A trip to the characteristic Towns in Guangdong

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According to the newly released list of National Characteristic Towns by Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, 14 towns in Guangdong have been selected as National Characteristic Town. 

They are: 

Shawan Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou City

Xiqiao Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City

Lecong Town, Shunde District, Foshan City

Doumen Town, Doumen District, Zhuhai City

Dachong Town, Zhongshan City

Haimen Town, Chaoyang District, Shantou City

Putian Town, Jiedong District, Jieyang City

Tangxia Town, Pengjiang District, Jiangmen City

Liuhuang Town, Fengshun County, Meizhou City

Shalang Town, Dianbai District, Maoming City

Anpu Town, Lianjiang, Zhanjiang City

Fenghuang Town, Dinghu District, Zhaoqing City

Lianjiangkou Town, Yingde, Qingyuan City

Yixi Town, Xiangqiao, Chaozhou City

What is “characteristic town”?

Characteristic towns feature distinctive industrial patterns, beautiful and harmonious environment, unique traditional cultures, sophisticated infrastructure services and vigorous mechanisms. 

Are you expecting a trip to these towns? Here we recommend 8 of these characteristic towns for you.

Shawan Town


Shawan Old Town, founded in the Song Dynasty, has a history of 800 years. The town boasts over 100 ancient shrines and is lined by beautiful, preserved ancient buildings. The lotus pond is located at the west gate of the town, near the entrance square. Just a subway ride and bus hop away from the city, a visit to Shawan is an idyllic and culturally rewarding way to spend a day away from the city. 

Xiqiao Town

Situated in the southwest of Nanhai District, Foshan City and the center of Pearl River Delta, Xiqiao town has a unique geographic advantage and has formed a diversified industrial system. It is a land rich in textile, and its textile industry has become a household name across the world.


Xiqiao Mountain in the town is one of the top 4 famous mountains in Guangdong. With picturesque scenery, rich culture and simple and honest folk custom, it is no doubt a nature and culture lover’s dream. 

Tangxia Town


Situated in the South Central of Guangdong Province, Tangxia town dates back to the Song Dynasty and has history of over 1000 years. The town enjoys rapid economic development and great social vitality.


Tangxia Town has been a famous cultural town since the ancient time and has cultivated many famous scholars like Chen Yuan, a well-known educator, historian and academician of Chinese Academy of Science. 

Doumen Town


Doumen town is in the northwest of Doumen District in Zhuhai City. It is a famous historic town in China and enjoys a long history since Nansong Dynasty.


Doumen Town is the tourism town in Zhuhai City and has many key tourist attractions such as Jingtai temple(金台寺), Imperial Hot Spring Resort(御温泉), Doumen Ancient Street(斗门古街), etc.

Anpu Town


Located in the southwest of Lianjiang, Anpu Town is at the mouth of Jiuzhou River and borders on Beibu Gulf. It dates back to Ming Dynasty and is one of the “Top Four Ancient Towns in Guangdong”


Anpu Town enjoys a long history and many historic sites are worth visiting, such as Sun Yat-sen Park, Wenbi Tower(文笔塔),Guandi Temple(关帝庙), etc

Fenghuang Town


Situated in the northwest of Dinghu District, Fenghuang Town enjoys abundant tourism, forest and mineral resources, and abounds with various high quality fruits and crops. 


Fenghuang Town is a subtropical monsoon climate and was characterized by warm climate, plenty rainfall and abundant sunshine. The forest coverage rate in Fenghuang Town has reached 90% and it is known as a “Natural Oxygen Bar”.

Lianjiangkou Town


Lianjiangkou Town can be traced back to more than two thousand years ago. It is famous for its historic sites and delicious seafood dishes. The elegant ambiance of the town makes it suitable for living and traveling. You can walk along the ancient streets and back lanesand experience the long history of this ancient town.


Liuhuang Town


Situated in the northeast of Fengshun County, Meizhou City and the middle and lower reaches of Hanjiang River, Liuhuang Town is an old revolutionary area. Liuhuang town also abounds with hot spring recourses.


Haimen Town, Chaoyang District, Shantou City

Lecong Town, Shunde District, Foshan City

Dachong Town, Zhongshan City

Putian Town, Jiedong District, Jieyang City

Yixi Town, Xiangqiao, Chaozhou City

Shalang Town, Dianbai District, Maoming City

(By Ricky & Xiaowen)



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