Part ¢ñAncient Town and Pier
Ji Kang, a renowned Chinese scholar, has passed away for over 1700 year, yet his ¡°Guanglingsan¡±, one of the most acclaimed music classics in the Wei and Jin Dynasties, is still resounding in the musician¡¯s hometown.
Young as a city, yet Huaibei has a long history. Since the Neolithic Age, human beings have started to live on this land.
One line of Shijing, China¡¯s first ancient poetry collection, reads that ¡°Xiangtu has acquired great achievements that other tribe leaders all came over and pledged allegiance to him¡±. It is said that in the 21st Century B.C. Xiangtu, the 11th generation ancestor of Shangtang who founded the Shang Dynasty, expanded his territory eastward and established a city at the southern foot of a mountain to which today¡¯s Huaibei is situated closely. Therefore the mountain and city were named after Xiangtu as Xiang Mountain and Xiang City.
Huaibei is one of several cities in China that have unearthed a large number of fine quality stone relics of the Han Dynasty and porcelains of the Tang and Song Dynasties. The discovery of Liuzi Pier along the Great Canal built in the Sui and Tang Dynasties proved that Huaibei was a major business town 1400 years ago. The 2500 km Great Canal is the longest and earliest canal in the world, and it is considered worth of comparison with the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal. The Canal, connecting five famous rivers such as the Haihe River, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Yangtze River and Qiantangjiang River, was an important south-north transportation line in the Sui, Tang and Song Dynasties, making remarkable contribution to the political economy and water conservancy of that time.
Huaibei has been a place associated with great talents since the very early days. Zhuansun Zizhang , a famous thinker and educator of the Spring and Autumn Period, and Huantan, the great philosopher and economist of West and East Han Dynasty and Eastern Han Dynasty once lived here. The Liu Kaiqu Memorial, dedicated to the renowned sculptor of China, is located at the beautiful southern foot of the Xiang Mountain, adjacent to the historical Xiantong Temple. An artist born in a poor village, he will be remembered by people forever for his relievo on the Monument of the People¡¯s Heroes at the Tiananmen Square.
Part ¢ò A major energy base and a thriving city of coal industry
Huaibei is situated in north Anhui and borders three provinces, namely Jiangsu, Shandong and Henan. It is an energy city built and developed upon coal industry. Huaibei is adjacent to the Yangtze River Delta and at the heart of Huaibai Economic Area which is home to 20 medium-sized cities and 200 million people. The vast hinterland is considered as one of its advantages for economic development. And it is at the prime location for the coastal investment to enter into the inner area. Huaibei is also one of the key transport hubs with connection to Beijing-Shanghai and Lianyungang-Lanzhou railways, Lianyungang-Huoelgos and Beijing-Fuzhou freeways. Surrounding Huaibei, there are 4 cities with airports, i.e. Nanjing, Hefei, Zhengzhou and Xuzhou. Moreover, Huaibei is the closest city to seaport in Anhui Province, only 200 km away from Lianyungang, one of China¡¯s major deep-water seaports.
Huaibei boasts rich natural resources and solid industrial foundation. The perspective reserve of coal in Huaibei reaches 35 billion tons. And the coal resource is of high quality and wide varieties, such as coking coal, bituminous coal and meager coal which are very rare in China. As the biggest energy base in East China, Huaibei owns large-scale thermal power plants. And it is home to the ongoing Carbonize-salinize Integration Project which has a total investment of 40 billion Yuan and has been labeled as the No.1 project for revitalizing North Anhui. Huaibei is also the right place for new building material industry, because it has vast reserve of limestone, kaolin and clay which are used in porcelain production. Huaibei possesses rich labor resource and well-educated workforce which reduce business cost and improve competitiveness and profitability for investors. Thanks to the temperate climate and adequate rainfall, Huaibei is a major producer of wheat, cotton, soybean, peanut and vegetables. Its 5 pillar industries, namely coal mining, power, spirits-making, textile and building material industry is upgrading constantly. High-tech and new technology industries such as electric foil, biological pharmacy, and fine-chemical industry are gradually developing, forming a modern industrial system which consists of more than 20 criteria. Leiming Kehua is China¡¯s first listed company for explosive manufacturing. Hengyuan Coal and Electricity is Anhui¡¯s only coal mining company that has been listed. Kouzijiao, after the state banquet spirits Maotai, has been awarded China¡¯s third historical and cultural liquor brand whose original production site is under protection. Other domestic and foreign enterprises settled down in Huaibei includes Shenneng from Shanghai, Dongci from Hengdian, Luwang Flour Mill, Guangshang from Zhejiang, Changyuan from Hong Kong, Zhongbei from Nanjing and Huayun from Beijing. It is recognized that Huaibei is an ideal place to invest because of the low cost, quick return, good reputation and high profitability.
Part ¢ó A wetland in north Anhui and a capital of green
As a livable city, Huaibei boasts several wetland parks such as the South Lake and the East Lake, which make it easy for fresh and humid air to be transported into urban area by the monsoon from the southeast. In the winter, a large number of wild gooses and egrets migrate from the remote north and nest in the dense bulrush of the wetland.
Huaibei¡¯s greenery rate is much higher than the national average level. It has a total green-covered area of over 2200 hectares, among which more than 800 hectares are urban public green area. The whole city is surrounded by green trees as if it is a huge garden. With the intent of building a green and garden-like city, Huaibei adheres to the people-first and environment-friendly principle in urban construction and pushes forward the social development and environmental protection in a harmonious manner. Embraced by green mountains and six rivers, Huaibei has taken the advantage of the natural conditions and upgraded its urban ecological system in various sites, along the roads and the city at large. As a result, the city is constructed in greenness and people are living among flowers. Over the years, Huaibei has won the titles of the National Garden and Greenery City and National Civilization Construction City and National City of Sanitation.
Huaibei people are simple-hearted and peaceful. There are many teahouses at the old town Linhuan. Drinking tea has been a local tradition for more than 600 years. Occasionally, people enjoy the local opera shows in the teahouses. The two local operas, namely Sizhou Opera and Liuqin Opera, are known for their resonant an enchanting singing. In collaboration with China Central Television, Huaibei produced a TV trilogy on family love, namely Father, Elder Brother and Elder Sister which won Golden Eagle Prize and Flying Apsaras Prize, both are national-level awards for TV series production. Huaibei is a stable and secure society in which the government is efficient, trustworthy and always helpful. Huaibei strives to make an open and free social atmosphere, fulfill concerted development of economy, society and ecology, and promote the harmony of people, resources and environment. Huaibei, a dynamic city, is entering into a fast lane of economic growth.
Huaibei welcomes you.
We, the Huaibei people, await your presence.