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  About Hunan

Hunan, also known as Xiang for short, named after the longest river in the province, is located between the south coastal open belt and the Yangtze open belt, enjoying a favorable geological location. In the north it is separated by the Yangtze River with Hubei province, belonging to the open and development belt of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. In the south, it is adjacent to Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, closing with such open coastal areas as Hong Kong and Macao.

Zhangjiajie City

Two-Oriented (Resource-saving and Environment-friendly) Society

“Two-oriented” society refers to a resource-conserving and environment-friendly society, where ways of life, production and consumption in favor of resource conservation and environmental protection are preferred, and comprehensive measures of improving resource utilization efficiency, maximizing economic and social benefits with minimal resources and for harmonious interaction and development between human beings and nature are taken.

Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster

Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster, consisting of Changsha, Zhuzhou and Xiangtan, is located in the northeast of Hunan Province. With its advantageous traffic conditions, Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster becomes the joint area among Beijing-Guangzhou Economic Belt, Pan Pearl Delta Economic Zone and the Yangtze River economic belt. As each two of the three cities are less than 40 kilometers apart, with their outstanding economic developing level in Hunan, they therefore become the core pole of Hunan economic growth.

To bring urban areas of the three cities together, Hunan provincial government moved its office from the center of Changsha to the south in 2004. Taking the opportunity, Changsha constructed the Furong Road in the south and quickened the construction of road network of the ecological new city in the Tianxin District so as to accelerate the link with Xiangtan and Zhuzhou; Zhuzhou built Zhuzhou Avenue to link with Xiangtan; Xiangtan reconstructed Shaoshan Avenue and Bantang Avenue to link with Changsha. At present the three new cities are rising gradually. Depending on the geographical advantage of the new administrative center after the relocation, the integration of the three cities is speeding up the development of their joint area in order to form a shared transportation hub and urban central area. Taking advantage of their strong appeal and radiation function, the three cities help each other to promote harmonious development, and rapidly realize land value increase, promoting their integration.

The three cities at present have established 3 state-level development zones and 2 national industrial bases through resource integration and industrial layout. From 2001 to 2006, the annual average GDP growth rate of the three cities reached 13.6%, and GDP of Changsha is expected to reach 200 billion Yuan for the year of 2007. In 2007, economy of three cities kept vigorous development. In the early three years, the general production value of three cities, i.e. 243.07 billion Yuan, takes up 39.3% of the whole province, import, export and actually employed foreign capital all over 60%. The role of the core pole of economic growth is further manifested.

In the reconstruction of old city in the Xinhe Delta which is located at the joint area of Xiangjiang River and Liuyang River, Changsha made full use of the natural fall of the delta land by employing the idea of freeing the city from congestion, separating people and vehicles and introducing three-dimensional traffic, avoiding traffic jams and increasing the capacity of building land in the delta from 2.0 to 2.8 equivalent to saving 58.62-hectare land. Therefore, the entire 1178-mu (about 78.5 hectares) land in Xinhe Delta becomes the Land King of the whole country.

In terms of environment-treating pattern in recent years, Hunan has treated the three cities as a unit and put forward the method of examining responsibility for environment-simultaneous-treatment objective and established an environmental law-enforcement-and-supervision branch independent of the three cities.

Since the tenth Five-Year Plan of Hunan was proposed, GDP in the three cities has increased by nearly 1.5 times and the environment quality kept steady improvement. Changsha has become the third state-level Forest City, while Zhuzhou successfully got rid of its bad air condition. In May of 2007, Zhuzhou Chemical Industry Group was formally incorporated into China National Salt Industry Corporation and then began with its benign development.