Covering a total land area of 236,700 km2, Guangxi is a mountainous region with many scenic spots popular amongst tourists, including Guilin and Yangshuo. The province has a sub-tropical climate and a very rich ecological environment, with many species of plants.
Important crops in the province include rice, maize, sweet potatoes and wheat, while cash crops include sugar cane, peanuts, tobacco and kenaf. Eighty five percent of the world’s star anise is grown in Guangxi – a major ingredient in the antiviral Tamiflu.
The value of total trade between Guangxi and other GMS countries expanded from $327 million in 2001 to $4,944 million in 2009, or about 20% of Guangxi's total foreign trade. Cross-border tourism is flourishing, with an estimated 2 million tourists crossing between Guangxi and Viet Nam border every year.
CEP in Guangxi
CEP has facilitated Guangxi’s first attempt at environmental performance reporting, covering the period 2007 to 2011. The Guangxi-Cao Bang biodiversity conservation corridor site was established in 2009, part of an important transboundary landscape for both southern China and northern Viet Nam, one which is home to the critically endangered Cau Vit gibbon. Guangxi was also involved in a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for transport and trade in the North-South Economic Corridor.
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