Longyou county is in central and western Zhejiang province and covers 1,143 square kilometers. There are about 404,000 residents in six towns, seven townships and two subdistricts under its jurisdiction.
It has abundant cultural heritage, including more than 100 historic sites under national, provincial and county-level protection. The earliest ground structures built when mankind stepped out of the cave were found in a Neolithic site in Lotus Mountain and the earliest rice remains in the world were discovered in Qingdui at an early Neolithic era site.
Longyou has been listed among the top 100 counties in China with most investment potential for 13 consecutive years. It has an economic development zone, with a planned area of 35 sq km. At present, it has more than 500 tenants in a 19-sq-km area.
The county has developed five characteristic industries: high-end equipment manufacturing, high-end furniture, paper for specific purposes, green food and beverages, and new energy and new materials.
It has four enterprises capable of generating 1 billion yuan ($144.3 million) in annual output value, nine listed on China’s New Third Board and seven other companies are applying for a listing on the main board.
Longyou borders Jinhua in the east, Suichang in the south, Qujiang district in the west and Jiande in the north, and serves as a strategic hub connecting eastern and central Zhejiang with Jiangxi, Anhui and Fujian provinces.
As a key transport hub in the region, Longyou has a unique advantages. It has the Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed rail line and the Zhejiang-Jiangxi railway running through it, and the Quzhou-Ningde railway is under construction. The Hangzhou-Quzhou high-speed railway and a 15,000-sq-m station renovation project will soon begin construction.
As a State-level ecological demonstration zone, Longyou has diversified landforms, ranging from its mountains and hills to plains and rivers. The Longyou Grottoes, which are known as “a mystery for centuries”, is a cultural site under State-level protection and the first national 4A-level scenic spot in Quzhou. It is also applying for world heritage status.
The Jiangxiyan Irrigation System, which was built from 1330 to 1333, was listed as one of the world's Heritage Irrigation Structures by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage.
Other scenic spots in the county include a bamboo forest in western Zhejiang, Liuchun Lake, Sanmenyuan ancient village in Shifo town, and volcanic ruins on Fanzeng Mountain.
The 3.5-sq-km Rosewood Town, which cost over 8 billion yuan ($1.16 billion), has been listed as a provincial excellent town, a top 10 demonstration town in Zhejiang and been ranked as a national 4A-level tourist attraction.