Keqiao district [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
Keqiao district, honored as the "Oriental Venice", occupies some 1,066 square kilometers and has 12 towns, four sub-districts, and one state and two provincial level development zones under its administration. It enjoys a reputation as the hometown of bridges, rice wine, calligraphy, traditional opera and literary celebrities.
The district enjoys a favorable location which is 20 minutes' drive from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in the west, one-hour's drive from Ningbo in the east and two-hour's drive from Shanghai in the north. The transportation in Keqiao is well developed. The Hangzhou-Ningbo High-speed Railway and the Hangzhou-Ningbo, Hangzhou-Jinhua-Quzhou and Shaoxing-Zhuji expressways, as well as National Highway 104, Provincial Highway 329 and Hangzhou-Ningbo Canal all pass through the district.
Keqiao fashion week [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
Keqiao ranks among the top 10 in the country in terms of economic development. In 2015, its regional GDP reached 120.01 billion yuan ($17.32 billion), a year-on-year increase of 7.6 percent. Its general financial revenue was 16.05 billion yuan. The per capita disposable incomes of urban and rural residents reached 50,800 yuan and 29,300 yuan, increasing by 8.5 and 9.6 percent respectively. Its traditional competitive industry – the textile industry is prospering, and China Textile City is the leading market of its kind in the country. Emerging industries such as featured residences, creative design, equipment manufacturing, leisure tourism, automobiles and auto parts enjoy a rapid development momentum. Not to be forgotten, its classic rice wine industry also keeps developing with the times.
Anchang Ancient Town in Keqiao district [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
The district is attempting to construct nine characteristic towns, among them the rice wine town at Hutang sub-district, the entertainment town at Keyan sub-district and the calligraphy town at Lanting town. They have all received recognition and support from the provincial government.
In recent years, Keqiao has been accelerating economic transformation and upgrades, building a beautiful countryside and a moderately prosperous society in line with the development layout of Shaoxing. Its future is to be a powerful and advanced district in the city.