Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province signed 10
strategic cooperation agreements with Huangshan city in Anhui province
on Dec 4, as the two sides jointly seek to boost the regional
integration of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), one of the most dynamic
economic areas in the country.
According to the agreements, the alliance will step up efforts to
integrate tourism and cultural resources and build a world-class tourism
route by linking seven 5A-level scenic spots along the
Hangzhou-Huangshan line including Huangshan Mountain, West Lake and
Qiandao Lake, and over 50 4A-level tourist attractions along the route.
The two cities will also work together in the areas of public
services, ecologic cooperation, regional transportation management,
agriculture, business and economy, and industrial development.
Meanwhile, the signing of the agreements was also part of efforts to
integrate Huangshan into the Hangzhou metropolitan circle, an
initiative for economic development and transportation infrastructure
among five cities in Zhejiang province.
Zhou Jiangyong, Party chief of Hangzhou believed that the opening of
the 265-kilometer Hangzhou-Huangshan line brings a treasure house of
opportunities. It is imperative for Hangzhou to continuously expand
cooperation areas, explore new mechanisms and ways of cooperation with
The deepened cooperation between Hangzhou and Huangshan is just an
example. The integration of YRD will not be fully realized until there
is integration between the information, transportation and market
sectors within the region, according to a local official.
In terms of the wellbeing of its people, the two parties will also
build up educational and cultural resources sharing and cooperation in
Over the years, Hangzhou and Huangshan have witnessed closer economic cooperation along with frequent personnel exchanges.
Official statistics reveals that 300 enterprises from cities of the
Hangzhou metropolitan circle settle in Huangshan with a total investment
over 20 billion yuan ($2.91 billion). Among the 200,000 Huangshan
residents who seek opportunities outside of the city, 60 percent start
business in Zhejiang and most of them do so in cities of the Hangzhou