Xinhui District is located 50 km south of Jiangmen. It was changed from a county to a city in 1992, and then a district attached to Jiangmen City in 2002 improved by the State Council.
With a population of 0.862 million and occupying an area of 1 604 sq km, it is one of the well-known hometowns of many oversea Chinese. Because of its excellent location at Yamen Waterway, Xinhui Harbor serves as a communication hub not only of inland navigation, but also of marine transport. The present exploration of Yamen Waterway will promote greatly the economic development of Jiangmen, Taishan and cities in Western Guangdong.
Xinhui's industries include mainly chemical fiber, clothing, building materials, food processing, machinery and chemicals. Xinhui is the hometown of Liang Qichao (1873-1929), a renowned reformer and scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, leading the 100-Day Reform in 1898. Xinhui woven items of palm leaves are very popular, such as fans, baskets, mats, cushions and awnings. They are exquisitely handmade and practically designed. There are a dozen of tourist spots, such as:
- Paradise of Birds
- Former Residence of Liang Qichao
- Yamen Cannon Terraces & Yamen Bridge
- Donghu Holiday Resort
Xinhui is also the hometown of a famous scholar and philosopher of the Ming Dynasty. Chen Xianzhang (1428-1500) was born in Baisha Village of Xinhui. He absorbed the Central China's cultural essence and collected the local cultural elements, social norms, regional tradition, life styles and customs. Chen with his followers formed their own school of culture, later developed into the present Lingnan school of the traditional Chinese culture. Chen Xianzhang was also the founder of the xinxue school of Confucianism of the Ming Dynasty. His ten volumes of Baishazi of Confucianism have established his philosophical position in the Chinese academic history. Baishaci Temple has been built in Xinhui in memory of this great scholar.
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