30 Facts About Zhejiang


Zhejiang is an eastern, coastal province of the People's Republic of China.

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Zhejiang is bordered by Jiangsu and Shanghai to the north, Anhui to the northwest, Jiangxi to the west and Fujian to the south.

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Under the late Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty that followed it, Zhejiang's ports became important centers of international trade.

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Nevertheless, after China's economic reform, Zhejiang has grown to be considered one of China's wealthiest provinces, ranking fourth in GDP nationally and fifth by GDP per capita, with a nominal GDP of US$1.

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Zhejiang's economy is based on electromechanical industries, textiles, chemical industries, food and construction materials.

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Zhejiang has a longer coastline than any other mainland province of China.

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Zhejiang was the site of the Neolithic cultures of the Hemudu and Liangzhu .

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At the beginning of the Three Kingdoms era, Zhejiang was home to the warlords Yan Baihu and Wang Lang prior to their defeat by Sun Ce and Sun Quan, who eventually established the Kingdom of Wu.

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Zhejiang was an important economic center of the empire's Jiangnan East Circuit and was considered particularly prosperous.

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Zhejiang was finally conquered by the Mongols in the late 13th century who later established the short lived Yuan dynasty.

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Under the late Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty that followed it, Zhejiang's ports were important centers of international trade.

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Much of Zhejiang came under the control of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom during the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in a considerable loss of life in the north-western and central parts of the province, sparing the rest of Zhejiang from the disastrous depopulation that occurred.

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Zhejiang benefited less from central government investment than some other provinces due to its lack of natural resources, a location vulnerable to potential flooding from the sea and an economic base at the national average.

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Zhejiang has been an epicenter of capitalist development in China and has led the nation in the development of a market economy and private enterprises.

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Zhejiang has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons.

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Zhejiang is divided into eleven prefecture-level divisions: all prefecture-level cities :.

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Politics of Zhejiang is structured in a dual party-government system like all other governing institutions in Mainland China.

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The Governor of Zhejiang is the highest-ranking official in the People's Government of Zhejiang.

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Zhejiang was home to Chiang Kai-shek and many high-ranking officials in the Kuomintang, who fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the Civil War.

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Zhejiang is one of the richest and most developed provinces in China.

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In recent years Zhejiang has followed its own development model, dubbed the "Zhejiang model, " which is based on prioritizing and encouraging entrepreneurship, an emphasis on small businesses responsive to the whims of the market, large public investments into infrastructure, and the production of low-cost goods in bulk for both domestic consumption and export.

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The economic heart of Zhejiang is moving from North Zhejiang, centered on Hangzhou, southeastward to the region centered on Wenzhou and Taizhou.

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Predominant religions in Zhejiang are Chinese folk religions, Taoist traditions and Chinese Buddhism.

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In mid-2015 the government of Zhejiang recognised folk religion as "civil religion" beginning the formal registration of the province's folk religious temples under the aegis of the provincial Bureau of Folk Faith.

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Zhejiang is one of the provinces of China with the largest concentrations of Protestants, especially notable in the city of Wenzhou.

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Rapid development of religions in Zhejiang has driven the local committee of ethnic and religious affairs to enact policies to rationalise them in 2014, variously named "Three Remodelings and One Demolition" operations or "Special Treatment Work on Illegally Constructed Sites of Religious and Folk Religion Activities" according to the locality.

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Zhejiang is mountainous and has therefore fostered the development of many distinct local cultures.

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Nevertheless, a Zhejiang accent is detectable in almost everyone from the area communicating in Mandarin and the home dialect remains an important part of the everyday lives and cultural identities of most Zhejiang residents.

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Zhejiang is the home of Yue opera, one of the most prominent forms of Chinese opera.

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Zhejiang cuisine is one of the eight great traditions of Chinese cuisine.

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