Having incorporated the former Dongshan District in April 2005, the present Yuexiu District covers 33.82 square kilometers with a population of over 1,100,000.
Located in the middle of Guangzhou, the Yuexiu District is the area where the original city came into being. As a result, it was an historic political center and, earlier in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC–206 BC), it was the capital of Nanhai Prefecture. In the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-8 AD), the area was the administrative center was built by Zhao Tuo, king of the Nanyue Kingdom. Since the People's Republic of China was founded, Liwan District has been the seat of municipal and provincial Party and Governmental departments.
Yuexiu District is also a cultural center in Guangzhou the point from which Lingnan culture has spread. In history, many famous men of letters have worked or lived in this district. The district therefore boasts many sites of classic learning academies, private schools and other seats of learning. Thanks to its long history and rich culture, there are many scenic places and historical sites, including Guangxiao Temple, Zhenghai Building, Wuxian Taoist Temple, remnants of the city wall dating from the Ming Dynasty, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Tomb of 72 Martyrs at Huanghuagang.
Additionally, Yuexiu District is a prosperous business zone. In ancient times Guangzhou was the first city in China to opens to foreign trade. And here too, the Chinese Export Commodities Fair is held every Spring and Autumn.
Since the initiation of the Reform and Opening-Up period, the economy in this district has experienced rapid development. The area covering Beijing Lu and Zhongshan Wu Lu is the businest commercial center with rich tourist resources left in history; headquarter economy flourishes in the international CBD located on Huanshi Dong Lu which attracts lots of capital and enterprises engaged in logistics and infromation services. Compared with other districts, Yuexiu district boasts the strongest economy.
Official Website: www.yuexiu.gov.cn
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