Kaihua county is in western Zhejiang province, lying in the border area between Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangxi provinces.
Covering 2,237 square kilometers, it is next to Chun’an county in the northeast, Changshan county in the southeast, and borders Jiangxi’s Yushan county, Dexing city, Wuyuan county in the west and northwest, and Anhui’s Xiuning county in the north.
Kaihua has a population of 361,557, including 98,900 urban residents.
As a national ecological county in China, 85 percent of Kaihua’s land features hilly areas and 80.8 percent of the county is covered by forest.
The county has large primeval forests and stock volume of 11.05 million cubic meters.
It ranks among the top 10 areas in China in terms of biological richness, vegetation coverage, and the quality of air and water, and is one of the nine regions in the country with sound ecological environment.
The average water resources amount to 2.72 billion cubic meters, the per capita occupancy of water resources is 4.38 times that of the country and 5.03 times that of Zhejiang province.
Outbound water quality has remained above class II on the national standard; its air quality is excellent all the year round, with PM2.5 staying below 30 micrograms per cubic meter and the concentration of negative oxygen ions reaching 3,770 per cubic centimeter.
Kaihua is in the core area of China's Golden Triangle of green tea planting. It is the "hometown of Longding”, a famous Chinese tea and is one of the top 10 tea planting counties in Zhejiang.
It has more than 80 sq km of tea gardens and about 100,000 people engaged in tea industry. Since 1985, Kaihua Longding has been awarded the title of National Famous Tea and has won 108 awards at ministerial level or above in China and abroad.
The tea has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Public Brands of Regional Agricultural Products in China and Top Ten Famous Teas in Zhejiang.
In addition, it has been recognized as a well-known trademark of China and exported to more than 40 countries and regions. In 2017, the brand value of Kaihua Longding was estimated at 2.46 billion yuan ($355 million).
Dubbed “a land of root carving” in China, Kaihua has a long history of root carving dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The style of Kaihua root carving has been influenced by Buddhist culture, Anhui architecture and furniture carving skills, and has been developed into a unique art form combining root-carving, Buddhism, aesthetics and ecology. It was listed as a traditional craft under provincial-level protection and an intangible cultural heritage of Zhejiang province.
The Root Palace Buddhist Cultural Tourism Zone in Kaihua county is Quzhou’s first and the province’s 11th national 5A scenic area. The zone is the largest root carving theme park and displays the best root carving skills in China. As s State-level cultural industry demonstration base that highlights root carving, it has more than 2,000 large artworks, including a 40-plus-ton single piece. Kaihua Root Carving Town was honored as the one of the most popular tourist towns in China.