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The Yangtze River Delta Economic Circle
 
  The Yangtze River Delta borders Tongyang Canal on the north, Hangzhou Bay on the south, Zhenjiang in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. It entails city of Shanghai, the south part of Jiangsu Province, the north part of Zhejiang Province and the east parts neighboring the ocean, totaling area to 210,700 square kilometers.
  As mentioned above, city of Shanghai is the center of the Yangtze River Delta, second-layered by city of Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Ningbo as the sub-center. Functionally speaking, in the area of ¡®2P (Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces), 1C (city of
Shanghai)¡¯, there are 16 focally-wielded cities as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Taizhou (Jiangsu), Nantong, Jiaxing, Huzhou, Shaoxing, Zhoushan and Taizhou (Zhejiang).
  Being the largest Economical Circle in China, and the sixth biggest City Conglomerate in the world, the Yangtze River Delta has enjoyed the finest infrastructure as well as the highest synergy of competitiveness in China, thanks to its gifted geographical position, abundant national resources and profoundly built foundation in economic infrastructure.
  Tooled by only 2.1% and 11% of total land and population respectively, the Yangtze River Delta produces nationally 21.7% of GDP, 24.5% fiscal revenues and 47.2% of total foreign trade. Resultantly, it ranks the highest scale of economic development, and efficiency of implementation. Its system develops organically, for example, the area of urban and rural is efficiently as well as comprehensively connected. With the advent of bullet train of ¡®Shanghai-Hangzhou shuttle¡¯ and ¡®Shanghai-Ningbo shuttle¡¯, the Yangtze River Delta would become ¡®One Hour within-reach Economic Circle¡¯.

Profile of Major Cities£º Population£¨according to the 2010 Census£©
2011 GDP (RMB/ billion Yuan)
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City
Population
GDP
Profile
Shang
hai
23,019,148
19195.69
¡¡As one of the Four Municipal Cities of China, Shanghai is covered by 6,340 square kilometers of area, and positioned as the center of economy, technology, industry, finance, foreign/domestic trades, exhibitions and shipping.
¡¡Shanghai is situated at the estuary of the Yangtze river. Contributed by its largest port and industry production capacity in China, the annual throughput of both breakbulk cargo and container shipping ranks the top of the world. The tourism industry is emerging in Shanghai, ignited by its alluringly modern urban culture, and further flourished by its numerous yet-explored historical sites/relics.
¡¡ Shanghai has justified its world-class metropolis by its successful host of 2012 Expo. And beefed up by this big achievement, Shanghai is determined to build up itself as the center of international financing and shipping in the world.
Nan
jing
8,001,680
6145.52
¡¡Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu and the 2nd largest city in East China, covers an area of 6,597 square kilometers.
Nanjing is reputed as one of Four Ancient Cities of China, and witnessed six dynasties in Chinese history.
¡¡Nanjing is situated right in the downstream of Yangtze river, and has been served as a hub city connecting the developed East China with under-developed West China. To date Nanjing is the center of shipping & logistics in Yangtze river area, and harbored some government-directed industries, and thus become one of strategic cities in China open to the world. In terms of petro-chemical and automobile industry, Nanjing is ranking the 2nd and the 3rd place respectively in China. Particularly, in mechanical manufacturing Nanjing outpaces other cities, thanks to its high-tech knowhow. Gifted by its strategic location.
¡¡Nanjing is constructed as the hub of both transportation and communication, particularly in function of transportation, Nanjing is well connected with each major routes spreading to entire China, accommodating large volume of capacity. Nanjing is also famous for its higher degree of education, and therefore has attracted numerous scientific research organizations to be inhibited in this city.
Hang
zhou
8,700,400
7011.80
¡¡Hangzhou is the provincial capital and the largest city in Zhejiang Province. Hangzhou covers an area of 16,596 square kilometers, and functionally one of the 2nd layered cities in Yangtze River Delta Economical Circle. The history of Hangzhou can be traced back to Qin ¡®Chin¡¯ Dynasty, and is over 2,200 years of age. Consequently City of Hangzhou is full of historical sites and gracefully scenic parks, widely praised timelessly. So there¡¯s a saying ¡®In heaven there¡¯s a paradise, on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou¡¯.
¡¡Hangzhou is one of important test grounds for computer software, assigned by China government. Nowadays it becomes the home base of computer software and IC design house. Enriched by these well-built environment, Hangzhou is stamped as the center of computer software, medicine, environment protection and renovated material. In 2011, the foreign trade and GDP of Hangzhou reached respectively US$63.972 billions and US$701.180 billions, increased by 22.2% and 10.1% compared with previous year. To day Hangzhou keeps a record of double digit growth for 21 consecutive years.
Ning
bo
7,605,689
6010.48
¡¡Ningbo is the 2nd largest city in Zhejiang, covers an area of 9,816 square kilo meters. Being one of three economical centers in Zhejiang province, Ningbo is an important industrial base in East China. The port of Ningbo was pushed by its own annual throughput as the third biggest port in China.
¡¡Ningbo was a well- known city in Chinese history, for it was a set-off point as so-called ¡®the silk road of water way¡¯ since Tang Dynasty. Together with Yangzhou and Guangzhou, there were three major port cities in China open to the world commercially. In the long run, Ningbo becomes a famous hometown for overseas Chinese, for there are over 4.3 millions of overseas Chinese, spread over 50 countires, all originated from Ningbo. Undoubtedly, Ningbo is the economic center in Zhejiang province, and meantime an important industrial city in East China.
Su
zhou
10,465,994
10716.99
¡¡Geographically Suzhou is inhibited the center of prosperous Yangtze River Delta, touching the bank of Taihu and the estuary at the south bank of Yangtze river. There are Beijing-Hangzhou canal, Beijin-Shanghai bullet train and numerous highways zigzagging across the city.
¡¡Suzhou covers an area of 10,716.99 square kilo meters. In Jiangsu Province, Suzhou plays an important role in financing, culture, arts, and high degree of education. Moreover, Suzhou is also a hub city in transportation in Yangtze River Delta Economic Circle. Suzhou is an ancient city, renowned by its magnificent hills and lakes, within there are numerous elegantly historical master-piece of gardens erected. In China there¡¯s a saying ¡®the master-piece of gardens in south bank of Yangtze river tops the nation, yet the master-piece of gardens in Suzhou tops the south bank of Yangtze river.¡¯
¡¡The GDP of Suzhou in 2011 achieved US$1,071.99 billions, as the 6th place in China The foreign trade of Suzhou in 2011 hit US$300.9 billions, just behind Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. In 2011 the export amounts of Suzhou accounted for 55.74% provincially, and 8.26% nationally.
Wu
xi
6,372,624
6880.15
¡¡Wuxi is situated in the south part of Jiangsu Province and in the rich hinterland of Yangtze River Delta. It enjoys the convenience as a transportation hub, and the rich land abundant with resources of fish and rice.
¡¡Wuxi covers an area of 1,224.85 square kilo meters where industries of manufacturing and tourism were well off. Thus it becomes a strategic base of manufacturing, out-sourcing and tourist center. There are over 3,100 water ways across the city, totaling 2,480 kilo meters. Taihu alone covers an area of 397.8 square kilo meters. Wuxi is also an economy-oriented city in East China, i.e. it¡¯s one of 15 economy-oriented cities, as well as one of 10 key cities of tourism. Wuxi is reputed as friendly to private enterprise, and thus was nominated by Forbes as the most commercial city in China.
¡¡In 2011 the GDP of Wuxi hit US$688.015 billions, increased by 11.6% compared with that of previous year. This achievement in 2011 was recorded as the 2nd place provincially, and the 9th place nationally. The GDP per capita of Wuxi in 2011 topped the entire Jiangsu province.
Chang
zhou
4,591,972
3580.42
¡¡Changzhou is also situation in the south bank of Yangtze river, touching the bank of Taihu lake. Belted in Yangtze River Delta, Changzhou is of prefecture-level city in Jiangsu Province, covering an area of 4,385 square kilo meters.
¡¡Changzhou is an ancient city of culture, fared over 2,500 years in written history. Thanks to Shanghai-Nanjing bullet train and highway, 312 national course, and across by Beijin-Hangzhou canal, Changzhou provides with convenient transportation in terms of water, land and air. Being the first class of commercial port, the annual throughput of Changzhou port was over millions tons. Changzhou has long been a home base for equipment manufacturing, and it enjoyed a substantial growth continuously.
¡¡Nowadays in Changzhou there are four categories of equipment manufacturing: agricultural mechanical, electric transmission and transforming, automobile parts and accessories, and fashion textile manufacturing. Among which the transmission and transforming equipment manufacturing in particular, is ranking the top in China.
Nan
tong
7,282,835
4080.22
¡¡Nantong is situated in the south part of Jiangsu Province, facing with Shanghai and Suzhou in the opposite side of Yangtze river.
¡¡Nantong is of prefecture-level city in Jiangsu Province, and an important port in the downstream of Yangtze river. The mainstreams of industries in Nantong are mechanics, electronics, petro-chemical, ship-building, real estate construction, port construction, textiles and new/clean energy.
¡¡In 2011 the GDP of Nantong hit US$408.022 billions, ranking the 26th in cities of China The foreign trade in 2011 was amounting to US$25.84 billions. The one-hour within-reach with Shanghai and three-hour within-reach in Yangtze River Delta is realized in city of Nantong.
Zhen
jiang
3,113,384
2310.42
¡¡Zhenjiang is of prefecture-level city in Jiangsu Province, populated with 3.11 millions people. It covers an area of 3,848 aquare kilo meters.
¡¡Zhenjiang also enjoys convenient transportation system in which Beijin-Shanghai bullet train, Shanghai-Nanjing inter-city high speed train and Shanghai-Nanjing highway run across the city. The coast of Yangtze river flowed along Zhejiang city for over 250 kilo meters, which made Zhejiang as the 3rd largest port in Yangtze river, with the annual throughput over hundreds of millions tons of cargo.
¡¡Zhejiang is also an ancient city over 3,000 years of history, and thus is one nationally well-known city of tourism. The production industry has been surfaced in Zhejiang organically, and taken shape as three supporting pillars, i.e. mechanics, petro-chemical and Papers.
Zhou
shan
1,121,300
765.30
¡¡Zhoushan is of prefecture-level city in Zhejiang Province. It is comprised by 1,390 islets, which accounted for the one-fifth of China. The city covers land area of 1,440 square kilo meters, and sea area of 20,800 square kilo meters, where full of natural gulf, bays and piers. The water ways run across like city of Venice, and enjoy deep draft and calm waves.
¡¡Thus Zhoushan is one of numbered natural port with deep draft in China. Traditionally Zhoushan is well-known by its three major industries, ie fishing, port cargo handling and tourism. In terms of fish industry, Zhoushan is the base for fishing, processing and sales.
¡¡Zhoushan is potentially stored with energies to be generated by wind, sea tidal waves and currents, deep water gas and minerals. Thus Zhoushan is both readily and potentially in developing ocean-relating industries. The GDP of Zhoushan in 2011 hit RMB$76.530 billions.
Jia
xing
4,501,700
2668.06
¡¡Jiaxing is of prefecture-level city in Zhejiang Province, and covers an area of 3,915 square kilo meters. Jiaxing is situated in north eastern part of Zhejiang Province, and in the hinterland of Yangtze River Delta, bordering lake of Hangzhou-Xiajing. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal loops the city of Jiaxing, making Jiaxing as one of important harbor city along the Beijing-Hanzhou Grand Canal.
¡¡Jiaxing is also equipped with convenient transportation system, and formed up with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzou to be one-hour within-reach economic circle. Jiaxing has been dedicated in developing selective industries in on-dock zone in Jiaxing harbor, together with equipment manufacturing, and other higher value-added industries.
¡¡Menatime Jiaxing is also supporting the 3rd industry, such as service industry, out-sourcing and E-commerce. The GDP of Jiaxing in 2011 realized RMB$266,806 billions.
Hu
zhou
2,893,500
1518.83
¡¡Huzhou is of prefecture-level of Zhejiang Province, and covers an area of 5,818 square kilo meters. Huzhou is named after the Taihu lake, and an ancient city with over 2,300 years of history, full of nature of beauty, and historical sites.
¡¡Huzhou is abundant with natural resources, such as coal, iron ore, limestone and so on. Huzhou provides fish farm with fresh waters, and the farm of which covers an area of 22,000 hectares.
¡¡Huzhou has been focusing on industries of new energy and energy saving., Bio-medicine, new materials, photo-electrical and so on. The GDP of Huzhou in 2011 hit RMB$151,883 billions.
Shao
xing
4,912,200
3291.23
¡¡Shaoxing is a coastal city and of prefecture level city of Zhejiang Province. It covers an area of 8,972 square kilo meters. The economy is highly developed in Shaoxing, and its production on textiles, small-sized generator, and energy-saving photo-electrical are considered the center of the world.
¡¡Shaoxing is situated in the north part of Zhejiang province, and sprawled along the Yangtze river for over 40 kilo meters. Shaoxing has a profound history of culture, and the city was built 2,500 years ago, and considered as one of the origin cradling Chinese civilization.
¡¡Shaoxing owns a convenient transportation system, and its Cross-sea bridge connects Shanghai-Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Ningbo highway with Shangyu-Sanmen highway, shortening drastically the distance from Zhejiang, Fujiang , and Guangdong to Shanghai.


 
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