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Zhaoqing City, Yunfu City
Latest Updated at 2008-January-29 11:34:59

General Introduction

Zhaoqing City

銆怗eneral Introduction銆

Situated in the midwest of Guangdong and middle reach of Xijiang River, Zhaoqing has an excellent geographic location. Covering an area of聽14856 square kilometers with 4.1 million permanent residents, Zhaoqing administers 8 counties (district and county-level city) and the provincial-level Zhaoqing Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.

銆怘istory銆

Zhaoqing's history can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220) when Gaoyao County was instituted. In the Sui Dynasty (581-618), Duanzhou Prefecture was established governing a total of 9 counties. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Emperor Hui issued an imperial order in person that Duanzhou be renamed as Zhaoqing as he used to be ennobled as Duan Lord before his enthronement. The name of Zhaoqing has remained in use ever since. Amid the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), the official residence of the Governor for Guangdong and Guangxi was situated in Zhaoqing for 182 years. The Italian missionary Matteo Ricci had been in Zhaoqing to promote western culture during the Ming Dynasty for 6 years where he also studied Mandarin along with Chinese culture and history. Apart from presiding over the building of Xianhua Temple beside Chongxi Pagoda, Ricci not only compiled a Portuguese-Chinese dictionary along with his Italian partner Michele Ruggieri, but also drew up the first world map in the Chinese language during his Zhaoqing stay. Ricci was regarded as the "Forerunner for Chinese and Occidental Cultural Exchange".

銆怑conomy銆

Electronic component, electronic information equipment manufacturing, micro bioengineering, chemical, food, beverage, auto part, textile and garment, forest chemical and building material are pillar industries in Zhaoqing. Multinationals such as Japan's Honda, South Korea's SK and LP Auto Group from U.S. have made investments in Zhaoqing. Committed to industrialization and urbanization in rural area and agricultural industrialization, Zhaoqing has witnessed stable development in its rural area and rural economy.

銆怲ransportation銆

No more than100 kilometers from Guangzhou and 142 miles from Hong Kong, Zhaoqing is a pivotal place connecting the more developed coastal area with southwest China. The Xijiang River, only second to the Yangtze River nationwide in terms of water flow, runs through the whole municipality, making itself a "Golden Waterway" by reaching as far as the port in Shenzhen and Guangzhou eastward, Wuzhou City of Guangxi City westward, and Zhuhai and Macau southward respectively.

銆怢ocal Specialty銆

Duan Inkslab, Zhaoqing Sticky Rice Dumpling, Guangning Green Jade, Huaiji Bird's Nest, Granulated Sugar Tasting Tangerine, Deqing Mandarin Orange.

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Editor: Yan

By: Guangdong Information Office Source: Newsgd.com
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