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Guangzhou (Traditional Chinese: 廣州, Simplified Chinese: 广州, Hanyu Pinyin: Guǎngzhōu, Wade-Giles: Kuang-chou, Tongyong Pinyin: Guangjhou) (23n06, 113e16 AWST) is the capital of the Guangdong Province in southern China. It was formerly known as Canton.

The Chinese abbreviation of Guangzhou is Sui (TC: 穗;; SC: 穗;; pinyin: suì). Population (1999): city: 6.85 million; urban population: 4.05 million. This city has a nickname Wuyangcheng (city of five rams), Yangcheng(city of rams), Huacheng(city of flowers) or Suicheng.

Guangzhou geography

Guangzhou is located at 112°57'E to 114°3'E and 22°26'N to 23°56'N. The Municipality is part of the Pearl River Delta.

Guangzhou history

It is believed that the first city was built in 214 BC, named Panyu (番禹 the locals pronounced this in Cantonese as Poon Yu) and have had a continuous occupation since that time.

In 206 BC, it became the capital of Kingdom Nanyue (南越), and the city was expanded.

Han Dynasty annexed Nanyue in 111 BC, and Panyu became a provincial capital and remains so until this day.

Panyu was renamed Guangzhou in AD 226.

Guangzhou was sacked by Arabs ¹ and Persians in AD 758, ² based on a local Guangzhou government report on October 30, 758, which corresponded to the day of Guisi (癸巳) of the ninth lunar month in the first year of the Qianyuan era of Emperor Suzong of Tang Dynasty. ³

During Song Dynasty, Su Shi, a celebrated poet, visited Baozhuangyan Temple (founded in AD 537), and left his hand-writing "liu rong" (six banyan trees) to the temple, so the name "Liu Rong Temple".

In 1711, the British East India Company established a trading post in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou was one of the five Chinese treaty ports opened by the Treaty of Nanjing (signed in 1842) at the end of the First Opium War between United Kingdom and China. The other ports were Fuzhou, Xiamen, Ningbo and Shanghai.

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