As one of the main urban areas of Jiaxing, Xiuzhou district is a livable area with deep cultural connotations and strong economic strengths. [Photo by Hu Pengfei]
As one of the main urban areas of Jiaxing, Xiuzhou district covers 547.7 square kilometers and administers five towns and four subdistricts. Xiuzhou High-tech Development Zone, a State-level zone, and Zhejiang Xiuzhou Economic Development Zone, a provincial zone, are located in Xiuzhou district. In 2020, the regional GDP of Xiuzhou reached 50.32 billion yuan ($7.74 billion), a year-on-year increase of 2.3 percent.
With Shanghai to its east, Hangzhou to its west, Hangzhou Bay to its south and Suzhou to its north, Xiuzhou is located at the geometric center of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD). In addition to the great development opportunities created by the three national strategies – the YRD integration, the Belt and Road Initiative and the YRD Economic Belt, the airport for civil and military uses that is under construction will further promote Xiuzhou's regional economic capacity level.
Xiuzhou district has deep cultural connotations. It is one of the birthplaces of Majiabang culture and the hometown of Zhu Yizun, a renowned scholar in the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Farmers' paintings are a feature of local culture in Xiuzhou district. The China farmers' painting art festival has been held there seven times, and Xiuzhou was honored as the home of Chinese modern folk painting and the home of Chinese folk culture and art.
Xiuzhou district boasts rich natural resources. It is an important commodity grain production base in northern Zhejiang province. The industry structure of the district has become more stable in recent years. Xiuzhou district has transformed from the preliminary single agricultural economy to the current new urban area led by advanced manufacturing and modern service industries.