Recently, under the State Council’s approval and the official consent given by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, People’s Republic of China, Guangxi changed Hengxian County to a county-level city--Hengzhou City, which is directly under the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region but administered by Nanning Municipal People’s Government on behalf of the former. Hengzhou City preserves the administrative division of the former Hengxian County.
It is understood that Hengzhou City is located in the south-central part of Guangxi and the east of Nanning, covering an administrative area of 3,464 square kilometers and governing 16 towns and 1 township. At the end of 2019, Hengzhou City had a total population of 1,278.2 thousand. Hunan-Guangxi Railway, Litang-Qinzhou Railway, Quanzhou-Nanning Expressway, etc. pass through it and Yujiang River, the golden waterway of Xijiang River, runs through it for 144.5 km. The outputs of jasmine and jasmine tea there both account for more than 80% of that of the country and more than 60% of that of the world, earning itself a good reputation of “Hometown of Jasmine in China”. In recent years, Hengzhou City has taken jasmine industry as a leading industry to form an industrial cluster consisting of advanced equipment manufacturing, building materials, paper making, and other key industries. Its comprehensive strength continues to improve and all its key economic indicators top the list of the county economy of Guangxi.