Located in southwest Zhejiang, Changshan county is the source of Qiantang River and the west gateway of the province. Covering an area of 1,099 square kilometers, it governs three sub-districts, six towns, five townships and 180 villages with a population of 342,000.
It used to be Gumie of the Yue Kingdom in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and belonged to the Chu Kingdom during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) and Taimo county in Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). It was established as a county in Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220) and was initially known as Dingyang, dating back to about 1,800 years ago.
Bearings, textiles, and building materials, three traditional industries in the county, have been upgraded while three emerging industries --agricultural machinery, new materials, and biomedicine are booming as the local government is inviting industrial leaders’ investment to settle in the county.
Coca-Cola Company, Swedish bearing producer and supplier SKF Group and Minerals Technologies Inc also have investment projects in Changshan.
At present, Changshan has four industries generating an output value of more than 10 billion yuan -- bearing, agricultural machinery, new materials and biomedicine, and strives to develop into a base for these industries.
The county is also promoting the incubation of characteristic towns, such as the Yungeng town (a town featuring cloud computing plus agriculture), a town equipped with health preservation facilities and a “Calcium Valley” town.
Situated in the border of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Anhui and Fujian provinces, Changshan enjoys strategic geographical advantages, as it is a node on the main artery that links North and South China.
Besides three expressways, Hangzhou-Jinhua-Quzhou, Huangshan-Quzhou-Nanping, and Hangzhou-Xinanjiang-Jingdezhen expressways, the G205, G320, G351 national highways and the No 221 provincial highway crisscross there, and there are also traffic ways along the rivers.
The Jiujiang-Jingdezhen-Quzhou Expressway has been put into use and the construction on water ways in Changshan Port will soon commence, which will make transporting via water more convenient.
Changshan is also about a 30-mintue drive from the airport and the high-speed railway station in Quzhou city.
The forest coverage rate of the county is 73.2 percent, and both the quality of air and water has been kept over Grade II standards for years. It is a national key ecological function area and a major ecological defense for Zhejiang province and renowned for its picturesque scenery.
In addition, the Changshan International Slow City, which is the seventh of its kind in China, has offered people to enjoy a leisure time in 31-sq-km resort. Its core area will help promote the county as a popular leisure tourism area together with the Chengdong New Area, the provincial tourism resort and Shangshi town (or stone appreciation town).