Nanhai District

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Guicheng Subdistrict in Nanhai
Coordinates: 23°05′46″N 113°08′34″E / 23.09611°N 113.14278°E / 23.09611; 113.14278Coordinates: 23°05′46″N 113°08′34″E / 23.09611°N 113.14278°E / 23.09611; 113.14278
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityFoshan
 • Total1,074 km2 (415 sq mi)
 (2010 Census)
 • Total2,588,844
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Nanhai District
Simplified Chinese南海区
Traditional Chinese南海區
Jyutpingnaam4 hoi2 keoi1
Cantonese YaleNàahmhói Kēui
Hanyu PinyinNánhǎi Qū
Alternative Chinese name
Jyutpingnaam4 hoi2
Cantonese YaleNàahmhói
Hanyu PinyinNánhǎi
Statue of Guan Yin on Mount Xiqiao, in Nanhai

Nanhai District (simplified Chinese: 南海区; traditional Chinese: 南海區), is a district of Foshan, Guangdong, China. Its government is the first to have developed e-government informatization at the county level in China.


Establishment of Nanhai is traditionally attributed two brothers carrying their father's bowls in 1271. They were fleeing south from the Mongols on a bamboo raft when a violent storm shipwrecked them and broke all the bowls. The brothers settled down there and the position of the wreck is commemorated by a shrine. This area was named Broken Bowls Point.

On 15 February 1921, the eastern part of Nanhai County was ceded to the newly established City of Guangzhou which became part of what is now western part of Liwan. On 26 June 1951, Foshan Town (present Chancheng) was ceded to the newly established City of Foshan. Nanhai County was upgraded into a county-level city on 2 September 1992 until 8 December 2002 Nanhai was consolidated as a district of Foshan.

Administration division[edit]

Nanhai was a county-level city until December 8, 2002, when it became a district of Foshan prefecture-level city.

Name Chinese (S) Hanyu Pinyin Population (2010)[1] Area (km2)
Guicheng Subdistrict 桂城街道 Guìchéng Jiēdào 542,775 84.16
Lishui town 里水镇 Lǐshuǐ Zhèn 273,914 75.38
Jiujiang town 九江镇 Jiǔjiāng Zhèn 170,179 94.75
Danzao town 丹灶镇 Dānzào Zhèn 154,955 143.50
Dali town 大沥镇 Dàlì Zhèn 614,837 95.90
Shishan town 狮山镇 Shīshān Zhèn 610,514 330.60
Xiqiao town 西樵镇 Xiqiáo Zhèn 221,670 176.63


Nanhai was designated by the central government as a pilot city for e-government and informatization in 2001.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.

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