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History of Guangzhou

Guangzhou has a history that spans over 2,200 years. As early as the Zhou Period in the 9th century BC, the city (then known as "Chu Ting") served as a commercial exchange center for the Baiyue people and people of Chu State in the middle reaches of Yangtze River. The Emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC) ...Read more>>

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Guangzhou Transport - Introduction HOT

As China's southern gateway, Guangzhou is a major air, rail and water hub. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) is located approximately 28 km outside the city center. Currently Guangzhou’s airport offers over 100 domestic and 30 international ...... Read More>>

guangzhou Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: RMB1.03 trillion GDP per Capita: RMB 57,310 Economic Growth Rate: 12% Population: 10.25 million (urban) - 3.43 million (rural) FDI: US$7.12 billion Annual Average Wage: RMB24, 398 Government Effectiveness Rating: 26th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive Rating: 3rd Economic Overview What more can be said of perennial ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview At the end of 2006, there were 99 state-level, provincial and municipal technical research centers. There were 172 separate research development institutions and 7 state-level and provincial level university science and technology parks. At the end of 2006, there were 24 general universities and scientific institutions ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

Annual income from postal services and telecommunications reached 24 billion RMB in 2006, of which telecommunications revenues were 22.7 billion RMB and postal revenues were 1.3 billion RMB. By the end of the year 2006, the number of telephone subscribers was 7.5 million, the number of mobile phone users amounted to 16.4 million people and the ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

Mayor Mayor: Zhang Guangning Municipal Departments • General Office of Guangzhou Municipal People's Government Add: 1 Fuqian Lu, Guangzhou Postcode: 510032 Tel: 020-83123401 Fax: 020-83340347 • Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal People's Government Add: 1 Fuqian Lu, Guangzhou Postcode: 510030 Tel: 020-83125410 • ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

1. Procedures for Investment 2. Application and Registration of Representative Offices ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

Guangzhou is an important industrial base in China with a solid foundation in iron and steel, shipbuilding, vehicles and the petroleum industry. For many years, Guangzhou has focused on developing its three main industries – automobile manufacturing, petrochemicals and electronics and information technology – while emphasizing the ... ...Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct

Guangzhou has a relatively large middle-class known for its discretionary spending power. This huge consumer market is attractive to foreign investors and many have poured in. The amount of foreign investment in Guangzhou keeps increasing with actualized investment growing by 10.4% to US$2.92 billion in 2006. By 2006, Guangzhou had attracted ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone The Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District (GETDD) is one of the first state-level development zones. The actual utilization of foreign capital in the zone has so far reached over US$5 billion. More than 700 enterprises have been set up here and nearly 70 Fortune 500 ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Strategic Planning and Development Guangzhou will maintain its sustainable development strategy, by coordinating development, utilization of resources and environmental protection, while giving full play to the political, cultural, trade, business, informational and transportation functions of a modern municipality. The city will also ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

Public Utilities Overview (2006) Total water consumption 1.5 billion cubic meters Urban electricity consumption 46.9 billion kwh Urban gas consumption 1.35 billion cubic meters Sample of Utilities Costs (2006) Water (RMB/cubic m) Usage Price Commercial 2.02 Industrial 2.53 Domestic 3.41 (Prices include usage and wastewater treatment fees) ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Guangzhou is a modern logistics center for sea, land and air transport in Southern China. At present, Guangzhou is pushing forward with robust infrastructure construction with an annual budget of about 14 billion RMB to modernize transportation and environmental systems in the city. Guangzhou has a convenient highway network and together with ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Guangzhou is the largest coastal city in the south of China, just north of the Pearl River Delta, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao. The city has a lot of rolling hills and its eastern and northeastern quadrants are mountainous areas with the central area terracing down to the south, where it meets the alluvial plain of the ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

State regulations provide that the income tax for enterprises with foreign investment is 30% of taxable income, but enterprises operating within the jurisdiction of Guangzhou municipality will enjoy a favorable tax rate of 24% and enterprises operating within special pilot zones will enjoy an even more favorable rate of 15%. Any enterprise with ... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview Leasing of first-class office buildings has had strong momentum in Guangzhou for the first quarter of 2007. In the rental market, there were more transactions than the last quarter. Enterprise relocations and floor-space expansions were the main reasons for the strong showing. Companies in the advertising, ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ Guangzhou Municipal Board for International Investment http://www.investguangzhou.gov.cn/ ◎ Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangzhou http://www.gzboftec.gov.cn/en/index.jsp ◎ Intellectual Property Office of Guangzhou Municipality http://www.gzipo.gov.cn/web/jsp/english/index.jsp ◎ Life Guangzhou http://www.lifeofguangz... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 1238 billion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 34,300 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 11% (2011) • Resident Population: 12.70 million (2010) • Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for High School Students ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The area of the Guangzhou prefecture is area is 7,434 square kilometers (2870 square miles), with a resident population of 12.70 million (2010), of whom 7.72 million live in the urban area of Guangzhou. Foreigners have mostly been concentrated in Xiaobei Lu (Yuexiu District), Kuangquan Subdistrict and Sanyuanli Subdistrict (Baiyun District). ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Guangzhou is situated in the southeast of Guangdong Province in the north of the Pearl River Delta. It is located between longitude 113°17' east and latitude 23°8' north, bordering on the South China Sea, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. Guangzhou enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate, receiving an average of about 1700mm (67 inches) of ... ...Read More>>

Guangzhou Transport - Boat HOT

Ferries & Boats There are a number of ferry services from Guangzhou to Hong Kong that run from different docks along the Pearl River. The most regular service departs 6 times daily from New Nansha Dock. In addition, there is a ferry service from Guangzhou to Haikou every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are also ferries that run between ... ...Read More>>

Guangzhou Shopping Areas HOT

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Streets上下九步行街 Zhongshan Wu Lu- Beijing Lu中山五路-北京路 Tianhe Rd.-Tianhe Nan Yi Rd for Modern Vogue 天河路-天河南一街 Hualin Jadeware Street 华林寺玉器一条街 Wende Cultural Shopping Street 文德文化商业 Jiangnan Dadao: Wedding ...... Read More>>

Guangzhou Travel Tips HOT

Guangzhou enjoys pleasant weather all year round; hence, it attracts visitors from all over the world. The city is generally safe and welcoming, but travelers arriving early in the morning or late at night are advised not to hang around the railway station ...... Read More>>

Guangzhou Transport - Bus HOT

The bus fare is a flat rate of 1 RMB for non-air-conditioned buses and 2 RMB for air-conditioned buses. General operational hours are 6:00-22:00. Visitors are advised that during rush hour, buses are crowded and passengers should be on the alert for pickpockets. Currently, there are about 570 bus routes in Guangzhou; among them there are 14 ... ...Read More>>

Guangzhou Transport -Taxis HOT

Currently, Guangzhou taxis are in five different colors: red, yellow, blue, green and gold. The different colors differentiate between taxi companies, although all companies use the same charging system. Taxis are the best option for those who need to get somewhere quickly or who don't know the city very well. Rates start at 10 RMB for the first ... ...Read More>>

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