Toponymy''Guǎngzhōu'' is the official of the Chinese name . The name of the city is taken from the ancient " Guang Province" after it had become the prefecture's seat of government, which is how some other Chinese cities, including , , and got their names. The or —which also appears in the names of the provinces and , together called the —means "broad" or "expansive" and refers to the intention to dispense imperial grace broadly in the region with the founding of the county of Guangxin in the . Before acquiring its current name, the town was known as Panyu (Punyü; ), a name still borne by one of Guangzhou's districts not far from the main city. The origin of the name is still uncertain, with 11 various explanations being offered, including that it may have referred to two local mountains. The city has also sometimes been known as Guangzhou Fu or Guangfu after its status as the capital of a . From this latter name, Guangzhou was known to medieval Persians such as and as Khanfu (). Under the , the city was renamed Xingwang Fu (). The Chinese abbreviation for Guangzhou is "" (although the abbreviation on car license plates, as with the rest of the province, is ), after its nickname "City of Rice" (). The city has long borne the nickname () or () from the five stones at the old Temple of the Five Immortals said to have been the sheep or goats ridden by the es credited with introducing to the area around the time of the city's foundation. The former name "City of the " (/) came from the same story. The more recent () is usually taken as a simple reference to the area's fine greenery. The English name "Canton" derived from ' or ', a blend of
PrehistoryA settlement now known as Nanwucheng was present in the area by . Some traditional Chinese histories placed Nanwucheng's founding during the reign of Ji Yan, of from 314 to 256 BC. It was said to have consisted of little more than a stockade of bamboo and mud.
NanyueGuangzhou, then known as Panyu, was founded on the eastern bank of the in 214 BC. It was the seat of 's , and served as a base for the of the lands in southern China. Legendary accounts claimed that the soldiers at Panyu were so vigilant that they did not remove their armor for three years. Upon the fall of the Qin, General established the kingdom of and made Panyu its capital in 204 BC. It remained independent throughout the , although Zhao negotiated recognition of his independence in exchange for his nominal submission to the in 196 BC. Archeological evidence shows that Panyu was an expansive commercial center: in addition to items from central China, archeologists have found remains originating from , India, and even Africa. Zhao Tuo was succeeded by Zhao Mo and then Zhao Yingqi. Upon 's death in , his younger son was named as his successor in violation of Chinese . By , his mother, the Jiu () had prevailed upon him to submit Nanyue as a formal part of the Han Empire. The native Lü Jia () launched a coup, killing Han ambassadors along with the king, his mother, and their supporters. A successful ambush then annihilated a Han force which had been sent to arrest him. took offense and launched a massive river- and seaborne war: six armies under and Yang Pu took Panyu and annexed Nanyue by the end of 111 BC.
Imperial ChinaIncorporated into the , Panyu became a provincial capital. In AD 226, it became the seat of Guang , which gave it its modern name. The '' '' described Guangzhou as an important port in southern China. Direct routes connected the Middle East and China, as shown in the records of a Chinese prisoner returning home from Iraq twelve years after his capture at . Relations were often strained: Arab and Persian pirates sacked the city on October 30, 758 and came to an end under the revenge of Chinese rebel Huang Chao in 878, along with the city's Jews in China, Jews, Christians in China, Christians, (Abu Zayd Husayn al-Sirafi, ''Rihlat al-Sirafi'', al-Mujamma' al-thaqafi, Abu Dhabi, 1990) and Parsis. The port was closed for fifty years after its destruction. Amid the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms that followed the collapse of the Tang dynasty, the Later Liang (Five Dynasties), Later Liang governor Liu Yan (emperor), Liu Yan used his base at Panyu to establish a "Great Yue" or " " empire, which lasted from 917 to 971. The region enjoyed considerable cultural and economic success in this period. From the 10th to 12th century, there are records that the large foreign communities were not exclusively male, but included "Persian people, Persian women". According to Odoric of Pordenone, Guangzhou was as large as three Venices in terms of area, and rivaled all of Italy in the amount of crafts produced. He also noted the large amount of ginger available as well as large geese and snakes. Guangzhou was visited by the Moroccan people, Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta during his 14th-century journey around the world; he detailed the process by which the Chinese constructed their large ships in the port's shipyards. Shortly after the Hongwu Emperor's declaration of the Ming dynasty, he reversed his earlier support of foreign trade and imposed the first of a series of haijin, sea bans (). These banned private foreign trade upon penalty of death for the merchant and exile for his family and neighbors. The Yuan dynasty, Yuan-era maritime intendancies of Guangzhou, Quanzhou, and Ningbo were closed in 1384 and legal trade became limited to the imperial Chinese tributary system, tribute delegations sent to or by official representatives of foreign governments. Following the Portuguese Empire, Portuguese Capture of Malacca (1511), conquest of the Melaka Sultanate, Rafael Perestrello traveled to Guangzhou as a passenger on a native junk (ship), junk in 1516. His report induced Fernão Pires de Andrade to sail to the city with eight ships the next year, but De Andrade's exploration was understood as spying and his brother Simão and others began attempting to monopolize trade, enslaving Chinese women and children, engaging in piracy, and fortifying the island of Tamão. Rumors even circulated that Portuguese were eating the children. The Guangzhou administration was charged with driving them off: they bested the Portuguese at the Battle of Tunmen and in Battle of Xicaowan, Xicao Bay; held a Tomé Pires, diplomatic mission hostage in a failed attempt to pressure the restoration of the Mahmud Shah of Malacca, sultan of Malacca, who had been accounted Imperial Chinese tributary system, a Ming vassal; and, after placing them in cangues and keeping them for most of a year, ultimately executed 23 by lingchi. With the help of local pirates, the "Folangji" then carried out smuggling at Portuguese Macao, Macao, Lampacau, and Island (now Shangchuan Island, Shangchuan), until Leonel de Sousa legalized their trade with bribes to Admiral Wang Bo () and the Luso-Chinese agreement (1554), 1554 Luso-Chinese Accord. The Portuguese undertook not to raise fortifications and to pay customs dues; three years later, after providing the Chinese with assistance suppressing their former pirate allies, the Portuguese were permitted to warehouse their goods at Colonial Macau, Macau instead of Guangzhou itself. In October 1646, the Zhu Yujian, Longwu Emperor's brother, Zhu Yuyue fled by sea to Guangzhou, the last stronghold of the Ming empire. On December 11, he declared himself the Shaowu Emperor, borrowing his imperial regalia from local theater troupes. He led a successful offense against his cousin Zhu Youlang but was deposed and executed on 20 January 1647 when the Ming turncoat Li Chengdong () sacked the city on behalf of the Qing. The Qing became somewhat more receptive to foreign trade after gaining control of Kingdom of Tungning, Taiwan in 1683. The Portuguese Empire, Portuguese from Colonial Macau, Macau and Spanish Empire, Spaniards from Spanish Philippines, Manila returned, as did private Muslim, Armenians, Armenian, and Kingdom of England, English traders. From 1699 to 1714, the French East India Company, French and East India Company, British East India Companies sent a ship or two each year; the Austrian Empire, Austrian Ostend Company, Ostend General India Co. arrived in 1717, the Dutch East India Company, Dutch East India Co. in 1729, the Norway-Denmark, Danish Danish Asiatic Company, Asiatic Co. in 1731, and the Kingdom of Sweden, Swedish Swedish East India Company, East India Co. the next year. These were joined by the occasional Kingdom of Prussia, Prussian or Trieste Company vessel. The first independent American ship arrived in 1784, and the first colonial Australian one in 1788. By that time, Guangzhou was one of the world's great ports, organized under the Canton System. The main exports were history of tea, tea and Chinese porcelain, porcelain. As a meeting place of merchants from all over the world, Guangzhou became a major contributor to the rise of the modern global economy. In the 19th century, most of the city's buildings were still only one or two stories. However, there were notable exceptions such as the Flower Pagoda of the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, and the guard tower known as the Zhenhai Tower (Guangzhou), Five-Story Pagoda. The subsequently urbanized northern hills were bare and covered with traditional graves. The brick city walls were about in circumference, high, and wide. Its eight main gates and two water gates all held guards during the day and were closed at night. The wall rose to incorporate a hill on its northern side and was surrounded on the other three by a moat which, along with the canals, functioned as the city's sewer, emptied daily by the river's tides. A partition wall with four gates divided the northern "old town" from the southern "new town" closer to the river; the suburb of Xiguan (Saikwan; "West Gate") stretched beyond and the boats of fishers, traders, and Tanka people, Tanka ("boat people") almost entirely concealed the riverbank for about . It was common for homes to have a storefront facing the street and to treat their Chinese courtyard house, courtyards as a kind of warehouse. The city was part of a network of signal towers so effective that messages could be relayed to —about away—in less than 24 hours. The Canton System was maintained until the outbreak of the in 1839. Following a series of battles in the Pearl River Delta, the British Battle of Canton (March 1841), captured Canton on March 18, 1841. The Battle of Canton (May 1841), Second Battle of Canton was fought two months later. Following the Qing's 1842 Treaty of Nanking, treaty with United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Great Britain, Guangzhou lost its privileged trade status as more and more treaty ports were opened to more and more countries, usually including extraterritorial enclaves. Amid the decline of Qing prestige and the chaos of the Red Turban Rebellion (1854–1856), the Punti and Hakka people, Hakka waged Punti-Hakka Clan Wars, a series of clan wars from 1855 to 1867 in which one million people died. The foreign trade facilities were destroyed by local Chinese in the Arrow War (1856–1858). The international community relocated to the outskirts and most international trade moved through Shanghai. The concession for the Canton–Hankow railway was awarded to the American China Development Company, American China Development Co. in 1898. It completed Guangzhou–Sanshui Railway, its branch line west to and Sanshui before being engulfed in a diplomatic crisis after a Belgian consortium bought a controlling interest and the Qing subsequently canceled its concession. J.P. Morgan was awarded millions in damages and the line to Wuchang District, Wuchang was not completed until 1936 and the completion of a unified Beijing–Guangzhou Railway waited until the completion of Wuhan's Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, Yangtze River Bridge in 1957.
RevolutionsDuring the late Qing Dynasty, Guangzhou was the site of revolutionary attempts such as the First Guangzhou Uprising, Uprisings of 1895 and Second Guangzhou Uprising, 1911 that were the predecessors of the successful Xinhai Revolution, which overthrew the Qing Dynasty. The 72 revolutionaries whose bodies were found after the latter uprising are honored as the city's 72 martyrdom in Chinese culture, Martyrs at the Huanghuagang ("Yellow Flower Mound") Mausoleum.
Republic of ChinaAfter the assassination of Sung Chiao-jen and Yuan Shihkai's attempts to remove the Nationalist Party of China from power, the leader of Guangdong Hu Hanmin joined the 1913 Second Revolution (China), Second Revolution against him but was forced to flee to Empire of Japan, Japan with Sun Yat-sen after its failure. The city came under national spotlight again in 1917, when Prime Minister Duan Qirui's abrogation of the constitution triggered the Constitutional Protection Movement. Sun Yat-sen came to head the Constitutional Protection Junta, Guangzhou Military Government supported by the members of the dissolved parliament and the Southwestern warlords. The Guangzhou government fell apart as the warlords withdrew their support. Sun fled to Shanghai International Settlement, Shanghai in November 1918 until the Guangdong warlord Chen Jiongming restored him in October 1920 during the Yuegui Wars. On 16 June 1922, Sun was ousted in a coup and fled on the warship ''SS Zhongshan, Yongfeng'' after Chen sided with the Zhili Clique's Beiyang government, Beijing government. In the following months Sun mounted a counterattack into Guangdong by rallying supporters from Yunnan and Guangxi, and in January established Government of the Republic of China in Guangzhou, a government in the city for the third time. From 1923 to 1926 Sun and the Kuomintang Army and Navy Marshal stronghold of the Republic of China, used the city as a base to prosecute a renewed revolution in China by conquering the warlords in the north. Although Sun was previously dependent on opportunistic warlords who hosted him in the city, with the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek, the KMT developed its own military power to serve its ambition. The Canton years saw the evolution of the KMT into a revolutionary movement with a strong military focus and ideological commitment, setting the tone of the KMT rule of China beyond 1927. In 1924, the KMT made the momentous decision to ally with the Communist Party and the USSR. With Soviet help, KMT reorganized itself along the Leninist line and adopted a pro-labor and pro-peasant stance. The First United Front, Kuomintang-CCP cooperation was confirmed in the 1st National Congress of Kuomintang, First Congress of the KMT and the communists were instructed to join the KMT. The allied government set up the Peasant Movement Training Institute in the city, of which Mao Zedong was a director for one term. Sun and his military commander Chiang used USSR, Soviet funds and weapons to build an armed force staffed by communist commissars, training its cadres in the Whampoa Military Academy. In August, the fledgling army suppressed the Canton Merchants' Corps Uprising. The next year the anti-imperialist May Thirtieth Movement swept the country, and the KMT government called for strikes in Canton and Hong Kong. The tensions of the massive strikes and protests led to the Shakee Massacre. After the death of Sun Yat-sen in 1925 the mood was changing in the party toward the communists. In August the left-wing KMT leader Liao Zhongkai was assassinated and the right-wing leader Hu Hanmin, the suspected mastermind, was exiled to the Soviet Union, leaving the pro-communist Wang Jingwei in charge. Opposing communist encroachment, the right-wing Western Hills Group vowed to expel the communists from the KMT. The "Canton Coup" on 20 March 1926 saw Chiang solidify his control over the KMT, Nationalists and National Revolutionary Army, their army against Wang Jingwei, the party's left wing, its Chinese Communist Party, Communist allies, and its USSR, Soviet advisors. By May, he had ended civilian control of the military and begun his Northern Expedition (1926–1927), Northern Expedition against the Warlord Era, warlords of the north. Its success led to the split of the KMT between Wuhan and Nanking and the purge of the communists in the April 12 Incident. Immediately afterwards Canton joined the purge under the auspice of Li Jishen, resulting in the arrest of communists and the suspension of left wing KMT apparatuses and labor groups. Later in 1927 when Zhang Fakui, a general supportive of the Wuhan faction seized Canton and installed Wang Jingwei's faction in the city, the communists saw an opening and launched the Guangzhou Uprising. Prominent communist military leaders Ye Ting and Ye Jianying led the failed defense of the city. Soon, control of the city reverted to Li Jishen. Li was deposed during a war between Chiang and the Kwangsi Clique. By 1929, Chen Jitang had established himself as the powerholder of Guangdong. In 1931 he threw his weight behind the anti-Chiang schism by hosting a separate Nationalist government in Guangzhou. Opposing Chiang's alleged dictatorship, the separatists included KMT leaders like Wang Ching-wei, Sun Fo and others from diverse factions. The peace negotiations amid the armed standoff led to the 4th National Congress of Kuomintang being held separately by three factions in Nanjing, Shanghai and Canton. Resigning all his posts, Chiang pulled off a political compromise that reunited all factions. While the intraparty division was resolved, Chen kept his power until he was defeated by Chiang in 1936. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the "Canton Operation" subjected the city to Empire of Japan, Japanese occupation by the end of December 1938.
People's Republic of ChinaAmid the closing months of the Chinese Civil War, Guangzhou briefly served as the capital of the Republic of China (1912–1949), Republic of China after the taking of by the PLA in April 1949. The People's Liberation Army entered the city on 14 October 1949. Amid a massive exodus to and Colonial Macau, Macau, the KMT, Nationalists blew up the Haizhu Bridge across the Pearl River in retreat. The Cultural Revolution had a large effect on the city with much of its temples, churches and other monuments destroyed during this chaotic period. The China, People's Republic of China initiated building projects including new housing on the banks of the Pearl River to adjust the city's Tanka people, boat people to life on land. Since the 1980s, the city's close proximity to and and its ties to overseas Chinese have made it one of the first beneficiaries of China's opening up policy, opening up under Deng Xiaoping. Beneficial tax reforms in the 1990s have also helped the city's industrialization and economic development. The municipality was expanded in the year 2000, with Huadu District, Huadu and Panyu District, Panyu joining the city as district (China), urban districts and Conghua and Zengcheng as more rural county (China), counties. The former districts of Dongshan District, Guangzhou, Dongshan and Fangcun District, Fangcun were abolished in 2005, merged into Yuexiu District, Yuexiu and Liwan District, Liwan respectively. The city acquired Nansha District, Nansha and Luogang District, Luogang. The former was carved out of Panyu District, Panyu, the latter from parts of Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Baiyun, Tianhe District, Tianhe, Zengcheng, and an exclave within Huangpu District, Guangzhou, Huangpu. The National People's Congress approved a development plan for the Pearl River Delta in January 2009; on March 19 the same year, the Guangzhou and municipal governments agreed to establish a framework to merge the two cities. In 2014, Luogang District, Luogang merged into Huangpu District, Guangzhou, Huangpu and both Conghua District, Conghua and Zengcheng District, Zengcheng counties were upgraded to districts.
GeographyThe old town of Guangzhou was near Baiyun Mountain (Guangdong), Baiyun Mountain on the east bank of the (Zhujiang) about from its junction with the South China Sea and about below its head of navigation. It commanded the rich alluvial plain of the Pearl River Delta, with its connection to the sea protected at the Humen Strait. The present city spans on both sides of the river from to longitude and to latitude in south-central Guangdong. The Pearl is the rivers of China, 4th-largest river of China. Intertidal ecosystems exist on the tidal flat lining the river estuary, however, many of the tidal flats have been reclaimed for agriculture. Baiyun Mountain is now locally referred to as the city's "lung" (). The elevation of the prefecture generally increases from southwest to northeast, with mountains forming the backbone of the city and the ocean comprising the front. Tiantang Peak (, "Heavenly Peak") is the highest point of elevation at above sea level.
Natural resourcesThere are 47 different types of minerals and also 820 ore fields in Guangzhou, including 18 large and medium-sized oil deposits. The major minerals are granite, cement limestone, ceramic clay, potassium, albite, salt mine, mirabilite, nepheline, syenite, fluorite, marble, mineral water, and geothermal mineral water. Since Guangzhou is located in the water-rich area of southern China, it has a wide water area with many rivers and water systems, accounting for 10% of the total land area. The rivers and streams improve the landscape and keep the ecological environment of the city stable.
ClimateDespite being located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification, Köppen ''Cfa/Cwa'') influenced by the East Asian monsoon. Summers are wet with high temperatures, high humidity, and a high heat index. Winters are mild and comparatively dry. Guangzhou has a lengthy monsoon season, spanning from April through September. Monthly averages range from in January to in July, while the annual mean is . Autumn, from October to December, is very moderate, cool and windy, and is the best travel time. The Humidity#Relative humidity, relative humidity is approximately 68 percent, whereas Precipitation (meteorology), annual rainfall in the metropolitan area is over . With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 17 percent in March and April to 52 percent in November, the city receives 1,628 hours of bright sunshine annually, considerably less than nearby Shenzhen#Climate, Shenzhen and Climate of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Extreme temperatures have ranged from to . The last recorded snowfall in the city was on 24 January 2016, 87 years after the second last recorded snowfall.
Administrative divisionsGuangzhou is a Sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China, subprovincial city. It has direct jurisdiction over eleven District (China), districts:
EconomyGuangzhou is the main manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta, one of 's leading commercial and manufacturing regions. In 2017, the GDP reached ¥2,150 billion (US$318 billion), per capita was ¥150,678 (US$22,317). Guangzhou is considered one of the most prosperous cities in China. Guangzhou ranks 10th in the world and 5th in China (after Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen) in terms of the number of billionaires according to the Hurun Global Rich List 2020. Guangzhou is projected to be among the world top 10 largest cities in terms of nominal GDP in 2035 (together with , and in China) according to a study by Oxford Economics, and its nominal GDP per capita will reach above US$42,000 in 2030. Guangzhou also ranks 21st globally (between Washington, D.C. and Amsterdam) and 8th in the whole Asia & Oceania region (behind Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen and Dubai) in the 2020 Global Financial Centres Index, Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI). Owing to rapid industrialization, it was once also considered a rather polluted city. After green urban planning was implemented, it is now one of the most livable cities in China.
Canton FairThe , formally the "China Import and Export Fair", is held every year in April and October by the Ministry of Trade (China), Ministry of Trade. Inaugurated in the spring of 1957, the fair is a major event for the city. It is the with the longest history, highest level, and largest scale in China. From the 104th session onwards, the fair moved to the new Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center () in Pazhou, from the older complex in Liuhua. The GICEC is served by two stations on Line 8 (Guangzhou Metro), Line 8 and three stations on Haizhu Tram, Tram Line THZ1. Since the 104th session, the Canton Fair has been arranged in three phases instead of two phases.
Local products* Cantonese cuisine, Cantonese is one of China's most famous and popular Chinese cuisine, regional cuisines, with a chengyu, saying stating simply to "Eat in Guangzhou" (). * Cantonese sculpture in China, sculpture includes work in Chinese jade, jade, History of wood carving#Indochina and the Far East, wood, and (now Destruction of ivory, controversially) ivory trade, ivory. * Canton porcelain developed over the past three centuries as one of the major forms of Chinese export porcelain, exportware. It is now known within China for its highly colorful style. * Cantonese embroidery is one of Chinese embroidery, China's four main styles of the embroidery, and is represented in Guangzhou, although the industry is mainly centered in Chaozhou. * Zhujiang Beer, a pale lager, is one of China's most successful brands. It is made in Guangzhou from water piped directly to the brewery from a natural spring.
Industry* GAC Group * Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone * Guangzhou Nansha Export Processing Zone *: The Export Processing Zone was founded in 2005. Its total planned area is . It is located in Nansha District and it belongs to the provincial capital, Guangzhou. The major industries encouraged in the zone include automobile assembly, biotechnology and heavy industry. It is situated (a 70 minutes drive) south of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and close to Nansha Port. It also has the advantage of Guangzhou Metro line 4 which is being extended to Nansha Ferry Terminal. * Guangzhou Free Trade Zone *: The zone was founded in 1992. It is located in the east of Huangpu District, Guangzhou, Huangpu District and near to Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. It is also very close to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. The major industries encouraged in the zone include international trade, logistics, processing and computer software. Recently the Area has been rebranded and is now being marketed under the name Huangpu District. Next to the industries above, new sectors are being introduced to the business environment, including new energy, AI, new mobility, new materials, information and communication technology and new transport. It is also Home to the Guangzhou IP Court. * Guangzhou Science City
Business EnvironmentGuangzhou is a hub for international businesses. According to an article by China Briefing, over 30,000 foreign-invested companies had settled in Guangzhou by 2018, including 297 Fortune Global 500 companies with projects and 120 Fortune Global 500 companies with headquarters or regional headquarters in the city.
DemographicsThe 2010 PRC census, 2010 census found Guangzhou's population to be 12.78 million. , it was estimated at 13,080,500, with 11,264,800 urban residents. Its population density is thus around 1,800 people per km2. The built-up area of the Guangzhou proper connects directly to several other cities. The built-up area of the covers around and has been estimated to house 22 million people, including Guangzhou's nine urban districts, (5.36m), (3.22m), (3.12m), most of (2.2m), (1.82m), (890k), and 's Huiyang District (760k). The total population of this agglomeration is over 28 million after including the population of the adjacent Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The area's fast-growing economy and high demand for labor has produced a huge "floating population" of migrant workers; thus, up to 10 million migrants reside in the area least six months each year. In 2008, about five million of Guangzhou's permanent residents were hukou system, hukouless migrants.
Ethnicity and languageMost of Guangzhou's population is Han Chinese. Almost all Cantonese people speak Cantonese language, Cantonese as their first language, while most migrants speak Mandarin dialects, forms of Mandarin. In 2010, each language was the native tongue of roughly half of the city's population, although minor but substantial numbers speak Varieties of Chinese, other varieties as well. In 2018, He Huifeng of the ''South China Morning Post'' stated that younger residents have increasingly favored using Mandarin instead of Cantonese in their daily lives, causing their Cantonese-speaking grandparents and parents to use Mandarin to communicate with them. He Huifeng stated that factors included local authorities discouraging the use of Cantonese in schools and the rise in prestige of Mandarin-speaking Shenzhen. Jinan University released a survey result of the Guangzhou youths born in the year 2000 or after that were part of this educational study showed that 69% could still speak and understand Cantonese, 20% can understand Cantonese, but unable to speak it, and 11% completely had no knowledge of Cantonese. Jinan University's study of these Guangzhou youths also indicated when it came to the daily recreational use of Cantonese, roughly 40%-50% of them participated in these recreational functions with the usage of Cantonese with 51.4% of them in mobile games, 47% in Social Platforms, 44.1% in TV shows, and 39.8% in Books and Newspapers. Despite some decline in the use of Cantonese, it is faring better in survival, popularity, and prestige than other Chinese languages due to the historical pride in the language and culture, as well as the wide popularity and availability of mainstream Cantonese entertainment, which encourages locals to retain the Cantonese language. Guangzhou has an even more unbalanced gender ratio than the rest of the country. While most areas of China have 112–120 boys per 100 girls, the Guangdong province that houses Guangzhou has more than 130 boys for every 100 girls. Recent years have seen a huge influx of migrants, with up to 30 million additional migrants living in the Guangzhou area for at least six months out of every year with the majority being female migrants and many becoming local Guangzhou people. This huge influx of people from other areas, called the floating population, is due to the city's fast-growing economy and high labor demands. Guangzhou Mayor Wan Qingliang told an urban planning seminar that Guangzhou is facing a very serious population problem stating that, while the city had 10.33 million registered residents at the time with targets and scales of land use based on this number, the city actually had a population with migrants of nearly 15 million. According to the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences researcher Peng Peng, the city is almost at its maximum capacity of just 15 million, which means the city is facing a great strain, mostly due to a high population of unregistered people. According to the 2000 National Census, marriage is one of the top two reasons for permanent migration and particular important for women as 29.3% of the permanent female migrants migrate for marriage [Liang et al.,2004]. Many of the female economic migrants marry men from Guangzhou in hopes of a better life. but like elsewhere in the People's Republic of China, the hukou system, household registration system (''hukou'') limits migrants' access to residences, educational institutions and other public benefits. It has been noted that many women end up in prostitution. In May 2014, legally employed migrants in Guangzhou were permitted to receive a ''hukou'' card allowing them to marry and one-child policy, obtain permission for their pregnancies in the city, rather than having to return to their official hometowns as previously. Historically, the Cantonese people have made up a sizable part of the 19th- and 20th-century Chinese diaspora; in fact, many overseas Chinese have ties to Guangzhou. This is particularly true in the Chinese Americans, United States, Chinese Canadians, Canada, and Chinese Australians, Australia. Demographically, the only significant immigration into China has been by overseas Chinese, but Guangzhou sees many foreign tourists, workers, and residents from the Demographics of China#People from other immigration jurisdictions, usual locations such as the Americans in China, United States. Notably, it is also home to thousands of Africans in Guangzhou, African immigrants, including people from Nigeria, Somalia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.China cracks down on African immigrants and traders
Metropolitan areaThe encompassing metropolitan area was estimated by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) to have, , a population of 25 million.Linked from the OECD her
Urban mass transitWhen the first line of the Guangzhou Metro opened in 1997, Guangzhou was the fourth city in Mainland China to have an underground railway system, behind Beijing subway, Beijing, Tianjin Metro, Tianjin, and Shanghai Metro, Shanghai. Currently the metro network is made up of thirteen lines, covering a total length of . A long-term plan is to make the city's metro system expand to over by 2020 with 15 lines in operation. In addition to the metro system there is also the Haizhu Tram line which opened on 31 December 2014. The Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit (GBRT) system which was introduced in 2010 along Zhongshan Road. It has several connections to the metro and is the world's 2nd-largest bus rapid transit system with 1,000,000 passenger trips daily. It handles 26,900 Passengers per hour per direction, pphpd during the peak hour a capacity second only to the TransMilenio BRT system in Bogota. The system averages one bus every 10 seconds or 350 per hour in a single direction and contains the world's longest BRT stations—around including bridges.
Motor transportIn the 19th century, the city already had over 600 long, straight streets; these were mostly paved but still very narrow. In June 1919, work began on demolishing the city wall to make way for wider streets and the development of tramways. The demolition took three years in total. In 2009, it was reported that all 9,424 buses and 17,695 taxis in Guangzhou would be operating on Liquefied petroleum gas, LPG-fuel by 2010 to promote clean energy for transport and improve the environment ahead of the 2010 Asian Games which were held in the city. At present, Guangzhou is the city that uses the most LPG-fueled vehicles in the world, and at the end of 2006, 6,500 buses and 16,000 taxis were using LPG, taking up 85 percent of all buses and taxis. Effective January 1, 2007, the municipal government banned motorcycles in Guangdong's urban areas. Motorcycles found violating the ban are confiscated. The Guangzhou traffic bureau claimed to have reported reduced traffic problems and accidents in the downtown area since the ban.
AirportsGuangzhou's main airport is the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Baiyun International Airport in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Baiyun District; it opened on August 5, 2004. This airport is the second busiest airport in terms of traffic movements in China. It replaced the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (former), old Baiyun International Airport, which was very close to the city center but failed to meet the city's rapidly growing air traffic demand. The old Baiyun International Airport was in operation for 72 years. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport now has three runways, with two more planned. Terminal 2 opened on April 26, 2018. Another airport located in Zengcheng District is under planning. Guangzhou is served by Hong Kong International Airport; ticketed passengers can take ferries from the Lianhuashan Ferry Terminal and Nansha Ferry Port in Nansha District to the HKIA Skypier. There are also coach bus services connecting Guangzhou with HKIA.
RailwaysGuangzhou is the terminus of the Beijing–Guangzhou railway, Beijing–Guangzhou, Guangzhou–Shenzhen railway, Guangzhou–Shenzhen, Guangzhou–Maoming railway, Guangzhou–Maoming and Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou railway, Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou conventional speed railways. In late 2009, the Wuhan–Guangzhou high-speed railway started service, with multiple unit trains covering at a top speed of . In December 2014, the Guiyang–Guangzhou high-speed railway and Nanning-Guangzhou railway began service with trains running at top speeds of and , respectively. The Guangzhou–Kowloon through train, Guangdong Through Train departs from the Guangzhou East railway station and arrives at the Hung Hom station in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The route is approximately in length and the ride takes less than two hours. Frequent coach services are also provided with coaches departing every day from different locations (mostly major hotels) around the city. A number of regional railways radiating from Guangzhou started operating such as the Guangzhou–Zhuhai intercity railway and the Guangzhou-Foshan-Zhaoqing intercity railway.
Water transportThere are daily high-speed catamaran services between Nansha Ferry Terminal and Lianhua Shan Ferry Terminal in Guangzhou and the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal, as well as between Nansha Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, Macau Ferry Pier in Hong Kong.
CultureWithin China, the of the Cantonese people is a subset of the larger "northern and southern China, Southern" or "Lingnan culture, Lingnan" cultural areas. Notable aspects of Guangzhou's cultural heritage include: * Cantonese language, the local and Prestige (sociolinguistics), prestige variant of Yue Chinese * Cantonese cuisine, one of China's eight major culinary traditions * Cantonese opera, usually divided into martial and literary performances * Xiguan (Saikwan), the area west of the former walled city The Guangzhou Opera House & Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra also perform classical Western music and Chinese compositions in their style. Guangdong music (genre), Cantonese music is a traditional style of Chinese instrumental music, while Cantopop is the local form of pop music and rock-and-roll which developed from neighboring .
ReligionsQing Dynasty, Qing-era Guangzhou had around 124 religious pavilions, halls, and temples. Today, in addition to the Buddhist Association, Guangzhou also has a Taoist Association, a Jewish community, as well as a history with Christianity, reintroduced to China by colonial powers.
TaoismTaoism and Chinese folk religion are still represented at a few of the city's temples. Among the most important is the Temple of the Five Immortals, honoring the five immortals credited with introducing rice cultivation at the foundation of the city. The five rams they rode were supposed to have turned into stones upon their departure and gave the city several of its nicknames. Other places of worship include the List of City God Temples in China, City God Temple and Sanyuan Palace. Guangzhou, like most of southern China, is also notably observant concerning Chinese ancestral veneration, ancestral veneration during occasions like the Tomb Sweeping Festival, Tomb Sweeping and Ghost Festivals.
BuddhismChinese Buddhism, Buddhism is the most prominent religion in Guangzhou. The Zhizhi Temple was founded in AD 233 from the estate of a Eastern Wu, Wu official; it is said to comprise the residence of Zhao Jiande, the last of the king of Nanyue, kings, and has been known as the Guangxiao Temple (Guangzhou), Guangxiao Temple ("Temple of Bright Filial Piety") since the Ming Dynasty, Ming. The Buddhist missionary, missionary Bodhidharma is traditionally said to have visited Panyu during the Liu Song dynasty, Liu Song or Liang dynasty, Liang list of Chinese dynasties, dynasties (5th or 6th century). Around AD 520, Emperor Wu of Liang, Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty, Liang ordered the construction of the Baozhuangyan Temple and the Xilai Monastery to store the relics of Cambodian Buddhist saints which had been brought to the city and to house the monks beginning to assemble there. The Baozhuangyan is now known as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, after a famous poem composed by Su Shi after a visit during the Northern Song dynasty, Northern Song. The Xilai Monastery was renamed the Hualin Temple (Guangzhou), Hualin Temple ("Flowery Forest Temple") after its reconstruction during the Qing Dynasty, Qing. The temples were damaged by both the Republic of China, Republican campaign to "Promote Education with Temple Property" () and the Maoism, Maoist Cultural Revolution but have been renovated since the opening up policy, opening up that began in the 1980s. The Ocean Banner Temple on Henan Island, once famous in the west as the only tourist spot in Guangzhou accessible to foreigners, has been reopened as the Hoi Tong Monastery.
ChristianityNestorianism, Nestorian Christianity in China, Christians first arrived in China via the overland , but suffered during Emperor Wuzong of Tang, Emperor Wuzong's 845 Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution, persecution and were essentially extinct by the year 1000. The Qing dynasty, Qing-era ban on foreigners limited Christian mission, missionaries until it Treaty of Nanking, was abolished following the , although the Protestantism in China, Protestant Robert Morrison (missionary), Robert Morrison was able to perform some work through his service with the British factory. The Roman Catholic Church, Catholic Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guangzhou, Archdiocese of Guangzhou is housed at Guangzhou's Sacred Heart Cathedral, known locally as the "Stone House". A Gothic Revival architecture, Gothic Revival edifice which was built by hand from 1861 to 1888 under Second French Empire, French direction, its original Latin and French stained-glass windows were destroyed during the wars and amid the Cultural Revolution; they have since been replaced by English ones. The Canton Christian College (1888) and Hackett Medical College for Women (1902) were both founded by missionaries and now form part of Guangzhou's Lingnan University (Guangzhou), Lingnan University. Since the opening up of China in the 1980s, there has been renewed interest in Christianity, but Guangzhou maintains pressure on underground churches which avoid registration with government officials. The Catholic archbishop Dominic Tang was imprisoned without trial for 22 years; however, his present successor is recognized by both the Vatican City, Vatican and China's Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, Patriotic Church.
IslamGuangzhou has had ties with the Islamic world since the Tang Dynasty. Relations were often strained: Arab and Persian pirates sacked the city on October 30, 758; the port was subsequently closed for fifty years. Their presence came to an end under the revenge of Chinese rebel Huang Chao in 878, along with that of the Jews in China, Jews, Christians in China, Christians, and Parsis. Nowadays, the city is home to Chinese Islamic cuisine, halal restaurants.
SportThe 11,468 seat Guangzhou Gymnasium was one of the venues for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. From 12 to 27 November 2010, Guangzhou hosted the 16th Asian Games. The same year, it hosted the 2010 Asian Para Games, first Asian Para Games from December 12 to 19. Combined, these were the major sporting events the city ever hosted. Guangzhou also hosted the following major sporting events: * 1987 The 6th National Games of China * 1991 The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, 1st FIFA Women's World Cup * 2001 The 2001 National Games of China * 2007 The 8th National Traditional Games of Ethnic Minorities of the People's Republic of China * 2008 The 2008 World Team Table Tennis Championships, 49th World Table Tennis Championships * 2009 The 2009 Sudirman Cup, 11th Sudirman Cup: the world badminton mixed team championships Current professional sports clubs based in Guangzhou include: In the 2010s, Guangzhou F.C., Guangzhou has risen to be a Association football, football powerhouse of China, having won eight List of Chinese football champions, national titles between 2011 and 2019. The team has also won the AFC Champions League in 2013 AFC Champions League, 2013 and 2015 AFC Champions League, 2015. The club has competed at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, 2013 and 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, where it lost 3–0 in the semifinal stage to the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich and the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona, respectively.
Eight ViewsThe Eight Views of Guangzhou, Eight Views of Ram City are Guangzhou's eight most famous tourist attractions. They have varied over time since the Song dynasty, with some being named or demoted by emperors. The following modern list was chosen through public appraisal in 2011: * "Towers Shining through the Zhujiang New Town, New Town" * "The Pearl River Flowing and Shining": The from Bai'etan to Pazhou * "Cloudy Mountain Green and Tidy": Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area * "Yuexiu's Grandeur": Yuexiu Hill and Yuexiu Park, Park * "The Ancient Academy's Lingering Fame": The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall and its folk art museum * "Liwan's Wonderful Scenery": Liwan Lake * "Guangzhou Science City, Science City, Splendid as Brocade" * "Wetlands Singing at Night": Nansha Wetlands Park
Parks and gardens* Baiyun Mountain (Guangdong), Baiyun Mountain * Nansha Wetland Park * People's Park (Guangzhou), People's Park * South China Botanical Garden * Yuexiu Park * Dongshanhu Park () * Liuhuahu Park () * Liwanhu Park () * Luhu Park () * Martyrs' Park () * Pearl River Park () * Yuntai Garden () * Shimen National Forest Park() * Haizhu Lake Park()
Tourist attractionsGuangzhou attracts more than 223 million visitors each year, and the total revenue of the tourism exceeded 400 billion in 2018. There are many tourist attractions, including: * Canton Tower * Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, housing Guangzhou's folk art museum * Chime-Long Paradise * Chime-Long Waterpark () * Guangdong Provincial Museum * Guangzhou Zoo * Mulberry Park (Guangdong), Mulberry Park, public center which demonstrates mulberry growing and silk making * Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King * Peasant Movement Training Institute at Guangzhou, Peasant Movement Training Institute, an important Maoist site * Sacred Heart Cathedral of Guangzhou, Sacred Heart Cathedral (Stone House) * Guangxiao Temple (Guangzhou), Temple of Bright Filial Piety (Guangxiao) * Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong), site of the Flowery Pagoda * Shamian Island, Shamian or Shameen Island, the old trading compound * Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Guangzhou), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, site of Guangzhou's former presidential palace * Xiguan(Saikwan), the western suburbs of the old city
Pedestrian streetsIn every district there are many shopping areas where people can walk on the sidewalks; however most of them are not set as pedestrian streets. The popular pedestrian streets are: * Beijing Road pedestrian street * Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street * Huacheng Square (Flower City Square)
Malls and shopping centersThere are many malls and shopping centers in Guangzhou. The majority of the new malls are located in the Tianhe district. * 101 Dynamics * China Plaza * Liwan Plaza * Teem Plaza * Victory Plaza * Wanguo Plaza * Grandview Mall (Grandview Mall Aquarium) * Wanda square * Happy Valley (Guangzhou) * Taikoo Hui Guangzhou, TaiKoo Hui * Parc Central * OneLinkWalk * Rock Square * Aeon Mall * GT Land Plaza * IFC Plaza * IGC Mall * Huacheng Square, Mall of the World * K11 * Fashion Tianhe
Major buildings* CITIC Plaza * Canton Tower * Guangzhou Circle Mansion * Guangdong Olympic Stadium * Guangzhou Opera House * Guangzhou TV Tower * Pearl River Tower * The Guangzhou Twin Towers, Twin Towers: ** Guangzhou International Finance Center (West) ** The Guangzhou East Tower, CTF Guangzhou (East)
MediaGuangzhou has two local radio stations: the provincial Radio Guangdong and the municipal Radio Guangzhou. Together they broadcast in more than a dozen channels. The primary language of both stations is . Traditionally only one channel of Radio Guangdong is dedicated to Standard Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese. However, in recent years there has been an increase in Mandarin programs on most Cantonese channels. Radio stations from cities around Guangzhou mainly broadcast in Cantonese and can be received in different parts of the city, depending on the radio stations' locations and transmission power. The Beijing-based China National Radio also broadcasts Mandarin programs in the city. Radio Guangdong has a 30-minute weekly English programs, ''Guangdong Today'', which is broadcast globally through the WRN Broadcast, World Radio Network. Daily English news programs are also broadcast by Radio Guangdong. Guangzhou has some of the most notable Chinese-language newspapers and magazines in , most of which are published by three major newspaper groups in the city, the Guangzhou Daily Press Group, Southern Daily, Nanfang Press Corporation, and the Yangcheng Evening News Group. The two leading newspapers of the city are ''Guangzhou Daily'' and ''Southern Metropolis Daily''. The former, with a circulation of 1.8 million, has been China's most successful newspaper for 14 years in terms of advertising revenue, while ''Southern Metropolis Daily'' is considered one of the most liberal newspapers in mainland China. In addition to Guangzhou's Chinese-language publications, there are a few English magazines and newspapers. The most successful is ''That's Guangzhou'', which started more than a decade ago and has since blossomed into ''That's PRD'', producing expatriate magazines in Beijing and Shanghai as well. It also produces ''In the Red''.
EducationThe Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, also known as Guangzhou University Town (), is a large tertiary education complex located in the southeast suburbs of Guangzhou. It occupies the entirety of Xiaoguwei Island in Panyu District, covering an area of about . The complex accommodates campuses from ten higher education institutions and can eventually accommodate up to 200,000 students, 20,000 teachers, and 50,000 staff. The Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center's higher education campuses are as follows: * Guangdong Pharmaceutical University * Guangdong University of Foreign Studies * * Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts * Guangzhou University * * * * * Xinghai Conservatory of Music Guangzhou's other fully accredited and degree-granting List of universities and colleges in Guangdong, universities and colleges include: * Guangdong Institute of Science and Technology * Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University * Guangdong University of Finance & Economics * Guangdong University of Finance * Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology * * Guangzhou Sports University * * * Southern Medical University * Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering The two main comprehensive libraries are Guangzhou Library and Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province. Guangzhou Library is a public library in Guangzhou. The library has moved to a new building in Zhujiang New Town, which fully opened on 23 June 2013. Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province has the largest collection of ancient books in Southern China.
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Consulates General/consulatesAs of October 2020, Guangzhou hosts 65 foreign consulates-general/consulates, excluding the Hong Kong and Macao trade office, making it one of the major cities to host more than 50 foreign representatives in China after and .
HonoursGuangzhou Peninsula in Antarctica is named after the city, which was a major market and processing centre for the nineteenth-century Antarctic seal hunting, sealing industry.
See also* Canton System and Old China Trade * World's largest cities * Historical capitals of China * Mezitli Producer Women's Market#Guangzhou Innovation Award * 2021 Guangzhou bombing
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Further reading* * Chan, May Caroline. "Canton, 1857." ''Victorian Review'' 36.1 (2010): 31–35