Nanhai District

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Skyline of Guicheng CBD
Skyline of Guicheng CBD
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
Country China
Province Guangdong
Prefecture-level city Foshan
 • Total 1,074 km2 (415 sq mi)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,588,844
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Nanhai District
Simplified Chinese 南海区
Traditional Chinese 南海區
Cantonese Jyutping naam4 hoi2 keoi1
Cantonese Yale Nàahmhói Kēui
Hanyu Pinyin Nánhǎi Qū
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 南海
Cantonese Jyutping naam4 hoi2
Cantonese Yale Nàahmhói
Hanyu Pinyin Nánhǎi
Postal Namhoi
Statue of Guan Yin on Mount Xiqiao, in Nanhai

Nanhai District, is a district of Foshan, Guangdong, China. Its government is the first to have developed e-government informatization at the county level in China.


The town was established in 1271 by two brothers carrying their fathers bowls. 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. 15 February 1921 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. In 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 in 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]
Guicheng Subdistrict 桂城街道 Guìchéng Jiēdào 542,775
Lishui Town 里水镇 Lǐshuǐ Zhèn 273,914
Jiujiang Town 九江镇 Jiǔjiāng Zhèn 170,179
Danzao Town 丹灶镇 Dānzào Zhèn 154,955
Dali Town 大沥镇 Dàlì Zhèn 614,837
Shishan Town 狮山镇 Shīshān Zhèn 610,514
Xiqiao Town 西樵镇 Xiqiáo Zhèn 221,670


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

Famous people from Nanhai[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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