|Administration Type||County-level city|
|City Seat||Shaping Town|
- Per Capita
¥8.772 billion (2005)
|CPC Committee Secretary||Guo Wei (郭伟)|
|Mayor||Wu Yuxiong (伍宇雄)|
|License Plate Prefix||粤J|
Heshan (鹤山) was decreed as a prefecture in the 10th year (1732) of the reign of Yong Zheng, the 3rd emperor of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty. By 1993, its administrative status was raised to that of a municipality. Its name which means 'Mount Crane' literally, was given to it because of a mountain within its boundary that closely resembles the shape of that bird. Situated about 60 km south west of the provincial capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou, it occupies a strategic location on the Pearl River Delta, commanding the northern gateway to Jiangmen's five prefectures. Along the opposite bank of the same river, lies the 2 municipalities of Nanhai and Shunde. It would take more than an hour approximately to get to Hong Kong or Macau from Heshan by road. 3000 ton vessels could dock at Heshan's harbour. Ships ply from here to Hong Kong directly. The total land area of Heshan is 1108.3 km2 and its local population is 360000. If the non local are included, it would be around 550000 persons residing within its border. People of Heshan origin or descent living in other parts of the world would also amount to around 360000. Heshan Municipality administers 10 towns. They are Yayao (雅瑶), Gulao （古劳）, Longkou （龙口）, Taoyuan （桃源）, Hecheng （鹤城）, Gonghe （共和）, Zhishan （址山）, Shuanghe （双合）, Zaiwu （宅梧） and Shaping （沙坪）.
The 3rd conference of the 13th People's Congress of Heshan Municipality was held at Heshan Theatre. The mayor, Mr Huang Guohua, on behalf of the municipal government presented to the People's Congress the work progress report of the Heshan municipal government. He told the People's Congress that in the year 2007, the municipality had successfully achieved the objectives and tasks delegated to it by the 2nd conference of the 13th People's Congress. It had put into effect the scientific approach to development and had achieved, as dictated as the overall aim, a good start. Heshan had been changed into a modern, scenic and garden like municipality.
In that same report too, 2008 is pointed out as an important year for the municipality to put into effect the directive of the 17th Party Congress and that is to push forward with scientific approach to development and to build a socialist harmonious society. In this year to attain the pre-set objective of both social and economic progress for Heshan, effort needed to be focus on 6 areas of work. They are:
a. Based on the latest wave of thoughts liberlisation economic development that are faster and more rewarding should be pushed ahead;
b. With good infrastructure as the basis the pace to build a modern, scenic and garden like municipality would be speeded up;
c. With the objective of increasing the income of the farming community, works to build a new socialism farming community should be widen and amplified;
d. Pivoting on the objective of improving citizens’ livelihood, more effort should be put in to press forward with the building of a socialist harmonious society;
e. Using the establishment of spiritual civilization as the anchor point build co-ordination and complementing development paths between different aspect of works and developments;
f. With the objective of establishing a clean and pragmatic government, efficiency of the municipal administration should be further improved.
Heshan is currently located centrally to one of China's largest furniture producing areas, within approximately 10% of the worlds furniture being produced on its outskirts.
Heshan is also the birthplace of the Southern lion dance style known as the Hok San-style lion dance.
Translation of text extracted from 鹤邑海外联谊会出版联谊之声第15期