Nanhai District

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Statue of Guan Yin on Mount Xiqiao, in Nanhai
Statue of Guan Yin on Mount Xiqiao, in Nanhai
Coordinates: 23°05′46″N 113°08′34″E / 23.09611°N 113.14278°E / 23.09611; 113.14278Coordinates: 23°05′46″N 113°08′34″E / 23.09611°N 113.14278°E / 23.09611; 113.14278
Country China
Province Guangdong
Prefecture-level city Foshan
 • Total 1,074 km2 (415 sq mi)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,588,844
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Nanhai District
Simplified Chinese 南海区
Traditional Chinese 南海區
Cantonese Jyutping naam4 hoi2 keoi1
Cantonese Yale Nàahmhói Kēui
Hanyu Pinyin Nánhǎi Qū
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 南海
Cantonese Jyutping naam4 hoi2
Cantonese Yale Nàahmhói
Hanyu Pinyin Nánhǎi
Postal Map Namhoi

Nanhai District, is a district of Foshan, Guangdong, China. Its government is the first to have developed e-government informatization at the county level in China.

Administration division[edit]

Nanhai was a county-level city until December 8, 2002, when it became a district of Foshan prefecture-level city.

Name Chinese (S) Hanyu Pinyin
Guicheng Subdistrict 桂城街道 Guìchéng Jiēdào
Lishui Town 里水镇 Lǐshuǐ Zhèn
Jiujiang Town 九江镇 Jiǔjiāng Zhèn
Danzao Town 丹灶镇 Dānzào Zhèn
Dali Town 大沥镇 Dàlì Zhèn
Shishan Town 狮山镇 Shīshān Zhèn
Xiqiao Town 西樵镇 Xiqiáo Zhèn


Nanhai was designated by the central government as a pilot city for e-government and informatization in 2001.


The town was established in 1271 by two brothers carrying their fathers bones. They were fleeing south from the Mongols on a bamboo raft when a violent storm shipwrecked them. The brothers settled down there and the position of the wreck is commemorated by a shrine. This area was named Broken Raft Point.


In May 2010, 2,000 workers at a Honda transmission plant went on strike in the Nanhai district.The trigger was a rise of the legal local minimum wage from $123 to $147, announced by the city government May 1 in response to rapidly rising costs of living. The workers expected a raise in their monthly wages equal to this amount. Factory management added $24 to the transmission workers’ monthly base wage but reduced their monthly subsidies (for food, housing, and regular attendance) from $48 to $29. The net gain was only $5 per month.[1]

Famous people from Nanhai[edit]


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