Zhuhai in South China

29 May 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Xianglu Bay © Shasha Zhuhai/cc-by-sa-4.0

Xianglu Bay © Shasha Zhuhai/cc-by-sa-4.0

Zhuhai (literally: “Pearl Sea”) is a prefecture-level city on the southern coast of Guangdong province in China. Located in the Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai borders Jiangmen to the northwest, Zhongshan to the north, and Macau to the south. Zhuhai was one of the original Special Economic Zones established in the 1980s. Zhuhai is also one of China’s premier tourist destinations, being called the Chinese Riviera. While the city is located in the traditionally Cantonese-speaking region of Guangdong Province, a significant portion of population is now made up of Mandarin speaking economic migrants from inland Chinese provinces. The northern area of the city, the Xiangzhou district, is now part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen built-up area, the biggest built-up area in the world with more than 44,478,513 inhabitants at the 2010 census encompassing the whole Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhongshan, Macao cities, main part of Guangzhou, and small parts of Jiangmen and Huizhou cities. According to a report released in 2014 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zhuhai is the most livable city in China.   read more…

Hong Kong Island in the southern part of Hong Kong

20 April 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Hong Kong Island Skyline © flickr.com - momo/cc-by-2.0

Hong Kong Island Skyline © flickr.com – momo/cc-by-2.0

Hong Kong Island is an island in the southern part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It has a population of 1,300,000 and its population density is 16,390/km². The island had a population of 3,000 inhabitants scattered in a dozen fishing villages when it was occupied by the United Kingdom in the First Opium War in 1842, and the City of Victoria was then established on the island by the British Force in honour of Queen Victoria. The Central area on the island is the historical, political and economic centre of Hong Kong. The northern coast of the island forms the southern shore of the Victoria Harbour, which is largely responsible for the development of Hong Kong due to its deep waters favoured by large trade ships.   read more…

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