Lianyungang Economic & Technological Development Zone is located in the eastern urban district of Liangyungang City, Jiangsu Province. Located at the easternmost end of the new Euro-Asian continental bridge (Liangyungang to Rotterdam), it is an international trade channel connecting two big international markets of Asia and Europe. It has an annual capacity of over 30,000 TEUs in transit. Lianyungang is also the eastern end of Longhai-Lanzhou--Xinjiang railway, which runs cross the eastern, middle and western parts of China.
Located in the transitional belt between the temperate zone and the northern subtropical zone, Lianyungang enjoys a moist temperate monsoon climate, with an annual average temperature stands of 14 centigrade and a yearly average rainfall of 900-950 milimeters.
Communication and Transportation
As one of the 8 largest ports along the coast of China, Lianyungang now has 21 international shipping lines to 962 ports of 154 countries (regions) of the world. 55 container liners depart every month for worldwide destinations. The port boasts 31 berths, of which 19 are of 10,000-ton class. The handling capacity 2001 reached 30,581 million tons, including 158,000 TEUs.
Lianyungang Airport ranks among China's 4D standard airports, which can land Boeing 737 passenger planes and has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen.
As the artery that traverses eastern and western China with Lianyungang as the eastern end, the Longhai-Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway is connected with Central Asia and reaches Rotterdam Port of the Netherlands to the west, with a total length of 10,900 km and acting as the shortest continental bridge connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic. 95 percent of the freight shipped to the five central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan via this continental bridge passes Lianyungang.
Lianyungang is one of the main hubs for China's road communications. Of the two vertical and two horizontal trunk roads under construction in China, one vertical and one horizontal have their intersection in Lianyungang, namely, the road from Lianyungang to Huoerguosi, Xinjiang and the road from Tongjiang, Heilongjiang to Sanya, Hainan Province. High-grade roads include Nanjing-Lianyungang Expressway and Xuzhou-Lianyungang Freeway.
There are 151 institutes of scientific research in Lianyunguang with 6078 research staff and 101,000 technical personnel, of which 3126 have high technical titles and 239,000 have middle-class technical titles. There are 3 general-purpose institutions of higher learning, 8 secondary technical schools, 6 secondary schools for mechanics, and 23 vocational schools. The total number of permanent residence is 4.4353 million, of which 2.1978 million are employed.
Lianyungang Development Zone is divided into four sub zones: Processing for Export, Industrial Base for New Pharmaceuticals, Eastern Industrial Park and High-tech and private business. The main areas in which investment is encouraged include:
1. The chemical industry: the production technology of new kinds of fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides and herbicide as well as raw materials for chemicals, fine chemicals, rubber processing agents, new kinds of additives and new anti-combustion agents.
2. New pharmaceutical industry: high-productivity fungus species for antibiotics, new kinds of semi-compound antibiotics, new types of anti-tumor drug, new types of anti-hepatitis alga, cardio-vascular drugs, hormones, slow-release drugs, targeted drugs and so on, amino-acid drug materials, algae produced by genetic engineering and cell engineering technologies. New types of medical appliances and compound packaging materials for pharmaceuticals.
3. The machinery Industry: data retrieval systems, soft processing central machine tools, general-purpose machine tools, electric products, textile machinery, basic tools, instruments, precision ball bearings, precision molds, water meters, presses and new types of farming machinery.
4. The electronic industry: electronic measurement instruments and appliances, electronic components, basic materials and specific-purpose equipment, instruments, manufacturing of industrial molds, epoxy plastics, quartz products, specific-purpose resin, silica powder and other microelectronics materials. Quartz crystal components, diode chips, electronic function modules, automobile sensors and similar new type of electronic components.
5. The light industry: machinery for daily use, household electric appliances, electric lighting, silicate for daily use, chemicals for daily use, plastic products, hardware appliances, leather dyeing, tanning and processing, high-grade electric toys, fresh flower preservation and dried flowers. Development of industrial enzymes, and industrial processing of nitric acid.
6. Building materials: large-scale cement plants, high-grade roof and wall building materials, non-metal ore mining and processing, high purity crystal powder refining, energy conservation technology for buildings (including solar energy and utilization of thermal energy), deep processing of glass, special glass fiber products, water-proof paint, fire-resistant materials, decoration materials, non-organic non-metal new materials, fire-proof materials and plastic tubing.
7. The textile industry: high-grade special cotton, woolen goods, the finishing of blended fabrics of chemical fiber, superfine textiles, fire resistant and anti-static fibers, oils for chemical fibers, deep finishing of high-grade special category silk products, high-grade mixed imitation silk products, amino-synthetic fiber, polyester fiber, plush and short fiber, new chemical fibers and new textile machinery.
8. The service industry: information consulting, high-tech, the construction of new product development centers and enterprise incubation.
(Source: Ministry of Commerce)