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History of Hangzhou

The area to the south of Hangzhou Bay is the site of excavation of the Neolithic Hemudu culture, dating back to around 4500 BC. Hangzhou's recorded history begins with the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC). During the Sui dynasty (581-618 AD), major construction was carried out on the Grand Canal, which was eventually to ...Read more>>

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Hangzhou Transport - Introduction HOT

Historically, Hangzhou's status as a major port and the starting point on the Hangzhou-Beijing Grand Canal fuelled its prosperity as a one of the most important water transport hubs in southern China. The Grand Canal has lost its importance, but today ...... Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct

Although the majority of foreign investment goes to the manufacturing sector, foreign investment in Hangzhou has also been committed to various service industries such as retail and wholesale, transport and infrastructure, real estate development and tourism. Major sources of foreign investment in Hangzhou include Hong Kong, the US, the EU, ... ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

The city makes full use of its geographical advantages, with a foothold strongly on the rim of the Yangtze River Delta and focusing on five major industrial bases, while fostering two advantageous industries. Hangzhou's five strategic industries are: textiles and garments, electronic and information technology, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, ... ...Read More>>

Hangzhou Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: RMB 344.1 billion GDP per Capita: RMB51,871 Economic Growth Rate (2006): 14.3% Population: 4.1million (urban) – 2.5million (rural) FDI: 2.3 billion USD Annual Average Wage: RMB28,186 Government Effectiveness Rating: 12th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive Rating: 13th Economic Overview Since the opening up of the ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Industrial Orientation Hangzhou's strategic plan for future development will focus on improvements and growth in the following industries: computer animation and information technology, specialty industries, the floral industry, conventions and exhibitions, with a special emphasis on the tourism and hospitality sectors. Traditional industries ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

The post and telecommunications industry continued to develop. In 2006, total telecommunications revenue reached 795 million RMB, up by 18.8 percent over the previous year. The EMS postal delivery network reached 221 countries and/or regions. Over 4.4 million domestic EMS packages were delivered (up 9.0 per cent), and 280,300 international EMS ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

Mayor Mayor: Cai Qi Municipal Departments • Hangzhou Municipal People's Government Add: 318 Huancheng Beilu, Hangzhou Postcode:310026 Tel: 0571-85251105 • Hangzhou Administration for Industry and Commerce Add: 109 Fengqi Donglu, Hangzhou Postcode: 310016 Tel: 0571-86439877 • Hangzho Local Taxation Bureau Add: 152 Zhonghe Zhonglu, ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

Yuhang Economic Development Zone Located in the Northeast quadrant of Hangzhou in the Yuhang district, this integrated industrial park was established in 1993 with the approval of the Zhejiang People's Government. It has a completely synergistic transportation system including roads, rail, air, and sea. As part of the Yangtze River Delta ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview By the end of 2006, there were 36 general colleges and universities with 373,600 students enrolled, including 23,600 graduate students. By the end of 2006, there were 9 adult colleges for continuing education with 178,100 students enrolled. To add to this, there were 1,457 technological and vocational training schools ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

In 2006, a total of 3.023 million KVA of power transformer equipment with a capacity of over 110 kilovolts were put into use with a line distance reaching 495 kilometers. The power consumption in the city reached 36.592 billion KWH. Of the total, the power consumption of urban and rural residents was 4.073 billion KWH, up by 16.1 percent. The ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Roads In 2006, a new breakthrough was made in the construction of Hangzhou's road network. With the HangQian Expressway completely linked and HangHui Expressway opened to traffic, the "Hour and a Half Transportation Circle" for the city was formed and the goal of "Expressways to Every County" was achieved. By the end of the ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

Summary of Hangzhou's Preferential Policies for Foreign Funded Enterprises Any foreign-funded project, which meets the following conditions, shall be exempted from certain tariffs and import value-added tax: 1. Equipment imported for self use within the total investment of the foreign-invested projects, which transfer technologies under the ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Hangzhou is located on the southern rim of the Yangtze River Delta, at the confluence of the western end of Hangzhou Bay, the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, and the southern terminal of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. As the second largest city in the East China Economic Circle (ECEC), next to Shanghai, Hangzhou ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

• Required Documentation for Setting up a Foreign Funded Enterprise Documents required for authorization of contract and articles of association for foreign cooperative or foreign invested company: a) Documentation from relevant municipal departments, district foreign economic and trade bureau, county (municipal) foreign economic and trade ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ Hangzhou Municipal People's Government ◎ Hangzhou Administration for Industry and Commerce ◎ Hangzhou Municipal Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau ◎ Hangzhou Foreign Investment Enterprises Associatio ... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview Commercial office buildings in Hangzhou are mainly located in the core area, with a heavy concentration in the area of Qingchun, Huanglong and Wulin Roads. Currently, there are more than 1,700 commercial office space listings on the market, with a total area of nearly 280,000 square meters. The average sales ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 701.18 billion (2011)• Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 34,065 (2011)• Economic Growth Rate: 10.1% (2011)• Resident Population: 8.70 million (2010)• Unemployment Rate: 1.86% (2011)• Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2011)• Enrollment Rate for High School Students ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The total area of Hangzhou Prefecture is approximately 16,596 square kilometers with a total population of 8.7 million (2010). The Hangzhou urban area covers approximately 3,068 square kilometers. The main ethnic groups of the area are Han, She Hui, Man Zhuang, Miao, Tujia and Korean. ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Hangzhou is located in the south of the Yangtze Delta Region at latitude north 30°16' and longitude east 120°12'. The Hangzhou prefecture extends west to the hilly border with Anhui province, and east to Hangzhou Bay. The city centre is built around the eastern and northern sides of West Lake, just north of the Qiantang River. The city ... ...Read More>>

Hangzhou Transport - Bus HOT

Public Bus The city of Hangzhou has an extensive public bus system, with a two-tier pricing system: 1 RMB on buses without air-conditioning and 2 RMB for air-conditioned vehicles. (All air conditioned buses are denoted by the letter K.) Some buses charge 3-4 RMB. Hangzhou Public Transport Group Co., Ltd. Office Hours: 8:00 - 17:00 Add: 1 Zhaohui ... ...Read More>>

Hangzhou Transport - Boat HOT

Boats Traveling to Suzhou and Wuxi Water Bus The waterbus is available on the canal in the Hangzhou urban area. It originates at Pujia Station, stops at Genshanmen Station, Wulinmen Station and Xinyifang Station and ends at Gongchen Bridge. The operating hours are 7:00-18:10 and boats run every 30 minutes. The operating hours of return ... ...Read More>>

Hangzhou Food Streets HOT

Hangzhou Hefang Food Street 杭州河坊街小吃街 Quaint, quiet Hefang Street is located at the foot of Wushan Mountain, in Hangzhou's old district. Here you'll find plentiful snacky offerings, such as Top Scholar's Cake, Black Sesame Paste, Eight-treasure ...... Read More>>

Rough Guide to Hangzhou Travel HOT

Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province, is located in the Yangtze River delta approximately 180 km southwest of Shanghai. Throughout its long history, Hangzhou has been famed both for its beauty and its prosperity, and has occupied a unique place ...... Read More>>

Hangzhou Nightlife HOT

Hangzhou has a decent selection of places to get a stiff drink or party your paycheck away. Bar hopping on Nanshan Road is a must for anyone who enjoys a good night out. You're almost guaranteed to find a bar that fits your mood on this fun pub strip. ...... Read More>>

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