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121 counties, 44 cities

93.04 million inhabitants

178,000 km²

523 inhabitants/km²

The province of Guangdong, about half the size of Germany, is situated in the central south of China. Its neighboring provinces are Hainan (which was part of Guangdong until 1988), Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Fujian. In the south, it borders on the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau . The province has a 3,000 km coastline. Administratively, a series of additional small islands in the South China Sea also belong to Guangdong. Some of these isla…

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Schulze, Walter, “Guangdong”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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