If you hear someone say you're from "Henan" in Guangzhou, don't assume they're from Henan.
I've been to many cities. I personally love Guangzhou. I feel that this place is full of outstanding people, and there is always a special urban atmosphere. Cantonese is heard everywhere, as if characters in Cantonese opera that I saw as a child appeared next to you. This feeling is very new. Of course, maybe it's because I don't live here often.
The culture of Guangzhou is very interesting. This city not only preserves traditional culture, but also innovates original culture and develops its characteristic industries. In Guangzhou, people who don't live here often get confused about their traditional notions and joke about it. There are some place names in Guangzhou that are often misleading and confusing.
In Guangdong Province, if someone invites you to "Henan" for morning tea, don't be surprised to think they have to go to Henan Province for morning tea.
Actually, "Henan" they're talking about refers to area south of Pearl River, which is Haizhu area. Why does such a phenomenon exist? Let's find out together.
When talking about Guangzhou, one immediately comes to mind is Guangzhou's famous scenic spot - Canton Tower, commonly known as Xiaomanyao or Water Snake Waist. The purpose of my first trip to Guangzhou was also to see "Little Manyao" style. .
Later, I was gradually attracted to culture of Guangzhou. Guangzhou is central city of my country, main port of Maritime Silk Road, and plays an important role in economic development of my country.
Guangzhou was first founded in 214 BC. It has a long history and is a city with a strong traditional cultural atmosphere. When you come here, you can deeply feel enthusiasm of Guangzhou people and their diverse culture. I think there is a strong humanitarian atmosphere in Guangzhou. They are tied to traditional culture. If you want to get a deeper understanding of Guangzhou culture, you can learn about local old people of Guangzhou.
They have their own region division system, which can also be called a convention. There are 11 municipal districts in jurisdiction of city of Guangzhou, among which Zhuhai district, third in seniority, is very interesting. People here often ask, "Would you like to go to Henan for morning tea?"
Hearing this suggestion, I think most outsiders are dumbfounded, wondering why they have to travel so far to have their morning tea. In fact, so-called "Henan" in old Cantonese refers to area south of Pearl River. The Haizhu area is located in south of Pearl River, in ancient times it was called Jiangnan Prefecture, and its name is rather richly rhymed water city of Jiangnan.
Later, over time, population continued to grow, and local population lived on waters of Pearl River.For convenience, it was called "Henan", which means south of river. Known as "Southern Lung" of Guangzhou, it is a natural green island area.
The Haizhu area is also a very beautiful place. If you are visiting Guangzhou, you might want to consider visiting this place. This place has a lot of forest vegetation rich in species, including various trees, massive pine forests, etc., sufficient sunlight and geographical conditions surrounded by water contribute to prosperity of local vegetation.
The economic development here is also very fast. The economic construction of Haizhu District has always been on path of healthy and rapid development. Industry, trade and agriculture are developing at a stable and even rate. They have made significant contributions.
Haizhu District not only has rapid economic development, but also has good prospects for humanistic development. There are many historical sites and cultural relics in Haizhu District, such as former residences of celebrities and memorial sculptures. Guangzhou people have deep beliefs, and they will come come here to pray for your children every time they take an exam. The cultural atmosphere is strong here, and economic development is in good condition.
The Haizhu area is called "Henan" by older generation of Guangzhou residents. People who weren't born and raised in Guangzhou really don't know the term. It is easy to cause ambiguity and misunderstanding. When you hear someone with a Guangzhou accent tell you that if you want to go to "Henan", you should think about what "Henan" is at that time, so as not to joke.
Each place has its own unique culture. I think traditional regional concept of Guangzhou is also one of their cultures. Although there are similar sayings in other places, in general this does not cause much ambiguity. For example, Xishuangbanna Prefecture in Yunnan Province. refers to north of Lancang River as "Jianbei".
The saying that south of Lancang River is called "Jiannan" is commonly used by foreigners who come to visit and are not familiar with name of area, so they sometimes digest it. Therefore, when we go to an unfamiliar place, we will always learn new things and see many things in world. I think that everyone should have a curiosity to understand culture of foreign cities and understand them. Customs, increase your knowledge.
Wherever I go, I will be attracted to local characteristic culture. In general, I don't really like artificial rides. I like to visit places that are not crowded, but with historical and cultural heritage. I like to know about this culture of place. If you are planning to go to Guangzhou, you can consider this Henan, I don't think you will be disappointed.