Taishan is a county-sized city located in Jiangmen Prefecture in the southwestern region of Guangdong Province, China. The name often causes confusion because of Tai Shan (Mount Tai) which is located in the Shandong Province and not in Guangdong. Taishan City is known as the 1st home of the overseas Chinese because nearly 1.3 million overseas Chinese coming from 80 different countries have settled. This is greater than its local population of 1 million.
As a consequence, Taishan City is a modern urban area with a strong Western influence, although the classic Chinese customs and traditions are still followed by the people. Being on the Pearl River Delta Taishan City consists of 95 islands and small islets, of which some have become very popular seaside holiday resorts. In Mandarin, the word “shan” means mountain, and Taishan City is named so because almost every village within the city’s precinct has a picturesque hill as a backdrop. The ancestral graves are usually located on or near the hills. Every village becomes a hive of activity during the “Tomb Sweeping Festival” month. It is the ancient practice of giving offerings to ancestors after the Chinese New Year which is still followed. The graves of ancestors are decorated with flowers. Paper money is burnt and firecrackers are burst as part of the ceremonies. Later, there is a feast of roast meats (usually goose or pork) and cakes which is attended even by overseas Taishanese people.
The modern Taishan City is a beach-lovers paradise. The climate is very mild and temperatures range between 18oC in winter and 32oC in summer. The clean beaches, warm sea waters, and water sports activities attract tourists to the city in large numbers throughout the year.
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