It is part of the built-up or metro area with more than 65.
While the city is the fourth largest export region in China, behind , , and , Dongguan has yet to gain the kind of name recognition realized by Shenzhen outside of China.
Although the city is geographically and thus culturally Cantonese in the form and as well as culturally in the prefectures of and , the majority of the modern-day population speaks Mandarin due to the large influx of economic migrants from other parts of China.
Dongguan's city administration is considered especially progressive in seeking.
Among the four metro lines Line 1-Line 4 planned for the , is presently under construction and was scheduled to open for operations in early 2015.
A comparatively integrated educational system has been set up including preschool, basic, vocational, higher and lifelong adult education.