Quanzhou is a beautiful harbor city situated in southeastern coast of Fujian province and overlooking Taiwan island across the Straits. It enjoys a favorable sub-tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 20。C. Its annual rainfall is 1000-1800 mm. With an area of 11,015 square kilometers, Quanzhou has its jurisdiction over four urban districts, three satellite cities, five counties as well as Quanzhou Economic & Technical Development Zone and Quanzhou Taiwanese Investment Zone.
Quanzhou is a city of strong economy. In 2017, it achieved a GDP of 754.801 billion yuan, keeping ranking first in Fujian Province for 18 successive years. Six industrial clusters with an output of over-100-billion yuan scale have taken shape in Quanzhou including textile & garments, petrochemical, footwear, equipment manufacturing, building materials and household appliance, food&beverage.
The county territory economies of Quanzhou City hold distinctive characteristics and yield unusually brilliant results in industrial clusters. For example, there are more than 2300 shoe-making enterprises of all kinds in Jinjiang City with a yearly output of over 100 billion yuan, including star companies like Anta, 361。,etc. The volume of production for sneakers and hiking shoes accounts for 40% of China, and 20% of the whole world. Its products are shipped to more than 163 countries and regions, which makes Jinjiang City the “Capital of Shoes in China”.
Shishi is a city well-known for casual clothes production in China. As an important industrial base for textile and garment industry in China and one of the collecting and distributing centers, Shishi City has an orbicular industry chain. With more than 10 thousand textile and garment enterprises under its jurisdiction, it generates an output of over 100 billion yuan each year.
Nan'an City is well-known for its reputation of being the “Hometown of Building Materials in China” and “Stone City of China”, accounts for 2/3 of the imports and exports quotas of Chinese stones. Its water heating industry is also highly developed. As one of the three biggest water-heating industrial bases of China, with over 700 enterprises of water-heating and kitchen&bathroom industry, Nanan City cultivates 4 famous brands of water-heating industry in 7 of China and accounts for over 60% of the water-heating industry sales volume of China.
Hui'an County has Quan-Hui Petrochemical Industrial District, a provincial level economic development zone, which is one of the most important oil refining bases of China. As the Fujian provincial experimental example district for recycling economy, Fujian provincial example zone for new new-kind industrialization and member of first batch of Fujian provincial example zones for green development, the Quan-hui Petrochemical Industrial District has constructed and put into operation of programs like the 12-million-tons-a-year scale Sinochem oil-refining and so forth.
Besides, Hui'an stone carving is famous all over the world for its unique stone-carving skills and excellent products which wins Hui'an City the reputation of “World Capital of Stone-carving ” .
As the origin of Tie Guanyin Tea, a famous Chinese producing area for Oolong Tea, and one of the main origins of Chinese tea culture, Anxi County is the largest producing and export base for Oolong Tea in China, and has the reputation of the “Hometown of Chinese Oolong Tea”. Meanwhile, Anxi is also the “Hometown of Rattan and Iron Arts” and its craft works are exported to over 50 countries and regions in the world, accounts 40% of the total transaction amount in the China.
Dehua County is one of the origins of Chinese porcelain culture. The history of Dehua porcelain could be traced back to Neolithic times, merges from Tang and Song Dynasty, flourishes on Ming and Qing Dynasty. With unique skills, Dehua Porcelain became well sold in Europe, Southeast Asia and Middle East, as one of the most important goods on Maritime Silk Road. At present, Dehua has become the largest producing and export base for art porcelain in China, which wins Dehua the reputation of the “Capital of Porcelain for the World” and the “Capital of Porcelain for China”.
Quanzhou is a well-known hometown for overseas Chinese and one of the main ancestral places for Taiwan compatriots of Han nationality. Quanzhou has a population of 8.65 million while there are more than 9 million Quanzhou descendants in 129 different countries and regions, most of which reside in Southeast Asia. There are 700 thousand people of Quanzhou origin residing in HongKong and 60 thousand in Macao. Besides, there are about 9 million Taiwanese of Quanzhou origin, which accounts for 44.8% of the population of Han nationality in Taiwan.
Quanzhou is among the first batch of Renowned Historical & Cultural Cities in China. It is reputed as Museum of World Religions. By now, there are 4 items of world intangible heritages, 34 items of national intangible heritages and 31 cultural relics under the state-level protection. In 2013, it was selected to be one of the first Cultural Capitals of East Asia together with Kwangju in Korea and Yokohama in Japan. UNESCO has chosen Quanzhou as the first World Exhibition Center of Mutli-Cultures. And Quanzhou was recognized by the UNESCO as one of the starting point of ancient Maritime Silk Road. It is explicitly stated in the national “One Belt, One Road” strategic planning that the central government will support Quanzhou to build itself into a Pilot Zone for the Implementation of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative as well as a strategic pivot city for maritime cooperation. Since 2014, Quanzhou has successfully held such activities as the 14th Asia Arts Festival, the International Maritime Silk Road Art Festival, the International Seminar on the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, the International Maritime Silk Road Brands Expo and the First Chinese-Arab Cities Forum, etc., and founded the United Nations Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance Business Council (UN-SRCBC).
Quanzhou is a Special Economic Zone for private business de facto. It is one of the 18 pilot cities for successful implementation of reform and opening up. It is also a base for advanced manufacturing industry. There are more than 100 thousand private enterprises with industrial and commercial registration in Quanzhou, among which 2523 are companies with a market value of more than 100 million yuan and 104 are listed companies. Quanzhou is one of the three major pilot zones for financial reform in China approved by the State Council. It is also a pilot zone for comprehensive reform of private business in China confirmed by the NDRC. The “Jinjiang Experiences” and “Quanzhou Model” created in Quanzhou are well-known across the whole country.
Quanzhou is a capital of name brands. There are 155 pieces of China’s Famous Trademarks. The quantity of both ranks top among all prefecture-level cities in China. Hence, it has won such honorary titles as China’s Top 10 Name Brand Cities and National Model City for the Implementation of Trademark Strategy.
Quanzhou is a livable city. It has won many honorary titles such as “Nations in Bloom” Award, National Hygienic City, National Environmental Protection Model City, and National Garden City etc. Besides, it has passed the technical assessment process for a State-level Eco-City. The urban built-up area of Quanzhou is 197.6 squarekilometers with an urbanization rate of 62.6%.