He Guangdong Provincial Government will hold “Guangdong Week” at the China Pavilion of Astana Expo during August 18-20. The events will include opening ceremony, energy development forum, new energy product exhibition, the promotion of key cities and ente
Guangdong Province is located at the southernmost tip of mainland China, neighboring South China Sea, Hong Kong and Macao. It’s a pioneer of China’s reform and opening up, and covers an area of 17.97 million square kilometers. Guangdong has 21 prefecturelevel cities (including two sub-provincial cities), and 119 county-level administrative regions (62 municipal districts, 20 countylevel cities, 34 counties, and 3 autonomous counties). As of the end of 2016, the resident population of Guangdong Province was 109.99 million.
Being one of the earliest trade ports in Chinese history and the starting point of the famous “Maritime Silk Road”, Guangdong has a long history of commerce. Since the reform and opening up for over 30 years, it took the advantage of neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, and seized the historical opportunity. It expanded its opening to the outside, and actively participated in international competition and cooperation. Guangdong now becomes one of the most prosperous and economically dynamic regions in China. In 2016, its total GDP was RMB 7951.205 billion, ranked first in the whole country.
Guangdong has seized the opportunities of the world industrial transfer to promote the industrial development and industrialization, and to establish an integrated industrial system. At present, it has nine pillar industries, namely electronic information, electrical machinery, petrochemical, textile and garment, food and beverage, building material, papermaking, medicine and auto industry. With the rapid growth of shipbuilding, rail transportation equipment, nuclear power equipment, wind power equipment and aircraft Industry, it has established an advanced manufacturing industry system. Modern service industries such as logistics, exhibition, finance, information and tourism are flourishing. Canton Fair, China Hi-tech Fair, China International SME Fair, Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo and other large international exhibitions enjoy a great reputation inside and outside.
Guangdong is one of the most favorable investment environmental provinces in China. With advanced infrastructure, well-developed traffic and communication, convenient customs clearance, highly marketization and integrated market system, it has fully gathered talents, capital and other production factors. Important platforms such as Guangzhou Nansha, Shenzhen Qianhai, Zhuhai Hengqin, China-singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and China-german Industrial Service Zone develop rapidly. Regional economic integration of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and the construction of Pearl River Delta world-class city cluster are accelerating. 12 new areas in east Guangdong, west Guangdong and north Guangdong have made full preparation to provide diversified, all-round and high-level platforms for multinational companies’ investment.
Guangdong is also an important carrier of Lingnan Culture, and has a unique style in language, customs, living habits, history and culture. In terms of food culture, it has the Cantonese cuisine, one of China’s four major cuisines. In terms of local operas, it has Cantonese Opera and Chaozhou Opera, two of the ten major local operas in China. In terms of dialects, its dialects are Cantonese, Hakka and Minnan dialect. Guangdong is also the center of Cantonese and Hakka language and culture.