings started to live in this beautiful land. After Qin Shihuang unifying the whole China in 221BC, it belonged to Xiangjun Shire. The name of 'Fangcheng' firstly appeared in the history in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Later in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Fangcheng County was set up under the control of Guangdong government. In 1985, Fangcheng District was formed in Guangxi and later in 1993, it was changed into a prefecture-level city.
Physical Features: Mountains, hills and terraced land interlace in Fangchenggang. Hills lie in its south and north and mountains are in the middle. Its southeast is mainly harbors off the Beibuwan Bay.
Climatic Features: This area belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate zone with the annual average temperature of 22C (72F). It is usually attacked by typhoon from June to September.
When to Go: It is good to visit the city at any time of a year due to the warm and humid climate all year round. May to October is the best period anyway. Please remember to check the weather if you want to go there from June to September because it is when typhoon frequently happens.
Local Highlights: As a harbor city in southwest China, Fangchenggang plays quite an important role in the trade between China and Southeast Asian countries. It attracts visitors with its extremely beautiful subtropical and bay scenery as well as convenient way to visit Vietnam.
Special Local Products: pearl, golden camellia, aniseed and cinnamon
Volcano Island: Situated in Beibuwan Bay, it is a beautiful subtropical island consisting of six small islets. The rocks were formed 500 thousand years ago due to the volcanism. Fishing Family Tour is a must on the island.
Jiangshan Peninsula: It is the largest peninsula of Guangxi in Beibuwan Bay. Forming a shape of dragon, it is also called White Dragon Peninsula by the locals. Many tourism sites such as Moon Bay, Strange Stones Bay offer an ideal holiday resort.
Golden Camellia Reserve: Located in Fangcheng District, it has the most varieties of golden camellia genes in the world. From December to March the next year, golden camellia flowers blossom and cover the whole area.
Jingdao Holiday Resort: Located in Wanwei Island in Dongxing, it is where Gin ethnic minority groups live together. Delicate sand, pure sea and profound Gin people's local custom make it one of the hottest tourist spots in Guangxi.
Shiwan Dashan National Forest Park: Located in the southeast of Shangsi County, it is an ideal place for summer escape and sightseeing. The well protected primitive forest, pure rivers and natural herb bathing pool are highlights.
Hu Chi Minh Path: During the Vietnam War, China and other European countries sent aid materials to Vietnam via this path. Fangchenggang Harbor was set up just on the site of the path in the 1970s and became an important access between Vietnam and China.
China-Vietnam Border Tour: The advantageous location of neighboring to Vietnam enables Fangchenggang develops its border tour to Vietnam conveniently. Visitors can simply apply a Vietnam-Visit Exit procedure at Dongxing Harbor. It cost about CNY300. Then they can go to Mong Gai, Ha Long Bay and other tourist spots in Vietnam.
Fangchenggang Travel Tips:
To get there, visitors need firstly get to Nanning. It has no airport, but only two hours drive to Nanning Wuxu International Airport (NNG). Fangchenggang Railway Station only operates shuttle trains between the city and Nanning. Highways are widely constructed extending to Nanning, Qinzhou, Beihai and the cisborder counties. Nanning Chief Long Distance Bus Station has scheduled bus to this city every half hour each day. For getting around, visitors can take a bus to Shangsi and Dongxing near the railway station. Alternatively they can charge a taxi for the whole travel.