Xinchang County

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Xinchang County (Chinese: 新昌县; pinyin: Xīnchāng Xiàn) is a county in central Zhejiang, administratively under the municipal government of Shaoxing. 430,000 people live in Xinchang.

Controversy[edit]

Xie Weixing, Shaoxing City vice-mayor, allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for approving a housing project when he held the post of party secretary of the Xinchang County. He played a key role in ensuring the Xinchang-based Fengdao Group, a leading local company, won the bid for a nearly 90,000-square-meter block of farming land, according to the People’s Procuratorate of Zhejiang Province.

Sale of farm land for development has become increasingly sensitive in contemporary China.

Toxic Capsule Town[edit]

The town of Ruao (儒岙) became synonymous with poison. The factories using industrial gelatin to make pills were closed soon after CCTV reported the scandal on April 15. (ref.: http://www.eeo.com.cn/ens/2012/0509/226104.shtml) A third of Ruao’s 30,000 population is employed in the capsule industry.

Tourism[edit]

Xinchang is home to the Dafo Temple (大佛寺).

Coordinates: 29°30′06″N 120°54′16″E / 29.50167°N 120.90444°E / 29.50167; 120.90444