Xiashi was established as a part of the late-19th century effort to populate the Nagiosaki region and thereby bring in some needed economic stimulus. Over the next 28 to 30 years more and more people moved into the area. Some were drawn by the lumbering business. Others were drawn to the land and bult farms and supported themselves off the land.
While Xiashi welcomes growth, leaders also are determined to control the quality and placement of new devolopments while preserving open space and creating public areas. One of the recent focuses has been on encouraging commercial devolopment in the centre of Xiashi.
New development near the train station:
Industrial complex north of town: