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Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong Province. It is located in the south-east part of China, on the northern end of the Pearl River Delta. Guangzhou lies close to the South China Sea and adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao. The Pearl River runs through Guangzhou and is navigable to the South China Sea. This excellent geographical location has enable Guangzhou to be developed into the economic and cultural center of the Southern China, thus called China’s “South Gate”.

Guangzhou is also known as the "City of Five Goats”. Legend has it during the Chou dynasty, there were five gods riding five goats from the South China Sea. They brought the first grain to the city and bless the city with abundant of harvest and prosperity.

Guangzhou is a city of the prosperity back in the Qin and Han Dynasties. It is the origin port of the ancient “Silk Road on the Sea” and also China's earliest foreign trade ports. Today’s Guangzhou is a large city that is full of vigor and modern fashion. You could see the high-rise buildings in every corner of the city. Busy traffics and large crowd of people can be overwhelming by first sight for a tourist, but if you stay a little bit longer, you will find a gentler and more personable side of the city.

Guangzhou is the famous hometown for overseas Chinese. There are a large population of overseas Chinese originally come from Guangzhou. It is also a city that hosts overseas culture for many centuries. Foreigners are not the anomaly here as they are in some other Chinese cities. Foreign travelers are thus afforded more personal space and freedom. Despite the busy outlook and modern face of the city, travelers could still see the more traditional side of the city - families and friends sitting outdoors enjoying tea and dim sum in the late morning or late night. Probably because of the warm climate and distance from the political centers, the residents of Guangzhou have developed a laid back and play-hard approach to life. Guangzhou today is known as one of China's most prosperous, liberal, and cosmopolitan cities.

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