Location: Zhejiang Province is located on China's southeast coast, south of the Yangtze River Delta. Adjacent to the north is Shanghai.
Area: 101,800 sq km
Climate: Zhejiang enjoys clear-cut seasons due to its subtropical geographic location. Every year, there is a rainy period, which occurs from early June to early July. Sometimes from late August to late September typhoons will attack this region. The annual rainfall is from 1200 to 2000 millimeters. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant months for travelers to visit Zhejiang.
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Provincial Capital: Hangzhou
Population: 44.56 millions (March 2001)
Ethnic Groups: Over 300,000 of the total population belong to 47 ethnic minorities. She and Hui are the two biggest minority ethnic groups.
Major Cities: Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shaoxing.
Agriculture: Forestry covers 59.4 percent of the province's total area with rich resources of economic forests and bamboo groves. Famous local special products include tea, mulberries, oranges and tangerines. The output of dry fruits like hickory nuts and Chinese torreya nuts accounts for more than 70 percent of that of the country. The province is also a major producer of Chinese tallow trees, bark of official magnolia and fruit of medicinal cornel. In addition, the output of bamboo stands the first in the country.
Industry: Zhejiang has developed its local economy in over 100 industrial branches and over 30 processing industries of farm and sideline products, covering 10-plus fields such as manufacturing, processing, construction, transportation, aquiculture, textiles, industrial trading and services. According to statistics, the industrial output value with local characteristics made up 65 percent of the provincial total. A general survey shows that over 306 localities in the province have exceeded a gross output value of 100 million yuan each in products of local characteristics.
Zhejiang is known as a "famous tourist center and a land with rich historical relics," featuring mountains, the sea, rivers and lakes, and caves, a landscape typical in regions south of the Changjiang River. There are 11 national scenic areas and 22 provincial scenic areas. Of which the better-known are the picturesque West Lake in Hangzhou; Shaoxing, a city of waters and bridges; Putuo Mountain, a center of Buddhism; the charming Fuchun River; Qiandao Lake, a landscape of mountains reflected in water; Mogan Mountain with a cool, comfortable climate; and the magnificent Yandang Mountain. There are 28 national units of historical relics under key protection, including the unsophisticated Pagoda of Six Harmonies, the Temple of Yue Fei, Lanting Pavilion to the memory of Wang Xizhi, a master calligrapher of the Jin Dynasty (265-420), the Guoqing Temple, a famous place of Buddhism, and Tianyi Pavilion in Ningbo, one of the four major libraries in ancient China.
Zhejiang is a land endowed with the fine spirits of the universe and has brought foward many statesmen, thinkers, men of letters, educators, scientists, and artists who made outstanding contributions and left behind them many famous historical sites.