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A port area along Yangtze  The City of Zhangjiagang
A port area along Yangtze   The City of Zhangjiagang

General Information
Zhangjiagang is a county-level city in Jiangsu province and is under full administration of Suzhou Prefecture City. It is situated on the southern bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and has a population close 1.3 million.

Zhangjiagang was originally a farming town along the Yangtze River. Fish farms were popular plus a small fishery port. After it was selected as a city permitted to open to foreign trade in 1993, the town started its vast economic development and finally drastic change make it a new city with near 20% annual economic growth. Now the city is one of China's top cities with the highest economic rating.

Surrounding the urban area, most of communities of the city are in rural area and their economies traditionally depended on agricultural and fishing industries. Expatriate population is expanding and up to half million tourists visit the city every year.

Today, the city is doing its best contain pollution to protect its natural environment.

Geography, Resources and Climate
Zhangjiagang has only an hour and a half of driving distance to Shanghai and is half hour to the downtown of Suzhou. The city enjoys a similar climate with Suzhou under influence of subtropical monsoon and raining season starts from the middle of June to July.

The city borders Suzhou, Wuxi, Changshu and Taicang. It faces Nantong across the Yangtze River, and around 100 km far away from Shanghai.

The most crucial natural resource is water. Yangtze River is the most important river for the city and its port, with other more than eight thousands of rivers, lakes and canals. It has 72 km of the riverbank of Yangtze.

Administration and Jurisdiction
Zhangjiagang is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou Prefecture City. It is a special industrial zone, specifically designated by China's national government for attracting new investments. The city administers 8 towns and a special district (Changyinsa District). The municipal government is stationed in the Town of Yangshe.

Area and Population
The city has a land mass of 998 square kilometers and has a population close 1.3 million.

Economy, Industry and Environment
Zhangjiagang was traditionally considered an agricultural land but the agriculture sector has been shrinking in the past two decades. In 2006, the revenue from the farming is less than 2% of the city's total GDP.

The city has been in a fast growth of its industrial sectors. Now the industrial income occupies half of the city's total revenue. The GDP has always been ranked at the second in all prefecture cities of the province and is listed No. 3 on the national Top 100 Cities ranking with economic strength.

In order to encourage investment, the government launched campaigns and worked out rules, emphasizing courtesy, mutual respect, and obedience to authority. Thanks to vigorous enforcement, the rules are followed to such a degree that visitors remark on the beauty, cleanliness and friendliness of the city relative to other Chinese cities.

With an expansive metropolis, Zhangjiagang has undergone a significant change in its environment and considerable economic growth since 1993 after the city was selected to be a unique model city of the nation. Modernization has recently led to the rapid constructions of malls, high class establishments, and recreational facilities throughout the city.

Transportation and Tourism
Transportation is greatly improved by building more roads and bridges but the increasing number of vehicles has contributed to the heavy traffic volume. An interstate highway connecting the city with Shanghai was built in recent years, reducing the time of travel between the two locations.

Zhangjiagang is a port city and has 72 km of riverbank of the Yangtze River. Its port has excellent conditions for cargo transportation.

There are close half of million of tourists visiting Zhangjiagang every year to sample its urban life.

Zhangjiagang has well instituted compulsory primary education system. The secondary schools including high schools achieves significant graduate rate. No higher learning institution is available in the county.

Ther are two higher learning institutions in the city, Shazhou Institute of Technology and Zhangjiagang Campus of China Television University.

Culture and Folklore
Archaeological finding has indicated that this land was resided by early human being, tracking back to 2,500-8,000 years of the New Stone Age.

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