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'Backyard of the Pearl River Delta' at the forefront
Latest Updated by 2006-11-15 11:53:02

Located in the north of the Pearl River Delta region, the city of Qingyuan marks the juncture of the Delta region and the mountainous region of North Guangdong.

Nicknamed as the "backyard of the Pearl River Delta", the city is about 200 kilometres from Hong Kong or Macao, some 50 kilometres from downtown Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.

Qingyuan borders Guangzhou, Foshan in the south, Zhaoqing in the west, Shaoguan in the east, and the province of Hunan and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the north.

Qingyuan was upgraded from a county to a prefecture-level city in 1988. Under its municipal jurisdiction are the counties of Qingxin, Fogang, Yangshan, Lianshan and Liannan, Qingcheng District, as well as the county-level cities of Yingde and Lianzhou.

Qingyuan has a total area of 19,000 square kilometres, and a population of 3.93 million. It is a prefecture-level city with the largest area in the province.

The Qingcheng District, the urban district where the municipal government is located, has a total area of 927 square kilometres and a population of 550,000.

The district is the ancestral hometown for over 100,000 overseas Chinese including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents, making it one of the province's key hometowns of overseas Chinese.

Qingcheng District lies in the southernmost part of Qingyuan, bordering Guangzhou's Huadu District, Foshan's Sanshui District, and Qingyuan's Fogang and Qingxin counties. The district is the political, economic and cultural centre of Qingyuan. The district is only 28 kilometres from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, a 30-minute drive from downtown Guangzhou, an hour's drive from Foshan and a one and a half hour's drive from Shenzhen.

The district has a convenient traffic network consisting of the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, the national road 107, the Guangzhou-Qingyuan Expressway, the Qingyuan-Foshan Road, and the Beijiang River. The traffic network closely connects the district with the booming Pearl River Delta cities and makes its geographical advantages rather outstanding.

The district enjoys an excellent ecological environment, with its environmental indices occupying a top position in Guangdong.

The investment climate in the district has witnessed substantial improvement in the past few years.

The district has 14 State-level, provincial-level and city-level forest natural protection zones, covering 150,300 hectares.

The district has rich resources in minerals, water, tourism and agriculture. The city is also rich in human resources due to the adequate supply of the over 100,000 rural labourers and over 10,000 polytechnic students, which is good for the development of labour-intensive industries.

The advantageous geographical location, the close economic and technological co-operation with other Pearl River Delta cities, the rich human resources and power supply have made the city of Qingyuan a priority choice for investors to shift their operations to.

Editor: Yan

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By:Lao Zhan Source:China Daily Website
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