Northern Guangdong refers to Shaoguan and Qingyuan, and both cities are popular for its marvelous natural scenery, ancient relics, karst caves and exotic Yao customs. They are regarded as one of the five unique tourism resources of Guangdong.
Of the five largest tourist regions in the province, Northern Guangdong has the greatest variety of scenic spots and the most unique customs. There are five great mountains, running across Northern Guangdong, Jiangxi and the northeastern part of Guangxi, and forming the watershed of the Pearl and the Yangtze River Systems. Those mountains are collectively called Mt.Nanling (Southern Range in Chinese).
With the Beijiang River meandering through, nature produces not only magnificent beauty along the valley, but also innumerous rapids, which are ideal for water adventures. In ancient times Mt.Nanling once blocked Canton from Central China for centuries, and thus the exotically primeval customs of the ethnic groups and Hakkas have remained till today, especially that of the Yaos living in the autonomous counties of Ruyuan, Liannan and Lianshan, whose fascinating customs would surprise any visitor coming from a metropolis like Guangzhou!
With the beautiful natural environment, fresh air and water, Northern Guangdong is conferred the title of the Backyard of the Pearl River Delta. With Beijing-Guangzhou Railway and Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway passing through, and with highways radiating in all the directions, Northern Guangdong is very convenient in communication and transportation.
The Beijiang River is also an economic navigable waterway from Northern Guangdong to Guangzhou. All those make Northern Guangdong an ideal place to get away from bustling urban life.
The exploration of Northern Guangdong as the Backyard of the Pearl River has been put on the top agenda of the Tenth Five-Year Plan of Guangdong Province.
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