Shunde District, is a district of Foshan in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, China.
Shunde was a county-level city until December 8, 2002, when it became a district of Foshan prefecture-level city. Shunde has direct jurisdiction over four subdistricts and six towns:
Uniquely for a district of any prefecture-level city in China, Shunde has been granted a degree of prefecture-level administrative autonomy over certain matters (notably, economic development), independent of Foshan City and answerable directly to the Guangdong Provincial government since 2009.
Since the implementation of the reform and opening up policy started in 1978, the Shunde people have been given full play of their advantages of geographical position and culture. This has allowed Shunde, once a traditional agricultural county, to gradually develop into a modern industrial boomtown. Shunde was approved as a pilot city for the comprehensive reform of Guangdong in 1993, and was appointed as a pilot city for taking the lead in basically accomplishing modernization in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, Shunde was ranked as the first among China County level Economic Basic Competitiveness Top 100 for four consecutive years, released by National Bureau of Statistics of China. In 2005 Shunde achieved a GDP of 2170.128 billion. Situated in the fertile Pearl River Delta, the economy of Shunde was once dominated by agriculture, fisheries and silk farming. Since the Chinese economic reform, these have been superseded by industrial manufacturing and development, especially the manufacture of furniture and electric appliances. Some mainland Chinese product brands like Kelon (科龙) or Midea are made in Shunde. A new technology industrial park has also been opened in Shunde, containing car manufacturers such as Toyota.
Today Shunde is becoming one of the wealthiestGuangdong, and even in mainland China, according to official information from the Chinese Government and the United Nations. The GDP reached 127.5 billion yuan in 2007, an annual increase of 18%, and GDP per capita reached 107,991 yuan (ca. US$14,200).
Tourist attractions include the Qinghui Garden (清晖园), which features fish ponds surrounded by osmanthus, bamboo and mulberry bushes and the Bruce Lee memorial museum located in Jun'an Town. Shunfeng Park was opened to the public in 2004. In the park, there is a memorial archway that is 88 meters wide and 38 meters high.
Shunde is also renowned for its unique Cantonese food.
Martial artist Bruce Lee's ancestral roots can be found in Gwan'on (Jun'an) in Seundak (Shunde). There is a street in the village, named after Bruce Lee where his ancestral home is situated. The home is open for public access.
The former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So is from Shunde. Real estate developers Yang Guoqiang and Lee Shau Kee are from Shunde. As of May 2013 Lee was the 24th richest person in the world.