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Manufacturing in China: City Guide- Foshan

By Jesus David Cano Romano
July 13, 2016
manufacturing in China



Manufacturing in China offers thousands of opportunities. Knowing its cities better can help making the right choice of supplier with experience in your specific field of production.
China 2 West has sales and support offices around the world and multiple quality control and engineering locations within China, predominantly positioned close to manufacturing hubs. We want to provide a short introduction of the Chinese cities we’re operating in and show the city’s specializations of production.


The city introduced in this Blog is Foshan. Foshan is the third largest city in terms of GDP in Guangdong Province. It’s located near Hong Kong and Macau along the Pearl River Delta. It is famous for its private enterprises and ranked the 11th most competitive city in China in 2014 according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It covers an area of around 3,848 square kilometer and has a population of approximately 7,20 million inhabitants. Foshan High-tech Industrial Development Zone is the city’s major development zone.


Foshan’s pillar industries are equipment manufacturing, chemicals and petrochemicals, electronics, metallurgy and plastic product-manufacturing. Other specializations available are new materials, information technology and optical-mechanical-electronic integration.


The city’s GDP accounts to 744.16 billion RMB, which amounts to a per capita GDP of 10,617 RMB. Exports in Dongguan are 46,717 and imports 22,091 , which gives a trade balance of 24,626. Foreign direct investment is 2,656 million $.


Foshan has a long history of stretching back approximately five-thousand years, when the Baiyue Tribe started to live in the area of what is currently known as Foshan. During the Tang Dynasty (AD618-917), Foshan, which means “Buddha Mountain” in Chinese, got its current name when three Buddha statues were discovered in the area. Due to the temperate climate and abundant rain falls, Foshan has been a land of fish and rice since ancient times. Foshan is also known as one of the homes to Chinese ceramics and Cantonese opera.


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