|• Pinyin||Cíxī Shì|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Cixi is a city with rich culture and long history. It belongs to the State of Yue in the Spring and Autumn period of the Zhou Dynasty (770BC-476BC) and the county was set up in the Qin Dynasty. At first it was called “Juzhang” and has been using the name of “Cixi” since the Kaiyuan reign of Tang Dynasty (AD 738).
Cixi City is located on the south of the economic circle of Yangtze River Delta, which is the most promising area for future development. Being the anchor of the Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo Economic Golden Triangle, Cixi is 60 km from Ningbo in the east, 148 km from Shanghai in the north and 138 km from Hangzhou in the west. Cixi has a subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 16℃. With the emphasis on the city’s infrastructure, Cixi has an effective public transportation system that provides convenience. Highway: Roads within the city lead to all directions and there is 1.5-hour drive to Hangzhou, 1-hour drive to Ningbo, and 1.5-hour drive to Shanghai. Airvation: Within an 1.5 hour transport circle are the four major airports: Ningbo Lishe International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Water Transport: Within a radius of 150 kilometer, there are two international ports: the port of Shanghai and the port of Ningbo.
Cixi is an important manufacturing city in northern Zhejiang province.The Hangzhou Bay New District is located in the city.
1.Ranks third among the top 100 cities for the national county-level economic development competitiveness
2.Ranks 9th among the top 100 counties for the national medium to small cities’ scientific development
3.Ranks 5th among the top 100 counties for being most promising for investment
4.Ranks 10th for being the best commercial county-level cities on the Forbes list
Data GDP reaches high at 87.6 billion in 2011 Top 1 county for having a budgeted government revenue of 12.9 billion in 2011 Above-scale industrial output at 153.6 billion in 2011 The achievements of industry: the production base of Chinese home appliances、the production base of auto and motorcycle parts in China, the production base of Chinese mould, the biggest collecting and distributing center of antiquated furniture in China, the biggest processing base of eel in China, the biggest production base of microminiature bearings in Asia, the biggest production base of disposable lighter in the world, and the biggest production base of European style socket in the world. At present, Cixi already owns 35,000 industrial enterprises, with over 36 characteristic industrial cluster valued above a hundred million CNY and more than ten biggest domestic manufacturing centers, forming stanchion industry such as home appliances, light textile and chemical fiber, bearing and mould, food processing, auto and motorcycle parts as well as electric apparatus, and the industrial system which produces more than 3000 kinds of products, it forms extremely powerful supporting ability in plastic manufacturing, mould and hardware processing. Cixi already becomes one of the first batches of counties (cities) with self-supporting export exceeding 5 billion dollars in Zhejiang Province, and owns at least 1000 self-supporting enterprises with import and export actual performance, with 49 categories and more than 2000 varieties of export commodities, which are exported to 193 countries (areas) in five continents. The excellent industry environment and position advantages in Cixi gain more and more attention from the top 500 enterprises in the world. The gross retail sales of social consumption goods have ranked the first place in all counties and cities around the province for the successive ten years. The top 500 giants in retail industry in the world such as RT Mart and Metro have already settled one after another in Cixi. Cixi has abundant agricultural resources, and has formed five predominant industry of foreign exchange earning vegetable, famous fruit, special aquaculture, herbivorous livestock and poultry (bee), flowers and plant, consistently having been praised as “land of Chinese red bayberry”, “land of Chinese pear” and “land of vegetables”.
Cixi is accelerating the construction of a mid-scale modern city. 2012,It covers a total land area of 1,361 square kilometers and has a population of 2.04 million, including 1.04 million registered permanent residents and 1 million temporary residents. Fifteen towns and five subdistricts are under the jurisdiction of Cixi City and there are 325 administrative villages including committees and communities.
The city also houses many Yue Kiln Sites, which are widely regarded as one of the origin of Chinese porcelain. Cixi has the tradition of advocating culture and emphasizing education, with several thousand years of historical relics and profound cultural background which cultivated three regional cultures, i.e. “celadon, reclamation and immigration”. Shanglinhu celadon has been sold overseas as a “Maritime Silk Road” to the world, historical tideland reclamation area has become one of the areas with the most abundant land reserve resources in Zhejiang Province, and the immigration culture has several years of history. The three kinds of cultures mingled together to set up Cixi humanistic spirit of innovation, openness & honesty, and win-win cooperation, which has created a good environment for the development of Cixi education. Cixi has become the first batch of powerful educational city in Zhejiang Province, Through exploring diversified school-running ways and promoting school-running by social power, the number and scale of private schools are all leading domestically. Cixi was listed as the “demonstration base for community digital learning in the national city and countryside” by the Ministry of Education in 2010 and 2011.
- Han Zheng - Mayor of Shanghai
- Tan Jiazhen - founder of modern Chinese genetics
- Ren Mei'e - President of the Chinese Geographical Society
- Lu Yongxiang - President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Han Qide - Chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology
- Lu Zhangong - Secretary-in-General of Fujian Province
- Weng Wenhao - Prime Minister of the Republic of China
- Ing Chang-ki - Taiwan industrial magnate
- Zhou Xinfang - Master of Beijing Opera
- Zhu Zuxiang - agricultural scientist
- The People's Government Cixi City official website
- Cixi Foreign Language Association official website