Nanchang is the capital of China’s Jiangxi Province, the political, economic, cultural, scientific & technological center of the Province. Under its jurisdiction are four counties (Nanchang, Xinjian, Jinxian and Anyi), five districts (Donghu, Xihu, Qingyunpu, Wanli, and Qingshanhu), two state-level development zones (High-tech Industrial Development Zone and Economic and Technological Development Zone), and Honggutan New District. Nanchang covers a total area of 7,402 square kilometers, 617 square kilometers of which are downtown area, and 210 square kilometers of which are built area. With a total population of 4.95million, it is one of the 35 megacities in China.
The name of “Nanchang” means “A flourshing place in south China”. Nanchang has a history of more than 2,200 years. Since ancient times, it has been a place with beautiful landscapes to give birth to great talents, a state of etiquettes and culture, leaving a great deal of cultural heritages and precious humanistic imprints. The State Council named Nanchang City as a famous historical and cultural city. Nanchang is not only a city south to Yangtze River with beautiful ecological environment, but also the place where the Army flag is raised for the first time. Nanchang obtains lots of honors and awards such as “China Excellent Tourist City”, “China Health City”, “World Top Ten Dynamic City”, “China Featured Charming City”, “China Garden City”, etc. At present, Nanchang is striving to be a “modern regional economically central city ”and “modern civilized garden heroic city”.
Nanchang is the place where the first airplane of new China, the first coastal defense missile and the first motorcycle were born. Perfect industrial facilities and complete industrial systems lay a solid foundation for the manufacturing. At present, Nanchang has formed five backbone industries of automobile, pharmacy and food processing, electronics and electronic information, metallurgy and new material, textile and garment, and is now quickening the construction of “one park” (Taiwanese Businessmen Industrial Park), “two bases” (Photovoltaics Industrial Base and Aviation Industrial Base), “three industries” (LED Industry, Auto and Auto Parts Industry, Service Outsourcing Industry), and “four focuses” (Electromechanical Manufacturing, Pharmacy and Food Industry, Metallurgy and New Material Industry, Electronic and Electronic Information Industry). The core strategy of striving to create modern manufacturing base begins to take effect. Many world top 500 enterprises, such like Microsoft, Kohler, ABB, Pepsi-Cola, Coca Cola have their presence in Nanchang which is becoming the best place to undertake the industrial transfer from developed coastal cities of China and developed counties.
Nanchang, lying in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and the southwest of the Poyang Lake, was well known as “the head of the Wu Kingdom and the tail of the Chu Kingdom, and the door to Guangzhou and Fujian”. It is the only provincial capital city neighboring Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Southeast Fujian Delta, enjoying a strategic position and geographic advantage as the traffic hub bridging east and west, and north and south. Jing-Jiu Railway, Zhe-Gan Railway, Wan-Gan Raiway and other railways run across the city. Along with the sixth train speed increase in China in April 2007, running time of trains from Nanchang to Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and other big cities is largely shortened, and passenger and cargo transportation by train are more fast, convenient and effective. By 2010 intercity train between Nanchang and Jiujiang will be finished, and the running time between the two cities will be shortened to 40 minutes from present 90 minutes. By 2012 Xian-Pu railway will be finished, and distance between Nanchang and southeast Fujian province will be less 222 kilometers by this railway than by Jing-jiu Railway, and less 117 kilometers than by Hu-kun Railway, and this railway will be the train channel for Nanchang to go to sea fast. No. 105, 320 and 316 highways intersect in Nanchang. Chang-Jiu, Li-Wen and Gan-Yue expressways extend in all directions. Grade 4D Changbei International Airport has opened over 40 lines directly flying to Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkong, Macao, Seoul and other big cities in China and other part of the world.Nanchang has established a three-dimensional transportation network along with the opening of international airport, intersecting of south-north and east-west railway arteries, running of international container dock, and joining of expressways, which makes Nanchang be just 1-hour-flight or 6-hour-drive away from the Economic Circle covering eight neighboring provincial capital cities and municipalities directly under the central government. There is a population of 460 million and a consumption potential of RMB 12 trillion yuan industrial products in this Economic Circle.
Nanchang is the biggest industrial city of Jiangxi province, where the first airplane of new China, the first coastal defense missile and the first motorcycle were born. Perfect industrial facilities and complete industrial systems lay a solid foundation for the manufacturing. At present, Nanchang has formed five backbone industries of automobile, pharmacy and food, electronics and electronic information, metallurgy and new material, textile and garment, and is now quickening the construction of “one park” (Taiwanese Businessmen Industrial Park), “two bases” (Photovoltaics Industrial Base and Aviation Industrial Base), “three industries” (LED Industry, Auto and Auto Parts Industry, Service Outsourcing Industry), and “four focuses” (Electromechanical Manufacturing, Pharmacy and Food Industry, Metallurgy and New Material Industry, Electronic and Electronic Information Industry). The core strategy of striving to create modern manufacturing base begins to take effect, many world top 500 enterprises and China top 200 enterprises, -taking a few of them as examples, Microsoft, Kohler, ABB, Pepsi-Cola, Coca Cola, Aux, ZTE have their presence in Nanchang which is becoming the best place to undertake the industrial gradient transfer of developed coastal cities of China and developed counties.
Commerce & Trade Distribution Industry
Nanchang is an important commerce & trade distribution city in China. During the recent years, with People-flowing, Goods-distributing and then wealth-growing, nine special streets such as Zhongshan Road, Shengli Road, Ruzi Road and others have mushroomed in Nanchang, among which Shengli Walking Street was recognized by China Commercial Walking Street Committee to be one with the best value increase potential. In the urban areas, the department stores, shopping centers and wholesale markets are thronged with customers, among them, Walmart Shopping Center in Nanchang even set a world record in daily customer flow and sales revenue. Some world top 500 enterprises such as METRO, Carrefour, Auchan and B& Q and others have settled in Nanchang. In the suburban area, the number of the markets with an annual trade volume surpassing 100 million reaches 28, with Hongcheng Market ranking the six among the domestic counterparts. Nanchang (Shenzhen) Agricultural Wholesale Market also tops the list. Nanchang will make efforts guided by the commerce and trade logistics development strategy of “malls in urban areas, special streets in downtown area, markets in suburb, and logistics outside of the city”, taking regional commerce and trade center and modern logistics center as the goal, enhancement of Nanchang’s comprehensive competitiveness as the core, to gradually form a modern commerce and trade logistics system which will be adaptive to the city development strategy and economic development level, with reasonable pattern, optimal structure, advanced functions and perfect supporting facilities.
Nanchang is a water city in southern Yangtze River, and fertile lands favor development of ecological agriculture. Having been reputed as “a land flowing with rice and fish”, Nanchang has abundant agricultural products and huge potential of fine and deep processing, and is one of national key excellent agricultural product bases, and the national key production base of commodity grain and agricultural by-products. Nanchang has various agricultural products, such as excellent rice, livestock and poultry products, vegetables, buckwheat head, peanut, tea, flower, seedling, edible fungus, honey, etc. which are good in quality and low in price. In 2007 total grain yield was 2.145 million tons, number of live pig for sale was 2.8759 million, total vegetable yield was 1.45 million tons, the output of aquatic products was 0.31 million tons, poultry was 3901.68 pieces, total poultry eggs were 0.1397 million tons, annual output of buckwheat head was 0.115 million tons, annual output of black sesame was 0.02 million tons. Excellent rice is sold to Fujian, Guangdong, Shanghai and Southeast Asia, and lean meat-type live pigs are supplied to Hongkong in large quantity. Plentiful excellent special agricultural products have long enjoyed a good reputation at home and abroad, such as Buckwheat Head (origin: Shengmi – hometown of China’s buckwheat head), Water Chestnut (origin: Sanjiang – hometown of China’s water chestnut), Black Sesame (origin: Jinxian – hometown of China’s black sesame), Crab (origin: Junshanhu Lake – hometown of China’s crab), Artemisia Selengensis (origin: Poyang Lake – hometown of China’s artemisia selengensis), Poultry Eggs (origin: Xiaolan – hometown of China’s poultry eggs), etc. At present, the whole city has 41 enterprises and 243 varieties achieved state “green (organic) foods” symbol. In recent years, Nanchang has been pushing agricultural industrialization. Eight state-level key leading enterprises of agricultural industrialization, 45 provincial-level leading enterprises and 91 municipal-level leading enterprises are emerging. A batch of famous and special new products with strong competitiveness is launched, laying good material basis for deep processing of agricultural products, and also giving huge opportunities for businessmen.
Nanhang, based on the process of facing the world, the future and the modernization, is focusing on creating the city with its own charm and competitiveness. And Nanchang also strengthens the urban planning for showing the beauty of Nanchang, intensifies the industrial development for collecting financial power of Nanchang, increases the urban achievements for enhancing the strength of Nanchang, enhances urban management for improving the culture of Nanchang, and reduces urbanization demand for collecting popularity.
Nanchang, as a modern new city---One River and Two Banks along Ganjiang River, is changing from inland and consumption-oriented city to open and industry-oriented city, showing of infinite power for the rising of the hero city---Nanchang.
Nanchang Municipal CPC Committee and Nanchang Municipal Government unswervingly push forward opening-up strategy, new-type industrialization strategy, urban-rural integration strategy, strategy of invigorating the city by means of science and education, and sustainable development strategy. Nanchang will take key projects as breakthrough point, “pioneering enriches the people and innovation enhances development” as the principal line, to continuously increase comprehensive power and core competitiveness of Nanchang, realize new leapfrog in the fast rising of Nanchang, to create Nanchang into an “advanced manufacturing base in central China”, “modern commerce and trade center”, “logistics center”, “financial center”, an open and vigorous, courteous and harmonious, honest and pioneered “ecological garden”.