It is a busy port and a commercial and industrial center on the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River). Near Macau and Hong Kong. Also named Canton, Kuang-chou, or Kwangchow.
Sub-tropical climate : The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 28oC. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 13oC.
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Guangzhou was brought into the Chinese Empire in the 3rd century BC. guangzhou.gov.cn
Arab, Persian, Hindu, and other merchants traded here for centuries before the Portuguese arrived in quest of silk and porcelain in the 16th century. They were followed by British merchants in the 17th century and French and Dutch traders in the 18th century. Guangzhou became a treaty port in 1842, but restrictions on trade continued until a sandbank in the Pearl River (later developed into Sha-mien Island) was ceded (1861) for unrestricted foreign trading and settlement; it was returned to Chinese control in 1946.
The Japanese occupied and heavily damaged the city during 1938-45. Extensive urban redevelopment, begun in the 1920s, was resumed after 1949, when it was combined with a major program of beautification, industrial expansion, and port improvement.
The city, which is served by an outer deepwater port at Whampoa (Huangpu), is linked by rail with Hong Kong and Beijing. About 15 percent of China's foreign trade is conducted here.
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