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Guangdong Province
广东省
Province
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 广东省 (Guǎngdōng Shěng)
 • Abbreviation simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: (pinyin: Yuè, Jyutping: Jyut6)
Map showing the location of Guangdong Province
Map showing the location of Guangdong Province
Coordinates: 23°24′N 113°30′E / 23.4°N 113.5°E / 23.4; 113.5Coordinates: 23°24′N 113°30′E / 23.4°N 113.5°E / 23.4; 113.5
Named for Abbreviated from "Guǎngnándōng Lù" (A "lù" was equal to a province or a state in Song China)
广 = wide, vast, expanse
东 = east
literally, "At the East of the Expanse" (Guangxi being the West)
Capital
(and largest city)
Guangzhou
Divisions 21 prefectures, 121 counties, 1642 townships
Government
 • Secretary Hu Chunhua
 • Governor Zhu Xiaodan
Area[1]
 • Total 179,800 km2 (69,400 sq mi)
Area rank 15th
Population (2014)[2]
 • Total 107,240,000
 • Rank 1st
 • Density 600/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Density rank 7th
Demographics
 • Ethnic composition Han – 99%
Zhuang – 0.7%
Yao – 0.2%
 • Languages and dialects Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew, Leizhou Min, Tuhua, Mandarin, Zhuang
ISO 3166 code CN-44
GDP (2014) CNY 6.779 trillion
US$ 1.104 trillion[3] (1st)
 • per capita CNY 63,452
US$ 10,330 (8th)
HDI (2010) 0.730[4] (high) (7th)
Website http://www.gd.gov.cn/
(Simplified Chinese characters)
Guangdong
Guangdong (Chinese characters).svg
"Guangdong" in Simplified (top) and Traditional (bottom) Chinese characters
Simplified Chinese 广东
Traditional Chinese 廣東
Cantonese Jyutping Gwong2-dung1
Literal meaning "Eastern Expanse"
Abbreviation
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Cantonese Jyutping Jyut6
Literal meaning [an ancient name for southern China's Yue people]

Guangdong (Chinese: 广东; pinyin: Guǎngdōng; Jyutping: Gwong2-dung1) is a province on the South China Sea coast of the People's Republic of China. Formerly romanised as Canton or Kwangtung, Guangdong surpassed Henan and Sichuan to become the most populous province in China in January 2005, registering 79.1 million permanent residents and 31 million migrants who lived in the province for at least six months of the year;[5][6] the total population was 104,303,132 in the 2010 census, accounting for 7.79 percent of Mainland China's population.[7] The provincial capital Guangzhou and economic hub Shenzhen are among the most populous and important cities in China. The population increase since the census has been modest, the province at 2014 end had 107,240,000 people.[8]

Since 1989, Guangdong has topped the total GDP rankings among all provincial-level divisions, with Jiangsu and Shandong second and third in rank. According to state statistics, Guangdong's GDP in 2011 reached RMB 5,267 billion, or US$815.53 billion, making its economy roughly the same size as the Netherlands. Since 2011, Guangdong has the highest GDP among all provinces of Mainland China. The province contributes approximately 12% of the PRC's national economic output, and is home to the production facilities and offices of a wide-ranging set of Chinese and foreign corporations. Guangdong also hosts the largest import and export fair in China called the Canton Fair in Guangdong's capital city Guangzhou.

Name[edit]

"Guǎng" (广) means "expanse" or "vast", and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in AD 226.[9] "Guangdong" and neighbouring Guangxi literally mean "expanse east" and "expanse west". Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called Loeng gwong (Liangkwang; traditional Chinese: 兩廣; simplified Chinese: 两广; pinyin: liǎng guǎng; literally: "Two Expanses"). During the Song dynasty, the Two Guangs were formally separated as Guǎngnán Dōnglù (traditional Chinese: 廣南東路; simplified Chinese: 广南东路; literally: "vast south east region") and Guǎngnán Xīlù (traditional Chinese: 廣南西路; simplified Chinese: 广南西路; literally: "vast south west region"), which became abbreviated as Guǎngdōng Lù (traditional Chinese: 廣東路; simplified Chinese: 广东路) and Guǎngxī Lù (traditional Chinese: 廣西路; simplified Chinese: 广西路).

One should note that "Canton", though etymologically derived from Cantão (the Portuguese transliteration of "Guangdong"), refers only to the provincial capital instead of the whole province, as documented by authoritative English dictionaries. The local people of the city of Guangzhou (Canton) and their language are still commonly referred to as Cantonese in English. Because of the prestige of Canton and its accent, Cantonese sensu lato can also be used for the phylogenetically related residents and Chinese dialects outside the provincial capital.

History[edit]

Kwangtung Provincial Government of the Republic of China

Chinese administration and reliable historical records in the region began with the Qin Dynasty. After establishing the first unified Chinese empire, the Qin expanded southwards and set up Nanhai Commandery at Panyu, near what is now part of Guangzhou. The region was independent as Nanyue between the fall of Qin and the reign of Emperor Wu of Han. The Han Dynasty administered Guangdong, Guangxi, and northern Vietnam as Jiaozhi Province, southernmost Jiaozhi Province was used as a gateway for traders from the west—as far away as the Roman Empire. Under the Wu Kingdom of the Three Kingdoms period, Guangdong was made its own province, the Guang Province, in 226.[citation needed]

As time passed, the demographics of what is now Guangdong gradually shifted to (Han) Chinese dominance as the populations intermingled due to commerce along the great canals, and abruptly shifted through massive migration from the north during periods of political turmoil and nomadic incursions from the fall of the Han Dynasty onwards. For example, internal strife in northern China following the rebellion of An Lushan resulted in a 75% increase in the population of Guangzhou prefecture between 740s–750s and 800s–810s.[10] As more migrants arrived, the local population was gradually assimilated to Han Chinese culture[11] or displaced. From the 10th to the 12th century, Persian women were to be found in Guangzhou (Canton), some of them in the 10th century like Mei Zhu in the harem of the Emperor Liu Chang, and in the 12th century large numbers of Persian women lived there, noted for wearing multiple earrings and "quarrelsome dispositions".[12][13] Multiple women originating from the Persian Gulf lived in Guangzhou's foreign quarter, they were all called "Persian women" (traditional Chinese: 波斯婦; simplified Chinese: 波斯妇; pinyin: bō sī fù; Cantonese Jyutping: Bo1si1fu5).[14]

Together with Guangxi, Guangdong was made part of Lingnan Circuit (political division Circuit), or Mountain-South Circuit, in 627 during the Tang Dynasty. The Guangdong part of Lingnan Circuit was renamed Guangnan East Circuit guǎng nán dōng lù in 971 during the Song Dynasty (960–1279). "Guangnan East" is the source of "Guangdong".[citation needed]

As Mongols from the north engaged in their conquest of China in the 13th century, the Southern Song Dynasty retreated southwards, eventually ending up in today's Guangdong. The Battle of Yamen 1279 in Guangdong marked the end of the Southern Song Dynasty (960–1279).[citation needed]

During the Mongol Yuan Dynasty, large parts of current Guangdong belonged to Jiangxi Province.[15] Its present name, "Guangdong Province" was given in early Ming Dynasty.

Since the 16th century, Guangdong has had extensive trade links with the rest of the world. European merchants coming northwards via the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, particularly the Portuguese and British, traded extensively through Guangzhou. Macau, on the southern coast of Guangdong, was the first European settlement in 1557.[citation needed]

In the 19th century, the opium traded through Guangzhou triggered the First Opium War, opening an era of Western imperialists' incursion and intervention in China. In addition to Macau, which was then a Portuguese colony, Hong Kong was ceded to the British, and Kwang-Chou-Wan (modern day area of Zhanjiang) to the French.[citation needed]

Guangdong was also the major port of exit for labourers to Southeast Asia and the West in the 19th century, such as to the United States and Canada. As a result, many overseas Chinese communities have their origins in Guangdong. The Cantonese language, therefore, has proportionately more speakers among overseas Chinese people than mainland Chinese. Consequently, many Mandarin Chinese words originally of foreign origin come from the original foreign language by way of Cantonese. For example, the Mandarin word níngméng (simplified Chinese: 柠檬; traditional Chinese: 檸檬), meaning "Lemon", came from Cantonese, in which the characters are pronounced as lìng mung.[16][17] In the United States, there is a large number of Chinese who are descendants of immigrants from the city of Taishan (Toisan in Cantonese), who speak a distinctive dialect related to Cantonese called Taishanese (or Toishanese).

During the 1850s, the Taiping Rebellion, whose leader Hong Xiuquan was born in Guangdong and received a pamphlet from a Protestant Christian missionary in Guangdong, became a widespread civil war in southern China. Because of direct contact with the West, Guangdong was the center of anti-Manchu and anti-imperialist activity. The generally acknowledged founder of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, was also from Guangdong.

During the early 1920s of the Republic of China, Guangdong was the staging area for Kuomintang (KMT) to prepare for the Northern Expedition, an effort to bring the various warlords of China back under the central government. Whampoa Military Academy was built near Guangzhou to train military commanders.

In recent years, the province has seen extremely rapid economic growth, aided in part by its close trading links with Hong Kong, which borders it. It is now the province with the highest gross domestic product in China.

In 1952, a small section of Guangdong's coastline was given to Guangxi, giving it access to the sea. This was reversed in 1955, and then restored in 1965. Hainan Island was originally part of Guangdong, but it was separated as its own province in 1988.

Geography[edit]

Guangdong faces the South China Sea to the south and has a total of 4,300 km (2,700 mi) of coastline. Leizhou Peninsula is on the southwestern end of the province. There are a few inactive volcanoes on Leizhou Peninsula. The Pearl River Delta is the convergent point of three upstream rivers: the East River, North River, and West River. The river delta is filled with hundreds of small islands. The province is geographically separated from the north by a few mountain ranges collectively called the Nan Mountains (Nan Ling). The highest peak in the province is Shikengkong 1,902 meters above sea level.

Guangdong borders Fujian province to the northeast, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces to the north, Guangxi autonomous region to the west, and Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions to the south. Hainan province is offshore across from the Leizhou Peninsula. The Pratas Islands, which were traditionally governed as part of Guangdong, are now administered by the Republic of China on Taiwan.[18]

Cities around the Pearl River Delta include Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Shunde, Taishan, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. Other cities in the province include Chaozhou, Chenghai, Nanhai, Shantou, Shaoguan, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing, Yangjiang and Yunfu.

Guangdong has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa inland, Cwa along the coast), though nearing a tropical climate in the far south. Winters are short, mild, and relatively dry, while summers are long, hot, and very wet. Average daily highs in Guangzhou in January and July are 18 °C (64 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F) respectively, although the humidity makes it feel much hotter in summer. Frost is rare on the coast but may happen a few days each winter well inland.

Economy[edit]

Main article: Economy of Guangdong

The economy of Guangdong is large enough to be compared to that of many countries. in 2014, the gross domestic product (GDP) is about $1104.05 million, Guangdong has been the largest province by GDP since 1989 in Mainland China. Guangdong is responsible for 10.66 percent of the China' $10.36 trillion GDP. Guangdong's GDP is larger than that of Indonesia ranking 16th in terms of US dollar or Purchasing Power Parity. Comparable to that of country subdivisions in dollar terms, Guangdong's GDP is larger than that of all but 6 country subdivisions: England, California, Texas, New York and Tokyo. It is comparable to the GDP of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Shops in one of the streets of Guangzhou specialize in selling various electronic components, supplying the needs of local consumer electronics manufacturers. The shop in front is in the LED business.

This is a trend of official estimates of the gross domestic product of the Province of Guangdong with figures in millions of Chinese Yuan:

Year Gross domestic product
1980 24,521
1985 55,305
1990 140,184
1995 538,132
2000 966,223
2008 3,570,000
2009 3,908,159
2010 4,596,300

After the communist revolution and until the start of the Deng Xiaoping reforms in 1978, Guangdong was an economic backwater, although a large underground, service-based economy has always existed. Economic development policies encouraged industrial development in the interior provinces which were weakly joined to Guangdong via transportation links. The government policy of economic autarky made Guangdong's access to the ocean irrelevant.[citation needed]

Deng Xiaoping's open door policy radically changed the economy of the province as it was able to take advantage of its access to the ocean, proximity to Hong Kong, and historical links to overseas Chinese. In addition, until the 1990s when the Chinese taxation system was reformed, the province benefited from the relatively low rate of taxation placed on it by the central government due to its post-Liberation status of being economically backward.[citation needed]

Guangdong's economic boom began with the early 1990s and has since spread to neighboring provinces, and also pulled their populations inward. The economic growth of Guangdong province owes much to the low-value added manufacturing which characterized (and in many ways still defines) the province's economy following Deng Xiaoping's reforms. Guangdong is not only China's largest exporter of goods, it is the country's largest importer as well.[19]

The province is now one of the richest in the nation, with the most billionaires in mainland China,[20] the highest GDP among all the provinces, although wage growth has only recently begun to rise due to a large influx of migrant workers from neighboring provinces. In 2011, Guangdong's aggregate nominal GDP reached 5.30 trillion RMB (US$838.60 billion) with a per capita GDP of 47,689 RMB.[21] By 2015, the local government of Guangdong hopes that the service industry will account for more than 50 percent of the provinces GDP and high-tech manufacturing another 20 percent.[19]

In 2009, Guangdong's primary, secondary, and tertiary industries were worth 201 billion yuan, 1.93 trillion yuan, and 1.78 trillion yuan respectively.[22] Its per capita GDP reached 40,748 yuan (about US$5,965).[23] Guangdong contributes approximately 12% of the total national economic output.[24] Now, it has three of the six Special Economic Zones: Shenzhen, Shantou and Zhuhai. The affluence of Guangdong, however, remains very concentrated near the Pearl River Delta.

In 2008 its foreign trade also grew 7.8% from the previous year and is also by far the largest of all of China. By numbers, Guangdong's foreign trade accounts for more than a quarter of China's US$2.56 trillion foreign trade or roughly US$683 billion.[25]

Economic and technological development zones[edit]

  • Foshan National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone[26]
  • Guangzhou Development District
  • Guangzhou Export Processing Zone
  • Guangzhou Free Trade Zone
  • Guangzhou Nansha Economic and Technical Development Zone
  • Guangzhou Nanhu Lake Tourist Holiday Resort (Chinese Version)
  • Guangzhou New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
  • Huizhou Dayawan Economic and Technological Development Zone
  • Huizhou Export Processing Zone
  • Huizhou Zhongkai Hi-Tech Development Zone
  • Nansha Free Trade Zone
  • Shantou Free Trade Zone
  • Shatoujiao Free Trade Zone
  • Shenzhen Export Processing Zone
  • Shenzhen Futian Free Trade Zone[27]
  • Shenzhen Hi-Tech Industrial Park
  • Yantian Port Free Trade Zone
  • Zhanjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone (Chinese Version)
  • Zhuhai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
  • Zhuhai Free Trade Zone
  • Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone

Demographics[edit]

Guangzhou is the third largest city in the People's Republic of China
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1912[28] 28,011,000 —    
1928[29] 32,428,000 +15.8%
1936-37[30] 32,453,000 +0.1%
1947[31] 27,210,000 −16.2%
1954[32] 34,770,059 +27.8%
1964[33] 42,800,849 +23.1%
1982[34] 59,299,220 +38.5%
1990[35] 62,829,236 +6.0%
2000[36] 85,225,007 +35.6%
2010[37] 104,303,132 +22.4%
Hainan Province part of Guangdong Province until 1988.
Guangzhou part of Guangdong Province until 1947; dissolved in 1954 and incorporated into Guangdong Province.

Guangdong officially became the most populous province in January 2005.[5][6] Official statistics had traditionally placed Guangdong as the 4th most populous province of China with about 80 million people (also, Sichuan, traditionally the most populous province, was divided into Sichuan and Chongqing in 1997) but recently released information suggests that there are an additional 30 million migrants who reside in Guangdong for at least six months every year, making it the most populous province with a population of more than 110 million.[38] The massive influx of migrants from other provinces, dubbed the "floating population", is due to Guangdong's booming economy and high demand for labor. If Guangdong were an independent nation, it would rank among the twenty largest countries of the world by population, more populous than France, Germany, or the United Kingdom, and more populous than the largest three US states (California, Texas, and New York) combined.

Guangdong is also the ancestral home of large numbers of overseas Chinese. Most of the railroad laborers in Canada, Western United States and Panama in the 19th century came from Guangdong. Many people from the region also travelled to the US / California during the gold rush of 1849, and also to Australia during its gold rush a decade or so later.

The majority of the province's population is Han Chinese. Within the Han Chinese, the largest subgroup in Guangdong are the Cantonese people. Two other major groups are the Teochew people in Chaoshan and the Hakka people in Huizhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shaoguan and Zhanjiang. There is a small Yao population in the north. Other smaller minority groups include She, Miao, Li, and Zhuang.[citation needed]






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Religion in Guangdong (2012)[39]

  Non religious and traditional faiths[40] (92.7%)
  Buddhism (6.2%)
  Protestantism (0.8%)
  Catholicism (0.2%)

Guangdong has a highly unbalanced gender ratio that is among the highest of all provinces in China. According to a 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal, in the 1–4 age group, there are over 130 boys for every 100 girls.[41]

Religion[edit]

According to a 2012 survey[39] only around 7% of the population of Guangdong belongs to organised religions, the largest groups being Buddhists with 6.2%, followed by Protestants with 0.8% and Catholics with 0.2%. Around 93% of the population is either irreligious or may be involved in Chinese folk religions worshipping nature gods and ancestral deities, and popular sects, Taoist traditions and Confucian churches.

According to a survey conducted in 2007, 43.71% of the population believes and is involved in cults of ancestors,[42] the traditional Chinese religion of the lineages organised into lineage churches and ancestral shrines.

The Buddhist Yuhua Temple in Ronggui, Shunde.
Temple of Huang Daxian in Guangzhou.
Temple of Nanhaishen (God of the Southern Sea) in Guangzhou.
Temple of Tianhou in Chiwan, Shenzhen.
Temple of the Chenghuangshen (City God) of Jieyang.
Temple of the Great Buddha in Guangzhou.

Politics[edit]

Guangdong is governed by a dual-party system like the rest of China. The Governor is in charge of provincial affairs; however, the Communist Party Secretary, often from outside of Guangdong, keeps the Governor in check.

Relations with Hong Kong and Macau[edit]

Hong Kong and Macau, while historically parts of Guangdong before becoming colonies of the United Kingdom and Portugal, respectively, are special administrative regions (SARs). Furthermore, the Basic Laws of both SARs explicitly forbid provincial governments from intervening in local politics. As a result, many issues with Hong Kong and Macau, such as border policy and water rights, have been settled by negotiations between the SARs' governments and the Guangdong provincial government.

Media[edit]

Guangdong and the greater Guangzhou area are served by several Radio Guangdong stations, Guangdong Television, Southern Television Guangdong, Shenzhen Television, and Guangzhou Television. There is an English programme produced by Radio Guangdong which broadcasts information about this region to the entire world through the WRN Broadcast.

Culture[edit]

The central region, which is also the political and economic center, is populated predominantly by Cantonese speakers, though the influx in the last three decades of millions of Mandarin-speaking immigrants has diminished Cantonese linguistic dominance. This region is associated with Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese opera is a form of Chinese opera popular in Cantonese speaking areas. Related Yue dialects are spoken in most of the western half of the province.

The area comprising the cities of Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang in coastal east Guangdong, known as Chaoshan, forms its own cultural sphere. The Teochew people here, along with Hailufeng people in Shanwei, speak Teochew, which is a Min dialect closely related to Min-nan and their cuisine is Teochew cuisine. Teochew opera is also well-known and has a unique form.

The Hakka people live in large areas of Guangdong, including Huizhou, Meizhou, Shenzhen, Heyuan, Shaoguan and other areas. Much of the Eastern part of Guangdong is populated by the Hakka people except for the Chaozhou and Hailufeng area. Hakka culture include Hakka cuisine, Han opera (simplified Chinese: 汉剧; traditional Chinese: 漢劇), Hakka Hanyue and sixian (traditional instrumental music) and Hakka folk songs (客家山歌).

Zhanjiang in southern Guangdong is dominated by the Leizhou dialect, a variety of Minnan; Cantonese and Hakka are also spoken there.

Mandarin is the language used in education and government and in areas where there are migrants from other provinces, above all in Shenzhen. Cantonese maintains a strong position in common usage and media, even in eastern areas of the province where the local dialects are non-Yue ones.

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

National[edit]

Provincial[edit]

Sports[edit]

List of current professional sports clubs based in Guangdong:

Sport League Tier Club City Stadium
Football Chinese Super League 1st Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium
Football Chinese Super League 1st Guangzhou R&F F.C. Guangzhou Yuexiushan Stadium
Football China League One 2nd Shenzhen F.C. Shenzhen Shenzhen Stadium
Football China League One 2nd Meizhou Kejia F.C. Wuhua Wuhua County Stadium
Football China Women's Super League 1st Guangdong Highsun Foshan Century Lotus Stadium
Futsal China Futsal League 1st Guangzhou Sports Act Guangzhou Sports Univ Stadium
Basketball Chinese Basketball Association 1st Guangdong Winnerway Dongguan Dongguan Stadium
Basketball Chinese Basketball Association 1st Shenzhen New Century Shenzhen Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre
Basketball Chinese Basketball Association 1st Foshan Long-Lions Foshan Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium
Basketball National Basketball League 2nd Guangzhou Free Man Guangzhou Mega Center Stadium
Basketball National Basketball League 2nd Guangzhou Huangpu Guangzhou Huangpu Stadium
Basketball National Basketball League 2nd Guangdong Changan Dongguan Dongguan Stadium
Basketball Women's Basketball Association 1st Guangdong Asia Aluminum Zhaoqing Zhaoqing Stadium
Volleyball Men's Volleyball League Div A 1st Guangdong Jianlong Taishan Taishan Stadium
Volleyball Women's Volleyball League Div B 2nd Guangdong Evergrande Guangzhou Guangzhou Sport University
Volleyball Women's Volleyball League Div B 2nd Guangdong Jianlong Taishan Taishan Stadium
Baseball China Baseball League 1st Guangdong Leopards Guangzhou Huangcun Stadium

Tourism[edit]

Notable attractions include Danxia Mountain, Yuexiu Hill, Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou, Star Lake and the Seven Star Crags, Dinghu Mountain, and the Zhongshan Sun Wen Memorial Park for Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Guangdong is divided into twenty-one prefecture-level divisions: all prefecture-level cities (including two sub-provincial cities):

Administrative divisions of Guangdong
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Division code[43] English name Chinese Pinyin Area in km2[44] Population 2010[45] Seat Divisions[46]
Districts Counties Aut. counties CL cities
  440000 Guangdong 广东省 Guǎngdōng Shěng 179800.00 104,303,132 Guangzhou 62 34 3 20
9 440100 Guangzhou 广州市 Guǎngzhōu Shì 7434.40 12,701,948 Yuexiu District 11
2 440200 Shaoguan 韶关市 Sháoguān Shì 18412.53 2,826,246 Zhenjiang District 3 4 1 2
21 440300 Shenzhen 深圳市 Shēnzhèn Shì 1996.78 10,358,381 Futian District 6*
20 440400 Zhuhai 珠海市 Zhūhǎi Shì 1724.32 1,562,530 Xiangzhou District 3*
14 440500 Shantou 汕头市 Shàntóu Shì 2248.39 5,389,328 Jinping District 6 1
8 440600 Foshan 佛山市 Fóshān Shì 3848.49 7,197,394 Chancheng District 5
18 440700 Jiangmen 江门市 Jiāngmén Shì 9505.42 4,450,703 Pengjiang District 3 4
15 440800 Zhanjiang 湛江市 Zhànjiāng Shì 13225.44 6,994,832 Chikan District 4 2 3
16 440900 Maoming 茂名市 Màomíng Shì 13225.44 5,817,494 Maonan District 2 3
6 441200 Zhaoqing 肇庆市 Zhàoqìng Shì 14891.23 3,916,467 Duanzhou District 3 4 1
11 441300 Huizhou 惠州市 Huìzhōu Shì 11342.98 4,598,402 Huicheng District 2 3
4 441400 Meizhou 梅州市 Méizhōu Shì 15864.51 4,238,461 Meijiang District 2 5 1
12 441500 Shanwei 汕尾市 Shànwěi Shì 4861.79 2,935,469 Cheng District 1 2 1
3 441600 Heyuan 河源市 Héyuán Shì 15653.63 2,950,195 Yuancheng District 1 5
17 441700 Yangjiang 阳江市 Yángjiāng Shì 7955.27 2,421,748 Jiangcheng District 2 1 1
1 441800 Qingyuan 清远市 Qīngyuǎn Shì 19152.90 3,698,412 Qingcheng District 2 2 2 2
10 441900 Dongguan** 东莞市 Dōngguǎn Shì 2465.00 8,220,207 Nancheng Subdistrict
19 442000 Zhongshan** 中山市 Zhōngshān Shì 1783.67 3,121,275 Dongqu Subdistrict
5 445100 Chaozhou 潮州市 Cháozhōu Shì 3145.89 2,669,466 Xiangqiao District 2 1
13 445200 Jieyang 揭阳市 Jiēyáng Shì 5265.38 5,884,347 Rongcheng District 2 2 1
7 445300 Yunfu 云浮市 Yúnfú Shì 7779.12 2,367,154 Yuncheng District 2 2 1

* - not including the new districts which are not registered under the Ministry of Civil Affairs (not included in the total Districts' count)
** - direct-piped cities - does not contain any county-level divisions

The twenty-one prefecture-level divisions of Guangdong are subdivided into 119 county-level divisions (62 districts, 20 county-level cities, 34 counties, and 3 autonomous counties). For county-level divisions, see the list of administrative divisions of Guangdong.

Metropolitan areas[edit]

  1. Pearl River Delta
  2. Chaoshan
  3. Zhanjiang
  4. Maoming
  5. Meizhou
  6. Qingyuan
  7. Heyuan
  8. Shanwei
  9. Shaoguan
  10. Yangjiang
  11. Yunfu

See also[edit]

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