As the south gate of Hangzhou city, Xiaoshan, on the south bank of the Qiantang River is located at the south part of most developed Yangtze River Delta. It Covers an area of 1,420 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 1.17 million. In 2nd century BC, it was originally built as a county and then upgraded into a city in 1998. In 2001, it had been elected as a new administrative district of the capital city Hangzhou. Enjoying the convenient communication,the Xiaoshan International Airport is among the country's top ten airports. Xiaoshan's connectivity is enhanced by convenient railways and expressways running through the district as well as the nearby Shanghai and Ningbo port (180 km and 150 km respectively).
Xiaoshan is pooled with developed economy, social progress, prosperous businesses, well-functioned government and harmonious living. Xiaoshan is also a city bustling with business. Since 2001 Xiaoshan’s overall economic strength ranks the seventh among one hundred most-developed counties nationally, and the first in Zhejiang Province. Xiaoshan is also one of investors' choice hubs, recording the same volume of trade as Taiwan in terms of electrical machinery electronics for two consecutive years. Plus, in 2004, the value of industrial output totaled 160 billion yuan (or 20 billion US dollars), occupying the third among all most-developed counties (cities and districts) in the country.
Currently, Xiaosan lies in an important plateau of development either in its self-promotion or the strategic transition of economy, city and society. For this purpose, efforts will be made to build a rich harmonious and modern district. Through quick maneuverable working, the city would further consolidate its leading role no matter in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang Province or even China.
General Situation of Xiaoshan
Xiaoshan,located on the southeast coast of China,is the biggest district of Hangzhou,which is the provincial capital of Zhejiang province.It covers total area of 1420 square kilometers and has a population of 1.18 million.Xiaoshan is one of the regions with the most developed private economy in China.Main economic indices of Xiaoshan have ranked the first in Zhejiang Province for consecutive years and the comprehensive strength has ranked seventh in National Top 100 Counties(Cities,Districts)for five successive years.In 2005,the GDP of Xiaoshan amounted to RMB 58.8 billion, the total revenue reached RMB 6.4 billion, the industrial output value hit RMB 200.6 billion and the percapita GDP exceeded USD 6000. Xiaoshan has been named as "Down Capital of the World","China Plants Park","China Textile Production Base","China Steel Structure Industrial Base" and "China Auto Fittings Production Base".
Xiaoshan has formed an all-directional,multi-level and wide-ranging opening-up pattern, owning State-level Xiaoshan Economic Technological Development Zone, Qianjiang Century CBD, Xianghu Tourism Holiday Resort,High-tech industrial Park and so on.Attracted by its nice investment environment,over 1300 foreign-funded enterprises from more than 40 countries and regions have settled down in Xiaoshan,including GE from America, ltochu, Marubeni, Toyota Tshsho, Sojitz, Yamaha, Kao from Japan, SK from Korea, Ericsson from Sweden,etc.
Xiaoshan enjoys favorable location and convenient transportation in water, land and air.Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport has established joint operation with Airport Authority HongKong. It has opened international routes to HongKong China, Macao China, Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore ,Tokyo and Osaka, etc... ShanghaiHangzhou magnetic levitation train has been approved by the authority. The ongoing projects of Hangzhou-Shanghai Second Expressway, ten bridges over Qiantang River, tunnel across Qiantang River as well as the subway are being sped-up, which will lead to a strong "the same city effect" for linking Xiaoshan and HongKong, Shanghai, Hangzhou.
Xiaoshan also has rich tourism resources. The tidal bore of the Qiantang River is one of the wonders of nature. China International(Xiaoshan) Qianjiang Tidal Bore Festival every year attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad. Xianghu Lake within the confines of Xiaoshan enjoys beautiful scenery and is named as the "sister lake" of the West Lake. '2006 World Leisure Expo is held in Xiaoshan from Apr.22nd to Oct. 22nd, 2006.
For its beautiful environment, convenient transportation and broad prospects, Xiaoshan is becoming a nice destination of investment in Yangze River Delta,keeping to the spirit of "being brave in the competition and to be the best".
On September 12 1995, Xianghu Tourist Holiday Resort is approved by Zhejiang Government. It locates 2.5 kilometers west to Xiaoshan and 13 kilometers to West Lake with an area of 9.98 square kilometers.
Xianghu Lake has very nice scene with a long history. There are quite a lot of heritage sites, scenic spots, gardens, lakes and views. Goujian, a king of ancient Yue Kingdom situated in Zhejiang, fought with Wu Kingdom here. The battle left some heritage sites near the Xianhu Lake, named Yue King’s Platform, Horse-bath Pond etc, Furthermore, a group of Hen Dynasty tombs and cultural traces of the New Stone Age were discovered in the recent years. Since Song Dynasty, the top 8 views of Xianghu Lake has attracted countless writers, poets and heroes, such as He Zhizhang, a famous poet; Ge Yunfei, a national hero; Cai Dongpan, a well-known novelist. “Xianghu Water Shield” “Xiaoshan Lace” and “Southern Song Dynasty Imperial Kiln” are the most treasured products produced here.
Xianghu Tourist Holiday Resort is one of major projects in “The 9th 5 Years Zhejiang Tourism Development Plan” and “2010 Long-term Program”. Therefore, a bright future is ahead.
Xianghu Tourist Holiday Resort contains Hangzhou Paradise, East China’s biggest tourist theme park; “A Village in the Mountains” and “Sky Spring Eco Park” etc, which present the theme of going back to natural. Its development focus on the fusion of people, nature and environment, try to create a new idea of tourism.
Hong Kong —— City Introduction
One of the great trading ports of the world, Hong Kong has always been inextricably linked to China in a variety of ways, such as trade, economics and traditions. Family ties across the border are very strong - a fact borne out by the huge investments made in China by Hong Kong tycoons wishing to return some of their good fortune to the land of their birth. More than 55 percent of all foreign investment in the Mainland comes from the SAR.
Hong Kong was created as a port for Chinese trade and today accounts for a large majority of the country's imports and exports. Manufacturing industries have increasingly straddled the old border, where the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen is virtually a suburb of Hong Kong. Although the economy has dipped recently, the Stock Exchange still heaves and power banquets are still held, as are regular international trade shows at the newly enlarged convention centre and elsewhere in this vibrant, sophisticated modern metropolis of over six million people.
It was very different in the turbulent times of 1841, when Hong Kong was ceded to the British as a spoil of the Opium War. With almost no fresh water or vegetation, and a population limited to small communities of fishing and farming families, the colony's only apparent advantage was a deep, sheltered harbor that was ideally placed as an entrepot for burgeoning trade between China and the rest of the world.
With the addition of the Kowloon peninsula in 1860, and the 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898, it grew and prospered but remained a modest country cousin to such treaty ports as Shanghai and Tianjin, until their closure following the founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.
During the 1950s and 1960s Hong Kong became a manufacturing centre, with the population rising from 1.8million in 1947 to 2.2 million six years later. Massive public housing estates were built, and New Towns gradually developed in the rural New Territories. When Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms began, the territory came into its own. With a well-developed banking and finance system, high-tech communications and an experienced, international business community, it was an ideal partner for China.
Since then, massive public works projects have been undertaken, including a new international airport, new container terminals, a third cross-harbour tunnel and extensions to the showpiece subway system. The opening of the Tsing Ma suspension bridge linking Kowloon to Lantau Island, one of the largest infrastructure projects in recent years provides travellers with a direct link to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok by both road and rail. As with many Hong Kong ventures, the US$1.16billion bridge breaks many existing engineering records - at 1.34 kms, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world, and it is also the heaviest, incorporating 49,000 tons of steel.
Hong Kong's main attraction was as an international bargain basement, where electronics, cameras, jewellery, timepieces, garments and assorted gadgetry could be bought duty-free. Shop rents and other overheads subsequently soared, but now prices have levelled off and there are plenty of bargains to be had once again. Hong Kong remains the place for luxury goods such as furniture, garments and jewellery to be made to order.
A perennial attraction is the dramatic scenery: the bustling harbour with its backdrop of skyscraper-covered hillsides; the rugged island of Lantau crowned by the giant bronze Buddha that rises over Po Lin Monastrey; Cheung Chau and Lamma Islands' vehicle-free laid-back pace; and the New Territories, where traditional walled villages and ancestral temples continue to exist alongside the New Towns.
Man-made attractions with as much appeal for visitors as residents have proliferated over the past three decades. Ocean Park is one of the most popular, with huge aquaria and a theatre featuring dolphins and whales. Victoria Park draws the crowds for flower shows, international tennis tournaments, the annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and Chinese New Year's Eve flower market.
Summertime witnesses Dragon Boat races, which were originally part of a two-centuries-old Chinese festival. The races were relaunched in Hong Kong and now attract the best oarsmen in the world to what are virtually international status contests. Plentiful cultural events also include an annual Arts Festival and Asian Arts Festival, pop concerts by local and visiting stars, symphony concerts and Week End shows.
As for sports, no community rivals Hong Kong in its enthusiasm for horse racing, with vast sum-wagered at two of the most modern tracks and opulently equipped grandstands in the world. Also in the superlative category is Hong Kong Stadium, a dramatically impressive venue for events such as the annual international Rugb Sevens championship.
While acknowledging all these attractions, many visitors would claim that none compares to eating out in Hong Kong. Certainly the territory rank with the best dining destinations in the world, not just for its range of Chinese cuisines - not even Guangzhou has such good Cantonese food, claim locals - but for gourmet-standard European Asian and American fare. With a staggering 9,000 restaurants in the territory, you are never too far from something fresh and delicious.
And as everyone knows, Hong Kong is a city that doesn't sleep. Noted for its nocturnal buzz Lan Kwai Fong is well established as the more trendy nightlife district, though the SoHo are around the mid-levels escalator is emerging a possible challenger.
As a tourist destination, Hong Kong has much to offer. Sensational shopping, fabulous food, a scintillation nightlife, diverse sights and a rich cultural heritage, to name just a few.
For many visitors to Hong Kong, shopping ranks as the number one attraction. The city has long been famous for its efficient service, fabulous facilities, value for money and variety. Indeed, recent shopping price studies re-affirm Hong Kong as one of Asia's best shopping centers.
The variety of goods available in Hong Kong is enough to astonish even the most widely traveled shopper. Here you can find international brand-name products, unique works of art, antiques and handicrafts from neighboring countries and around the world.
Do not forget that not all of Hong Kong's shopping is to be found at main street plazas. Much of it is, of course, but the city also offers a variety of exciting shopping experiences. Along with new huge well-designed complexes, which combine shopping and recreational facilities under one roof, there are side street specialty shops and stalls, factory outlets and open air street markets.
Markets, which can be found all over Hong Kong, provide bargains galore but also a chance for visitors to absorb some of the territory's rich local color. Bargaining is expected and only adds to the fun. From specialty markets (such as those devoted to flowers, birds, and ladies' garments), to ones that sell just about everything (as with the Temple Street night market), there are plenty of surprises in store and great bargains. You should also visit one of the city's wet markets, which sell fruit, meat and vegetables.
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