The Lighting Capital, Guzhen Town, is located in the northwest part of Zhongshan City. Guzhen lighting market is the largest lamp market in Asia, and the second largest market in the world. It is the convergence of Zhongshan City, Jiangmen City and Shunde District of Foshan City. This town is also adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao, in possession of convenient logistic strength.
Guzhen has been evolving as a lighting industry base since 1982. Guzhen currently counts 3,000 registered lighting enterprises employing more than 50,000 workers. With efforts from both the private and public sectors, the town eventually grew into the largest specialized domestic lighting production base and wholesale market for lighting products. Currently, lighting products account for 95% of GDP in Guzhen and more than 60% of the domestic civil lighting market. These products are also exported to more than 80 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Japan, the U.S., and Europe.
Guzhen has built up a social reputation for expanding its business. The town's most famous thoroughfare is Xinxing Road, known locally as the "Lighting Street". With government support, the seven-kilometer stretch of Xinxing Road is crammed end-to-end with lighting companies. At the opening day of 2005 Lighting Fair, an important foundation-stone-laying ceremony was held for the Century Giant Lamp Tower. The Tower was invested with over 30 million USD. It is 253.8 meters high, includes 48 floors and covers 40,000 square meters. With its estimated completion in 2007, the Tower became to be a symbolic construction of Guzhen Zhongshan City and South China.
With the lighting industry widely considered as Guzhen's "economic pillar", the town's reputation as a supplier of high quality and competitively priced products has grown significantly. In September 2002, Guzhen's contribution to the lighting industry was officially recognized as "China Lighting Capital," a title bestowed on the town by the China Federation of Light Industry and the China Association of Lighting Industry.