Foshan is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong Province, China. The city is part of the western side of the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone. Foshan is regarded as the home of Cantonese opera, a genre of Chinese opera; Nanquan, a martial art; and lion dancing. The prefecture-level city of Foshan administers five county-level divisions, all of which are districts. The five districts are Chancheng, Nanhai, Sanshui, Gaoming and Shunde. Foshan is close to Guangzhou and considers its link with Guangzhou to be very important. As such, it is part of the Pearl River Delta and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area metropolis, centered on Guangzhou.
Shunde District has more than 3,000+ electronic appliance factories responsible for more than half of the world's air conditioners and refrigerators. Foshan now has more than 30 towns specialised in particular industries, including furniture, machinery, and beverages. The Foshan Hi-Tech Development Zone is very close to the national highway G325 as well as Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The major industries in the zone including automobile assembly, biotechnology and chemicals processing.
Foshan is ranked #84 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Foshan was ranked #1147 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Foshan has a population of over 6,151,622 people.
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