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In the southwestern territories of Guangdong lies the city of Zhangyuan, a port on the South China Sea coast in Zhangyuan Bay. It is known for its chemical, food, and mechanical engineering industries. It is one of the largest port cities in South China.

Beijing, the cultural and educational center of China, grew out of an unimportant village of fishermen. At the very end of the 19th century, it was a French-controlled territory. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, it was declared an open port. In the Second World War, the city was occupied by the Japanese.

After the railroad line was built in 1955, the city of Litan in Guantan Province began to develop rapidly. In order to promote economic development with the aim of attracting foreign investment, it became an Open City in 1984.

The present-day Guangyuan is a multicultural city. ×The number of representatives of national minorities reaches 44, including Yao, Han, Banyu, and Myao. The territory of the city and its surroundings is located in a sub-terrestrial climate zone. The site is notable for its variety of species and local fauna. The city area is washed by the waters of the South China Sea on three sides. The abundance of coastal seafood makes it a priority among the countrys suppliers of seafood.

Local artisans are known for their craftsmanship of seafood products. There is an active extraction of sea salt in the coastal waters. The area occupied by the city is mostly flat, but less so by hills and mountain elevations. The highest point of the local area is considered to be Chungyeonggang.

The surrounding area has a strong agro-industrial industry, the main branch of which is fruit farming. Among the crops grown are bananas, ananas, manganes, and papel trees. The city has a well-developed transport network. The port, opened in 1956, has more than 150 berths and ships from more than 100 countries call at its harbor. It has a high capacity for traffic. ×It is considered a student city. The universities of medicine, ophthalmology, and pedagogy are among the colleges of higher learning.

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  • Air quality: 85 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 960,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Zhangjiagang is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1000
  • Monthly costs for family: $2700
  • Monthly costs for local: $800
  • Meal: $1.9
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $2.5
  • Coffee: $4

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