Guzhen Town (simplified Chinese: 古镇镇; traditional Chinese: 古鎮鎮; pinyin: Gǔzhèn Zhèn) is situated at the northwest periphery of the city of Zhongshan, a 23 km distance from the city center. While the town is most well known for the manufacturing aspect of lighting, in recent years the town has grown into a place where lighting factories from other regions in China come to display their products. The population of Guzhen Town is estimated at 63,000 permanent residents with a floating population of up to 20,000. Guzhen Town is about one and a half hours drive from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. In order to come from HongKong, you need to take a ferry from Victoria Harbor to Jiangmen or to Zhongshan and from there to Guzhen town by car, which in total will take around three and half hours.
The area of Guzhen is divided into twenty administrative districts with one resident committee. Guzhen town gives the most revenue to Zhongshan government now whereas it was Xiolan Town.
Dubbed China Lighting Capital by the China Light Industry Council and China Association of Lighting Industry. Guzhen is the largest production base of lighting fittings in the China and one of the four largest lighting fitting distributing centers in the world. In 2001, lighting fittings produced in Guzhen made up 60% of the Chinese market with exports reaching $250 million. The production of lighting fittings is the primary industry in Guzhen, accounting for nearly 88% of the town's industrial output.
The development of the lighting fittings industry in Guzhen can be traced back to the late 1970s, however, the first significant developments took place from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Due to the rapid economic development of China Guzhen's lighting fittings industry has undergone unprecedented growth in the past two decades.
Guzhen's growth at the turn of the millennium was unprecedented, boasting a 50% increase in lighting enterprises from 1999 to 2001, with exports increasing from $40 million to $250 million.
While Guzhen now primarily produces non-branded OEM goods for international brands such as [LightingOEM.com]], it has spawned some domestic players in the industry, such as: Huayi, Opple lighting and Shengqiu.