- China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
The city of Chenzhou is the southern gateway of Hunan and a well-known "home of non-ferrous metals." The city has an area totaling 19,400 square kilometers and a population of more than 4.6 million.
Dongjiang Lake in Chenzhou [Photo/China.org.cn]
Chenzhou is located in southwestern Hunan Province. Mountainous and hilly areas make up about 75 percent of the city. The terrain generally declines from the southeast to the northwest, with mountains occupying the main part of its southeast region, while the northwest is a mixture of hills, basins and plains. The city is situated in the subtropical monsoon climate zone that creates humid weather and four distinct seasons. The annual temperature averages 17.5 C.
Chenzhou has more than 100 kinds of mineral resources. Its reserves of tungsten and bismuth rank first in the world, its tin and zinc reserves rank third and fourth in the country and its micro-crystal graphite accounts for more than 70 percent of the world's total reserves. Its coal reserve is estimated at 1.1 billion tons, and it is the major supplier of energy to Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao.
Chenzhou also has abundant tourism resources and is a year-round tourist destination with peak seasons in spring and autumn. Its scenic attractions include Mount Suxian – an historic site that is also the setting for several legends – and the beautiful natural scenery and Taoist relics on Dongjiang Lake along the upper reaches of the Dongjiang River.
Its GDP topped 187.3 billion yuan in 2014, up 10.9 percent over 2013.