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Gaoming District, seen from a high rise apartment
|• Total||967.4 km2 (373.5 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)||420,044|
|• Density||434.2/km2 (1,125/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Cantonese Jyutping||gou1 ming4 keoi1|
|Cantonese Yale||Gōumìhng Kēui|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Gāomíng Qū|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Cantonese Jyutping||gou1 ming4|
Gaoming District is a district of Foshan City in Guangdong province of the People's Republic of China. Gaoming City is located west of the center of Foshan City, and has a population of 420,044 at the 2010 Census. It covers an area of 967.4 km².
Gaoming District is located within Foshan. Neighboring cities, districts, and counties are Gaoyao in the North, Xinxing County in the West, Heshan in the South, Nanhai District and Sanshui District in the East. The district is divided into one subdistrict and three towns.
|Name||Chinese (S)||Hanyu Pinyin|
|Hecheng Subdistrict||荷城街道||Héchéng Jiēdào|
|Yanghe Town||杨和镇||Yánghé Zhèn|
|Genghe Town||更合镇||Gènghé Zhèn|
|Mingcheng Town||明城镇||Míngchéng Zhèn|
Gaoming is not particularly well integrated into transport systems. The railway from Guangzhou to Maoming as well as the Guangzhou-Foshan-Kaiping highway do not reach this area of the county. Gaoming has a river port on the Xi River.
Gaoming has a sizeable bus station located on Hexiang Lu. It provides transport to a number of locations including Guangzhou, Foshan, Kaiping and Zhuhai in mainland China, and Hong Kong. Buses to Guangzhou terminate at Fangcun Bus Station (adjoined to Ximenkou Metro) and the Central Bus Station (adjoined to Guangzhou Train Station). Both buses take just over an hour and cost around Y33.
Buses to Foshan (Chancheng) cost either 8 or 10 yuan, depending on whether you take the slower or faster bus.
McDonald's and KFC both feature along Wenchang Lu alongside other Western clothes retail outlets and Watson's pharmacy stores. Otherwise, Western shops are rare. Nonetheless, shopping facilities cater well for day-to-day needs.
The primary shopping streets are Canjiang Lu, Wenchang Lu and Wenhau Lu. Markets are also numerous and can be found simply by turning off the primary streets into nearby side-roads.
Affordable food can be easily found along Wenhua Lu in the City Centre, but if you turn off the main road you often find better, cheaper restaurants (in Xinghe Lu for instance). Gaoming is famous for its Lai Fen, a local food only found here. It is a type of rice noodle. There are three big Western restaurants: The Harbour Restaurant, Ming Xiang and Oupo.
Gaoming has plenty of entertainment for its size. There are two cinemas, an old one on Canjiang Lu and another one within the newly opened Walmart. There are also several places where you can play pool or snooker, gyms, and some alcohol bars, the most popular being New Face (on Hexiang Lu) and Honey (on Cangjiang Lu). One of the most popular places to go in Gaoming is the Century Square, a large flat open space by the river. Many people gather here in the evening to go dancing (many different styles), go rollerskating, play with kites, or simply to have a walk.