Guangdong is located on the Southern side of the People’s Republic China. It has taken over the provinces of Sichuan and Henan and Guangdong Province is now the most settled province in the People’s Republic of China.
Guangzhou is Guangdong’s capital but Shenzhen is the industrial gateway to Southern China as it is just an hour away from Hong Kong.
In the 16th Century, Guangdong had a very wide commercial exchange relationship with the rest of the world. The Portuguese and the British traded with Guangdong Province and they mainly used Guangzhou as the trading point.
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The History of Guangdong Province
The Opium wars were started due to the merchandize of Opium in Guangzhou and also Guangdong became the most important port for manual laborers who finally settled in British Malaya, Canada, America, Dutch Indies (now known as Indonesia), Siam (now known as Thailand) and the British Crown Colony of Singapore.
Geography of Guangdong Province
The Province of Guangdong has a total of 4300 km coast.
At the southwest of the province is the Lei Zhou Peninsula which has until today still a few inactive volcanoes. The Pearl River delta is made up of hundred’s of little islands.
To the northeast of Guangdong Province is the Province of Fujian, to the west is Guangxi Province, to the south is the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and Macau, and to the north is the province of Jiangxi and Hunan and across the Lei Zhou Peninsula is the Island of Hainan.
The main cities in Guangdong Province are Shantou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou which is also the capital city of Guangdong Province and Huizhou. Most of Guangdong’s cities are allocated around the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong Province.
The Climate of Guangdong Province
In the summer months, Guangdong Province has a very hot and humid climate but the good news is that winters are very short.
The Local Economy of Guangdong Province
Guangdong’s manufacturing output was worth 1.3 millions Yuan in the year of 2007. It contributed to almost 12.5% of the total national economic yield. The Per Capita GDP has reached 32713 Yuan for Guangdong and the cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou are the three most important economics zone of Guangdong Province.
During the year of 2007, the foreign trade was boosted up by 20% as compared to the year of 2006. Guangdong’s export was for nearly 29% of China’s US$2.17 trillion export revenues.
Touristic attraction in Guangdong Province
Guangdong Province has so many places to visitors and any visitor to Guangdong Province should visit the Star Lake and the Seven Star Crags and as well the Danxia and Dinghu Mountain.