The article was last updated in June 2022.
Shangyu district [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
Shangyu, a district of Shaoxing city, occupies some 1,402 square kilometers on the south of Qiantang River. It has 15 towns and six sub-district offices under its administration.
The district enjoys a long history. It is one of the earliest places of origin of celadon in the world. Zhu Yingtai, heroine of the Chinese classic love story "The Butterfly Lovers" is from Shangyu. It is also the hometown of a great number of historical figures, including Xie Lingyun (385-433), considered as the originator of Chinese landscape poems, Ma Yifu, master of Chinese culture, meteorologist Zhu Kezhen and well-known film director Xie Jin.
Shangyu enjoys a favorable location which is only a 45-minute drive from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Ninbo Lishe International Airport and Ningbo Beilun Port. The 5,000-ton Shangyu Port, the only seaport on the southern bank of Hangzhou Bay, is also in the district. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is only a 10-minute drive from Shangyu, and the Jiashao Bridge brings the district within the Shanghai two-hour traffic circle.
Shangyu district is a famous grape planting base in China. [Photo provided to enshaoxing.com]
The district boasts a livable and beautiful environment. It has a great number of cultural and natural attractions, such as Dashun Temple on Fenghuang Mountain, Cao'e Temple and Chunhui Park along Baima Lake. The central urban area, lying against Dalong Mountain and facing Cao'e River, is well-known for its clear and fresh environment. The construction of new areas is speeding up and the urban supporting facilities and functions keep improving.
The economy in the district is developing rapidly. It has two provincial development zones and 14 township industrial functional zones. The leading industries of the district are mechanical equipment, fine chemicals, light industrial textiles, lighting appliances, new energy and new material. The district also boasts well-developed construction, commerce and tourism industries.
Shangyu makes great effort to develop people's livelihoods by extending the coverage of social insurance and social assistance and promoting countryside and urban construction.