Guangdong is located in mainland China's southeast corner. It has the largest population for any province in China with a population equivalent to the size of Mexico. Guangdong is not only China's largest exporter of goods but also the largest importer as well. Its annual Canton Fair is the largest trade fair in China. Its large private manufacturing base is one of the main engines which have made Guangdong's GDP so dynamic helping the economy become China's least dependent on fixed asset investment which accounted for only 33.8% in 2012 in comparison to a nationwide average of over 70%. Guangdong's GDP grew 8.2% to RMB5.71 trillion in 2012.
Guangdong has also led the way in moving up the manufacturing value chain from light industry production of textiles, toys and shoes to high end manufacturing of things like IT products and power equipment. Even as strong as Guangdong's manufacturing economy is Guangdong's local government expects the service industry to account for over 50% of GDP by 2015 and high tech manufacturing another 20%. It should be noted that there is an over concentration of wealth in the Pearl River delta cities of Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Shenzhen and there are large swaths of rural Guangdong which remain relatively poor in comparison.
Guangdong is also home to the Shenzhen stock exchange as well as the recently launched Chinext board which is focused on high tech and growth companies. Companies like Suning, Wuliangye and Vanke are all listed in Shenzhen. Along with these exchanges companies like Ping An Insurance, China's 3rd largest insurer and China Merchants Bank are also headquartered in Guangdong and further add to Guangdong's growing presence as a financial hub.
Foshan National New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
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Guangzhou New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
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