Leye county, Baise, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/gx.people.com.cn]
Leye county of Baise is located in northwest Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The county seat is 970 meters above sea level, which is the highest county in Guangxi. It is an important gateway connecting the southwestern regions of China and Southeast Asian countries, as well as one of the convenient passages from Chongqing and Guiyang to Longbang Port, a national first-level port.
Leye is a key county for national poverty alleviation and tourism development in Guangxi. The county covers a total area of 2,633 square kilometers and has a population of 169,000. Its annual average temperature is 16 C, which makes it an attractive place for tourism and leisure.
Leye has world-class karst resources. It is the county where the famous Dashiwei Tiankeng Group is located. It is known as the "World Tiankeng Museum." At present, Leye county has been awarded the titles of "World Geopark," "National Forest Park," and "National 4A-level Scenic Spot." It has also been listed on the Chinese candidate list to be designated as a "World Natural Heritage" by UNESCO.
In 2019, Leye's GDP reached 2.85 billion yuan ($410.3 million), an increase of 9.1 percent year-on-year, and its fiscal revenue was 324 million yuan, an increase of 14.67 percent year-on-year. The total retail sales of consumer goods reached 919 million yuan, a year-on-year increase of 9.38 percent. The per capita disposable income of urban residents and rural residents were 31,239 yuan and 9,899 yuan, up 6.3 percent and 10 percent respectively.
A total of 8,953 impoverished people of 2,151 households in 22 poverty-stricken villages were lifted out of poverty, while the county's poverty incidence dropped to 1.8 percent.