Many tourists are attracted to watch the ebb and flow of the tides of the Qiantang River in Yanguan town of Haining around the Mid-Autumn Festival every year. [Photo by Wang Chaoying]
Located on the north bank of Qiantang River, Haining administers eight towns, four subdistricts and three provincial economic development zones. In 2018, Haining ranked 22nd among the top 100 counties and cities in China with the most comprehensive strength, ranked 35th among China's top 100 industrial counties and cities, and ninth in terms of overall affluence among China's county-level cities. It also ranked fifth on the capital vitality index among all counties in the Yangtze River Delta region.
Haining boasts distinctive tide culture and lantern culture, and is or has been home to many renowned people. The Xiashi lantern in Haining has a history of over 1,000 years and the manual embroidery technique developed there is unique in China. Haining is the hometown of more than 100 famous people, including Chinese scholar Wang Guowei, poet Xu Zhimo and novelist Louis Cha.
Haining is the pilot city for "Made in China 2025" in Zhejiang province. In recent years, the former three pillar industries – leather, warp knitting and home textiles – have transformed into the fields of fashion and new textile materials. The industries of new materials, new energy, electronic information and high-end equipment manufacturing are developing into industrial clusters. Moreover, Haining has attained breakthroughs in the fields of pan semiconductors, big health and artificial intelligence.
Haining is honored as a national civilized city, a national garden city and one of Chinese best tourism cities. In recent years, the government has been focusing on providing its citizens with a high-quality life.