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Huizhou

Huizhou
Administration
Full nameHuizhou
Official nameCity of Huizhou · 惠州市
Native name惠州
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryChina
ProvinceGuangdong
Government
City seatHuicheng District
CPC SecretaryLiu Jinzhou (柳锦州)
MayorHuang Yebin (黄业斌)
Geography
Total Area4215.9 sq mi (10922 km2)
Urban Area1031.4 sq mi (2672 km2)
Demography
Total Population4597002 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC)
Area code0752
GDP¥68.514 billion (2004)
GDP per capita¥23,642 (2004)
Licence Plate粤L

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Huizhou ( ; Cantonese: Wai⁶zau¹) , historically known as Waichow, is a city located in central Guangdong province of the People's Republic of China. Part of the Pearl River Delta, Huizhou borders the provincial capital of Guangzhou to the west, Shaoguan to the north, Heyuan to the northeast, Shanwei to the east, Shenzhen and Dongguan to the southwest, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south. Administered as a prefecture-level city, it has 4,60 million residents in its area of jurisdiction. Its southern part made of Huiyang district is now part off guangzhou-Shenzhen built up area, the biggest built up area in the world with more than 40 million inhabitants encompassing the whole Shenzhen, Dongguan cities and main part of Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongsghan and small parts of Jiangmen and Huizhou cities.

There are two main dialects spoken by local people in Huizhou: A Cantonese dialect which is Huizhouhua (惠州话/惠州話) and Hakka (客家话/客家話). The two dialects are somewhat interrelated and similar so people can easily understand each other. As more newcomers from the other provinces come to work in Huizhou, Mandarin has become the other popular language in Huizhou.


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