These Cities are the Most Environmentally Friendly in Guangdong

By Ryan Gandolfo, December 12, 2018

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On December 6, the Department of Ecology and Environment of Guangdong Province published the results of the 2017 Guangdong Province Environmental Protection Responsibility Assessment. The inspection focused on organizational leadership, environmental conditions, amount of pollution and environmental protection facilities, among other factors. The central government’s environmental protection inspector also provided feedback to cities on how to combat pollution.

With a slew of global, national and provincial lists published every every week from one organization or another, the editors in our That’s Guangzhou and That's Shenzhen offices have turned the results into a fun, light-hearted competition called the ‘List Wars.’

In this particular iteration, cities in Guangdong were categorized into three different rankings: outstanding, favorable and standard. See below to find out where your city ranks:


•    Zhuhai
•    Heyuan
•    Meizhou
•    Zhanjiang


•    Guangzhou
•    Shenzhen
•    Foshan
•    Shaoguan
•    Huizhou
•    Shanwei
•    Dongguan
•    Zhongshan
•    Jiangmen
•    Maoming
•    Zhaoqing
•    Chaoshan


•    Shantou
•    Yangjiang
•    Qingyuan
•    Jieyang
•    Fuyu

According to Guangdong TV’s official WeChat account , Zhuhai has long been the flagship city for environmental protection work, receiving the ‘outstanding’ mark for 15 consecutive years. 

Blue skies in Zhuhai. Image via @liaocheng_lc/Instagram

Compared with the 2016 Guangdong Province Environmental Protection Responsibility Assessment, four cities fell from ‘outstanding’ to ‘favorable,’ including Huizhou, Zhongshan, Yangjiang and Maoming.

As for Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the two metropolises both finished as ‘favorable’ cities. But, Shenzhen has had Guangzhou’s number as of late, ranking higher than the Guangdong provincial capital in a list of the best Chinese cities for business as well as being named a top travel destination by Lonely Planet.

Click here for more ‘List Wars.’

[Cover image via Wikimedia]

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