As the third largest city in China, and the one closest
to Hong Kong, Guangzhou heads one of the most successful
industrial areas of the country. Like Shenzhen, Guangzhou
has boomed in the past 20 years, as factories have opened
serving Hong Kong and later mainland capital interests.
Unlike Shenzhen, Guangzhou also has a long history as
a trading center of China, stretching back to before
the Opium Wars. Guangzhou also has one of the largest
'university towns' in the country, a super-campus on
which thousands of students enjoy a great study and social
|Guangzhou's Prime Location
As the southern gate of China, Guangzhou is the capital and
city of Guangdong Province,
known as Canton in the west. It is a port on the Pearl
River, navigable to
China Sea, and is located about 120 kilometers north-west
Kong. The city has a population of 6 million, making
it the most populous city in the province and the third
most populous metropolitan area in China.
Guangzhou is a subtropical coastal city, enjoying temperate,
humid climate without extremes. Situated on the Pearl
River, with the Baiyun Hills to the north, it is possible
to escape the city for some natural and more scenic break.
Moreover, it is only a two hour drive from Guangzhou
to Hong Kong or Macao.
|Guangzhou's Buzzing Economy
Guangzhou's famous Canton Fairs, held twice a year,
are major events for the city, where translators and
even students are often required to give a helping hand
interpreting for international business visitors and
local enterprises.Guangzhou is the economic centre
of the and is the heart of one of mainland
China's leading commercial and manufacturing regions.
In 2006, the GDP exceeded USD 76.8 billions ranking
first among the other 659 Chinese cities.
A fishing village through the ages, Guangzhou started
to grow when European traders entered Chinese waters
in the 15th century. The Portuguese were
the first Europeans to arrive to the city by sea, establishing
a monopoly on the external trade out of its harbour by
Later, the British brought their gunboats up the Pearl
River, and Guangzhou's history became dominated by the
imperialist quest for riches. Guangzhou was one of the
five Chinese treaty
ports opened by the, signed in 1842, at the end of the
First Opium War between Britain and
Together with Hong Kong, Guangzhou was a controversial
center of commerce from the start.
|Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Founded in 1995 in a merger between the Guangzhou Institute
of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Institute of Foreign
Trade, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GUFS)
combines these two fields of expertise in its 16 faculties.
Its major disciplines are literature, economics, management,
law, education, science and engineering. A state-level
research center in Social Sciences and minority languages,
GUFS international students benefit from the active environment
of social scientific enquiry in the school.