Fangchenggang city was built up from Fangcheng county and Shangsi county. Ancestors of Fangcheng lived there since the Neolithic Age, endowing the place with a long history.
Fangcheng city was an administrative division of Guangxi province from 1951 to June 1955. It reverted to Guangdong province from July 1955 to July 1965. Fangchenggang district, together with Beihai city, was among the 14 open coastal cities approved by the State Council in 1984. In March 1985, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region government established the prefecture-level Fangchenggang district.
Shangsi county also boasts a long history, with records of human activities since the Neolithic Age. The county belonged to different administrative regions, such as Nanning district, Longzhou district and Qinzhou district, since 1950 to April 1993.
On May 23, 1993, the prefecture-level Fangchenggang city was approved by the State Council, including the ethnic autonomous counties, Fangchenggang district, as well as Shangsi county in Qinzhou district. The city now contains Fangcheng district, Gangkou district and Shangsi county. Meanwhile, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region government decided that the original Dongxing Economic Development Zone (a county-level city) came under the jurisdiction of Fangchenggang city.
Top attractions in Fangchenggang.