Guangzhou (Canton) / China
Partner City since 11 April 1988
Situated on the 23rd parallel, approx. 150 km north of Hong Kong and 90 km from the island of Macao, on the lower Pearl River; subtropical climate.
Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province.
The name of this southern Chinese metropolis means "vast plain". It describes the geographical position of the city at the entrance to the Pearl river delta. Centuries ago, European merchants and companies chose to establish themselves in Guangzhou, turning the city into one of the greatest places of trading and trans-shipment within the Middle Kingdom. In the 19th century, Guangzhou captured the international headlines through the Opium Wars, in which the city played a pivotal role. The former English colonial masters gave the province the name ”Canton”. Today, Guangzhou finds itself at the heart of one of Asia´s most dynamic regions.
The city also hosts China´s foremost international trade show for export goods.
It is no secret that this business metropolis is greatly influenced by the presence of ”neighbouring” Hong Kong. Present-day Guangzhou has benefited greatly from various whole-scale improvements to the city´s infrastructure. In 1997, for example, an effective subway system was completed and put into operation. There are numerous historical sights and architectural structures well worth a visit:
• Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
• Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
• Ancestral temple of the Chen family
• Zoo incl. panda bears
• Botanical Gardens (Orchid Garden)
• Shamian Island
• Liu-Hua Park with Frankfurt rose garden