Yichun, located in northwestern Jiangxi Province, consists of three component cities, six counties and one district with 5.9 million people and a total area of 18,700 square kilometres.
It has a convenient transport system which features many high-speed roads leading to other main cities and to the southeast coast. Moon Mountain Airport has opened and the Nanchang-Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed railway will do likewise by the end of 2014. The area serves as an important transport hub connecting the Yangtze River Delta with the Pearl River Delta.
The presence of 56 kinds of minerals gives Yichun abundant resources. Its coal and limestone reserves are the highest in Jiangxi. The lithium resources account for 12 per cent of that for the world.
Hot springs rich in selenium produce 10,000 tons of water per day. Yichun’s planted acreage ranks first in Jiangxi; the agricultural products include bamboo, food, herbs, organic produce, kiwis and lilies.
The ecological environment is also satisfying. As part of the first batch of eco-pilot cities, Yichun has seven major rivers that have reached national drinking standards, and its air quality satisfies national standards too. The area holds distinctions as “national sanitary city”, “national garden city”, “national green model city”, “China excellent tourism city” and “China livable city”, among other titles.
Industry has developed as well; the foundation looks strong based on new energy, new medicine, new materials and new manufacturing. Modern agriculture and tourism flourish. The area possesses nationally significant new energy, a lithium hi-tech industrial base and a thriving ceramics industry, a combination of traditional pillar industries plus four national and 22 provincial-level industrial bases.
Energy, food, medicine, machinery, building materials, chemicals, clothing, textiles, shoes and other sectors hold obvious advantages here. The new-energy lithium has been listed as Jiangxi’s first US$4bn industrial work.