Overview of Taizhou
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-27Print Print
Taizhou, a coastal city in East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/taizhou.com.cn]
Location: Taizhou is a coastal city in East China's Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai and 230 kilometers southeast of Hangzhou, the provincial capital. It is among the 27 major cities in the Yangtze River Delta region.
GDP: 489.95 billion yuan ($71 billion)(2019)
Permanent residents: 6.139 million (2018)
Area: 10,050.43 square kilometers
Taizhou's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.1 percent year-on-year to 489.95 billion yuan in 2019, according to government reports.
The private sector is a prime economic growth driver in Taizhou. In November last year, Taizhou was designated a national pilot zone for the comprehensive reform of financial services for private enterprises and small and micro businesses.
There are seven industrial clusters in the city, namely automotive and parts manufacturing, aviation, molds and plastics, medicine and medical chemistry, intelligent toilets, pumps and motors, and sewing equipment.
Taizhou is also a national hub for foreign trade. The city's imports and exports totaled 170.01 billion yuan in 2019.
Imports stood at 13.49 billion yuan over the period, a drop of 34.3 percent, while exports registered an increase of 2.2 percent to 156.52 billion yuan, as per statistics recently released by Taizhou Customs.
Taizhou governs three districts, three counties, and three county-level cities — Jiaojiang district, Huangyan district, Luqiao district, Tiantai county, Xianju county, Sanmen county, Linhai city, Wenling city and Yuhuan city.
In November 2015, Taizhou was listed among the second group of national comprehensive pilot areas for urbanization.
In April 2016, Taizhou joined the Sino-German industrial cities alliance and began construction on the Sino-German industrial cooperation park.
In November 2017, it won the title of national civilized city.
In 2019, the city was listed among Oriental Outlook magazine's annual ranking of the 10 happiest cities in China, the fourth time that the city had won the accolade, after making the list in 2007, 2017 and 2018.