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Guangdong (also known as Canton Province and alternately romanized as Kwangtung) is a coastal province in South China on the north shore of South China Sea. Its capital of the province is Guangzhou. With a population of 113.46 million (as of 2018[14]) across a total area of about 179,800 km2 (69,400 sq mi),[11] Guangdong is the most populous province of China and the 15th-largest by area. Its economy is larger than that of any other province in the nation and the 6th largest sub-national economy in the world with a GDP size of 1.47 trillion US dollars (9.73 trillion Chinese yuan) in 2018.[14] The Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, a Chinese megalopolis, is a core for high technology, manufacturing and foreign trade. Located in this zone are two of the four top Chinese cities and the top two Chinese prefecture-level cities by GDP; Guangzhou, the capital of the province, and Shenzhen, the first special economic zone in the country. These two are among the most populous and important cities in China, and have now become two of the world's most populous megacities.

The province of Guangdong surpassed Henan and Shandong to become the most populous province in China in January 2005, registering 79.1 million permanent residents and 31 million migrants who lived in the province for at least six months of the year;[15][16] the total population was 104,303,132 in the 2010 census, accounting for 7.79 percent of Mainland China's population.[17] This makes it the most populous first-level administrative subdivision of any country outside of South Asia, as its population is surpassed only by those of the Pakistani province of Punjab[18] and the Indian states of Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.[19] Its population increase since the census has been modest, the province registering 108,500,000 people in 2015.[20] Most of the historical Guangdong Province is administered by the People's Republic of China (PRC). However, the archipelagos of Pratas in the South China Sea are controlled by the Republic of China (ROC, a.k.a. Taiwan), and were previously part of Guangdong Province before the Chinese Civil War.[21][22]

Guangdong has a highly diversified economy. Since 1989, Guangdong has topped the total GDP rankings among all provincial-level divisions, with Jiangsu and Shandong second and third in rank. As of 2018, Guangdong's GDP reached 1.47 trillion US dollars (CNY 9.73 trillion), exceeding that of Spain with GDP of 1.43 trillion US dollars, the 13th largest in the world.[23] The province contributes approximately 12% of the total economic output of mainland China, and is home to the production facilities and offices of a wide-ranging set of Chinese and foreign corporations. Guangdong has benefited from its proximity to the financial hub of Hong Kong, which it borders to the south. Guangdong also hosts the largest import and export fair in China, the Canton Fair, hosted in the provincial capital of Guangzhou.

After the unification of Lingnan region in the Qin Dynasty, the immigrants from the Central Plains moved in and formed the local culture with a unique style. With the outward movement of the Guangdong people, the Hakka and Cantonese languages, music, cuisine, opera and tea ceremony have been spread throughout the nation, Southeast Asia and other countries. The two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao fall within the scope of Guangdong cultural influence, and Guangdong culture still has profound influences on the Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia.

Guangdong Province

Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese广东省(Guǎngdōng Shěng)
 • AbbreviationGD /(pinyin: Yuè, Jyutping: Jyut6)
Coordinates:23°24′N 113°30′E [74]
Named forAbbreviated from "Guǎngnándōng Lù" (A "" was equal to a province or a state in Song China)
广= wide, vast, expanse
= east
literally, "At the East of the Expanse" (Guangxi being the West)
(and largest city)
Divisions****21 prefectures, 121 counties, 1642 townships
 • SecretaryLi Xi
 • GovernorMa Xingrui
 • Total179,800 km2(69,400 sq mi)
Area rank15th
Highest elevation
1,902 m (6,240 ft)
 • Total113,460,000[10]
 • Rank1st
 • Density rank7th
 • Ethnic compositionHan – 99%
Zhuang – 0.7%
Yao – 0.2%
 • Languages and dialectsCantonese and other Yue languages, Hakka, Min Nan languages (Teochew & Leizhou Min), Tuhua, Mandarin, Zhuang
ISO 3166 codeCN-GD
GDP(2018)CNY 9.73 trillion
US$1.47 trillion[10] (1st)
 • per capitaCNY 87,763
US$13,257 (8th)
HDI(2017)0.786[13] (high) (5th)
Websitewww.gd.gov.cn [75](in Chinese)
Guangdong (Chinese characters).svg
"Guangdong" in Simplified (top) and Traditional (bottom) Chinese characters
Simplified Chinese广东
Traditional Chinese廣東
Literal meaning"Eastern Expanse"
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaning[an ancient name for southern China's Yue people]


"Guǎng" (simplified Chinese: 广; traditional Chinese: 廣) means "wide" or "vast", and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in AD 226.[24] The name "Guang" ultimately came from Guangxin (廣信; 广信), an outpost established in Han dynasty near modern Wuzhou, whose name is a reference to an order by Emperor Wu of Han to "widely bestow favors and sow trust". Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called Loeng gwong (Liangkwang; traditional Chinese: 兩廣; simplified Chinese: 两广; pinyin: liǎng guǎng; Cantonese Yale: léuhng gwóng) During the Song dynasty, the Two Guangs were formally separated as Guǎngnán Dōnglù (廣南東路; 广南东路; 'East Circuit in Southern Guang') and Guǎngnán Xīlù (廣南西路; 广南西路; 'West Circuit in Southern Guang'), which became abbreviated as Guǎngdōng Lù (廣東路; 广东路) and Guǎngxī Lù (廣西路; 广西路).

"Canton", though etymologically derived from Cantão (the Portuguese transliteration of "Guangdong"), usually by itself refers to the provincial capital Guangzhou.[25][26] Historically, Canton was also used for the province itself,[27] but often either specified as a province (e.g. Canton Province), or written as Kwangtung in the Wade–Giles system and now most commonly as Guangdong in Pinyin.[28] The local people of the city of Guangzhou (Canton) and their language are called Cantonese in English. Because of the prestige of Canton and its accent, Cantonese sensu lato can also be used for the phylogenetically related residents and Chinese dialects outside the provincial capital.


Kwangtung Provincial Government of the Republic of China

Kwangtung Provincial Government of the Republic of China

The Neolithic era began in the Pearl River Delta (珠江三角洲) 7,000 years before present (BP), with the early period from around 7000 to 5000 BP (c. 5050–3050 BC), and the late period from about 5000 to 3500 BP (c. 3050–1550 BC). In coastal Guangdong, the Neolithic was likely introduced from the middle Yangtze River area (Jiao 2013). In inland Guangdong, the neolithic appeared in Guangdong 4,600 years before present (BP). The Neolithic in northern inland Guangdong is represented by the Shixia culture (石峽文化), which occurred from 4600–4200 BP (c. 2650–2250 BC).[29]

Originally inhabited by a mixture of tribal groups known to the Chinese as the Baiyue ("Hundred Yue"), the region first became part of China during the Qin dynasty. Under the Qin Dynasty, Chinese administration began and along with it reliable historical records in the region. After establishing the first unified Chinese empire, the Qin expanded southwards and set up Nanhai Commandery at Panyu, near what is now part of Guangzhou. The region was an independent kingdom as Nanyue between the fall of Qin and the reign of Emperor Wu of Han. The Han dynasty administered Guangdong, Guangxi, and northern Vietnam as Jiaozhi Province, southernmost Jiaozhi Province was used as a gateway for traders from the west—as far away as the Roman Empire. Under the Wu Kingdom of the Three Kingdoms period, Guangdong was made its own province, the Guang Province, in 226 CE.

As time passed, the demographics of what is now Guangdong gradually shifted to (Han) Chinese dominance as the populations intermingled due to commerce along the great canals, and abruptly shifted through massive migration from the north during periods of political turmoil and nomadic incursions from the fall of the Han dynasty onwards. For example, internal strife in northern China following the rebellion of An Lushan resulted in a 75% increase in the population of Guangzhou prefecture between the 740s–750s and 800s–810s.[30] As more migrants arrived, the local population was gradually assimilated to Han Chinese culture[31] or displaced.

Together with Guangxi, Guangdong was made part of Lingnan Circuit (political division Circuit), or Mountain-South Circuit, in 627 during the Tang dynasty. The Guangdong part of Lingnan Circuit was renamed Guangnan East Circuit guǎng nán dōng lù in 971 during the Song dynasty (960–1279). "Guangnan East" (廣南東) is the source of the name "Guangdong" (廣東; 广东).[32] []

As Mongols from the north engaged in their conquest of China in the 13th century, the Southern Song court fled southwards from its capital in Hangzhou. The defeat of the Southern Song court by Mongol naval forces in The Battle of Yamen 1279 in Guangdong marked the end of the Southern Song dynasty (960–1279).[33]

During the Mongol Yuan dynasty, large parts of current Guangdong belonged to Jiangxi.[34] Its present name, "Guangdong Province" was given in early Ming dynasty.

Since the 16th century, Guangdong has had extensive trade links with the rest of the world. European merchants coming northwards via the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, particularly the Portuguese and British, traded extensively through Guangzhou. Macau, on the southern coast of Guangdong, was the first European settlement in 1557.

In the 19th century, the opium traded through Guangzhou triggered the First Opium War, opening an era of Western imperialists' incursion and intervention in China. In addition to Macau, which was then a Portuguese colony, Hong Kong was ceded to the British, and Kwang-Chou-Wan (modern day area of Zhanjiang) to the French.

Due to the large number of people that emigrated out of the Guangdong province, and in particular the ease of immigration from Hong Kong to other parts of the British Empire(later British Commonwealth), many overseas Chinese communities have their origins in Guangdong and/or Cantonese culture. In particular, the Cantonese and Teochew dialects have proportionately more speakers among overseas Chinese people than Mandarin-speaking Chinese. Additionally, many Cantonese-speaking Chinese emigrated to Western countries, with the results that many Western versions of Chinese words were derived from the Cantonese dialects rather than through the main stream Mandarin language, such as "dim sum". Some Mandarin Chinese words originally of foreign origin also came from the original foreign language by way of Cantonese. For example, the Mandarin word níngméng (simplified Chinese: 柠檬; traditional Chinese: 檸檬), meaning "Lemon", came from Cantonese, in which the characters are pronounced as lìng mung.[35] In the United States, there is a large number of Chinese who are descendants of immigrants from the county-level city of Taishan (Toisan in Cantonese), who speak a distinctive dialect related to Cantonese called Taishanese (or Toishanese).

During the 1850s, the Taiping Rebellion, whose leader Hong Xiuquan was born in Guangdong and received a pamphlet from a Protestant Christian missionary in Guangdong, became a widespread civil war in southern China. Because of direct contact with the West, Guangdong was the center of anti-Manchu and anti-imperialist activity. The generally acknowledged founder of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, was also from Guangdong.

During the early 1920s of the Republic of China, Guangdong was the staging area for the Kuomintang (KMT) to prepare for the Northern Expedition, an effort to bring the various warlords of China back under a unified central government. Whampoa Military Academy was built near Guangzhou to train military commanders.

In recent years, the province has seen extremely rapid economic growth, aided in part by its close trading links with Hong Kong, which borders it. It is now the province with the highest gross domestic product in China.

In 1952, a small section of Guangdong's coastline was given to Guangxi, giving it access to the sea. This was reversed in 1955, and then restored in 1965. Hainan Island was originally part of Guangdong, but it was separated into its own province in 1988.


Pearl River and Humen Bridge

Pearl River and Humen Bridge

Guangdong faces the South China Sea to the south and has a total of 4,300 km (2,700 mi) of coastline. The Leizhou Peninsula is on the southwestern end of the province. There are a few inactive volcanoes on Leizhou Peninsula. The Pearl River Delta is the convergent point of three upstream rivers: the East River, North River, and West River. The river delta is filled with hundreds of small islands. The province is geographically separated from the north by a few mountain ranges collectively called the Nan Mountains (Nan Ling). The highest peak in the province is Shikengkong with an elevation of 6,240 feet (1,902 meters) above sea level.

Guangdong borders Fujian to the northeast, Jiangxi and Hunan to the north, Guangxi autonomous region to the west, and Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions to the south. Hainan is offshore across from the Leizhou Peninsula. The Pratas Islands, which were traditionally governed as part of Guangdong, are now administered by the Republic of China on Taiwan.[36]

Cities around the Pearl River Delta include Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Shunde, Taishan, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. Other cities in the province include Chaozhou, Chenghai, Nanhai, Shantou, Shaoguan, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing, Yangjiang and Yunfu.

Guangdong has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa inland, Cwa along the coast), though nearing a tropical climate in the far south. Winters are short, mild, and relatively dry, while summers are long, hot, and very wet. Average daily highs in Guangzhou in January and July are 18 °C (64 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F), respectively, although the humidity makes it feel much hotter in summer. Frost is rare on the coast but may happen a few days each winter well inland.


Shops in one of the streets of Guangzhou specialize in selling various electronic components, supplying the needs of local consumer electronics manufacturers. The shop in front is in the LED business.

Shops in one of the streets of Guangzhou specialize in selling various electronic components, supplying the needs of local consumer electronics manufacturers. The shop in front is in the LED business.

The economy of Guangdong is large enough to be compared to that of many countries. In 2017, the gross domestic product (GDP) is about $1331.19 billion, Guangdong has been the largest province by GDP since 1989 in Mainland China. Guangdong is responsible for 10.87 percent of the China' $12.25 trillion GDP.[37] In 2015, Guangdong's GDP was slightly larger than that of Mexico ranking 15th in terms of US dollar or Purchasing Power Parity. Comparable to that of country subdivisions in dollar terms, Guangdong's GDP is larger than that of all but 6 country subdivisions: England, California, Texas, New York and Tokyo. It is comparable to the GDP of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

This is a trend of official estimates [76] of the gross domestic product of the Province of Guangdong with figures in millions of Chinese Yuan:

Historical GDP of Guangdong Province for 1978 –present (SNA2008)[38]
(purchasing power parity of Chinese Yuan, as Int'l.dollar based on IMF WEO October 2017[39])
yearGDP**GDP per capita (GDPpc)
** based on mid-year population
Reference index
GDP in millionsreal
GDPpcexchange rate
*1 foreign currency
to CNY*
USD 1Int'l$. 1

After the communist revolution and until the start of the Deng Xiaoping reforms in 1978, Guangdong was an economic backwater, although a large underground, service-based economy has always existed. Economic development policies encouraged industrial development in the interior provinces which were weakly joined to Guangdong via transportation links. The government policy of economic autarky made Guangdong's access to the ocean irrelevant.

Deng Xiaoping's open door policy radically changed the economy of the province as it was able to take advantage of its access to the ocean, proximity to Hong Kong, and historical links to overseas Chinese. In addition, until the 1990s when the Chinese taxation system was reformed, the province benefited from the relatively low rate of taxation placed on it by the central government due to its post-Liberation status of being economically backward.

Guangdong's economic boom began with the early 1990s and has since spread to neighboring provinces, and also pulled their populations inward. The economic growth of Guangdong province owes much to the low-value-added manufacturing which characterized (and in many ways still defines) the province's economy following Deng Xiaoping's reforms. Guangdong is not only China's largest exporter of goods, it is the country's largest importer as well.[40]

The province is now one of the richest in the nation, with the most billionaires in mainland China,[41] the highest GDP among all the provinces, although wage growth has only recently begun to rise due to a large influx of migrant workers from neighboring provinces. In 2011, Guangdong's aggregate nominal GDP reached 5.30 trillion RMB (US$838.60 billion) with a per capita GDP of 47,689 RMB.[42] By 2015, the local government of Guangdong hopes that the service industry will account for more than 50 percent of the provinces GDP and high-tech manufacturing another 20 percent.[40]

In 2009, Guangdong's primary, secondary, and tertiary industries were worth 201 billion yuan, 1.93 trillion yuan, and 1.78 trillion yuan, respectively.[43] Its per capita GDP reached 40,748 yuan (about US$5,965).[44] Guangdong contributes approximately 12% of the total national economic output.[45] Now, it has three of the six Special Economic Zones: Shenzhen, Shantou and Zhuhai. The affluence of Guangdong, however, remains very concentrated near the Pearl River Delta.

In 2008 its foreign trade also grew 7.8% from the previous year and is also by far the largest of all of China. By numbers, Guangdong's foreign trade accounts for more than a quarter of China's US$2.56 trillion foreign trade or roughly US$683 billion.[46]

Economic and technological development zones

  • Shenzhen Export Processing Zone

  • Shenzhen Futian Free Trade Zone[47]

  • Shenzhen Hi-Tech Industrial Park

  • Yantian Port Free Trade Zone

  • Foshan National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone[48]

  • Guangzhou Development District

  • Guangzhou Export Processing Zone

  • Guangzhou Free Trade Zone

  • Guangzhou Nansha Economic and Technical Development Zone

  • Guangzhou Nanhu Lake Tourist Holiday Resort (Chinese Version)

  • Guangzhou New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

  • Huizhou Dayawan Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Huizhou Export Processing Zone

  • Huizhou Zhongkai Hi-Tech Development Zone

  • Nansha Free Trade Zone

  • Shantou Free Trade Zone

  • Shatoujiao Free Trade Zone

  • Zhanjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone (Chinese Version)

  • Zhuhai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

  • Zhuhai Free Trade Zone

  • Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone


Guangzhou is the third largest city in the People's Republic of China

Guangzhou is the third largest city in the People's Republic of China

Historical population
Hainan Province part of Guangdong Province until 1988.
Guangzhou part of Guangdong Province until 1947; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Guangdong Province.

Guangdong officially became the most populous province in 2005.[15][16] Official statistics had traditionally placed Guangdong as the 4th-most populous province of China with about 80 million people, though an influx of migrants, temporary workers, and newly settled individuals numbered around 30 million.[59] The massive influx of migrants from other provinces, dubbed the "floating population", is due to Guangdong's booming economy and high demand for labor. If Guangdong were an independent nation, it would rank among the twenty largest countries of the world by population, more populous than France, Germany, or the United Kingdom, and more populous than the largest three US states (California, Texas, and Florida) combined. Guangdong's population is 70.7% urban and 29.3% rural.[10]

Guangdong is also the ancestral home of large numbers of overseas Chinese. Most of the railroad laborers in Canada, Western United States and Panama in the 19th century came from Guangdong. Many people from the region also travelled to the US / California during the gold rush of 1849, and also to Australia during its gold rush a decade or so later.

The majority of the province's population is Han Chinese. Within the Han Chinese, the largest subgroup in Guangdong are the Cantonese people. Two other major groups are the Teochew people in Chaoshan and the Hakka people in Huizhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shaoguan and Zhanjiang. There is a small Yao population in the north. Other smaller minority groups include She, Miao, Li, and Zhuang.

Guangdong has a highly unbalanced gender ratio that is among the highest of all provinces in China. According to a 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal, in the 1–4 age group, there are over 130 boys for every 100 girls.[62]


Temple of the Great Buddha in Guangzhou.

Temple of the Great Buddha in Guangzhou.

Temple of the Chenghuangshen (City God) of Jieyang.

Temple of the Chenghuangshen (City God) of Jieyang.

Temple of Tianhou in Chiwan, Shenzhen.

Temple of Tianhou in Chiwan, Shenzhen.

Temple of Nanhaishen (God of the Southern Sea) in Guangzhou.

Temple of Nanhaishen (God of the Southern Sea) in Guangzhou.

Temple of Huang Daxian in Guangzhou.

Temple of Huang Daxian in Guangzhou.

The Buddhist Yuhua Temple in Ronggui, Shunde.

The Buddhist Yuhua Temple in Ronggui, Shunde.

According to a 2012 survey[60] only around 7% of the population of Guangdong belongs to organised religions, the largest groups being Buddhists with 6.2%, followed by Protestants with 0.8% and Catholics with 0.2%. Around 93% of the population is either irreligious or may be involved in Chinese folk religions worshipping nature gods, ancestral deities, popular sects, Taoist traditions, Buddhist religious traditions & Confucian religious traditions.

According to a survey conducted in 2007, 43.71% of the population believes and is involved in ancestor veneration,[63] the traditional Chinese religion of the lineages organised into lineage churches and ancestral shrines.


Guangdong is governed by a dual-party system like the rest of China. The Governor is in charge of provincial affairs; however, the Communist Party Secretary, often from outside of Guangdong, keeps the Governor in check.

Relations with Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau, while historically parts of Guangdong before becoming colonies of the United Kingdom and Portugal, respectively, are special administrative regions (SARs). Furthermore, the Basic Laws of both SARs explicitly forbid provincial governments from intervening in local politics. As a result, many issues with Hong Kong and Macau, such as border policy and water rights, have been settled by negotiations between the SARs' governments and the Guangdong provincial government.


Guangdong and the greater Guangzhou area are served by several Radio Guangdong stations, Guangdong Television, Southern Television Guangdong, Shenzhen Television, and Guangzhou Television. There is an English programme produced by Radio Guangdong which broadcasts information about this region to the entire world through the WRN Broadcast.


The central region, which is also the political and economic center, is populated predominantly by Yue Chinese speakers, though the influx in the last three decades of millions of Mandarin-speaking immigrants has slightly diminished Cantonese linguistic dominance. This region is associated with Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese opera is a form of Chinese opera popular in Cantonese speaking areas. Related Yue dialects are spoken in most of the western half of the province.

The area comprising the cities of Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang in coastal east Guangdong, known as Chaoshan, forms its own cultural sphere. The Teochew people here, along with Hailufeng people in Shanwei, speak Teochew, which is a Min dialect closely related to mainstream Southern Min (Hokkien) and their cuisine is Teochew cuisine. Teochew opera is also well-known and has a unique form.

The Hakka people live in large areas of Guangdong, including Huizhou, Meizhou, Shenzhen, Heyuan, Shaoguan and other areas. Much of the Eastern part of Guangdong is populated by the Hakka people except for the Chaozhou and Hailufeng area. Hakka culture include Hakka cuisine, Han opera (simplified Chinese: 汉剧; traditional Chinese: 漢劇), Hakka Hanyue and sixian (traditional instrumental music) and Hakka folk songs (客家山歌).

Zhanjiang in southern Guangdong is dominated by the Leizhou dialect, a variety of Minnan; Cantonese and Hakka are also spoken there.

Mandarin is the language used in education and government and in areas where there are migrants from other provinces, above all in Shenzhen. Cantonese maintains a strong and dominant position in common usage and media, even in eastern areas of the province where the local languages and dialects are non-Yue ones.

Guangdong Province is notable for being the birthplace of many famed Xiangqi (Chinese chess) grandmasters such as Lü Qin, Yang Guanli, Cai Furu and Xu Yinchuan.


Guangdong Province Department of Education is the department of the provincial government that oversees education.

Colleges and universities


  • Sun Yat-sen University

  • South China University of Technology

  • Jinan University

  • South China Agricultural University

  • Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

  • Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine


  • Dongguan Institute of Technology

  • Dongguan University of Technology

  • Foshan University

  • Guangdong Education and Research Network

  • Guangdong General Hospital

  • Guangdong Institute of Education

  • Guangdong Institute of Science and Technology

  • Guangdong Medical College

  • Guangdong Ocean University

  • Guangdong Petrochemical Academy

  • Guangdong Pharmaceutical University

  • Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University

  • Guangdong Radio and TV University

  • Guangdong University of Finance & Economics

  • Guangdong University of Finance

  • Guangdong University of Technology

  • Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

  • Guangzhou Education College

  • Guangzhou Medical College

  • Guangzhou Normal University

  • Guangzhou Sports University

  • Guangzhou University

  • Hanshan Teachers College

  • Huizhou University

  • Panyu Polytechnic

  • Shaoguan University

  • Shenzhen Party School

  • Shantou University

  • Shenzhen University

  • Shenzhen Technology University

  • Shenzhen Polytechnic

  • Shunde University

  • South China Normal University

  • South University of Science and Technology of China

  • Southern Medical University

  • Wuyi University

  • Xijiang University

  • Xinghai Conservatory of Music

  • Zhanjiang Normal University

  • Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering

  • Zhaoqing University


List of current professional sports based in Guangdong:

FootballChinese Super League1stGuangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C.GuangzhouTianhe Stadium
FootballChinese Super League1stGuangzhou R&F F.C.GuangzhouYuexiushan Stadium
FootballHong Kong Premier League1stR&FGuangzhouYanzigang Stadium
FootballChina League One2ndShenzhen F.C.ShenzhenShenzhen Stadium
FootballChina League One2ndMeizhou Hakka F.C.WuhuaWuhua County Stadium
FootballChina League One2ndMeizhou Meixian Techand F.C.MeizhouMeixian Tsang Hin-chi Stadium
FootballChina League Two3rdShenzhen Ledman F.C.ShenzhenBao'an Stadium
FootballChina League Two3rdShenzhen Pengcheng F.C.ShenzhenXixiang Sports Center
FootballChina Women's League One2ndMeizhou HunjunWuhuaWuhua County Stadium
FutsalChina Futsal Super League1stShenzhen Nanling TielangShenzhenQiushanshui Park Sports Centre
FutsalChina Futsal Super League1stYingde YanjiyouYingdeYingde Gymnasium
FutsalChina Futsal Super League1stZhuhai MingshiZhuhaiZhuhai Sports Centre
BasketballChinese Basketball Association1stGuangdong Southern TigersDongguanNissan Sports Centre
BasketballChinese Basketball Association1stShenzhen LeopardsShenzhenShenzhen Universiade Sports Centre
BasketballChinese Basketball Association1stGuangzhou Long-LionsGuangzhouTianhe Gymnasium
BasketballASEAN Basketball League1stZhuhai Wolf WarriorsZhuhaiJinan University (Zhuhai Campus)
BasketballWomen's Basketball Association1stGuangdong Asia AluminumZhaoqingZhaoqing Stadium
VolleyballMen's Volleyball League Div A1stGuangdong GSportsShenzhenShenzhen Gymnasium
VolleyballWomen's Volleyball League Div A1stGuangdong EvergrandeShenzhenShenzhen Gymnasium
VolleyballWomen's Volleyball League Div B2ndGuangdong JianlongTaishanTaishan Stadium
BaseballChina Baseball League1stGuangdong LeopardsGuangzhouHuangcun Stadium
Table TennisChina Table Tennis Super League1stShenzhen Bao'an MingjinhaiShenzhenBao'an Stadium


Notable attractions include Danxia Mountain in Shaoguan, Yuexiu Hill, Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou, Star Lake and the Seven Star Crags, Dinghu Mountain in Zhaoqing, the Huangmanzhai waterfalls in Jieyang, and the Zhongshan Sun Wen Memorial Park for Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan.

Administrative divisions

Guangdong is divided into twenty-one prefecture-level divisions: all prefecture-level cities (including two sub-provincial cities):

Administrative divisions of Guangdong
Guangdong prfc map.pngPrefecture-level city district areasCounty-level cities
No.Division code[64]prefecture level citiesArea in km2[65]Population 2010[66]SeatDivisions[67]
DistrictsCountiesAut. countiesCL cities
440000Guangdong Province179,800.00104,303,132Guangzhou6534320
9440100Guangzhou7,434.4012,701,948Yuexiu District11
2440200Shaoguan18,412.532,826,246Zhenjiang District3412
21440300Shenzhen1,996.7810,358,381Futian District9*
20440400Zhuhai1,724.321,562,530Xiangzhou District3
14440500Shantou2,248.395,389,328Jinping District61
8440600Foshan3,848.497,197,394Chancheng District5
18440700Jiangmen9,505.424,450,703Pengjiang District34
15440800Zhanjiang13,225.446,994,832Chikan District423
16440900Maoming11,424.85,817,494Maonan District23
6441200Zhaoqing14,891.233,916,467Duanzhou District341
11441300Huizhou11,342.984,598,402Huicheng District23
4441400Meizhou15,864.514,238,461Meijiang District251
12441500Shanwei4,861.792,935,469Cheng District121
3441600Heyuan15,653.632,950,195Yuancheng District15
17441700Yangjiang7,955.272,421,748Jiangcheng District211
1441800Qingyuan19,152.903,698,412Qingcheng District2222
10441900Dongguan **2,465.008,220,207Nancheng Subdistrict
19442000Zhongshan **1,783.673,121,275Dongqu Subdistrict
5445100Chaozhou3,145.892,669,466Xiangqiao District21
13445200Jieyang5,265.385,884,347Rongcheng District221
7445300Yunfu7,779.122,367,154Yuncheng District221
Sub-provincial cities
*- not including the new districts which are not registered under the Ministry of Civil Affairs (not included in the total Districts' count)
**- direct-piped cities - does not contain any county-level divisions
Administrative divisions in Chinese and varieties of romanizations
EnglishChinesePinyinGuangdong Romanization
Guangdong Province广东省Guǎngdōng Shěngguong2 dung1 sang2
Guangzhou City广州市Guǎngzhōu Shìguong2 zeo1 xi5
Shaoguan City韶关市Sháoguān Shìxiu4 guan1 xi5
Shenzhen City深圳市Shēnzhèn Shìsem1 zen3 xi5
Zhuhai City珠海市Zhūhǎi Shìju1 hoi2 xi5
Shantou City汕头市Shàntóu Shìsan3 teo4 xi5
Foshan City佛山市Fóshān Shìfed6 san1 xi5
Jiangmen City江门市Jiāngmén Shìgong1 mun4 xi5
Zhanjiang City湛江市Zhànjiāng Shìzam3 gong1 xi5
Maoming City茂名市Màomíng Shìmeo6 ming4 xi5
Zhaoqing City肇庆市Zhàoqìng Shìxiu6 hing3 xi5
Huizhou City惠州市Huìzhōu Shìwei6 zeo1 xi5
Meizhou City梅州市Méizhōu Shìmui4 zeo1 xi5
Shanwei City汕尾市Shànwěi Shìsan3 méi5 xi5
Heyuan City河源市Héyuán Shìho4 yun4 xi5
Yangjiang City阳江市Yángjiāng Shìyêng4 gong1 xi5
Qingyuan City清远市Qīngyuǎn Shìqing1 yun5 xi5
Dongguan City东莞市Dōngguǎn Shìdung1 gun2 xi5
Zhongshan City中山市Zhōngshān Shìzung1 san1 xi5
Chaozhou City潮州市Cháozhōu Shìqiu4 zeo1 xi5
Jieyang City揭阳市Jiēyáng Shìkid3 yêng4 xi5
Yunfu City云浮市Yúnfú Shìwen4 feo4 xi5

The twenty-one Prefecture of Guangdong are subdivided into 119 county-level divisions (64 districts, 20 county-level cities, 34 counties, and 3 autonomous counties). For county-level divisions, see the list of administrative divisions of Guangdong.

Urban areas

Population by urban areas of prefecture & county cities

CitiesUrban area[68]District area[68]City proper[68]Census date
(2)Guangzhou(new districts)[1]939,2641,630,524see Guangzhou2010-11-01
11Puning874,9542,055,552see Jieyang2010-11-01
(12)Jieyang(new district)[2]492,1781,159,118see Jieyang2010-11-01
(14)Qingyuan(new district)[3]276,794698,811see Qingyuan2010-11-01
(15)Maoming(new district)[4]395,3171,218,716see Maoming2010-11-01
16Lufeng579,5271,358,265see Shanwei2010-11-01
(17)Zhaoqing(new district)[5]224,755753,120see Zhaoqing2010-11-01
(18)Yangjiang(new district)[6]193,487442,762see Yangjiang2010-11-01
(20)Chaozhou(new district)[7]808,0421,334,796see Chaozhou2010-11-01
21Taishan394,855941,095see Jiangmen2010-11-01
22Xingning392,000962,883see Meizhou2010-11-01
23Kaiping371,019699,242see Jiangmen2010-11-01
25Lianjiang359,225927,275see Zhanjiang2010-11-01
26Sihui355,709542,873see Zhaoqing2010-11-01
(27)Meizhou(new district)[8]258,782554,745see Meizhou2010-11-01
28Gaozhou352,0061,288,665see Maoming2010-11-01
29Yingde346,927941,952see Qingyuan2010-11-01
30Leizhou344,0431,427,664see Zhanjiang2010-11-01
31Xinyi333,965913,708see Maoming2010-11-01
32Wuchuan332,6721,443,099see Zhanjiang2010-11-01
33Huazhou320,4181,178,809see Maoming2010-11-01
34Heshan282,580494,938see Jiangmen2010-11-01
35Luoding263,338959,006see Yunfu2010-11-01
36Enping244,257492,814see Jiangmen2010-11-01
(37)Yunfu(new district)[9]56,874269,636see Yunfu2010-11-01
38Lechang191,457397,779see Shaoguan2010-11-01
39Lianzhou161,667367,642see Qingyuan2010-11-01
40Nanxiong140,017316,179see Shaoguan2010-11-01
41Yangchun28,739849,504see Yangjiang2010-11-01

International relations

Guangdong is twinned with:

  • Aichi Prefecture, Japan[69]

See also

  • Major national historical and cultural sites in Guangdong

  • Governors of Guangdong


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