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Tourism Resources in Zhejiang Province
2012-05-27 18:50:42

Tourism Resources in Zhejiang Province

By the end of 2005, Zhejiang Province boasts 1 tourist holiday resort at national level and 14 at provincial level, 17 scenic areas at national level and 40 at provincial level, 73 major historical and cultural sites under state protection and 442 under provincial protection, 29 forest parks at national level and 58 at provincial level; 9 nature reserves at national level and 7 at provincial level. (Among the 9 nature reserves at national level, Nanji Isles Marine National Nature Reserve is the only island in China that is included in the United Nations International Man and Biosphere Program.) Zhejiang also has 5 famous historical and cultural cities at national level and 12 at provincial level as well as 43 historical and cultural reserves at provincial level. There are 100 patriotic education bases in China, 5 of which are located in Zhejiang. Zhejiang also boasts 109 patriotic education bases at provincial level. In addition, Zhejiang is blessed with 14 national key temple sites.

Situated in the southern part of the Yangtze River Delta on the southeastern coast of China, Zhejiang Province has a reputation of “a Land of Fish and Rice”, “the Capital of Culture”, “the City of Silk and Tea”, and “the Paradise of Tourists”. With hilly highlands and a long coastline, Zhejiang is a province rich in agricultural products. It has the largest number of islands in China, among which Zhoushan Island is the fourth largest island in the country, and boasts the longest coastline in China.

Zhejiang has an area of 101,800 square km, of which 70.4% are hills and mountains. Therefore, it’s said that “Zhejiang has 70% of hills, 10% of water and 20% of plains”. The land slopes from the southwest to the northeast with its major rivers flowing eastward into the East China Sea.

The name of Zhejiang originates from the Qiantang River (whose nickname is Zhejiang), the largest river in the province. Bordered by Shanghai and Jiangsu in the north, connected to Jiangxi in the west and Fujian in the south, with a population of more than 47 million, Zhejiang is an economically important province on the southeastern coastline of China.

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