Zhuhai may feel like a new city, but the area has been inhabited for four or five thousand years, since the Neolithic Age. The settlement remained small, but began to make its mark between the Han and Tang dynasties, when the island ports became useful stopovers on the ''Maritime Silk Road'' of China. It was during this time, in the Tang Dynasty, when the town was officially established, and named Xiangshan, which later came to include the four coastal counties of Nanhai, Panyu, Xinhui and Dongguan during the Song Dynasty . However, in spite of its change in status, and its brief use as a base for Imperial forces during the Opium Wars, it essentially remained a group of little fishing villages right up until the 1979 when its name was changed to Zhuhai City and the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone was founded. The city's designation as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) secured foreign investment that could normally not be given to cities within China. It is now one of the fastest growing cities in China. As the city's economy swelled, so did its population which grew tenfold in the period between 1980 and 2000 and has now risen to approximately 1,460,000.
The city wide 5km Run for Fun will take place in Zhuhai Riviera Park on October 24.
For a complete return to nature, there is no shortage of options in Zhuhai: whether you are a fan of aquatic wildlife, agrotourism, or whether you’ve always wondered what it was like for the Mayan settlements living in the Amazon rain forest, there is something for everyone.
From June 1 all foreigners who pay for social security can take their passports and their Zhuhai social security digital receipt (available from the Zhuhai Photo Gallery) to any Bank of China branch and receive a social security card.
The wait is over! Only if you have actually been waiting of course. Zhuhai’s Changlong Ocean Kingdom will open its doors January 20.
Grab a box of beers and join the masses heading to Jida beach, Zhuhai, for the 11th ‘Love and Beach Shock Music Festival’, where audiences can enjoy an array of local and foreign bands.
Home to 146 islands scattered in the vast expanse of the South China Sea, Zhuhai is nicknamed City of a Hundred Islands. With four-fifths of the city surrounded by sea, tourists are flocking in. Here are five attractions worth checking out.
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