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Manufacturing in China: City Guide- Hangzhou

By Jesus David Cano Romano
July 27, 2016

Manufacturing in China offers thousands of opportunities. Knowing its cities better can help making the right choice of supplier with experience in your specific field of production.
China 2 West has sales and support offices around the world and multiple quality control and engineering locations within China, predominantly positioned close to manufacturing hubs. We want to provide a short introduction of the Chinese cities we’re operating in and show the city’s specializations of production.

The city introduced here is Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and it’s located at the end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, the longest man-made waterway in the world. With its beautiful natural scenery, renowned cultural heritage and clean environment, it is one of China’s most important tourist destinations. It covers an area of 16,840 square kilometer and has a population of around 9 million inhabitants. Hangzhou has five major development zones, counting the Economic and Technological Development Zone, the High-tech Industry Development Zone, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Economic and Technological Development Zone, Hangzhou Yuhang Economic and Technological Development Area and Hangzhou Bay Shangyu Economic and Technological Development Area.

Hangzhou’s pillar industries are equipment manufacturing, beverages, electronic information, food, pharmaceutics, textiles and garments. Other specializations available are electronic appliance, machinery equipment for automobiles, construction materials, chemical fibers, biochemicals, refined chemicals, information technology, electronics, machinery, opto-electro-mechanical, bio-pharmaceuticals and textiles fibers.

The city’s GDP accounts to 920.62 billion RMB, which amounts to a per capita GDP of 129,448 RMB. Exports in Hangzhou are 49,166 and imports 18,832, which gives a trade balance of 30,334 million $. Foreign direct investment is 6,335 million $.

Hangzhou is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. It was founded about 2,200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty. The city was the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period as well as the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty. In the 13th century, Marco Polo lauded it as “one of the most charming and luxurious cities in the world”.

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