Zhouzhi County
Published:2014-11-26
 

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Beside the Qinling Mountain in the south, close to the Weihe River in the north, cloaked by the mountains and girded by the river, Zhouzhi County got its name after the many mountains and rivers, and it always bears the good reputation of the “golden Zhouzhi”. Within the county, you can find the birthplace of Taoist culture, that is, Louguantai, which is called the “No. 1 place of happiness”, you can also find Xianyou Temple, the place where the poem Everlasting Regret was written, the largest botanical garden of the world, Qinling National Botanical Garden, and the highest peak in the Qinling Moutains, that is, Taibai Mountain, which is covered with snow even in July. Zhouzhi County is the largest Kiwi fruit production base in the country, the biggest water supply base of Xi’an and a national ecological demonstration county. With a total area of 2,974 square kilometers and a population of 672,000 (including 608,000 rural population), the country has under its jurisdiction 22 townships and 376 administrative villages. There are 0.9 million mu (15 mu = 1 hectare) cultivated land (the irrigation area is 0.53 million mu), and 0.5 million mu commonly cultivated land.

During the times of Emperors Yao and Shun, Zhouzhi was the site of the ancient Kingdom Luo, and in the Xia Dynasty, it belonged to the ancient Yongzhou Prefecture, and In the Shang Dynasty it was called Kingdom Hao, and in the Zhou and Qin period, it was established as Neishi, belonging to the capital area, and during the reign of Emperor Hanwu of the Han Dynasty, it was established as a county, and called Zhouzhi thereafter until today.

Zhouzhi is a county under the jurisdiction of Xi’an. It is beside the Weihe River in the north, leaning against the Qinling Moutain in the south, and borders Huxian County and Meixian County in the east and the west respectively. It is 78 kilometers away from the urban area of Xi’an. The overall terrain of the county are higher in the southwest and lower in the northeast, with the mountainous area accounting for 76% of the total, and the thousand-li Qinling Mountain is one of the most imposing section with abundant natural resources. In the north is the endless Guanzhong Plain, where the soil is fertile and the water abundant, while in the south is the mountainous area where the Qinling Mountains always bear a tint of mystery. 

Agricultural resources: a development pattern is basically formed where the south part of the county develops the tourism and sight-seeing industry along the mountain range, the central region develops into a kiwi fruit economic belt while the north part plants vegetables and flowers to develop suburban agriculture. Kiwi planting is the pillar industry in the county, and with a planting area of 130,000 mu, Zhouzhi has become the largest kiwi fruit planting base in the country and the only kiwi standard management demonstration county.

Tourism resources: Zhouzhi is with a long history and its landscape surpasses all other and ranks No. 1 in Central Shaanxi. With the beautiful mountains and rivers, the county is full of natural sceneries and historical sites as well as many cultural relic ruins. It is abundant in cultural and natural sceneries, and in many places you can find the Han Dynasty resort palaces or the Tang Dynasty royal gardens. Louguantai is the birthplace of the Taoist culture and the site where Lao Tsu lectured his Tao Teh King, and people usually call it the “No. 1 place of happiness”. It is now a national level key scenery spot with more than 60 historical sites. Beside the Heishui River you can find Xianyou Temple, where the eternal masterpiece Everlasting Regret was written. You can also find Fawang Pagoda, a key cultural relics under state protection, which is famous all over the world for the excavation of the Sui Dynasty Buddhist Relics. The peak of Qinling Mountain, the Taibai Mountain, covered with snow even in July, is 3,767 meters above sea level, where you can find the old-growth forest, the magic and beautiful mountain lakes, many kinds of rare animals, which wins for it the titles of “the north Xishuangbanna” and “the zoological and botanical garden of Asia” .

Jixian Industrial park has further completed its infrastructure. Keji Boulevard and Zhenxing Road (phase I) in the park have been completed, and standard plant building are now under construction. A total of 54 enterprises have settled down in the park, which has brought about a total investment of RMB 6.617 billion.


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