Guangzhou is one of the most open and market-oriented cities in China. It has a history of more than 2,230 years and was a major port on the ancient Maritime Silk Road. As China’s millennial business center and the trading port that has never been closed to the outside world, it has a profound cultural and historical heritage with openness, inclusiveness and innovation.
Today, Guangzhou has become one of the core cities along the Belt and Road. It boasts a well-developed transportation network, highly concentrated innovation resources, an increasingly more modern and international business environment and a livable environment amicable for residents, workers and tourists. It has become the most popular tourist destination city in China during the May 1st vacation this year.
In 2018, Guangzhou’s GDP was nearly 2.3 trillion yuan, serving more than 20 million population with a per capita GDP exceeding 20,000 US dollars. At present, Guangzhou has trade relations with more than 220 countries and regions around the world, 301 Fortune Global 500 companies have settled here for development, 157 international routes have been opened, covering 220 cities in the world, and Guangzhou is connected to more than 400 ports in over 100 countries and regions in the world.
Guangzhou has established friendly ties with 74 cities worldwide, and the number of foreign consulates in Guangzhou has reached 65. The international conferences such as Fortune Global Forum, World Routes and World Port Conference have achieved great success in Guangzhou. Being the birthplace of the Cantonese cuisine, Guangzhou is crowned as a city of gastronomy with rich, diverse and unique culinary culture.
Source：The Information Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government