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South China / Guangzhou

The mission of the Commercial Service Guangzhou is to help American businesses compete and succeed in the South China market (the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi and Hainan).

  • Our jurisdiction covers an area of 569,900 square kilometers
  • 225 million people live in this region.

As the first region of China to open up to overseas business, South China continues to be one of the most advanced and dynamic economic regions in China:


225 million (17% of China's total)


US$ 655 Billion (15% of China's total)

South China Import / Export & Growth 2008


US$ 683 Billion (7.7%)


US$ 13 Billion (43%)


US$ 85 Billion (14% )


US$ 5 Billion (28%)

GDP & Ranking in China

Guangdong (1):

US$ 437 Billion

Fujian (12):

US$ 123 Billion

Guangxi (18):

US$ 79 Billion

Hainan (28):

US$ 16 Billion

“ Focus on South China” Series

Gain local insight and stay connected with the latest opportunities in South China through the Focus on South China Series.

South China Snapshots (Ongoing Resource):


Aircraft Parts




Health Foods and Dietary Supplements



Medical Devices

Retail Market




Used Equipment


CS Guangzhou's Latest Market Research Reports

China: RFID Industry

December 2009 - Learn about China's adoption of RFID and explore export opportunities involving this interesting new technology.

China: Windows and Doors

October 2009 – Learn about China’s expanding market for energy efficient windows, doors, and related products.

China: Cold Chain Logistics

September 2009 - A detailed analysis and forecast of the systems in place for processing and transporting nondurable goods in China.

South China: Security and Safety Equipment

September 2009 – In depth analysis of South China’s security and safety industry including: market demand, key players, and best prospects for U.S. companies interested in entering the market.

China: Commercial Aircraft Parts and Components

July 2009 – China’s rapidly expanding aviation industry presents many opportunities for U.S. exporters, particularly in the market for imported aircraft parts.

Medical Devices Market and Healthcare Reform

June 2009 – China’s large and aging population combined with its recently announced health care reforms make China one of the largest potential health care markets in the world.

China: E-Banking (Online Banking) Industry

February 2009 – Read about the promising online banking industry in the country with the most internet users in the world.

What to Watch for in South China:

Asian Games 2010:

The 16th Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 11 to November 27, 2010. Guangzhou will be the second city in China to host the games after Beijing in 1990. 41 events are scheduled, the most events to be ever contested in the history of the Asian Games.

Pearl River Delta Reform:

The program would be carried out in three stages and aims to achieve a GDP of 7.25 trillion yuan by 2020. With regional integration of social and economic development among different cities in the delta region at least three economic circles are expected to take shape by 2020. The three circles would comprise Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing; Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou; Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen.

Infrastructure Projects:

There are several infrastructure projects with design contracts and equipment tender opportunities, including new metro lines, old town revitalization, and new district development. For example, the Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Guangzhou Metro Lines #6 & #9.

More on South China:

The area generally referred to as Southern China covers the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi Autonomous Region, and Hainan Island. These four provinces have a population in excess of 225 million, and contain several of China’s richest cities, as the South was the first area in China to be opened to the outside world.

Much of that development, especially in Guangdong, has been fueled by the region’s proximity to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Taiwan. HKSAR has provided much of the capital, technology and business savvy that has made the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province China’s most prosperous region. Meanwhile, Taiwanese firms are the leading investors in Fujian, which is home to two of China’s wealthiest and most developed cities, Xiamen and Fuzhou.

The rest of Southern China is not as well off as Guangdong and Fujian. Hainan Island enjoyed a boom in the late 1980s when it was declared a Special Economic Zone, but that boom went bust when many of Hainan’s special privileges were revoked. Hainan is still trying to develop as a tourist center, but its appeal is largely to Chinese vacationers. Guangxi, home to famous Guilin, is largely mountainous, rural and poor. In the past decade, Guangxi has continued to speed up its economic development, and begun to capitalize on its role as a corridor to ASEAN.

The concentration of highly polluting industries in South China has created considerable environmental problems in the region. Furthermore, the population density (over 25 million in the Pearl River Delta alone) has contributed to increasing infrastructure problems for the movement of goods and people. This has led to an increased initiative to develop transportation infrastructure such as roads, bridges and mass transit facilities, as well as airports.


U.S. Commercial Service - Guangzhou

43 Hua Jiu Road, Zhujiang New Town

Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510623, China

Tel: (86-20) 3814-5000

Fax: (86-20) 3814-5310

Email: Office.Guangzhou@trade.gov