Zhuhai is a beautiful coastal city located in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The name 'Zhuhai' means Pearl Sea coming from Zhuhai's location where the Pearl River flows into the South Sea.
As one of China's most liveable cities, Zhuhai is adjacent to Macao and Hong Kong, connected by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Zhuhai was one of the first places where modern Chinese met Western culture.
In 1980 Zhuahi was approved as one of China's 1st five Special Economic Zones due in Zhuhai's case to its location adjacent to capitalist Macau. Zhuhai promptly became a boom town expanding from 100 000 inhabitants to become a modern city with a 2018 population of 1.9 million people.
Zhuhai is a very popular tourist destination known as the Chinese Riviera. Its nicknames are the city for lovers and The Hundred Island City (217 according to the city's official website with 147 of them over 500 square metres). It is one of China's prettiest, cleanest, greenest cities with a beautiful coastline and wavy palm trees. As well as being voted China's most liveable city Zhuhai has been awarded, “Best Garden City in China”, “The Happiest City in China” and “China’s Excellent Tourism City”. People enjoy the many open spaces that help give it a low population density. Despite a small population of 1.9 million relatives to the other eight cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, Zhuhai had 3.18 million overnight foreign tourist numbers in 2017. That places Zhuhai 3rd for that metric after Guangzhou and Shenzhen among the PRD cities. Zhuhai plans to extend a tourism industry that focuses on leisure and sightseeing and to develop Hengqin into a tourist island targeting leisure travellers from across the globe. Local authorities promote Zhuhai as an ecotourism destination despite various environmentally destructive projects in the area. Zhuhai is unique in mainland China as a pulsating nightlife holiday destination, of the kind that similarly attracts people to visit such locations in other countries.