Posted by yueke at 4/10/2016 8:26:05 PM
Guangdong is the province where people were engaged in seaborne trade and moved to other countries with the largest number at the earliest time in Chinese history. Guangdong is now a famous hometown of overseas Chinese, with over 20 million oversea Chinese who are living in over 100 countries and regions in the world, accounting for 2/3 of total overseas Chinese.
There are over 20 million returned overseas Chinese and the family members of overseas Chinese, who are mainly living in the Pearl River Delta, Chao-Shan Plain and Meizhou. Combination of the overseas Chinese culture and the local culture of Guangdong has created the unique culture in the hometown of overseas Chinese.
The overseas Chinese culture and the unique culture at the hometown of overseas Chinese are important parts of Lingnan culture. Kaiping Diaolou, which is in application process for world cultural heritages, is a typical symbol of the overseas Chinese culture and the unique culture in the hometown of overseas Chinese.
Guangfu culture is an important part of Guangdong clan cultures, the character of which is most distinctive in the Pearl River Delta. The Guangfu culture, which assimilates the heritance of ancient South Yue, is nurtured by the Central-Plains Culture and affected by the western culture, therefore this culture has many composing factors.
As the central city of Guangfu culture, Guangzhou has long been the political, economic and cultural center of Guangdong and even Nanling. Guangfu culture has the dominant position in all Guangdong clan cultures due to its outstanding features in architecture, art, religion, drama, music, literature, painting, craftwork, diet, gardens and customs etc.
There are a number of modern, high-quality cultural faculties in Guangdong. By the end of 2006, there were a total of 141 professional artistic performance organizations, 141 mass artistic centers and cultural centers, 130 countylevel or above public libraries, 148 museums and memorials, 22 radio stations, 21 medium and short wave transmission stations and relay stations and 24 television stations; 1014 cinemas, and 1913 cultural stations.
In Guangdong, there are six national historic cities, 16 provincial historic cities, 30 key cultural relic units under the State-level protection, and 158 key cultural relic units under the provincial-level protection.