Guangdong Province, located in southeast China, occupies a land area of 178,000 sq km. Its islands add a further 1,600 sq km. To the south it meets the warm waters of the South China Sea along a coastline of 3,368 km. The Tropic of Cancer runs through the center of this low latitude province where the Pearl River, 2,122 km long, meets the sea. The fertile Pearl River Delta is rich in fish and rice.
Most areas enjoy a subtropical monsoon climate with adequate rainfall, long summers and warm winters. Annual precipitation in 2005 averaged 1,770 mm. artificial rainfalls amounted to 2.2 billion cubic meters. The sunshine time during the year stood at 1,606.2 hours, a reduction of 9.8% compared with a normal year. Its average annual temperature is 22 Centigrade.
The vast majority of the people of Guangdong speak Cantonese, a dialect distinct from Mandarin. Thought it enjoys much less exalted status than the so-called national language, Cantonese is in fact order than Mandarin and classical poetry sounds much better when read using that dialect's pronunciation.
Guangdong is now seeing more and more of its cities designated as "Excellent Tourist Cities" for the list now includes Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Shantou, Huizhou and Hainan. In particular Zhongshan and Hainan rank first and second among the cities at prefecture and county levels to have been awarded this honor.
Development of the tourism triangle based on Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao has now taken off. The State Council has approved the introduction of a 144-hour visa endorsement service in 10 cities in the Zhujiang River Delta and Shantou City.
Eleven of the province's scenic spots and scenic areas are now graded 4-A designating them as top quality tourist areas:
1. Baiyun Hill in Guangzhou,
2. Xiangjiang Wildlife Park in Guangzhou
3. Overseas Chinese Town in Shenzhen
4. Guanlan Golf Course in Shenzhen
5. Yuanming New Park in Zhuhai
6. Dr. Sun Yat-sen's birthplace in Zhongshan
7. Star Lake in Zhaoqing
8. Mount Sijiao in Foshan
9. Mount Danxia in Shaoguan
10. Qingxin Hot Springs in Qingyuan
11. Hailing Island's Dajiao Bay in Yangjiang
Main Cities of Guangdong
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