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Foshan City, Jiangmen city
Latest Updated at 2008-January-28 17:27:24

General Introduction

Foshan City

{General Introduction]

Situated in the midsouth of Guangdong and the middle of the Pearl River Delta and bordering Guangzhou eastward and Hong Kong and Macao southward, Foshan is the joint linking the central and western part of the Pearl River Delta. It administers 5 districts, covering an area of 3,848.49 square kilometers with聽5.92 million聽residents.

[History]

Foshan is a well-famed historical and cultural city. As three Buddha statues were unearthed in its Tapo Hill in 628, a stone monument was erected reading 鈥淔oshan鈥 (Literally, Fo means 鈥淏uddha鈥, and Shan means 鈥渉ill鈥), hence the name of the city. During the Tang (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279), Foshan highly prospered in handicraft, commerce and culture. Amidst the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Foshan developed into a vital industrial and commercial town in Lingnan and was recognized as one of the 鈥淔our Famous Towns in China鈥, together with Hankou (in Hubei Province), Jingde (in Jiangxi Province) and Zhuxian (in Jiangsu Province). It led the country in becoming one of the seedbeds of China鈥檚 modern national industry.

[Economy]

Foshan, as one of the most important domestic and international manufacturing bases worldwide, has been awarded as 鈥淐hina鈥檚 Top 50 City Regarding Overall Economic Capacity鈥, 鈥淐hina鈥檚 Top 10 City Regarding Social and Economic Development鈥, and 鈥淐hina鈥檚 Ninth Ranking City Regarding Overall Competitiveness鈥 respectively. Products made in Foshan boast a big market share home and abroad. Its home appliances production accounts for 15 percent of China鈥檚 total output, its world-leading microwave oven production takes up 48.6 percent of domestic total, camera production and aluminum alloy & stainless steel building material cluster consisting of electronic information, digital optical, environment-friendly home appliances, bioengineering and new material industry is under way in Foshan.

[Transportation]

As the linkage between the Pearl River Delta and west Guangdong as well as the gateway between the Pearl River Delta and southwest China, Foshan is 231 kilometers away from Hong Kong by land and 96 nautical miles by waterway as well as 143 kilometers away from Macao by land and 92 nautical miles by waterway respectively, both within 2 hours鈥 ride. Foshan is also within 1 hour鈥檚 drive from Guangzhou鈥檚 three major transport hubs including Guangzhou Airport, Nansha Port and New Guangzhou Railway Station. The Guangzhou-Foshan Subway in work, China鈥檚 first express intercity rail transport project, is expected to be completed in 2012, shortening the distance between Guangzhou to downtown Foshan to only 40-minute drive.

[Local Specialty]

Manggong (Blind Men) Cake, Yunzha (Braised and Binded) Trotters, Scallop Sauce Chicken, Xiangyun Gauze (Gambiered Canton Gauze), Embroidery, Colored Lantern, Wood Engraving Picture, Shiwan Ceramic, Shiwan Rice Wine, Nanhai Jiujiang Jiandui (Pastry), Pingzhou Shixia Longan, Shunde Fish Meat Dumpling, Daliang Double Skin Milk, Daliang Bengsha (Fried Pastry), Gaoming Rice Noodle, Heshui Watermelon, Sanshui Aquatic Product.

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Editor: Yan

By: Guangdong Information Office Source: Newsgd.com
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