Lying to the South China Sea, Guangzhou
is located on the Pearl River Delta at 113017'
longitude E. and 23~ 8' latitude N. and neighbours
Hong Kong and Macao. The city is the capital of
Guangdong Province and has a history of more than
2,200 years. The city is the centre of Lingnan
Culture, the communication hub as well as the
largest trade port in South China. As early as
the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC), there had been
exchanges between "Baiyue people" in Guangzhou
and the people of the Chu State. Known as the
City of Flowers, Guangzhou enjoys mild weather
all the year round. The average annual temperature
in Guangzhou is about 22.6 degrees centigrade.
The city governs 12 districts, encompassing 7,434
square kilometres, with a population of 6.85 million.
Guangzhou's famous niekname-- "Yangcheng'
(meaning ram city) and "Suicheng" (ear city) --come
from a delightful legend. It is said that around
the 10th century BC, five immortals riding five
rams with rice stalks in their mouths, flew to
Guangzhou. These immortals gave the rice to peasants
and prayed that there would be bumper harvests.
The immortals flew away and left the five rams
behind, now turned into stones.
The city has comprehensive transportation
network, which covers railways, highways, and
water and air transportation, connecting the city
with the rest of China and the world.
According to historians, the cultures of China's hinterland and of the
Western societies all first emerged in Guangzhou and the city manages to
maintain its own unique traditional culture despite the rapid move towards