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Zhejiang Province is located on China's southeast coast, between longitude 27°12'-31°31' east and latitude 118°-123° north. Overlooking the East China Sea, Zhejiang Province borders on the north of Fujian, east of Jiangxi and Anhui, and South of Shanghai and Jiangsu. Its land area covers 101,800 square kilometers, with its northern most point 450 kilometers to the south as the crow flies, and 450 kilometers from east to the west.

The Qiantang River, the greatest river in the province, is also known as “Zhe” (meaning “winding”) River for it twists and turns

Blessed with a wealth of enthralling landscapes, and renowned for its rich cultural heritages and prestigious personalities, Zhejiang enjoys the fame of 'the land of fish and rice, of silk and tea, of cultural relics and of tourist attractions'. Within the province, there are more than 800 geomorphologic landscapes, over 200 scenic water areas, 100 scenic spots of biological features and another 100 of cultural features.

It has 14 National Scenic Spots and Historical Sites, namely the West Lake, 'The Two Rivers' (namely the Fuchun River and the Xin'an River), Mount Yandang, Mount Putuo, Mount Tiantai, Nanxi River, Shengsi Isles, Double Dragon Cave, Xiandu, Mount Xuedou, Huanjiang, Mount Jianglang and Xianju. At the same time, there are also 42 Provincial-level Scenic Spots and Historical Sites, such as Dongqian Lake, Dafo Temple, Fangyan and Mount Lanke.

In Zhejiang there are five National Historical and Cultural Cities, which are Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shaoxing, Quzhou and Linhai. Under the jurisdiction of Zhejiang Province, there are 12 provincial-level historical and cultural cities, 134 key cultural preservation centers at the state-level, and other 279 at the provincial level, seven national nature reserves, and 20 national forest park.

Zhejiang, a coastal province open wide to the world, is one of the most economically developed provinces in China. In year 2008, the GDP per capita in Zhejiang exceeded $6,000. Per-capita disposable income of urban residents reached 22,727 RMB, 10.5 more than that of the previous year, and per-capita disposable income of rural residents reached 9,258 RMB, 12 up in comparison with the previous year. The growth in real terms is 5.4 and 6.2 respectively, taking price rises into consideration.

Known as 'a land of fish and rice”, Zhejiang is famous for its comprehensively developed and highly productive agriculture. Its production of rice, tea, silk, oranges and bamboo, enjoys national recognition. Its output of green tea and bamboo tops in China, while that of silk pods and oranges ranks respectively 2nd and 3rd nationwide. The province accounts for 30 of the China’s total export of silk fabrics.

Zhejiang is also an important fishery center in China. The fishery industry in Zhejiang has shaken off its traditional productive style, gradually integrated dredging, breeding and processing. It has opened both domestic and foreign markets, and as a result, attained comprehensive industrialization. Zhoushan has one of the largest Chinese oceanic fishery grounds, thus making it the pride of the Chinese fishing industry. The Hangjiahu Plains, which is in the north of Zhejiang, is one of the three most important aquiculture bases in China.

Zhejiang has a solid foundation in industry, which consists light industry, processing, manufacturing and collective industries. Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy, township enterprises flourished, and by the end of 1995, it picked up 3/4 of Zhejiang’s gross industry output.

Zhejiang has an old-line silk industry that guarantees the finest products, along with other well-known traditional industries.

The power industry has been developed with the commissioning of Qinshan power station, which is the first nuclear power station in China, and Xin’anjiang power station the first large hydroelectric power plant that was designed, equipped and constructed by China.

The province has 73 colleges and universities (including 7 vocational schools), the admission rate of those sitting the college entrance examination reaches 76.6. The gross enrollment rate at colleges or universities is 30 percent, with 8,000 postgraduates and 195,600 undergraduates being recruited. Colleges and universities in Zhejiang have a total enrollment of 572,800, with 103,100 graduates.

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