Huangshan in East China’s Anhui province was absorbed into the Hangzhou metropolitan area on Thursday, becoming the only member from out of Zhejiang province, authorities said at the ninth meeting attended by mayors from the region.
Kong Xiaohong, mayor of the city, said Huangshan will take this opportunity to promote integrated development of transport facilities, industries and services, in order to grow into the region’s eco-safety barrier and template for cultural and tourist development.
As one of the six metropolitan areas in China, the Hangzhou metropolitan area consists of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Quzhou and Huangshan. The last two cities joined yesterday.
In 2014, the area became the first of its kind in the country to carry out a pilot reform on economic transformation and upgrading.
The region’s GDP rose 7.8 percent year on year to hit 2.4 trillion yuan ($345.4 billion) in 2017, or 47.3 percent of the provincial total, official statistics showed.
Investors from the area have set up nearly 300 enterprises in Huangshan with a total investment of over 20 billion yuan, providing more than 50,000 jobs for local residents.
Meanwhile, over 40,000 people of Huangshan origin work and live in the Hangzhou metropolitan area. More than 200 corporations there were founded by investors from Huangshan.