Dongguan and Economic Trends

Dongguan is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province. With more than 10 million inhabitants spanning nine municipalities across 19,870 km2 the city is one of the most important industrial cities in the Pearl River Delta. The city has no county-level division, but the municipal government does group the 32 township-level divisions into 6 district areas. There are 4 Subdistricts and 28 Towns directly under the city government.


Dongguan is located in the middle of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen economic corridor, which are 50 kilometers and 90 kilometers away, respectively, making it a hub for both land and sea transportation. Dongguan is served primarily by the Hong Kong International Airport, but also by Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. As one of Guangdong's regional railway hubs, Dongguan serves as the hub for the Guangzhou-Kowloon, Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou, and Beijing-Kowloon railways.


In 2021, Dongguan’s GDP reached 1.1 trillion RMB with an increase of 8.2% compared to the previous year. In 2021, the per capita disposable income of urban residents in Changsha came to 62,126 RMB, an increase of 7.9% compare to the previous year.


Dongguan’s total import and export volume reached 1.52 billion RMB in 2021, with an increase of 18.2% from the previous year. Among them, the exports amounted to 198 billion yuan, up 27.7%. and the total value of imports of 80 billion RMB. In 2021, Dongguan's foreign trade import and export volume for the first time exceeded 1.5 trillion yuan, reaching 1.52 trillion yuan, surging 14.6% from a year earlier. Among them, the exports amounted to 569 billion yuan, up 13.2%. and the total value of imports of 956 billion RMB up 15.4%.

Dongguan's imports and exports to major trading partners have maintained growth in terms of market share. Imports and exports to ASEAN, the United States and the European Union were 208 billion yuan, 206 billion yuan and 166.08 billion yuan, up 13.8%, 21.2% and 19.5% year-on-year, respectively. During the same period, the imports and exports to countries along the “Belt and Road” reached 346 billion yuan, up 10.3% compare to the previous year. Additionally, to the member countries of RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), the figures reached 451 billion yuan, increased 14.3% from a year earlier


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