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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Nonggang Babbler
Nonggang Babbler Stachyris nonggangensis ©Craig Brelsford Website

Strictly speaking Guangxi is not a province but an Autonomous Region but it has more or less the same political status as a province.

Guangxi is a Zhuang autonomous region of the People's Republic of China. Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one of the border frontiers of Chinese civilization. Even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The current name "Guang" itself means "expanse", and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1949 was reformed as one of China's five minority autonomous regions. The abbreviation of the province is (Gui), which comes from Guilin, former capital, center of much of Guangxi's culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region.

Guangxi is a mountainous region. The Nanling Mountains are found in the northeast border, with the Yuecheng Mountains and Haiyang Mountains being its shorter branching ridges. Nearer to the center of the region are the Dayao Mountains and the Daming Mountains. To the north there are the Duyao Mountains and the Fenghuang Mountains, while on the southeast border there are the Yunkai Mountains. The highest point is Mount Mao'er located in the Yuecheng Mountains, at 2141 m.

Many rivers cut valleys through the mountains. Most of these rivers form the tributary basin of the West River.

Guangxi has a short coastline on the Gulf of Tonkin. Important seaports include Beihai, Qinzhou and Fangchenggang.

Guangxi has a subtropical climate. Summers are generally long and hot. Average annual temperature is 17 to 23°C, while average annual precipitation is 1250 to 1750 mm.



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2008 [07 July] - Bjorn Anderson


…July is of course not the best time to go birding in South China, due to the rainy monsoon season. However the attraction of seeing Nonggang Babbler was hard to resist much longer and it coincided very well with Jocko being in China…

2015 [12 December] - Craig Brelsford & Elaine Du


At Longheng, a village near Nonggang National Nature Reserve in Guangxi, Nonggang Babbler has gone from “unknown to science” to “automatic tick.”