Dongguan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 东莞 (dōng guǎn)
Area: Land Area: 2460.1 square kilometers (949.85 square miles), Sea Area: 82.57 square kilometers (31.88 square miles)
Location: in the south-central area of Guangdong Province, southern China
Area Code: 0769
Zip Code: 523000
GDP (2018): CNY 827.86 billion (USD 125.11 billion)
Factory of the World
Dongguan, located in the mid-south of Guangdong Province and in the east of the Pearl River Delta, is 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) south of Guangzhou, and 90 kilometers (about 56 miles) north of Shenzhen. It is 47 nautical miles from Hong Kong as well as 48 nautical miles from Macau. Due to the superior location and reform and opening up, Dongguan is known as the workshop of the world with more than 151,000 industrial enterprises and the number of Fortune Global 500 is up to 31 including Samsung, Wal-Mart. Nikon. However, since 2010, Dongguan has been transforming from a labor-intensive city into a high-tech electronic innovator under the impact of the international financial crisis. Dongguan is also the third largest foreign trade city in China and an important transportation hub in Guangdong Province. In 2019, it became a member city of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. As one of the birthplaces of Lingnan Culture, Dongguan has folk customs such as the Dragon Boat Race, Cantonese Opera, Hakka folk songs and Lion Dance.
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A number of historical sites are left in the city which has experienced a long and splendid history. The destinations related to the Opium War tell the early modern history to every visitor. Apart from those, Keyuan Garden and Hermit Villa should not be missed on your trip. They are ideal places for people to relax in the bustling industrial city. While developing the economy, the local government has also paid great attention to the city's tourism industry. In recent years, a number of natural tourism destinations have been built in Dongguan, such as Humen Bridge, Humen Naval Battle Museum, Opium War Museum, Keyuan Garden and Yinxian Resort, adding more color to your trip.
Catering for the needs of the city's further development, the pubic facilities in this city are being improved step by step. By now, visitors from both home and abroad can get here easily by air, ship or coach. At the same time, subway, public bus and taxi make the transportation inside the city easier. A large number of star-rated hotels are situated everywhere in this city.
The advantageous geographical position brings to Dongguan a pleasant climate and rich resources. When you come here in the harvest season, you must sample some local agricultural products such as bananas, litchi, longan, pineapples, etc. And the 115.98 kilometers (about 72 miles) long coastline supplies the locals with abundant seafood which is the main ingredient of local dishes. Don't forget to try it in your travels.
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