An Overview of Guangzhou

Guangzhou,  known historically as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province in the People’s Republic of China. Located in southern China on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. The city is famous for foreign trade and business and holds China’s largest trade fair, the Canton Fair.

According to the official People’s Daily newspaper, Cantonese is the first language for half of the residents that reside in the provincial capital Guangzhou, while the other half speak mainly Mandarin. Other languages, such as Hakka, are spoken in significant numbers as well (source).

In the era of tea clippers, Guangzhou was known in the West as “Canton.” The food and the language of the area are still known as “Cantonese.” The Cantonese are proud and hardworking people known throughout China and the world over for their famous cuisine and tack for business (source).


Huaisheng Mosque, located in Guangzhou, is one of the oldest mosques in China, along with 3 other Muslim mosques. Buddhism, however, has continued to remain the most influential religion in the life of the people. Guangzhou does have a Jewish community and synagogue, as well as a Catholic church, and a Daoist association. As with other areas in China, there is official pressure against underground, non-registered churches in Guangzhou (source).

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