Xinchang county [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
Xinchang, located in the east of Zhejiang province, was established as a county in 908. Occupying some 1,213 square kilometers, the county has 16 towns (sub-districts) and 415 incorporated villages under its administration.
As a mountainous county, Xinchang used to be beset by poverty and environmental pollution. In recent years, it has made great efforts to transform its development mode and managed to become one of the 100 most powerful counties in 11 years and a national ecological county in eight years.
Advanced equipment manufacturing and biological medicine are the county's major industries, accounting for more than 80 percent of all industrial activity. Xinchang attaches great importance to developing its technological innovation capability. Research and development expenditures account for as much as 3.82 percent of its GDP. It has been named a "national new demonstration base of industrialization" by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC. As of March 2017, it had nine listed companies.
Xinchang is well-known for tea production. [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
Xinchang is well-known for tea production. Its Longjing tea, a "China Well-known Trademark", is among the top 10 most famous teas of Zhejiang province. The tourism industry also brings enormous profits to the county, which has two national 4A-level scenic areas, Tianmu Mountain and Big Buddha Temple.
Xinchang is a livable county with beautiful natural landscapes, a pleasant environment and water of good quality. Its ecological environment ranks first in Shaoxing city in terms of public satisfaction.
With its profound historical background, the county also prioritizes the development of culture and education and has enjoyed fruitful results. It has also conducted health care reforms, aiming to create a sustainable and harmonious society for residents.