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Guangzhou Among the largest cities in the country, Guangzhou is the transportation, industrial, financial and trade center of S China. It is a special economic development zone and an important trading point with Hong Kong. It has an integrated steel complex, paper mills, a long-established textile industry (silk, cotton, jute and more recently synthetic fibers) and factories producing tractors, machinery, newsprint, refined sugar, tires, bicycles, sports equipment, porcelain, cement, and chemicals.
The city is also a cultural and educational center with several institutions of higher learning, notably Sun Yat-sen (Sun Zhongshan) Univ. and Jinan Univ. Tourist attractions include Shamian Island, Guangdong Provincial Museum, Museum of the Tomb of the King of Southern Yue in Western Han Dynasty, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Shishi Holy Heart Cathedral, Huaisheng Mosque, etc.