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General Information
Located in the south of Nanjing, Lishui is a county-level city with a history of 1,400 years. It was named as an independent county in Sui Dynasty (591 AD).

One of two tributes for the Qinhuai River, an elegant landmark for Nanjing, originates from the Mountain Dongting of the county. The other tribute originates from the Mountain Baohua, a river in Jurong County, Zhenjiang City.

Geography, Resources and Climate
Lishui County borders three cities, Jurong, Liyang and Gaochuan in the east, south and west, respectively. It is next to the metropolitan Nanjing in its north and is often referred as a satellite town of Nanjing.

Numerous rivers and lakes crisscrosse Lishui, including five most important lakes and many rivers. Its abundant freshwater is the crucial resource not just for the county but also for the great Nanjing metropolis. One of two major headwaters of Qinhuai, the most splendid landmark for Nanjing, originates from Lishui’s mountainous region.

Like its neighbors, Lishui is on the northern subtropical belt and is influenced by a maritime monsoon climate, a mild and humid climate with distinct four seasons. The annual average temperature is 16-17ºC around and the rain precipitation is close 1,000 mm annually. The forest covering rate reaches 27% of the total land mass and 34% of the urban area.

Administration and Jurisdiction
Lishui is under the jurisdiction of Nanjing. The county is comprised of 8 towns and 1 provincial Industrial development region. The municipal government is stationed in the Town of Yongyang.

Area and Population
Lishui has a physical land size of 1,067 square kilometers and the population is less than a half million.

Economy, Industry and Environment
Lishui is traditionally a farming land in the great Nanjing area and the agricultural and aquatic incomes occupy a major portion of the city’s revenue, in which the agricultural and aquatic produces mainly include crops and aquatic produce.

Current development has added industrial sectors to Lishui. In an effort to attract investors, the Lishui Industrial Development Zone contributes its great share in attracting invest funds. The zone is covered an area of 13 square kilometers and is 16 km away from Nanjing Lukou International Airport, 40 km to the Nanjing urban area. The industrial zone has drawn numerous national and international corporations to set op their subsidiaries in the district. Furthermore, the economic expansion in the satellite town has turned it into a fairly wealthy urban region.

Economic growth and environmental conservation have always seemed like two different approaches. However, the Lishui government has been putting stiff environmental rules into practice over years, and has spent significant funds to protect its environment including air, forest and water resource. The city has been awarded with numerous titles for its well preserved ecological environment and high forest coverage.

Transportation and Tourism
Numerous expressways, including Nanjing-Hangzhou, Airport expressway and Changzhou-Lishui Highway, have brought the county a convenient road transport network. The network directly links the city to the Lukou International Airport and the Xinshengwei Port.

In the inner city, the public transportation, including bus lines No. 1 to No. 7, provides convenience to the city’s commuters and visitors.

The tourist destinations include the Mini Three Gouges, Rouge Lake, Tiansheng Bridge, Fujiabian Plum Garden, East Lushan Forest Park, and more.

Lishui has well instituted compulsory primary education system and its high schools including junior and senior high schools achieve a significant graduation rate.

Culture and Folklore

Notable Personage
When you are in the town, you might see a braze statue – Mr. Cui Zhiyuan Statue. When he was 12-year-old, Cui Zhiyuan, a Korean nationality, arrived in the Tang Dynasty in 855 A.D.and was stunned with its thriving economy and political stability. Cui studied tireless, passed examinations for a scholar title that could be appointed as a municipal official, and worked for the dynasty. Later he returned to his homeland and served for the Korean Xinno King to contribute his knowledge to its own country.

Other notable figures include Wu Qianhe, a minister during the China’s South Song Dynasty. Qi Qin, one of minister of the Ministry of War in the Ming Dynasty.

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