Guangdong Province (广东省) is located in the southeast of China’s mainland where it occupies an area of 178,000 square kilometers. Its many islands add a further 1,600 square kilometers. To the south it meets the warm waters of the South China Sea along a coastline of 3,368 kilometers. The Tropic of Cancer runs through the center of this low latitude province where the Pearl River, at 2,122 kilometers the third longest in China, meets the sea. The fertile Pearl River Delta is well-known as a land rich in fish, rice and delicious food.
Most areas enjoy a subtropical monsoon climate with adequate rainfall, long summers and warm winters. Guangdong Province is a moist and green place where leafy plants grow vigorously all year round; its annual precipitation averages 1,336 millimeters while annual evaporation averages 1,100 millimeters. Its average annual temperature is 22 degree centigrade and it averages 1,828 hours of sunshine a year. In addition, there are 40 forest parks and 30 nature reserves designated at provincial level.
Guangdong Province is now seeing more and more of its cities being designated as ‘A’ Class Excellent Tourist Cities. These include cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Shantou, Huizhou and Hainan. In particular, Zhongshan City and Hainan City rank first and second among the cities at prefecture and county levels respectively.
Development of the tourism triangle based on Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau has now taken off. The State Council has approved the introduction of a 24-hour visa endorsement service in ten cities in the Zhujiang River Delta and Shantou City.
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