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  As friends from different countries and regions invest and mingle in Dongguan, diverse cultures also diffuse here, be it from the west or east, traditional or modern, refined or popular, coastal or inland.
   The Haogang Relic unearthed in Dongguan, also known as “the First Village in Pearl River Delta,” indicates that ancient humans have inhabited in the land of Dongguan as early as 5,000 years ago. Dongguan is endowed with the deep-rooted Lingnan culture and the acclaimed Lingnan style painting was originated from the Keyuan Garden in Dongguan.
   In recent years, the city has been vigorously promoting the urban development towards a culturally renowned city. A wide range of cultural amenities such as the Yu’nan Theatre, libraries and museums have been built. A series of nationally influential campaigns to promote the library, museum, popular culture, musicals, music for migrant workers, literature for migrant workers and more have been successfully carried out. The cultural square here is the most concentrated in China. A 24-hour book lending system covers the whole city. Cantonese opera associations are flourishing here and there. Programmes such as Our Festivals, Cultural Weekend, Reading Festival, Urban Rainbow and Sing to Shine are thriving. With 10 plays including Butterfly, The Piano in a Factory and Love Me Once More, Mum created within 8 years, musicals made in Dongguan shot to fame and the city is entitled the most productive for original musicals in China. In 2013, Dongguan became well acknowledged as a national demonstration region for public cultural service system, which is the only one in Guangdong Province and among the first ones across the country. Furthermore, the city was designated as one of the ten national pilot bases for public cultural service standardization.
   Dongguan is brimmed with passion for sports. Chen Jingkai, the first world record breaker of China for sports after the founding of the country was born in Dongguan. Ding Junhui the snooker prodigy had training here and Yi Jianlian achieved as a basketball super star here. Dongguan is home to the “Finest CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) Court” (Dongguan Basketball Centre), the CBA basketball team Guangdong Southern Tigers, the “World’s No. 1 Golf Club” (Mission Hills Golf Club), Li Yongbo Badminton School and a national badminton training base. Moreover, the city is honoured by the state for its long-held tradition in swimming, weightlifting, dragon boat, dragon and lion dance, snooker and basketball and so on. In 2015, the city of sports will be even more thrilling by hosting its first major international sport event which is the 14th Sudirman Cup, a world mixed team badminton championship.

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