Nanhai District of Foshan City is located in the hinterland of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, adjacent to Guangzhou, with an area of 1073.82 square kilometers. It has jurisdiction over 6 towns, 1 street area, and 286 villages (communities). It has a registered population of 1.41 million and a permanent population of 2.91 million.
Located in the east of Nanhai, Guicheng is the central urban area of Nanhai, with a total area of 84.16 square kilometers. It is connected with Fangcun, Guangzhou in the East, Chancheng, Foshan in the west, and Shunde and Panyu in the south. Guicheng currently has jurisdiction over 43 communities with a permanent population of more than 650,000, including a registered population of approximately 270,000. Guicheng is a national industry base for jewelry and jade jewelry, a professional machinery and equipment town in Guangdong and a national community education demonstration town.
Guicheng is rich in folk culture resources. It has been rated as the town of folk culture and art in Guangdong Province. Shifan Gong and Drum has a history of more than 600 years, which is a traditional folk performance inherited only in Diejiao area. The hand embroidery is still passed on among local women. In addition, Guicheng is also the birthplace of Foshan Paper Lantern.
Guicheng is a treasure land of talented people. It has nurtured many outstanding talents, such as Liang Chu, the first scholar of Ming Dynasty; Lun Wenxu, the champion of the exams in the literary genre; Lin Shirong, the master of modern martial arts; He Xiangning, a famous patriot and modern Cantonese professionals Lin Chaoqun, Lin Xiaoqun, Lin Jinping, etc.
Guicheng is now further perfecting public transportation, forming a multi-level public transportation network that goes hand-in-hand with rail transportation, public transportation, and public bicycles, and accelerating the construction of People’s Hospital of Nanhai. The social security assistance system has been continuously improved, comprehensively integrating and improving various government-related urban construction, community management, social security, charity, youth and other work, guiding social resources to jointly build a Care for Guicheng system, and popularizing the values of “Love yourself and others. Help others. Be happy.”
Dali Town is located in the east of Nanhai District of Foshan City, east of Liwan District and Baiyun District of Guangzhou City, and south of Chancheng District of Foshan City. It is an important link between Guangzhou and Foshan. Guangmao railway, 321 national highway, 325 national highway, Guangfo Expressway, Guangsan expressway, Guangzhou West Ring Expressway, Suiyan road and Guihe and Guidan roads in Nanhai District run through the territory. It takes about 3 hours to travel to Hong Kong and Macao, forming a convenient transportation network.
Dali Cultural Station is located in Dali Cultural Park, with two cultural centers under Yanbu and Huangqi. The outdoor activity area of the cultural station is 75855 square meters, and the activity area of the cultural station is 16163 square meters, and the fixed assets are nearly 40 million yuan. There are 3 cultural squares, 3 cinemas, 3 libraries, 3 exhibition halls, and nearly 300 square meters of cultural corridor. In addition, there are 45 multi-functional cultural activity rooms such as lecture hall, exhibition hall, calligraphy and painting creation room, training room, etc., with performance equipment of nearly 2 million yuan and reading, training and exhibition equipment of nearly 1 million yuan, forming a relatively complete cultural supporting facility.
Shishan Town is located in the south central part of Guangdong Province and the lower reaches of Xijiang and Beijiang rivers, covering an area of 330.6 square kilometers. It belongs to the Pearl River Delta network area.
There are many rivers in Shishan Town, including the main stream of Beijiang River and its tributaries, such as Xinan Stream and Lubao Stream. The abundant water resources in the territory provide favorable conditions for the use of industrial and agricultural production water, domestic water and the water transportation. Shishan Town is located in the subtropical area of South China, and there is a lot of rainfall throughout the year. There is a large flow of Northwest River crossing, and there is basically no water shortage area. Due to the heavy rainfall, dense rivers and abundant groundwater resources, the average shallow groundwater resources in the whole territory are 290 million cubic meters.
Shishan town has superior location and transportation, adjacent to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Foshan Shadi Airport, Nanhai Sanshan Port, Guangzhou Nansha Port and Huangpu Port. Guangsan (Zhao) Expressway, Pearl Second Ring Road, Foshan First Ring Road, Guangmao Railway and other main roads all go through Shishan. Foshan West Railway Station, located in Shishan town, is one of the main stations of Guangzhou railway passenger transport hub.
South China Normal University, a national key university, officially established a branch campus in Shishan town in 2000. Subsequently, Nanhai Neusoft Information Technology Vocational College and Guangdong Industry Technical College were also established. Shimen Middle School, a key high school in Foshan City, also has a branch school in Shishan. The local middle schools have a good reputation for the teaching achievements in the whole Nanhai District.
Lishui Town is located in the northeast of Nanhai District of Foshan City, adjacent to Guangzhou. It is more than 10 kilometers away from Foshan City Center and more than 20 kilometers away from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. It is only 20 minutes’ drive to Guangzhou Railway Station, Sanshan Container Port and Pingzhou Passenger Port.
In 2015, the Horticultural World Project in Lishui Town introduced high-value seedlings and high-grade flower planting, and focused on building a comprehensive park integrating production demonstration, trade show, scientific research promotion, logistics distribution, cultural exchange, sightseeing and tourism. The park has a planting area of more than 1600 mu of fresh cut lily flowers, with an annual output of more than 19 million plants and annual transaction over 250 million yuan. The products are exported to Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asia. The lily culture festival held every year attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists.
Lishui town has a solid industrial foundation. At present, there are more than 2000 private enterprises. A modern manufacturing base with complete categories and a great industrial system has been built based on high-tech industries.
In 2015, there were 4,736 industrial enterprises in the town, including 399 industrial enterprises. In recent years, Lishui has vigorously developed the three major industries of food, medicine, home appliances and new materials, and well-known companies such as Yifang, Chigo, Indium Machinery, Zhongyan Amorphous, and Justai have emerged. As of 2018, the town had 76 enterprises with an output value exceeding 100 million yuan, including 1 enterprise with a value exceeding 10 billion yuan, 4 enterprises with an output value exceeding 1 billion yuan, and 13 enterprises with an output value exceeding 500 million yuan; 3 well-known trademarks in China.
Lishui has also intensified its efforts to develop the tertiary industry, which is dominated by real estate, professional logistics markets, and hotel restaurants. The development momentum is rapid, and the town’s business atmosphere is gradually strong.
Danzao Town is located in the west of Nanhai District, Foshan City. It is in the Guangdong Guangxi Guizhou high speed rail economic belt and the core area of Guangfo & Zhaozhou. It is the capital of daily hardware in China, one of China’s top 100 towns, a national civilization town, a national ecological town, a National Health Town, and the former residence of Mr. Kang Youwei. Covering an area of 143.5 square kilometers, the town governs 28 villages (communities) with a total population of 180000 (85000 registered population and 95000 migrant population).
Focusing on the development goal of building a new ecological industry city, a harmonious and promising Danzao, Danzao Town has been cohesive and active, and has achieved fruitful results in economic and social development, and the people’s sense of happiness continues to improve. A number of major economic indicators ranked first in the region, and its comprehensive strength leaped to the 63rd of China’s top 100 towns.
Danzao Town sticks to the establishment of manufacturing industry. The traditional hardware, auto parts, equipment manufacturing and other industries continue to grow, and new economy such as new energy vehicles and intelligent public security develops rapidly. Two new industries have been formed.
Danzao successfully introduced the Yangtze River Hydrogen Power R&D Center and a complete vehicle production project with an investment of more than 10 billion yuan and a total production capacity of 160,000 vehicles. The first hydrogenation station in Guangdong was built in Danzao. Guangshun New Energy and SAIC cooperated to develop the only domestic air compressor that can be loaded and used for fuel cell system. The first hydrogen energy bus of TIROS power was put into trial operation. Breakthroughs have been made in battery power system, industrial hydrogen production equipment and new energy vehicle industry.
Xiqiao Town is located in the southwestern part of Nanhai District, Foshan City, in the hinterland of the Pearl River Delta. It is a famous fabric town in China, also a national health town, a national historical and cultural town, a famous tourism town and a forest town in Guangdong Province. Xiqiao Town has a total area of 177 square kilometers, with 23 communities and 9 administrative villages under its jurisdiction, with a population of 350,000. The registered population and floating population account for half.
Xiqiao has superior natural environment and convenient land and water transportation, and has the natural resource advantages of two mountains and two rivers – Xiqiao Mountain, Xi’an Chashan (mountain), Xijiang (river) and Beijiang (river). The external traffic system of Xiqiao includes Guangming expressway, West 2nd Ring Expressway, Qiaogao Road, Qiaodan Road, Qiaojin Road, Nanjiu Double Line, and river crossing bridges such as Xiqiao bridge, Longwan bridge and Gaoming bridge; and roads in the town such as Jiangpu Road, Huanshan Road, Xijiang Highway, Guantai Road and Daxin Highway are the main road networks; the second phase of Foshan Metro Line 2 and Guangzhu Railway have planned to have stations in Xiqiao. Xiqiao is only a 20-minute drive from downtown Foshan, 45-minute drive from downtown Guangzhou, and a 3-hour drive from Hong Kong and Macau.
Xiqiao has been prosperous since ancient times, and its industry has developed vigorously. It has formed a diversified industrial system of textile, tourism, ceramics, sanitary products, hardware, electrical appliances, printing, packaging, business services, hotel and catering industry. Xiqiao Textile has a good reputation in China. Xiqiao Textile City is one of China’s three largest textile markets. Guangdong Xiqiao Textile Industry Base ranks first among the top ten recycling industrial bases in Guangdong Province. Guided by tourism and culture, Xiqiao business district is becoming bigger, and the tertiary industry is booming day by day.
Jiujiang Town is located in the southwestern part of Nanhai, Foshan. It is a typical water town. The town has an area of 94.75 square kilometers, with 19 community neighborhood committees and 7 administrative villages. It has a permanent population of about 242,000, including a registered population of about 113,000.
Jiujiang is Growing
In 2019, the annual GDP growth rate of Jiujiang Town was 7.4%, and the total industrial output value was 37.91 billion yuan, with a year-on-year growth of 8.3%. The total output value of industries was 36.016 billion yuan, an increase of 8.2%; the total investment in fixed assets of the whole society was 6.025 billion yuan, an increase of 11.80%; the total industrial and commercial tax was 1.825 billion yuan, with a year-on-year increase of 20.57%; and the district level tax revenue was 600 million yuan, with a year-on-year increase of 2.25%. A total of 16 investment projects had been implemented, with a total planned investment of 5.32 billion yuan. For five years in a row, it has been ranked as one of the top 100 comprehensive strength towns in China.
Jiujiang is an old industrial town with the earliest start of the manufacturing industry in Nanhai. Over the years, the town has formed pillar industries such as beverages, plastics and rubber, furniture products, textiles and garments, metal products, and special vehicle manufacturing. In recent years, Jiujiang Town has made every effort to build a Medical and Health Non-woven Products Manufacturing Demonstration Base in China and deepen the planning of a Port-adjacent International Industrial Community (formerly metal material market), attracting a large number of high-quality enterprises to enter Jiujiang. Jiujiang is also working on e-commerce application to promote the transformation and upgrading of Jiujiang’s traditional industries.
Nanhai is enormous by any standards and it continues to develop at an astounding rate. With so much empty land and greenery all around, Nanhai is poised to develop itself into a mega-city in the future. As it continues to expand, it will be interesting to see how they maintain the green and the peaceful aura of this long ago sleepy district.