Approved by the State Council, Daxing became a district on April 30, 2001. Encompassing l, 012 square kilometers, Daxing District is divided into 1 distinct, 9 towns and 18 townships with a population of 520, 000. It is a plain district and one of satellite cities of Beijing. Panggezhuang is famous for water melon both in Beijing and Tianjin.
Daxing District located in the south of Beijing, the area is not as affluent as those that most visitors to Beijing are familiar with, such as Xidan and Guomao. Much of the industry in Daxing is related to distribution of food and consumer goods to service Beijing. There are many self-built communities casually created by the residents themselves, mostly of whom have moved in from the countryside.