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A Survey of Siping

Geographical location
Siping lies in the southwest of Jilin province. It's bounded on the east by the Changbai Mountain range, on the west by the Inner Mongolia Kerchin grasslands, on the north by Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, and on the south by Shenyang, an important city of the northeast. Siping has been designated by the state and province as a key city in economic reform.

Districts and population
Siping has jurisdiction over the cities of Gongzhuling and Shuangliao, Lishu and Yitong Counties and two urban districts, Tiedong and Tiexi. Its territory comprises 35 towns, 77 communities and 1,190 villages. Siping covers a total area of 14,400 square kilometers with a population of 3,200,000, among which, the urban population numbers 460,000.

Agricultural and sideline products

Huanglong Maize Processing Co., Ltd.
Huanglong Maize Processing
Co., Ltd.

The agricultural resources of Siping City have dictated a pattern of developing farming, forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries and sideline industries. It's the key commodity grain base of the state and also the cattle and sheep production base. Maize, fruit trees and vegetable oil products are developing rapidly. Grain output is over 5 billion kilograms per year. Siping is the largest grower and exporter of maize in China. Its yearly output of vegetables is 630 million kilograms, meat, 270 million kilograms, eggs, 92 million kilograms, milk, 25 million kilograms and fruit, 52 million kilograms. The overall farm economy is developing rapidly. The well-known first village in China, Hongzui Agriculture-Industry-Commerce Combined Company lies right to the north of Siping city.

Industrial products
The economy of Siping City is based on the production of energy, machinery, chemical products and foodstuffs, with significant developments in the areas of electronics, medicine, light industry, textiles and building materials. It has more than 1,450 enterprises over township level, including 68 large and middle-sized enterprises. Particularly well-known are Siping's combines, wheel style loaders, remade trucks, plate heat-exchangers, tungsten products, slice assistance and maize starch.

Mineral resources
Siping City is rich in mineral resources. Its energy resources include coal, petroleum, natural gas and oil shale. It has 11 kinds of metal minerals, including gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron, manganese, mercury, nickel and cadmium, with particularly significant deposits of gold, silver, copper and zinc. It possesses 22 kinds of nonmetal resources, including limestone, wollastonite, marble, silicon sand and bentonite. Siping boasts the largest reserves in the world of wollastonite and silicon sand, 15 thousand million kilograms and 900 billion kilograms respectively, making develpment of these resources particularly attractive.

Transportation and communication
Siping is located in the center of northeast China, convenient to transportation throughout China and the world. Since the end of the 19th century, Siping has been the most important traffic hub in the northeast, with direct rail and road transportation to Russia, Mongolia and Korea.
Railway: The railway lines of Ha-Da, Ping-Qi and Si-Mei cross in Siping City. There are 208 kilometers of train track in the city alone and the Siping railway station is one of the 38 large marshalling stations in China.

Expressway
Expressway

Highway: Siping is a highway crossroads. The Harbin to Dalian highway goes through the city, as do the Ji-Xi, Shen-Ming and Chang-Tong highways. With the completion of the Siping-Changchun expressway, it is only 70 minutes by car to the Changchun airport and less than 2 hours to Shenyang airport.
All of Siping is serviced by automated telephone service, international direct dial and domestic direct dial.

Energy supply
Power Supply: During the "ninth five-year plan" period, Siping will become an important base of thermal-generated electricity in Jilin province. A state high priority project, Shuangliao Power Plant, is operating with a first phase capacity of 12 million kilowatts. A provincial high priority project, the Siping Thermo-Power Plant, has a first phase capacity of 0.2 million kilowatts and began generating electricity at the end of 1996. The city will soon be fully equiped with central heating. In conformity with preferential and priority policies, the power needs of joint ventures will be specially arranged in Siping City.
Water supply: There are 6 main rivers in the Siping area, the Dongliao River, Xiliao River, Zhaosutai River, Tiaozi River, Yitong River and Xinkai River. Their capacity is 16.6 billion cubic meters. The 17 large and mid-sized reservoirs and the 102 small reservoirs provide water for the city and the countryside. New Erlonghu Reservoir supplys 100,000 cubic meters per day for Siping alone. Counties in Siping City have their own running water supply facilities.

Foreign economy and foreign trade

The sources (countries and regions) of foreign investment The trade distribution of foreign direct investment

There are now 12 enterprises producing export products in Siping City. There are 7 classes and 58 kinds of products for export, including handicraft articles, grain, oil, garments, machinery, electronics and foodstuffs. Twenty-two enterprises have the right to import and export. There are currently 170 enterprises available for joint venture, cooperation and foreign funding. Foreign capital in contract is now 176 million US dollars. Investors in Siping come from more than twenty countries and regions, including America, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hongkong and Taiwan. Both processing and assembling for export and technology import are developing rapidly. Siping has a labor force sufficient to sustain development, the quality of its workers is high and the cost of labor is low, giving it great potential for development. The potential for foreign economic and technical cooperation is vast.

Tourism and sightseeing

Siping Nanhu Park

Siping, with its green mountains, clear water and picturesque scenery, is one of the places where the Manchu nationality originated. There are fascinating natural scenes and interesting cultural artifacts throughout Siping City. The famous half Shanmen Mountain cleaved by "Erlang God" was called the Willow Twig Door during the Qing dynasty. There are seven active volcanoes which legends attribute to seven stars fallen to the ground. Xiao Cigao, mother of Huangtaiji and the first empress of the Qing dynasty, was born in Siping. The original family home of Cixi, the last empress dowager of the Qing dynasty, was in Yehe ancient town in the south-east of Siping. There are not only cultural relics and historic scenic spots to visit but also natural scenic spots. Hada Mountain Range links Shilazi Mountain, Dajiazi Mountain and Tazi Mountain in a natural colored ribbon. The tourism areas, such as Erlong Lake, Zhuangshan Lake, Shanmen Reservoir and Xiashantai Reservoir, are like pearls on the colored ribbon. With the bright lakes, green trees and clear water, it's an ideal place for tourism. With the opening to the world and the development of tourism, service facilities and entertainment are improving rapidly. The "three star" hotels, such as Jiping Hotel, Siping Hotel and Hongzuizi Hotel, provide an ideal environment for relaxation and recreation.

Come here, friends. We sincerely welcome you to Siping City. Join us for sightseeing and touring or investing and developing. Together we can realize a bright future for the up and coming city of Siping.