Zhejiang, a tide rider
Zhejiang is the birthplace of the Communist Party of China and the "Red Boat Spirit". In 1921, the first CPC National Congress was successfully held on a small boat on Nanhu Lake in Jiaxing, signifying the birth of the Communist Party of China.
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Zhejiang was a pioneer in China's reform and opening-up. It carried out market-oriented reform more than 40 years ago, one of the first provinces in China to do so. Over the years, its private economy has achieved leapfrog growth in scale and strength, nurturing a great number of successful enterprises.
Since the reform and opening-up drive four decades ago, Zhejiang has embarked on a fast track of economic growth. Its GDP jumped from 12.4 billion yuan ($ 1.8 billion) to 5.62 trillion yuan in 2018, and has ranked fourth in China for 23 consecutive years. The per capita disposable income of rural residents skyrocketed from 165 yuan to 27,302 yuan in 2018, the highest among all the provinces (regions) in China for 34 years in a row. The sense of fulfillment, happiness and security among Zhejiang people has grown continuously.