Located in the central southern region of Guangdong province, northeast of the Pearl River Delta, Dongguan borders the provincial capital of Guangzhou in the north and Shenzhen to the south.
Covering a total area of 2,465 square kilometers, Dongguan has a population of 8.32 million. It has a humid subtropical climate, with abundant sunshine and rainfall year round.
Dongguan is known as "the world's factory" and is home to more than 10,000 foreign-invested enterprises making it one of the world's largest global manufacturing bases. The city comprises a modern industrial system with eight pillar industries including electronic information, electrical machinery, textile and clothing, furniture, toys, paper products, food and beverage, and chemical industries.
Dongguan is also a traffic hub and an important port for international trade in Guangdong. The city has gained international fame for hosting several international business events, including Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo, Taiwan Trade Fair and World Dongguan Entrepreneurs Convention.
The city is the famous ancestral homeland for over 300,000 overseas Chinese. More than 1.2 million people living in Hong Kong and Macao SARs can trace their ancestry to Dongguan.
Dongguan boasts over 1,700 years of history and is regarded as an important cradle of Lingnan culture. Cantonese opera and folk songs sung in local dialect are prevalent in the region. It is a famous tourist destination for the viewing of relics of ancient architectures such as Humen Fortress, Keyuan Garden, Haogang Prehistory Relics and Nanshe Ancient Village.
Nanshe Ancient Village in Dongguan [Photo/dongguantoday.com]