Haizhu District

Haizhu District-Haizhu Bridge

Haizhu District is one of the ten districts in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. Along with Liwan, Yuexiu and Dongshan Districts, it was the largest in area and the least dense of the four old districts in Guangzhou before the city expanded its size to include districts such as Tianhe to the east and Baiyun to the north. Then, it was also the only island district south of the Zhujiang River, thus the natives of Guangzhou often referred to it (and still do) as “Henan” (“Honam” in Cantonese, meaning “south of the river”), despite Henan is also the name of a province in China where its name comes from the fact it is south of the Yellow River.
Today, it is no longer the largest district in area nor it is the southernmost district, however, it has some of the most pricey real estate in city. This is due to its proximity to the central city, and unlike the dense Liwan and Yuexiu Districts (Dongshan District has merged with Yuexiu in 2005 and it is now part of Yuexiu District) which have been relatively built-up, Haizhu has not. Its riverfront has some of the tallest (and pricey) residential buildings in the city which rival those in Tianhe District, another fast-growing district just east of Yuexiu, although Tianhe also has the tallest office buildings in the whole city.
The name Haizhu means “pearl of the sea” in Chinese.

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