Huai’an, an important central city in northern Jiangsu province, hometown of the first premier of the P.R. China, Mr. Zhou Enlai, covers an area of 10,030 square kilometers with a total population of 5.68million.
Famous cultural city with profound history
Huai’an is the National Famous Historical and Cultural City, as it used to be the headquarters of nationwide canal transportation command, ship manufacturing, tribute grain warehousing, salt distribution, and river treatment in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368—1840), and one the four metropolises along the Grand Canal together with Hangzhou, Suzhou and Yangzhou. Huai’an is where north and south meet culturally. Featured local cultures include the Grand Canal, Journey to the West, Huaiyang cuisine, and traditional opera. It is the birthplace of great figures such as Han Xin (?—196 BC), the ancient strategist, Wu Cheng’en (1500—1583), author of Journey to the West, and premier Zhou Enlai (1898-1976).
Favorable ecological environment
As a city with distinct four seasons, Huai’an combines climatic features of both north and south, with the average annual temperature between 13.6-14.7℃. Huai’an is known as “a floating city”, with 4 rivers flowing through (the Grand Canal, the ancient Huai River, Yanhe River, and the Li Canal) and 5 lakes embellishing (Hongze Lake, White Horse Lake, Gaoyou Lake, Baoying Lake, and Lixiahe Lake). Wetland resources here rank among the highest, forest coverage is 23.6%, urban green coverage 41%, and average annual good air quality days over 85%, all these make it possible to have a real sense of “taking deep breaths in the daytime and counting stars at night.”
Multiple industrial platforms
Huai’an possesses 8 state-level open platforms, including the national economic and technological development zone, high-tech development zone, comprehensive bonded zone, pioneer park for overseas Chinese, software park, etc. as well as 8 province-level development zones and 12 province-level characteristic industrial parks. European and American industrial park and German industrial park have been put into operation. These platforms provide firm support for enterprises to invest in Huai’an.
Convenient location and transportation
Huai’an airport, the first class airport, has flight routes to more than 30 cities home and abroad, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Taipei. 6 national expressways intersect here, with a total mileage of 403 km. Huai’an Port, one of the key waterway ports in Jiangsu province, with a handling capacity of over 90 million tons, accounts for more than 80% of container throughput of the whole province. Container routes are under operation from Huai’an New Port to Shanghai, Nanjing and Lianyungang. With the opening of high-speed railways in 2019, the traveling time from Huai’an to Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing will be shortened to 3, 2 and 1 hour respectively.