This is a souvenir acrylic fridge magnet of Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou known formerly as Canton and romanticized as Kwangchow is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. It is located 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and is a key national transportation hub and trading port. Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city and southern China's largest city. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12.78 million. Guangzhou has mountains forming the backbone of the city, and the ocean comprising the front. Located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon. Summers are wet with high temperatures, high humidity and a high heat index. Winters are mild and comparatively dry. Guangzhou has a lengthy monsoon season, spanning from April through September. Cantonese is the first language for half of the 14 million residents of the provincial capital Guangzhou, while the other half speak mainly Mandarin.
Clean, Efficient Transport In Guangzhou
In 2009, is was reported that all 9,424 buses and 17,695 taxis in Guangzhou would be operating on in order to promote clean energy for transport and improve the environment ahead of the 2010 Asian Games. Guangzhou is the city that uses the most LPG-fueled vehicles in the world. Since 2007, the municipal government banned motorcycles in urban areas. Motorcycles violating the ban are confiscated. There is a reported reduction in traffic problems and accidents in the downtown area since the ban. Guangzhou is the terminus of the Jingguang railway (Beijing-Guangzhou), the Guangshen railway (Guangzhou-Shenzhen), the Guangmao railway (Guangzhou-Maoming) and the Guangmeishan railway (Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou). In late 2009, the Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway started its service, which enables multiple unit trains to cover 980 km (608.94 mi) at an average speed of 320 km/h. In January 2011, the Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway started its service at an average speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).