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.
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. 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.
|Name||Chinese (S)||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010)||Area (km2)|
|Nan'an Subdistrict||南岸街道||Nán'àn Jiēdào||81,886||36.5|
|Hetai town||河台镇||Hétái Zhèn||33,660||150|
|Lecheng town||乐城镇||Lèchéng Zhèn||24,337||94|
|Shuinan town||水南镇||Shuǐnán Zhèn||11,598||126|
|Lubu town||禄步镇||Lùbù Zhèn||63,488||254|
|Xiaoxiang town||小湘镇||Xiǎoxiāng Zhèn||30,964||200|
|Dawan town||大湾镇||Dàwān Zhèn||34,535||108|
|Xinqiao town||新桥镇||Xīnqiáo Zhèn||39,265||41.8|
|Baizhu town||白诸镇||Báizhū Zhèn||36,977||128|
|Liantang town||莲塘镇||Liántáng Zhèn||58,429||125|
|Huodao town||活道镇||Huódào Zhèn||41,358||228|
|Jiaotang town||蛟塘镇||Jiāotáng Zhèn||33,060||130|
|Huilong town||回龙镇||Huílóng Zhèn||25,426||124.25|
|Baitu town||白土镇||Báitǔ Zhèn||71,430||108.4|
|Jindu town||金渡镇||Jīndù Zhèn||43,623||101.23|
|Jinli town||金利镇||Jīnlì Zhèn||93,792||141.3|
|Xiangang town||蚬岗镇||Xiǎngǎng Zhèn||29,292||96.6|
- 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. There is a large community from Gaoyao in Sydney, Australia.
- Bolton & al. (1941), p. 262.
- shi, Guo wu yuan ren kou pu cha ban gong; council, Guo jia tong ji ju ren kou he jiu ye tong ji si bian = Tabulation on the 2010 population census of the people's republic of China by township / compiled by Population census office under the state; population, Department of; statistics, employment statistics national bureau of (2012). Zhongguo 2010 nian ren kou pu cha fen xiang, zhen, jie dao zi liao (Di 1 ban. ed.). Beijing Shi: Zhongguo tong ji chu ban she. ISBN 978-7-5037-6660-2.
- Heritage Council of NSW: Yiu Ming Temple
- Choi, C.Y., , Sydney University Press, Sydney, 1975
- Bolton, Kingsley; et al. (1941), Triad Societies, Vol. 5, Abingdon: Routledge, reprinted 2000.
- Choi, C.Y. (1975), Chinese Migration and Settlement in Australia, Sydney: Sydney University Press
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- http://www.gaoyao.gov.cn (in Chinese)