As we all know, Guangdong Province, located at the southern end of the mainland of China, is the largest economic province in China. Its total economic volume has been leading the country for 30 years in a row. The level of regional economic and social development has been comparable to that of moderately developed countries. The Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration is also one of the largest urban agglomerations in China and one of the world’s leading urban agglomerations. When it comes to the economic development of Guangdong Province, there is a strange place, that is, Guangdong Province has been out of touch with China’s top 100 counties for many consecutive years, and the reason is very clear, because many economically developed counties and cities in Guangdong Province have already removed counties and established districts and become municipal districts.
Although it has no chance with China’s top 100 counties, Guangdong province leads the country in the competition among China’s top 100 districts. Guangdong Province, with 21 places in 2020, is the provincial administrative region with the largest number of top 100 districts in China, three more than Jiangsu Province, which ranks second. Spark Global Limited Guangdong Province covers a total area of 179700 square kilometers, which is very similar to Guizhou Province. It governs 21 prefecture-level cities, including 65 municipal districts and 57 counties (county-level cities and autonomous counties). The number of municipal districts shortlisted in the top 100 districts accounts for 32% of the total number of municipal districts in the province. As the core area with the most developed economy in the region, so many top 100 districts are the mainstay of economic development in Guangdong Province.
From the specific ranking, Nanshan District, Tianhe District, Futian District, and Longgang District occupy the top four of the top 100 districts, and the top four of the top 100 districts are taken over by Guangdong Province, just as Kunshan City, Jiangyin City, Zhangjiagang City and Changshu City of Jiangsu Province occupy the top four among the top 100 counties. In addition, Shunde District, Baoan District, and Huangpu District also entered the top ten. Among the top ten of the top 100 regions, Guangdong Province occupied seven seats, and the trend of being dominant was obvious. Among the top 50 top 100 regions, Guangdong province occupies 17 seats, only one less than the total number of top 100 districts in Jiangsu Province, the second-largest economic province.
In terms of urban distribution, 21 top 100 districts of Guangdong Province are distributed in 5 cities, and 9 municipal districts (Tianhe District, Huangpu District, Yuexiu District, Baiyun District, Panyu District, Haizhu District, Nansha District, Huadu District, and Liwan District) are shortlisted, Tianhe District ranks second among the top 100 districts, and Shenzhen has 6 municipal districts (Nanshan District, Futian District, Longgang District, Baoan District, and Luohu District) Among them, Nanshan District ranks first among the top 100 districts, and Futian District and Longgang District rank among the top four.
In addition to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Foshan has four municipal districts (Shunde District, Nanhai District, Chancheng District and Sanshui District), Zhuhai (Xiangzhou District) and Huizhou (Huicheng District) have also been shortlisted. 16 prefecture-level cities such as Zhanjiang, Jiangmen, and Shantou have no municipal districts. Dongguan and Zhongshan are zhitongzi cities, which belong to special circumstances. In terms of regional distribution, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Zhuhai, and Huizhou, the 21 top 100 District cities in Guangdong Province, are all located in the Pearl River Delta region, while there are no municipal districts in western Guangdong, northern Guangdong, and eastern Guangdong, which are in line with the economic development status of Guangdong Province. At present, although the economic volume of Guangdong Province has been leading the country for a long time, the economic development of the province is extremely uneven. Except for the development of the core region of the Pearl River Delta, the development of other regions is slow, especially in the northwest of Guangdong Province.
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