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Manufacturing in China: City Guide- Guangzhou

By Jesus David Cano Romano
July 20, 2016
manufacturing in China- Guangzhou


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 Guangzhou. Guangzhou, also known as Canton is the capital city of Guangdong Province – the largest economy in mainland China in terms of its GDP. It’s located near Hong Kong and Macau along the Pearl River Delta. The city was among the first batch of portal cities opened to foreign countries. Guangzhou covers an area of around 7,434 square kilometer and has a population of approximately 13 million inhabitants. Guangzhou counts two major development zones with subareas. The first one is the Guangzhou Development District with its high-tech zones, its economic and technological zone, its export processing zone and the free trade zone. The second major development zone is Guangzhou Nansha Economic and Technological Development Zone consisting out of the Nansha export processing zone.

Foshan’s pillar industries are automobiles, petrochemicals and electronics. Other specializations available are home appliances, mechanical equipment, automobile parts, beverages, raw and fine chemicals, information technology, food and food processing, precision machinery, metallurgy and metal products, optoelectronics and telecommunications.

The city’s GDP accounts to 1,670.69 billion RMB, which amounts to a per capita GDP of 128,478 RMB. Exports in Guangzhou are 72,707 and imports 57,869 , which gives a trade balance of 14,838. Foreign direct investment is 5,107 million $.

Guangzhou is a famous historical city in China. Its history dates back to 214 BC, when Panyu (the first city built in Guangzhou) was founded. Guangzhou was the capital city of three Chinese dynasties: the South Yue, the South Han and the South Ming. It has also served as a leading trade port since the middle of the eighteenth century due to ships from foreign companies, such as the British East India Company and Dutch East India Company, frequently passing through. It maintained its position as a leading trade port till the Opium Wars in 1840, after which more ports in China were opened to foreign countries.

*image source: https:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou;