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General Information
Located in the northern part of Jiangsu, Binhai is a county under the jurisdiction of Yancheng Prefecture City. Binhai, meaning “Beach” and “Sea” in Chinese, hints the city’s geographic location would be associated with a coastline. In the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD), this land was inhabited by the earliest settlers and later became one of the largest salt-making sites in China in the Southern Song Dynasty.

Geography, Resources and Climate
Binhai County is located in the northern of Jiangsu Plain and lies along the coastline of the East China Sea (Yellow Sea) with abundance of water resources, wetlands and beaches. It borders three counties, Xiangshui, Sheyang and Funing on three directions, the north, south and west, respectively. The city is 80 km away from the Yancheng urban area and 90 km from either Lianyungang or Huai’an municipal vicinities.

Situated in a transit belt from the subtropical region to a warm temperate zone, the county enjoys a warm and humid climate and is under the influence of Asian monsoon, with a distinct four seasons. It is a coastal city with plentiful sunshine of 2,500 hours annually and its rainfall reaches more than 1,000 mm a year, with a climate of 220 days free of frost.

Administration and Jurisdiction
Under the jurisdiction of Yancheng, the county is comprised of totally 15 towns. The newly established Binhai Development Zone is under the provincial supervision, which occupies an area of 35 square kilometers and is further divided into six subsequent industrial parks. The municipal government is stationed in the Town of Dongkan.

Area and Population
Baihai’s physical land size is 1,880 square kilometers with a coastline of 45 km in length. The county’s population is near 1.1 million.

Economy, Industry and Environment
Agriculture sector earns a major revenue for the county and its agricultural products include crop, cotton, vegetable, etc. Over years, Binhai has been making its great effort to become a green agricultural land to produce more organic products including rice, wheat, vegetables, fruits, and aquatic products. It is prominent in producing a Chinese herb medication, polygonum multiflorum thumb or Heshouwu in Chinese, which is widely used in Chinese traditional therapies for cardiovascular disorders and antivirus.

The forestry industry is another sector economically and it earns the county over 20% of its total annual income. Not just its money-making significance, the forests, with a high land-covering rate, has become a remarkable treasure for the county’s environment.

The renovation of Binhai Port has been in processing and it is an ideal sea port for cargo ships of 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes. Other industrial sectors include fishery, tourism, textile, food manufacture and machinery. These newly added industrial sectors are changing the county’s economic components and are remarkably improving its economic capability.

Transportation and Tourism
Binhai is connected to its neighbors by a convenient road transportation system which includes the national highway G204 and three expressways including Beijing-Shanghai, Nanjing-Lianyungang and Nanjing-Jinjiang-Yancheng. The Jiangsu Coastline Expressway opened to public in 2006, adding one more convenience to the county’s transportation network. Two nearby airports, Lianyungang Baitabi Airport and Yancheng Airport, provide Binhai a quick access to domestic airway transportation.

Facing South Korean and Japan in opposite of the East Sea, the county's old seaport is currently under a renovation in order to expand its international navigation capacity.

In the urban area, the public and private transportation sectors provide a convenient accessibility to local commuters and looming travelers.

Binhai has been well instituted the compulsory primary educational system. The secondary education system includes 12 middle and high schools, and four of them are granted with the national or provincial privilege. Binhai has a high percentage of graduation rate but still needs an improvement in order to reduce the number of kids who drop their school prior to graduation.

There are two adult vocational schools in the county but no any higher leaning institution available.

Culture and Folklore
The county is well known for its enriched traditional Chinese cultures and it has been honored as one of the best counties in Chinese calligraphy, poem and antithetical couplet.

Notable Personage
Binhai was once one of the critical war zones during the China’s civil war and a few famous generals served in Chinese Liberation Army once lived here.

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