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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.

Geography

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.

Economy

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 Dongguan.

* 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

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2011-05-23
Dongguan Mosque The Dongguan Mosque in Xining has a long and ancient history. This large scale, beautifully constructed mosque is one of the largest Islamic temples in China and the largest Mosque in North-west China, it is also the main Islamic cultural ...Read More
2011-05-23
15 kilometers away from towntown of Dongguan City, Yinxian Villa is situated at Licheng development zong in Changpin Town, covering an area of over 500,000 square kilometers. It is of delicate layouts and beautiful natural scenery, with scattered cultural ...Read More
2011-05-20
Dongguan held a torch relay rehearsal today (September 29) for the coming 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Dongguan held a torch relay rehearsal today (September 29) for the coming 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Dongguan is the third stop in Guangdong Province for ...Read More

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by Telma 2011-05-20
Consul General of Vietnam in Guangzhou To Quoc Tuan exchanges gifts with Vice Mayor of Dongguan City Jiang Ling during his visit to Dongguan on February.23, 2011. A delegation led by the new Consul General of Vietnam in Guangzhou To Quoc Tuan paid a visit to Dongguan yesterday (Feb.23). Vice Mayor of Dongguan Jiang Ling warmly received the delegation and ...
by Eustace 2011-05-20
Dongguan held a torch relay rehearsal today (September 29) for the coming 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Dongguan held a torch relay rehearsal today (September 29) for the coming 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Dongguan is the third stop in Guangdong Province for Asian Games flame which is scheduled to travel through the city on October 14. The rehearsal started at ...
by Zanita 2011-05-20
How to depict Dongguan in one sentence? After more than half a year's effort, Dongguan Information Office has collected thousands of slogans for Dongguan from residents, experts and scholars. The slogans focus on elements such as the Dongguan's city spirit, characteristics and culture into consideration, 15 slogans have been selected for public discussion ...