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Introduction to Jinjiang

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Located in southeast coast of Fujian Province, Jinjiang was a place where people from Central Plains moved amid wars in the Yongjia period during the Western Jin Dynasty, hence comes the name. It has a land area of 649 square kilometers, a sea area of 957 square kilometers and 121 kilometers of coastline. In 1992, the original Jinjiang County was upgraded into a municipality, with 395 administrative villages (communities) of 13 towns and 6 sub-districts under its jurisdiction. The city is now home to 1.108 million  registered population and 1.3 million migrant people. It ranks 5th nationwide in terms of the basic competitiveness of county economy and 3rd among top 100 counties with investment potential in small and middle-sized cities in China. Jinjiang has the following features:

1. A city famous for history and culture Jinjiang has been billed as "a land of plenty", "a Buddhist state in Quanzhou", and "a coastal hometown of Mencius and Confucius". It is well-known at home and abroad for five aspects: ①A long history. In the 6th Kaiyuan year (718) during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong in the Tang Dynasty, Jinjiang was established as a county. Boasting a history of 1,300 years, it had always been the capital of Quanzhou Prefecture. ②A starting point of the ancient maritime Silk Road. During the Song and Yuan, "Citong Ancient Port of Quanzhou" was billed as "the No. 1 port in the east" and existed as the starting point of the ancient maritime Silk Road.③Artistic offerings. Nanyin music, palm puppet, Gaojia Opera, and other folk arts are famous worldwide.④A large number of historical sites. Jinjiang is home to Anping Bridge, with the saying "no other bridge in the world is longer than this one", "Thatched Hut", a rare site of Manicheism, well-preserved undersea ancient forest site, and millennium-old Longshan Temple. ⑤A galaxy of outstanding persons. Jinjiang had produced a galaxy of outstanding persons, including 11 civil and military Number One Scholars and 16 councilors, such as Zeng Gongliang, Ouyang Zhan, Liang Kejia, Qian Dayou, and Shi Lang.

2. A famous home town of overseas Chinese. Since ancient times, Jinjiang had been a land with a large population yet poor farmland. That was why many locals chose to "make a boat and go overseas". Out of each ten households, nine having family members going abroad, is the most visible feature of Jinjiang. Jinjiang has as many as 3 million overseas Chinese, three times of local population. Plus 1 million migrant workers, it is said that "5 million Jinjiang people can be found worldwide". Jinjiang people have settled in more than countries and regions, particularly Southeast Asia. Among them, a cohort of leaders emerged, such as José Rizal, the "father of the nation" revered by Filipinos, Wang Bin, "the supreme patriot", Li Qingquan the "wood king", and Chen Yongzai the "cigarettes and tobacco king".

3. Advantages in engaging with Taiwan, as the follows: ①Prime location. About 5.3 kilometers away from Jinmen, there is only a strip of water between Jinjiang and Taiwan. ②Blood relationship. There are more than 1 million Taiwan people whose ancestors came from Jinjiang. Frequent intermarriage happens between the two sides. In Weitou Village of Jinjiang, 150 girls have married to people in Taiwan, Jinmen Island, and other places. As such, "Weitou bride" has become the byword of cross-strait intermarriage. ③Cultural inheritance. In Anhai Town, the millennium-old Longshan Temple is a key temple nationwide, and also the ancestral temple of 450-odd Longshan Temples in Taiwan. In Taiwan, many places and towns bear the similar names with Jinjiang.④Industrial links. Many industries in Jinjiang have origin in Taiwan, such as the first umbrella factory in Jinjiang.⑤Trade tradition. People-to-people trade exchanges have been maintained between Jinjing Town of Jinjiang and Jinmen Town of Taiwan. In particular, there are frequent small-amount trade transactions across the strait.

4. Economic powerhouse. Since the inception of the reform and opening up, Jinjiang has worked to develop private economy, brand economy and real economy, carving out a distinctive development path of county economy. Then-director of Fujian Province Xi Jinping had inspected Jinjiang for 7 times, when he fully recognized the development gains of Jinjiang and summarized Jinjing's best practice as "commitment in six aspects". For a long time, Jinjiang's economic aggregate has accounted for one quarter of that of Quanzhou, and has ranked No. 1 among counties in Fujain for 24 consecutive years. In 2017, Jinjiang registered GDP of 198.15 billion yuan, up 8.2 percent; it recorded total fiscal revenue of 21.22 billion, up 5.58 percent. Jinjiang is prominent in four aspects:①The dominance of private economy. In Jinjiang, over 97 percent enterprises are private ones, which generate more than 95 percent of output, tax revenue and employment opportunities. ②Evident advantages of industrial clusters. In Jinjiang, the output of enterprises above designated size has topped 400 billion yuan. It is home to seven industrial clusters (shoemaking, textile and garment, ceramic building materials, food and beverage, equipment manufacturing, paper products, and new materials) worth over 10 billion yuan. Among those, shoemaking and textile and garment boast production value over 100 billion yuan each. Major scientific innovations were made in integrated circuit, graphene, photovoltaic electron, and other high-tech industries. With investment nearly 40 billion yuan, the Jinhua memory project has been included into the 13th Five-Year Plan for the productivity layout of integrated circuit and "910 project". As such, a whole industrial chain of integrated circuit has taken shape. Graphene Industrial Technology Research Institute was put into operation, and a host of industrialization projects were materialized. ③A cohort of brands. Jinjiang is home to 15 regional brands, such as national sports industry base, China's shoes capital, and the world's jacket capital, together with 42 famous national brands and more than 250 thousand outlets and direct-sale stores of brand enterprises. 50-plus enterprises have set up offices overseas, and Hengan, Anta, Septwolves, Joeone, and other famous brands have gone global. ④Active capital operation. Jinjiang is home to 46 listed companies, the largest number in counties across China. These listed companies have a total market value of over 180 billion yuan. 78 enterprises in Jinjiang are listed in NEEQ, also known as China’s “new third board”, Tianjin Equity Exchange and Haixia Equity Exchange.


5. A top-notch city. Aiming to build itself into a global innovation-driven city, Jinjiang has joined Quanzhou-Xiamen-Zhangzhou city alliance and integrated into the city aggregate around Quanzhou Bay, thus transforming the cityscape. ①A national pilot. As a pilot city of national new-type urbanization, Jinjiang has witnessed an annual urbanization rate of 1 percent. Thanks to its achievements in this aspect, Jinjiang received important instructions from Xi Jinping, general secretary of CPC Central Committee, and the recognition of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The city also appeared in EU-China Urbanization Partnership Forum and received the Euro-China Green & Smart City Awards for technology. ②International projects. The city is making efforts on all fronts to push for internationalization benchmarking; it has been improving international facilities such as international schools, international medicine, international communities, together with improved urban functions; it has won the bid to host the 18th World Middle School Games in 2020, FISU University World Cup, and other large events. ③Comprehensive development. Jinjiang has been honored as "National Civilized City", "National Ecological City", "National Garden-like City", "National Marine Ecological Civilization Demonstration Zone", "National Dual Support Model City", "National Advanced City in Science and Technology", "National Charity City", "7-Star Charity City", and "National Advanced City in Safety Building".

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