Dongguan City is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong
Province, one of China's most prosperous provinces. It is an
important industrial and manufacturing base in China, with its
annual export volume ranking behind only Shenzhen, Shanghai and
Suzhou in exports among Chinese cities. Dongguan is the native
place for over 300,000 overseas Chinese and over 850,000
compatriots from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, according to
government statistics in 2009.
Dongguan City is well-located on the east of the Pearl River
estuary, with short distances and convenient transportation to
Guangzhou (59 kilometers or 37 miles), Shenzhen (99 kilometers or
62 miles) and Hong Kong, China' vibrant metropolises. It borders
Guangzhou on the north, Shenzhen on the south, and the Pearl River
to the west.
Dongguan City covers an area of 2465 square kilometers (952 square
miles), with a population of about 2 million registered permanent
residents and 6 million inhabitants.
Dongguan City is an important industrial and manufacturing base in
China. The annual foreign trade volume of Dongguan ranks only
behind Shanghai, Shenzhen and Suzhou among Chinese cities. There
are about 8,000 domestic and 14,000 foreign-funded companies in
Dongguan, covering various sectors including electronics, clothing,
communications and food. Many famous multinational enterprises such
as Nokia, Philips, GE and Nestle have established their companies
or factories there.
Dongguan City is the largest global manufacturing and supplying
base of computer parts and peripheries. Most of the PC components
can be easily found and purchased there, making it an important
purchasing base for PC giants including IBM, HP and Dell.
Every year in mid-October, International Computer Communication
& Consumer Products Expo ("Dongguan 3C Expo" for short) is held
in Dongguan. The expo lasts for 3 days, gathering about 560
participant IT companies from all over the world. It is the 4th
largest fair in IT industry, after COMDEX in Las Vegas, CeBIT in
Hannover, Germany and CompuTex in Chinese Taipei. Book a hotel in
* The 3C Expo falls between the phases of Canton Fair in Guangzhou,
China's largest trade fair.
History and Culture
Dongguan City is a famous historical city in Guangdong Province.
According to historical records, there had been traces of human
habitation back in the Neolithic Period. In 1839, the Incineration
of Opium took place in Humen, a town of Dongguan, which lead to the
Sino-British Opium War in 1840, and opened a new chapter in China's
modern history (Introduction of China's history).
Dragon Boat Racing is an important traditional activity in
Dongguan. Every year during the Dragon Boat Festival (the fifth day
of the fifth month on traditional Chinese calendar or
some day in June on Gregorian calendar), there will be many dragon
boats races in Dongguan City and its towns and villages, attracting
crowds of local people and tourists. The event lasts about 15 days.
Dragon Boat racing team from Dongguan has won many top prizes in
such competitions held in China and overseas.
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Dongguan Quick Facts
- Chinese Name: 东莞
- Chinese Pinyin: Dōng Guǎn
- Location: South China
- Latitude: 22°39′-23°09′ N
- Longitude: 113°31′ -114°15′ E
- Elevation: 70 M (230 FT)
- Time Zone: (UTC+8)
- Area Code: 0769
- Population: 6.26 million