January 7, 2018, was the 30th anniversary of Dongguan as a prefectural-level city. A prefectural-level city (formerly known as a province-controlled city from 1949 to 1983) is an administrative division of the People’s Republic of China, ranking below a province and above a county in China’s administrative structure. Prefectural-level cities form the second level of the administrative structure (alongside prefectures, leagues and autonomous prefectures).
On January 7, 1988, the state department announced the upgrade of Dongguan to a prefectural-level city. Southern Daily published the news with a simple sentence that year, to reveal the positive advancement to locals and those alike.
During these 30 years, Dongguan has grown and now holds eight million permanent residents from different countries and cities. Dongguan is a compassionate city with 1,030,000 registered volunteers. Our loving city is known as “the city of basketball/museum/creation” and is suitable for a peaceful retirement with 1,223 parks. Dongguan shows how diverse it is by bringing something for everyone, and bringing everyone together.
There’s a Chinese saying “三十而立” which means “a man is steadfast at the age of thirty,” seemingly apt for our sustainable Dongguan, a city full of possibilities not only now, but also in the future.