Gaoyao District

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Skyline of Gaoyao
Location of Gaoyao (red) within Zhaoqing City and Guangdong province
Location of Gaoyao (red) within Zhaoqing City and Guangdong province
Gaoyao is located in Guangdong
Location of the city centre in Guangdong
Coordinates: 23°02′N 112°27′E / 23.033°N 112.450°E / 23.033; 112.450Coordinates: 23°02′N 112°27′E / 23.033°N 112.450°E / 23.033; 112.450
Country People's Republic of China
Province Guangdong
Prefecture-level city Zhaoqing
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Gaoyao District
Chinese 高要
Postal Koyiu
Literal meaning Lingyang Gorge

Gaoyao, formerly romanized as Koyiu, is an urban district of Zhaoqing in western Guangdong, China. Population: 706,000.[when?]


Gaoyao—literally "high-&-wanting"—is a former name of the Lingyang Gorge on the Xi River. It was originally the name of the surrounding land but came to be used for the area's seat of government. Gaoyao is the pinyin romanization of the Chinese name, based on its Mandarin pronunciation; the former Chinese Postal Map spelling was based on the local Cantonese pronunciation of the same name. Gaoyao has also sometimes been romanized as Kaou Yaou.[1]


Gaoyao is located on the southern bank of the Xi River, opposite central Zhaoqing. Both are about 100 kilometers (62 mi) away from Guangzhou, the provincial capital.


Gaoyao was a county of the Qin and Han and its eponymous county seat was the principal settlement of the area. Under the Sui, the administration relocated across the river to Duanzhou, which was renamed Zhaoqing under the Song. Gaoyao continued as a separate county in Zhaoqing Commandery.[1] It was promoted to a county-level city in 1993 and later to urban district status.


Places of interest include the Red Mansion and Gaoyao Xuegong Pavilion. There are also 3 pagodas that can be seen in Gaoyao.

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Gaoyao has jurisdiction over one subdistrict and several towns:

  • Nan'an Subdistrict (南岸街道)
  • Jindu Town (金渡镇)
  • Jinli Town (金利镇)
  • Xiangang Town (蚬岗镇)
  • Baitu Town (白土镇)
  • Huilong Town (回龙镇)
  • Jiaotang Town (蛟塘镇)
  • Liantang Town (莲塘镇)
  • Huodao Town (活道镇)
  • Xinqiao Town (新桥镇)
  • Baizhu Town (白诸镇)
  • Dawan Town (大湾镇)
  • Lubu Town (禄步镇)
  • Xiaoxiang Town (小湘镇)
  • Hetai Town (河台镇)
  • Yuecheng Town (乐城镇)
  • Shuinan Town (水南镇)


  • Gaoyao is closely connected with the Duanzhou District of Zhaoqing City, geographically as well as culturally. The two urban districts are connected by two road bridges and a railway bridge.
  • Gaoyao is also a known hometown for many Overseas Chinese and has a large diaspora in Sydney, Australia.[2]



  1. ^ a b Bolton & al. (1941), p. 262.
  2. ^ Heritage Council of NSW: Yiu Ming Temple


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