|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||1,074 km2 (415 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|Jyutping||naam4 hoi2 keoi1|
|Cantonese Yale||Nàahmhói Kēui|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Nánhǎi Qū|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Nanhai District (simplified Chinese: 南海区; traditional Chinese: 南海區), is a district of Foshan, Guangdong, China. Its government is the first to have developed e-government informatization at the county level in China.
Establishment of Nanhai is traditionally attributed two brothers carrying their father's bowls in 1271. They were fleeing south from the Mongols on a bamboo raft when a violent storm shipwrecked them and broke all the bowls. The brothers settled down there and the position of the wreck is commemorated by a shrine. This area was named Broken Bowls Point.
15 February 1921 the eastern part of Nanhai County was ceded to the newly established City of Guangzhou which became part of what is now western part of Liwan. On 26 June 1951 Foshan Town (present Chancheng) was ceded to the newly established City of Foshan. Nanhai County was upgraded into a county-level city on 2 September 1992 until 8 December 2002 Nanhai was consolidated as a district of Foshan.
Nanhai was a county-level city until December 8, 2002, when it became a district of Foshan prefecture-level city.
|Name||Chinese (S)||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010)||Area (km2)|
|Guicheng Subdistrict||桂城街道||Guìchéng Jiēdào||542,775||84.16|
|Lishui town||里水镇||Lǐshuǐ Zhèn||273,914||75.38|
|Jiujiang town||九江镇||Jiǔjiāng Zhèn||170,179||94.75|
|Danzao town||丹灶镇||Dānzào Zhèn||154,955||143.50|
|Dali town||大沥镇||Dàlì Zhèn||614,837||95.90|
|Shishan town||狮山镇||Shīshān Zhèn||610,514||330.60|
|Xiqiao town||西樵镇||Xiqiáo Zhèn||221,670||176.63|
Nanhai was designated by the central government as a pilot city for e-government and informatization in 2001.