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Dongguan - co-host city of the 16th Asian Games

10-08-2010 11:01 BJT

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Dongguan lies in the northeastern Pearl River Delta, mid-south Guandong Province, in the People's Republic of China. Guangzhou is 50 kilometres to the north, and Shenzhen 90 kilometres to the southeast, while Hong Kong is 100 kilometres away. Dongguan is ideally positioned at the centre of the Guangzhou-Hong Kong economic corridor, making it an important land and water transportation hub.

Dongguan was named for the Cyperaceae grass (Guan) which flourished in the area in ancient times. As one of the twenty-one prefectural cities in Guangdong Province, Dongguan covers a land area of 2,465 square kilometres. Apart from its permanent population of 1.72 million and nearly eight million temporary residents, Dongguan is home to over 800 thousand Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots and over 200 thousand overseas Chinese, making Dongguan a well-known home for overseas Chinese. Dongguan has a subtropical monsoonal climate, with abundant sunshine and plentiful rainfall, with a yearly average temperature of 22.3°C. Dongguan's climate is well-suited to agriculture with products such as rice, bananas, lychees, longans, pineapples, oranges, tangerines and aquatic products in abundance.

Michelia Alba is the city flower of Dongguan. It symbolises the twin spirits of trail breaking and strenuousness.

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