Briefing of Zhijiang City
Zhijiang got its name because the Yangtze River branches here.It belongs to Yichang City ,Hubei Province now.
Zhijiang city stands on the north bank of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, in the west of Jianghan Plain.It adjoins Yichang, meets Wuhan in the east and links Chongqin in the west. It’s at the head of Jingjiang and guards the gateway of the Three Goreges Area. It has a good location with exceptional advantages. It is the only one plain county(city) in the Three Gorges Area. It’s the satellite town of Yichang(a famous tourist city for hydropower on earth) and the important industrial base. The advantages of developing industry in Zhijiang is as follows:
A.The Unique Advantages of Traffic Transportation
Zhijiang is the bridgehead of the development of the western site of China. Since ancient times, Zhijiang has been the goods and materials distributing center and the communications center in the area of Western Hubei, Western Hunan and Eastern Sichuan.It’s the strategically important town of “controlling Bashu upward, drawing Jingxiang next” while it’s celebrated as “the door of the Three Gorges area and the key junction of Hubei and Sichuan”. Zhijiang is in the middle of the whole country. Taking Zhijiang as the center of a circle, within 600 kms, you can reach 9 provincial capitals,such as Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guiyang, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Zhengzhou and some prefectural-level cities, covering a population of 6 billion.
Zhijiang has convenient communications in all directions. And it possesses the three-dimensional network of communication lines that waterway, highway, railway and aviation are well matched
Waterway transportation: The infrastructure of ports along the Yangtze River is complete. There are 8 ports and 46 berths along the 95.5 kms line of the Yangtze River in the city. The handling capacity of annual freight transportation is more than 3 million tons. The 10,000 ton-class cargo ships can stop at Jianghai transport harbour in Yichang which is 50 kms away from Zhijiang.
Highway transportation: Shanghai-Chengdu freeway runs in parallel lines with No.318 national road across Zhijiang, joined up with Beijing-Zhuhai freeway,Lanzhou-Hangzhou freeway, Xiangfan-Jingzhou-Yichang freeway and No.207 national road.
Railway transportation: Jiaoliu railway traverses 37 kms from north and south in Zhijiang with one second class freight transportation marshalling yard and two fourth class freight transport station in the city. The storage facilities are self-contained. Yichang-Wanzhou railway along the Yangtze River which is still under construction will be open to the traffic in 2008.
Air transportation: Sanxia International Airport is only 27 kms away from the urban area.It has opened 27 domestic air lines and three temporary lines of Hong Kong , Macao and Japan.
B. Remarkable Water, Electricity and Gas Resources
Zhijiang has good condition for water and electricity. The Yangtze River comes across the city from west to east. There are a lot of lakes in Zhijiang. There is a waterworks of producing 100,000 tons of water daily in Zhijiang urban area (daily water yield about 30,000 tons now).The price of water for industrial use is about 0.12 dollars per ton. It possesses 15 substations in the whole city. The five state-level large-scale hydropower stations, such as the Three Gorges Dam, GeZhou Dam, Geheyan Dam, GaoBazhou Dam and ShuiBuya Dam ,are less than 70 kms away from it. It’s usually called “the corridor of output electric power in the Three Gorges Area”. It’s the important base that the power resources change on the spot. The price of electricity for industrial use is about 5.44 cents per kilowatt-hour. The state major natural gas plumbing project Zhongwu line traverses Zhijiang City.
C. Cheap and Abundant Human Resources
The total population of Zhijiang is 510,000. About 455,000 people have been educated. Among them ,about 150,000 people passed education above senior middle school. The people at the age of 18-50 accounts for nearly 75% of the total population. The workforce resources are quite abundant. The average monthly salary of the local workforce is about 48-73 dollars.
D.Distinctive Soft Environmental Advantages of Investment
In order to offer superior development environment to the business guests, Zhijiang founds the institutions of service of " one group and three centers" creatively to promote the economic development. The group is the Lead Group of Optimizing the Eeconomic Development Environment. There are three centers under its leadship.They are the Service Center of the Economic Development, the Supervision Center of Protecting the Investors’ Lawful Rights and the Law Service Mediation Center of Protecting the Investment Environment. The group and the three centers offer the enterprises and the investors “zero distance” service. An overall follow-up service will be supplied from building and putting into production to producing and managing.They are responsible for going through all the formalities, coordinating all relations and solving all contradictions.