The City of Nanjing
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province in East China. Running through the city are lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Nanjing enjoys a civilization of over 6,000 years and the city itself was founded 2,500 years ago. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, it boasts picturesque scenery that blends natural landscape with towering modern buildings, integrating traditional with modern styles. Thus Nanjing has been known as a unique historic and cultural city to the world.
A Historic City
As one of the Four Ancient Capitals in China, Nanjing is a vital cradle of Chinese civilization and over a long stretch of time, it has been the political and cultural pivot of South China. Thus Nanjing is dubbed as the Capital of Ten Ancient Dynasties, rich in both cultural heritage and historical relics. Among the landmarks of Nanjing there are the City Wall, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and Confucius Temple.
A Creative City
Over the thousands of years of its development, Nanjing has never been lack of creative innovations, ranging from Mr. Zu Chongzhi’s (Jin Dynasty, 429-500 AD) modified calendar and calculated 7 decimals of the ratio of circumference Pi, the marvelous Great Gratitude Temple built in the Ming Dynasty, Laomendong (literally means the old east gate) historic and cultural district with distinct Nanjing characteristics, to the Creative Nanjing-New Generation Design Exhibition that engages the whole city. The 2500 years of cultural legend has contributed to the essence of this creative city.
In 2011, the GDP citywide reached RMB614.552 billion, up 12% YOY; Local general budget revenue reached RMB63.5 billion, up 22.4%. In 2011, the city’s industrial output value of industrial enterprises above designated size was RMB 1 trillion. Software sales reached RMB150 billion, with an increase of 50%. The actual use of foreign investment was $ 3.5 billion with an increase of 24%. The weight of R & D expenditures to the total GDP accounts for 3.1%.