|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Township-level divisions||5 districts
1 development zone
|• CPC Committee Secretary||Xie Xiaofeng|
|• Mayor||Chen Maohui|
|• Total||1,800 km2 (700 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,700/km2 ( 4,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard Time (UTC+8)|
|License plate prefixes||粤T|
|GDP||¥218.85 billion (2011)|
|GDP per capita||¥92,154 (2011)|
|Cantonese Jyutping||Zung1 saan1|
|Literal meaning||Central mountain
(Named after Sun Zhongshan)
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||Fragrant Mountain|
Zhōngshān (Chinese: 中山), historically known as Xiangshan, is a prefecture-level city in the south of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. Zhongshan, one of the few cities in China with an eponymous name, is named after Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866–1925) who was also known as Sun Zhongshan. Sun, the founding father of the Republic of China, was born in Cuiheng village in Nanlang Township of what was then Xiangshan County. After his death in 1925, Xiangshan was renamed Zhongshan in his honor. The main ethnic group in Zhongshan is Han, and the main language is Cantonese.
Prior to the 20th century, Zhongshan was generally known as Xiangshan or Heung-san (Chinese: 香山; literally "Fragrant Mountain"), in reference to the many flowers that grew in the mountains nearby. The city was renamed in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who often went by the name Zhongshan/Zungsaan. Sun is considered by both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China to be the "Father of Modern China", and was from Cuiheng village – now part of Nanlang Town – just outside of downtown Zhongshan.
Zhongshan was historically inhabited by the Yue peoples, a large family of non-Han tribes that once possessed most of southern China. After unifying China in 221 BC, the First Emperor of Qin dispatched a 500,000-man army to what is now southern China to conquer the Yue peoples and bring the area under Han Chinese control. The Qin Dynasty organized its territory into "Commanderies" (Chinese: 郡; pinyin: jùn) – roughly equivalent to a province or prefecture – and Zhongshan became part of the Nanhai Commandery (Chinese: 南海郡), which covered most of modern-day Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces. After the First Emperor's death in 210 BC, Han Chinese general Zhao Tuo was declared king of Nanyue, an autonomous state covering what was originally the Nanhai Commandery. Nanyue's capital – like that of the earlier Commandery – was at Panyu, a settlement now part of the provincial capital Guangzhou. Zhao Tuo's successors were unable to successfully resist Chinese re-integration for long, and were eventually re-conquered by the armies of Emperor Wu of Han in 111 BC. During the reign of Zhao Tuo, most government officials were Chinese army officers or their descendants, though they encouraged other Han Chinese settlers to adopt Yue customs. Han Chinese immigration to the region remained small until the War of the Eight Princes (291 – 307 AD), when large groups of Han Chinese fled from the Chinese heartland south to the region.
The Zhongshan area was part of Dongguan during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), and was a significant sea salt producer. In 1082, during the Northern Song Dynasty, a fortified settlement called Xiangshan was founded in the area, marking the first official use of the name by which it would be known throughout most of its modern history. The prosperous settlement was then upgraded to a county in 1152. Much of the First Opium War took place in and around Zhongshan: in 1839, the famous official Lin Zexu arrived in Zhongshan and ordered the expulsion of Sir Charles Elliot and other British traders from the area. Qing Dynasty soldiers resisted British attacks on the area in 1840, but were ultimately overwhelmed.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Zhongshan was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army which implemented Unit 8604 or Nami Unit, a secret military medical unit, related to Unit 731, that researched biological warfare and other topics through human experimentation. It was headquartered at Zhongshan Medical University (Hal Gold, Unit 731 Testimony, 2003, p. 50).
Zhongshan is located along the west side of the mouth of the Pearl River, directly opposite Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Zhongshan is directly south of Guangzhou and Foshan's north-south alluvial plains, and just north of Zhuhai and Macau's hilly coastlines.
Geological evidence suggests that before the 2nd millennium BC, the area Zhongshan now occupies was mostly on the floor of the South China Sea. Like much of southern China, Zhongshan has many mountains and hills – most notably the Wugui Mountains (Chinese: 五桂山; Mandarin Pinyin: Wǔguī Shān; Jyutping: Ng5gwai3 Saan1) – and these formed a system of steep islands. Like most river delta systems, the Pearl River and its tributaries gradually deposited silt on the ocean floor, causing its alluvial plain to reach further and further out into the sea. Zhongshan's northern flatland appeared around 1100 AD, and was settled soon after. The city's current geography is typical of southern China: numerous steep mountains and hills with alluvial plains in between down to the coastline. The main peak of the Wugui Mountains is the highest point in the city, at 531 metres (1,742 ft) above sea level.
Like nearly all of southern China, Zhongshan's climate is warm and humid most of the year, with an average temperature of 22 °C (72 °F) and 175 centimetres (69 in) of rainfall each year. Southern China experiences fairly frequent typhoons and thunderstorms, and most rain falls between April and September.
- Sunwen Road West (or Sunwen Xilu) in Zhongshan Old Town, a pedestrian mall lined with dozens of restored buildings from the colonial period in treaty port style. Several of these buildings were built in the 1920s. The seven story Fufeng Pagoda, built in 1608, which is visible from all over the city, is located on a hill in Zhongshan Park, which abuts the western end of Sunwen Road West immediately to its north. A Sun Yat-sen memorial pavilion stands near the pagoda.
- Sunwen Memorial Park, at the southern end of Xingzhong Road, is the site of the largest bronze sculpture of Sun Yat-sen in the world.
Zhongshan is a prefecture-level city of the Guangdong province. An uncommon administrative feature is that it has no county-level division. The city government directly administers five district offices corresponding to the urban area of Zhongshan proper), 18 towns and a development zone:
|Map||#||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010 Census)|
|1||Dong District||东区||Dōng Qū||153,477|
|2||Nan District||南区||Nán Qū||64,548|
|3||Xi District||西区||Xi Qū||97,864|
|4||Shiqi District||石岐区||Shíqí Qū||206,362|
|5||Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development District||火炬高技术产业开发区||Huǒjù Gāojìshù Chǎnyè Kāifā Qū||229,997|
|6||Wuguishan District||五桂山区||Wǔguìshān Qū||48,019|
|7||Nanlang Town||南朗镇||Nánlǎng Zhèn||107,977|
|8||Sanxiang Town||三乡镇||Sānxiāng Zhèn||200,197|
|9||Tanzhou Town||坦洲镇||Tǎnzhōu Zhèn||219,943|
|10||Shenwan Town||神湾镇||Shénwān Zhèn||31,392|
|11||Banfu Town||板芙镇||Bǎnfú Zhèn||82,412|
|12||Dachong Town||大涌镇||Dàyǒng Zhèn||74,276|
|13||Shaxi Town||沙溪镇||Shāxī Zhèn||119,372|
|14||Henglan Town||横栏镇||Hénglán Zhèn||103,135|
|15||Guzhen Town||古镇镇||Gǔzhèn Zhèn||147,440|
|16||Xiaolan Town||小榄镇||Xiǎolǎn Zhèn||15,626|
|17||Dongfeng Town||东凤镇||Dōngfèng Zhèn||123,562|
|18||Nantou Town||南头镇||Nántóu Zhèn||130,712|
|19||Huangpu Town||黄圃镇||Huángpǔ Zhèn||145,017|
|20||Sanjiao Town||三角镇||Sānjiǎo Zhèn||121,770|
|21||Minzong Town||民众镇||Mínzhòng Zhèn||108,417|
|22||Gangkou Town||港口镇||Gǎngkǒu Zhèn||113,748|
|23||Fusha Town||阜沙镇||Fùshā Zhèn||57,570|
|24||Dongsheng Town||东升镇||Dōngshēng zhèn||118,052|
Primary industries 
Manufacturing industries 
Zhongshan, together with Dongguan, Nanhai and Shunde, are dubbed as Four Little Tigers in Guangdong. The proximity of Zhongshan to Hong Kong and Macau is an advantage to its economic development, especially on the manufacturing industries.
In the 1980s, Zhongshan had a relatively developed State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) sector that was used to stimulate Township and Village Enterprises (TVE) development in the countryside. Currently, the SOE sector is much weaker and the economy is dominated by foreign investment and TVEs, and also by various specialized manufacturing towns. Each of these towns is specialized in making a particular product. Most of the towns are so successful that they earn a reputation as a leading manufacturer in their own pillar industries. Indeed, "One Industry in One Town" has become a unique economic feature in Zhongshan.
Pillar industries in various specialized manufacturing towns in Zhongshan include:
- Dachong Town for mahogany furniture industry,
- Dongfeng Town for electric household appliance industry,
- Guzhen Town for lighting fitting products,
- Huangpu Town for food industry,
- Shaxi Town for casual wear manufacturing,
- Xiaolan Town for locks and hardware industry, as well as for electronic acoustics products
The government of Zhongshan encourages "Research and Design" in the region by setting up national level research centre and specialized industrial regions. For example, the Zhongshan National Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (中山国家级火炬高技术产业开发区) was established in 1990 in the east of the city by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the governments of Guangdong province and Zhongshan. Zhongshan Port, which ranks among the top 10 ports nationwide in terms of container-handling capacity, is in the zone. Since 2001, it has contained Zhongshan Electronic Base of China (中国电子中山基地) for its reputation on the electronic acoustics industries. Following the possible development in Nansha, the city considers its eastern part, of which 400 km² of land is available, as a focus of development.
Currently, the city is trying to re-organize the fragmented industrialization. Meanwhile, the light and labour intensive industry characteristic of Zhongshan's economy imposes problem on shortage of land in Zhongshan.
- Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall The Sun Zhongshan memorial is the former residence of Sun Zhongshan jade as the main body of the Memorial Museum, is located in Guangdong Province, Zhongshan City Jade Village, in Zhongshan City East17.6 kilometers south of Canton (state ), beads ( SEA ) side of the main road.
- Happy Valley Happy Valley is located in Zhongshan City, five Shan hinterland silver pit, is a collection of leisure, vacation, entertainment, fitness, business conference as one of the natural ecological scenic spot.
- Jin Ju City, flap " Ju Jin valve" is the city of Zhongshan Xiaolan Town name. Town residents almost each and every family has the garden pavilion. The roof and balcony, streets and lanes, there are countless varieties of chrysanthemum planting.
Colleges and universities 
- Zhongshan College
- Guangdong Pharmaceutical University
- University of Electronic Science and Technology
High schools 
- Zhongshan Overseas Chinese Middle School(中山市華僑中學) opened in 1954, it is one of the first top-grade schools of Guangdong Province and the first national demonstrative ordinary high schools, which attracts lots of overseas, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students.(http://zsqz.com/english/index.asp)
- Zhongshan Memorial Middle School (Chinese: 中山纪念中学; pinyin: Zhōngshān Jìniàn Zhōngxúe) opened in 1932. It was established in memory of the Chinese revolutionist Sun Yat-sen, and built under the supervision of Soong Ching-ling, the widow of Sun Yat-sen.
- Zhongshan No.1 Middle School  (Chinese: 中山市第一中学; pinyin: Zhōngshānshì Dìyī Zhōngxúe) opened in 1908.
- Guangdong Zhongshan Experimental Middle School
- Guangdong Bowen International School
- Sanxin Bilingual School
- China Hong Kong English School
- Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS) connects Zhongshan with Hong Kong with multiple daily scheduled high speed ferry services to both Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island and Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. The trip by ferry takes about 1.5 hours.
- Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway Multiple stations serve the city of Zhongshan.
Sister cities 
Zhongshan is an official sister city of four cities worldwide.
- Tai Ping Huan Yu Ji 《太平寰宇记》, juan 157, 3019.
- RightSite.asia | ZhongShan National Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Zhongshan|
- Zhongshan government website
- Zhongshan News website (in Simplified Chinese)
- Zhongshan News website (translated to English by Google)
- Zhongshan Overseas Friendship Association website (in Simplified Chinese)
- ZSRenn (English information for expats and tourists in Zhongshan)
- Map of Zhongshan
|Jiangmen||Pearl River / Shenzhen|
|Zhuhai||Pearl River / Hong Kong|