Zhenjiang, a beautiful city known as "home of sweet and sour", is situated on the crossway of the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and connects Shanghai to the east and Nanjing to the west.
It administrates three county-level cities of Danyang, Jurong and Yangzhong and five districts of Dantu, Jingkou, Runzhou, Zhenjiang High-Tech Zone and Zhenjiang New District.
Covering an area of 3,840 square kilometers, the city has a population of 3.2 million as of 2019, among which 2.31 million are urban residents. Zhenjiang has become a new and developing city combining port, industry, commerce and trade, and tourism among the Yangtze River Delta region.
Zhenjiang realized a GDP of 412.7 billion yuan ($58.1 billion) in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 5.8 percent. The total import and export value for that year was $11.2 billion, a decrease of 5.4 percent over the previous year. Of which the total export value was $7.9 billion, a decrease of 1.4 percent year-on-year, and the total import value was $3.3 billion, a decrease of 13.6 percent.
Exports to ASEAN countries, Japan and Hong Kong posed steady growth, with their value reaching $1.12 billion, $572 million and $325 million respectively.
A total of 119 foreign-invested enterprises were approved by Zhenjiang government in 2019, bringing in foreign investment of $1.37 billion, a year-on-year increase of 38 percent. The actual use of foreign capital was $660 million, a decrease of 24 percent. 31 projects were approved with a net capital increase of over $10 million, 27 of which have a net capital increase of over $30 million.
The per capital disposable income for urban and rural residents in Zhenjiang were 52,713 and 26,785 yuan, growing 8.3 percent year-on-year.
History & Culture
Zhenjiang is a famous historical and cultural city, top tourist city, national hygienic city as well as state model city for environmental protection. It features picturesque scenery and rich cultural deposit, having cultivated many great celebrities throughout the history, such as Shen Kuo, Xin Qiji, Wang Anshi, Liu Xie and Wang Changling.
One of the most intriguing legends associated with Zhenjiang, Tale of the White Snake, spread over generations through Chinese folklore. It depicts a fantastic love story of a magic white snake thousands of years old reuniting with her human lover. This folk story has been adopted, edited and played in many Chinese folk operas, novels and movies.
As of 2019, Zhenjiang is home to eight colleges and universities which have over 100,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students reading. It also has 10 vocational schools, 109 middles schools, 113 primary schools, and 265 kindergartens. Zhenjiang has made the nine-year compulsory education accessible to everyone.
An employee of the Zhenjiang Vinegar Culture Museum illustrates the craft of vinegar-making to audience through livestreaming, Zhenjiang city, Jiangsu province, April 20. Zhenjiang is a major vinegar production area in Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]