Other transcription(s)
 • PinyinMángshì
 • Tai Nueaᥝᥥᥒᥰ ᥛᥫᥒᥰ ᥑᥩᥢᥴ
 • JingphoMangshi Myu
 • Burmeseမန်စီ
 • Thaiเมืองข้อน
Clockwise: Urban skyline, Puti Temple, Mangshi Square, Menghuan Pagoda
Etymology: Evolved form the ethnic name "" (Mangshi)
city of dawn
Territory of Mangshi (red) in Yunnan Province
Territory of Mangshi (red) in Yunnan Province
Mangshi is located in Yunnan
Location in Yunnan
Mangshi is located in China
Mangshi (China)
Coordinates (Mangshi government): 24°26′01″N 98°35′17″E / 24.4337°N 98.5881°E / 24.4337; 98.5881
Autonomous PrefectureDehong
Municipal seatMenghuan Subdistrict
[1]: 536 
 • Total2,900.91 km2 (1,120.05 sq mi)
933 m (3,061 ft)
 (2020 census)[2]
 • Total439,931
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Phone code(0)692

Mangshi (Chinese: 芒市; Wade–Giles: Mangshih; Tai Nuea: ᥝᥥᥒᥰ ᥛᥫᥒᥰ ᥑᥩᥢᥴ; Jingpho: Mangshi Myu), former name Luxi (潞西),[3] is a county-level city and the seat of Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, western Yunnan province, China. Mangshi has an area of 2,900.91 km2 (1,120.05 sq mi), with an urban area of 18.66 km2 (7.20 sq mi).[4] Han Chinese, Dai people (Tai Nuea branch) and Jingpo people (Zaiwa branch) are the major ethnic groups. Luxi County was founded in 1949, and became a county-level city in 1996.


A stone with "芒市" script on the north entry roundabout of the city

The name "Mangshi" first appeared in 1443, when the Tai Nuea tusi Mangshi Yuyi Zhangguansi (芒市御夷长官司) was established. In the history, an ethnicity named Mangshi () lived in this area. The name of "" evolved from "茫施" (the pinyin are same). Luxi (西) is the former name of Mangshi, meaning "west of Lu [Salween] River".[5]: 460 

In Tai Nuea language, the city name is Muang Khon[6]: 18  (ᥛᥫᥒᥰ ᥑᥩᥢᥴ), written in Chinese is "", meaning "city of dawn".[5]: 460 

In 2008, 4,751 people participated in a public opinion survey in favour of restoring the historical name (Mangshi), with 96.96% supporting a name change to Mangshi.[3] In 2010, the name was formally changed. "Mangshi" is the proper name of the city, however, the character "" (shì) itself means "city".[7] The full name in Chinese language is "芒市" (Mangshi), the official English translation in the Yearbook of Dehong is "Mangshi City".[8]


Main article: Chiefdom of Mangshi

Fang Zhengde (放正德), the 21st Mangshi Tusi, which reigned between 1889 and 1910.[9]: 158 
Zhou Enlai and Ba Swe walked into the Mangshi China-Myanmar Border People's Party in 1956
Mangshi department store in 1958

Historically, Mangshi was divided among three tusi territories. Mangshi Lu (茫施路), established by Yuan dynasty in 1276, was the first time the region was integrated into the administrative system of a Chinese dynasty. Mangshi Lu was part of Jinchi Xuanfusi (金齿等处宣抚司), Yunnan Province. In 1277, the area was affected by the first Mongol invasion of Burma. Ming dynasty repealed Mangshi Lu and set Mangshi Fu (茫施府) in 1382. Because Mangshi chief Dao Fangge (刀放革) helped the Ming dynasty army in the Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns, Ming dynasty made him the Mangshi Tusi (native chieftain), and founded the agency Mangshi Yuyi Zhangguansi (芒市御夷长官司) in 1443. In 1584, Ming dynasty created another tusi, Zhefang Fuxuanfusi (遮放副宣抚司) in Zhefang area, formerly part of Longchuan Xuanfusi (陇川宣抚司). In 1640, Mangshi Yuyi Zhangguansi upgraded to Mangshi Anfusi (芒市安抚司). In 1899, Qing dynasty set the 3rd tusi, Mengban Tuqianzong (勐板土千总) in modern Mangshi Area.[10]: 9, 20–21 

In Republic of China period, the Yunnan government appointed two "suppression commissars" (彈壓委員) to Mangban (芒板) and Zhemao (遮卯) within the Mangshi area in 1913. Mangban suppression commissar administered Mangshi Anfusi and Mengban Tuqianzong territories, and Zhemao suppression commissar administered Zhefang Xuanfusi and Mengmao Anfusi (勐卯安撫司, in Ruili) territories. The two suppression commissars were replaced by an administrative commissar (行政委員) in 1915, and a district named Mangzheban Administrative District (芒遮板行政區) was established. At the same time, Mengmao Anfusi was separated from the district, thus forming the boundaries of modern Mangshi. As a transition before formally establishing a county, Yunnan government set a Shezhiju (設治局, similar to a governing council) in Mangshi area named Mangzheban Shezhiju (芒遮板設治局) replacing Mangzheban District in 1929. The Administrative Bureau is a quasi-county level administrative division. Mengga is the seat of the bureau. It changed the name to Luxi Shezhiju (潞西設治局) in 1934. Imperial Japanese Army occupied Luxi at 4 May 1942 and retreated at 11 December 1944 when Counterattack of Western Yunnan started. In 1949, Luxi Administrative Bureau finally became Luxi County (潞西县), with the seat of county government at the town of Mangshi, and the first county magistrate was the acting Tusi Fang Kesheng (方克胜). The Tusi system and the central bureaucracy still coexisted.[10]: 10–11, 21–22 

Fang Kesheng refused to join People's Republic of China, preferring to remain neutral. Eventually the People's Liberation Army advanced into Luxi in April 1950, and Fang Kesheng fled to Taiwan. His brother Fang Keguang succeeded be the acting tusi, and cooperated with the Chinese Communist Party. The three tusi were killed during the land reform movement in 1955.[9]: 160  Luxi County became Luxi City (county-level city) in 1996, and changed the name to Mangshi City in 2010.[11]: 2547 


Mangshi River

Mangshi has an area of 2,900.91 km2 (1,120.05 sq mi). There are two main plains in Mangshi named Mangshi Ba (芒市坝) and Zhefang Ba (遮放坝). The city of Mangshi is situated at the east of Mangshi Ba. Mountains are the primary landforms of Mangshi, making up approximately 84.48% of the territory. Mount Qingkou (箐口山) is the city's highest point, with an altitude of 2,889.1 meters. Manxin River's (曼辛河) estuary (at Salween River) is the lowest point, with an altitude of 528 metres in Zhongshan Township.[10]: 52–53  The mountains are branches of western Gaoligong Mountains.[12]: 40 

Mangshi River is the "mother river" of Mangshi,[13] and has a drainage basin of 1,881 km2 (726 sq mi),[14]: 90–91  about 61.3% of area of Mangshi. Longchuan River (龙川江) is the border river between Mangshi and Lianghe County and Longchuan County on the north and west. Salween River on the southeast tip of Mangshi marks the international border between Mangshi and Myanmar's Shan State.[10]: 59 [5]: 185 


Climate data for Mangshi (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 27.0
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 22.2
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.1
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 6.9
Record low °C (°F) −0.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 19.9
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.2 4.0 5.8 10.6 16.2 23.3 27.8 25.1 19.0 13.4 5.5 2.6 156.5
Average relative humidity (%) 76 70 64 66 73 83 87 85 83 81 79 79 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 227.9 217.8 228.8 211.8 190.3 111.8 79.4 111.9 140.1 169.3 209.9 220.1 2,119.1
Percent possible sunshine 68 68 61 55 46 27 19 28 38 48 64 67 49
Source: China Meteorological Administration[15][16]

Administrative divisions

Manghai Border Passway at Manghai Town
Street in Fengping Town

Mangshi currently comprises 12 administrative township-level subdivisions including one subdistrict, five towns and six townships.[17]

Name Name
in Chinese
Code[18] Founded
[5]: 459–495 
Area (km2)
[11]: 2552–2572 
2010 Census[19]
Menghuan Subdistrict 勐焕街道 533103001 2008 23.15 99,970 4318.36
Mangshi Town 芒市镇 533103101 1936 349.5 46,353 132.63
Zhefang Town 遮放镇 533103102 1936 422 51,477 121.98
Mengga Town 勐戛镇 533103103 1936 389 24,344 62.58
Manghai Town 芒海镇 533103104 1988 105 5,641 53.72
Fengping Town 风平镇 533103105 1998 381 69,586 182.64
Xuangang Township 轩岗乡 533103201 1936 163.7 21,501 131.34
Jiangdong Township 江东乡 533103202 1988 220.8 25,240 114.31
Xishan Township 西山乡 533103203 1988 257 12,296 47.84
Zhongshan Township 中山乡 533103204 1988 278 10,170 36.58
Santaishan Palaung Ethnic Township 三台山德昂族乡 533103205 1988 158 7,068 44.73
Wuchalu Township 五岔路乡 533103206 1988 202 16,245 80.42


China Construction Bank Dehong branch company in north of city
Paddy field close town of Manghai

As of 2016, Mangshi nominal GDP was CN¥ 9.628 billion, about 0.65% of the province's GDP, ranking 44th among county-level administrative units in Yunnan; its nominal GDP per capita was CN¥ 23,307, 66th in the province, lower than Yunnan average (CN¥ 30,949).[1]: 522, 524 

In 1958, Yunnan government regulated trade in border areas, and the town of Mangshi was excluded from the zone of border trade.[20]: 211  In 1980, province government opened Manghai (芒海), Mangbing (芒丙) and Xiaogai (小街) as border trade markets.[20]: 201  After Hu Yaobang, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party inspected Dehong prefecture in 1985, Mangshi abolished all border checkpoints, and made the whole territory a border trade zone.[21]: 645  The border trade and other tertiary sectors was prosperous in the 1990s. The proportion of three industrial sectors in 1978 was 65.6 : 16.3 : 18.1,[21]: 647  and in 2016, 23.2 : 20.5 : 56.3.[1]: 524 

Asian rice, sugarcane, tea, coffee, macadamia nut and fruits (banana, pineapple, mango, jackfruit etc.) are the main agricultural products of Mangshi, especially coffee. Mangshi has 19,056 ha. of paddy field, 9,165 ha. of sugarcane field, 7,504 ha. of macadamia forest, 5,870 ha. of coffee field and 5,469 ha. of fruit field in 2018.[22] Asian Coffee Association was established at Mangshi in 2017.[23] 13 countries are members of the association.[24] Hogood Coffee is the largest domestic instant coffee producer in China,[25] and the 10th largest civilian-run enterprise of Yunnan.[26]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: Annals of Luxi County etc.[10]: 40–41 [27][28]: 6 

In 2016, Mangshi had a total population of 415,700 over the whole county-level city,[1]: 533  of which 171.2 thousand resided in the city core, the subdistrict of Menghuan.[29]

According to the 2010 census, Mangshi has 204,083 Han citizens, 52.34% of total population. Other main ethnicities are Dai and Jingpo, which has a population with 132,421 and 29,208.[28]: 101–121  Mangshi has the largest number of Palaung people in any county-level subdivision of China, with a population of 9,986,[28]: 101–121  which mainly live in Santaishan Palaung Ethnic Township.[Note 1][10]: 39 

Historically, Dai people lived in the plains.[10]: 420  Jingpo people immigrated to the mountains from the Tibetan Plateau in the 16th century.[10]: 425  Han Chinese became the majority because of the Ming conquest of Yunnan and several Sino-Burmese wars, and the subsequent stationing of Chinese army in the area.[5]: 227 


Wuyun Temple (五云寺) is the first temple of Mangshi which built in 1665.[10]: 460 
A Manau place in Nongqiu Village (弄丘村), Zhefang.

Dai people in Mangshi speak Tai Nuea language,[10]: 420  while Jingpo people speak Zaiwa and Jingpho. Zaiwa is the most populous branch of Jingpo in Mangshi.[10]: 426 

Almost all the Dai and Palaung people follows Theravada Buddhism. Many villages have their own Buddhist temple,[10]: 422  called "Zhuangfang" () or "Miansi" (; 'Burmese temple'). They are the center for religion activities and education, and also the entertainment venues for villagers.[30]: 154, 156  Expenditure of the temple and the monk life costs are paid by the villagers. An average Dai farmer spends one-fifth of his annual income for religion-related activities in 1988.[10]: 422  In Jingpo folk religion, various gods as well as ancestral spirits are worshipped.[10]: 451 

Water-Sprinkling Festival (in Thailand called "Songkran") and Manau are the grandest festivals of the Dai and Jingpo. They are both statutory holidays in Dehong Prefecture.[31] The 15,000-capacity Dehong Stadium, a football stadium, is also used for cultural events.[citation needed]


G320 Highway in Mangshi

Tusi Fang Keming (方克明) of Mangshi and Duo Jianxun (多建勋) of Zhefang built a road linking Mangshi and Wanding in 1926. An Indian engineer was invited to design the route. The road was completed in 1931, and became a part of the Burma Road in 1937.[10]: 152  In modern China National Highways network, this road is part of G320 Highway.[32]: 42  Longling-Ruili Expressway opened on 31 December 2015, and is the first expressway of Mangshi. It forms part of G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway and AH14.[33] A provincial highway, Mangshi-Lianghe Expressway is currently under construction.[34] Another provincial expressway, Ruili-Menglian Expressway, is planned.[35]

Although Mangshi has a 68.23 km-long borderline with Myanmar, it has no national port of entry. There are three border crossing without customs control into Myanmar serving the locals. They are Manghai (芒海), Zhongshan (中山) and Bangda (邦达).[36]: 162  Manghai links Mong Ko in Myanmar, also known as Monekoe.

Dali–Ruili railway is under construction, with two stations in Mangshi: Mangshi and Mangshi West.[37]

Dehong Mangshi International Airport is the only airport in Dehong Prefecture. It saw 1,652,533 passengers and 13,982 flights in 2017.[38]


Dehong Sports Center
Square and the library of Dehong Teachers' College

Dehong Sports Center is located on the west of Mangshi, with a 21,000-capacity stadium, a 3,200-capacity basketball gym, a 2,150-capacity aquatics center, a 6-courts tennis gym and other outdoor sports fields. The sports center was built in 2008, and has a building area of 36,813.49m2.[39]

Dehong People's Hospital is a Tertiary B-level hospital established in 1954 in southeast of Mangshi.[21]: 551  It has 1,200 beds and the service area covered up Dehong, Longling, Tengchong and part of Myanmar.[40]

Dehong Teachers' College (德宏师范高等专科学校) is the main higher education college of Dehong, established in 2006.[21]: 491  It is a technical college but under the working for upgrade to an undergraduate education university.[41] Many Burmese students are studying abroad in the college.[42]

Dehong's media is multilingual, reflecting its diverse ethnic makeup. Dehong TV Station was established in 1991, with programs in Chinese, Tai Nuea, Jingpho and Zaiwa. Dehong TV Station is the only TV station that uses four languages in China.[21]: 522  Dehong Unity News (德宏团结报) is the official newspaper of Dehong Prefecture Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. The newspaper using five languages: Chinese, Tai Nuea, Jingpho, Zaiwa and Lisu. It is the only newspaper that uses five languages in China.[21]: 518  Pauk-Phaw, the first Burmese newspaper of China, was founded in Mangshi in 2015 and is published by Dehong Unity Newspaper office. It serves the 50,000 Burmese who live in China.[43]


Tiecheng Pagoda
Mengbanaxi Exotics Garden

3.3 million tourists visited Mangshi in 2015, and generated a tourism income of CN¥ 5.09 billion for the city.[4] Puti Temple,[44] Wuyun Temple and Foguang Temple are well known Buddhist temples in Mangshi.[30]: 155  Tiecheng Pagoda, Fengping Pagoda and Menghuan Pagoda are well known Buddhist pagodas.[10]: 462  Tiecheng Pagoda, also known as "Shubao Pagoda" (Chinese: ; lit. 'pagoda wrapped by tree'), was built in Qianlong era, Qing dynasty. A seed fell in the crack of the pagoda about 200 years ago, and now, the pagoda is wrapped by the bodhi tree.[45]: 262 [30]: 53  Mengbanaxi Exotics Garden, a garden for valuable ancient trees and tree fossils, is the only AAAA state-level tourist destination of Mangshi.[46]

Friendly cities

Mangshi currently maintains friendship agreements with the following foreign

See also


  1. ^ Other major area of Palaung people in China: Zhenkang County (2,374), Ruili City (1,783), Longchuan County (1,454), Gengma County (1,158), Longyang District (1,075)


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