Greater Taishan Region

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This article is about Greater Taishan Region. For the Taishanese language, see Taishanese. For the Taishanese people, see Taishanese people.

The Greater Taishan Region (simplified Chinese: 台山地区; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Táishāndìqū; Jyutping: toi4 saan1 dei6 keoi1; Taishanese: Hoi San Di Kui;) is another term used to refer the Sze Yap Region or Wu Yi Region (when including Heshan) of Guangdong province.


The region is geographically located in the center of Guangdong province, just west of Zhongshan city. The Greater Taishan Region is part of the Pearl River Delta Region and is part of the western section. The region consists of the cities of Taishan, Kaiping, Enping, Xinhui, Jiangmen (used to be part of Xinhui), and Heshan.

Culturally and linguistically speaking, the County of Doumen (which is now part of Zhuhai city) would be considered also part of the Greater Taishan Region.


The region consists of about 4 Million people, with over 4.5 million living overseas, which means there are about 8 to 9 Million Taishanese or Sze Yap people Worldwide.


Today many Sze Yap people have become successful in many areas such as the entertainment industry, business and politics. Hong Kongers of Sze Yap origin include: Andy Lau, Beyond (band), Danny Chan, Kenny Kwan, Joey Yung, Ronnie Chan, John Tsang, Andrew Li and many others. The Father of Hong Kong Cinema, Lai Man-Wai also has ancestry from the Sze Yap region of Guangdong province. As a result, Sze Yap people have dominated in the Hong Kong entertainment industry and play most major roles in the music and movie sectors. In many Hong Kong films, Taishanese can be heard, especially in many of Karl Maka's films such as Merry Christmas and Aces Go Places.

It is said that over 100 famous people come from the Sze Yap region of Guangdong province, making the region famous for producing more stars than any other city/region in Mainland China. As a result, the local government in Jiangmen which administers the Sze Yap or Ng Yap cities of Taishan, Kaiping, Enping, Xinhui, and Heshan, decided to build a Stars Park called Jiangmen star park (江门星光园).[1]

List of Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "江门星光园" nddaily
  2. ^ "Empress Butterfly: Hu Die(胡蝶)" Cultural-China

Coordinates: 22°09′22″N 112°51′00″E / 22.156°N 112.850°E / 22.156; 112.850