County located in northwestern Zhejiang Province is 200 km from Shanghai,
takes about 3 hours from Shanghai by bus. Anji is synonymous with bamboo,containing
as it does 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves. It has been designated
a pilot county for ecological construction. Within its boundaries are
mountains and gullies, lush with forests and vegetation. The air is
fresh and the river water is crystal clear. The Anji people have taken
the sustainable development road by developing ecology-friendly agriculture,
industry and tourism, and building an ecology-friendly county.
Anji Ecological Tour
produces 12 million commercial bamboo poles annually, ranking the first
nationwide. It also has China's largest bamboo nursery. The Anji Bamboo
Garden is acknowledged by scholars within and outside China as containing
the widest variety of bamboo.
The Anji people are highly aware and appreciative of their beautiful
environment. At the Dragon King Mountain Nature Reserve, lies the source
of Huangpu River- the mother river of Shanghai City, and the 800-hectare
primeval forest there contains numerous flora and fauna under national
protection. The Tianhuangping Pumping Storage Power Station, located
in the Tianhuangping Scenic Area, is the largest in Asia and the second
largest worldwide. It blends harmoniously with the surrounding environment.
In 2004, Anji received 2.02 million tourists, earning it 544 million
Chinese Yuan, which made up 7.8 percent of the county's GDP.
developing ecological tourism, the local people nature ally gravitates
towards ecology-friendly agriculture and industry. By taking advantage
of their favorable environment and climate, they are able to develop
pollution-free green products, such as bamboo shoots, bamboo leaves
flavone, tea, alpine vegetables and flowers. Production bases for green
products have been opened, and specialized markets for agricultural
products and comprehensive wholesale markets built. The Anji white tea,
own variety only in Anji, sells for a price higher than the famous Dragon
fine ecological environment has attracted large numbers of investors.
In 2004 alone, over US $ 91 million in foreign investment which increased
51% was absorbed. But the local government is strict about protecting
its environment, and no projects are permitted that incur the slightest
possibility of pollution.Taking full advantage of its resources and
developing an ecology-friendly economy, Anji County has accomplished
a double-win-mode, both in economic development and environmental protection.
In this Section:
Consortium Meeting Agenda,
Brainstorming meeting, 2003