Dongguan is not only where the South of the Five Ridges civilization began and the rise of China’s modern history started, it is also highly regarded as the pioneer city that showcases the "typical and vivid representation of China’s Opening-up and Reform".
With a booming economy and rapid urbanization, Dongguan is set to emerge onto the international scene as a modern and harmonious city for the world to explore. A great initiative has been created by the Dongguan Government in launching the ‘Dongguan Today’, a website that will be an important window for people inside and outside of China to get to know Dongguan therefore establishing a bridge for cultural exchanges.
Organized by the Information Office of the People’s Government of Dongguan, Dongguan Today was launched on July 28th, 2008. It is the first website in all cities on prefecture level in Guangdong Province, which promote the external publicity in English.
Dongguan Today’s key goals are: to highlight the fruitful achievements that Dongguan has obtained in areas such as the economy, culture, education standards, and social administration since the Reform and Opening-up 30 years ago. It also aims to deliver useful information that may affect the needs and wants of foreign guests who have either invested in Dongguan, travelling through Dongguan or are here to work or study in the city. Dongguan Today is not only an important window of the Municipal Party Committee and the Government’s external publicity, but also a direct channel in which foreign guests may exchange questions, suggestions and obtain answers from the Dongguan government.
With its own individuality – Dongguan Today provides up-to-date news, city lifestyle information, local news, facts and figures about Dongguan and its people, maps, guides and an overview of current and up and coming events in Dongguan and around China. The website is a portal for foreigners and cyber tourists to life in Dongguan and its surroundings. "City Guide", its largest section, provides detailed and comprehensive information of everyday needs, including exhibitions, shows, entertainment, cultural facilities, hotels, food and drink, shopping, sightseeing, cultural relics and more!
"Interview Itinerary" provides advisory routes and guidelines for journalists from home and abroad to interview in Dongguan. Resources such as the culture, tourism and public services are carefully integrated so that those journalists and guests can get effective information and convenient services, as well as an overview of the different characteristics and the diversity of Dongguan. Through this section, foreigners also gain an appreciation of the achievement of Dongguan in its reform and development.
"Expats’ Life" records foreigners’ lifestyle in Dongguan. "Features" and "Life Gallery" tell the stories of foreigners in Dongguan through words and pictures. Our readers can also post free discussion points in the "Online Club" and interact with each other.
The "Q&A" section provides a platform for the readers to interact with the editors. Visitors to the site can ask questions regarding daily life, sightseeing, catering, housing and so on. Responses from the editors will be made in a timely manner and any suggestions for improving the site will be encouraged.
"To Present the Charming and Vibrant Dongguan to You" will always be the quest for Dongguan Today!