Nanping - Profile

Nanping is in the Fujian district. It is situated in the north of Fujian and includes the Wuyi Mountain Range. 

It has a mid-subtropical monsoon climate which is warm and moist with a mean temperature around 19C and rainfall that averages 1900mm per annum. It has distinct seasons with short winters and long summers. The highest peak of the Wuyi mountain range is 2,158 meters above sea level, while the major river is the Min River and its tributaries.

Nanping has a population of about three million people and covers an area of 26,300 square kilometres. The city has nine expressways and is currently developing a very fast train project. The rivers running through Nanping form the shape of a "Y". When the sluice gates of the Shiukou Hydropower station are finished, 500 tonne cargo ships will be able to travel to Fuzhou on the coast directly from Nanping.

The city is well served by rail services and also has air services with flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Hong Kong and Macau.  Telecommunications and postal services are rapidly developing with a post office now in every village in the district, while telephone and cellular phone networks cover all towns. Platforms for data communications have been set up to service things such as e-mail and fax. Narrow band ISDN has been set up in the urban areas of each county and access to the internet is provided. 

The education system in Nanping is developing rapidly with the main focus on fundamental education, complemented by vocational, adult, preschool, special, secondary and local tertiary education.

Because of the high rainfall, the area is covered with dense forest. It also has rich mineral deposits including limestone, granite and gold.  The Wuyi Mountains were listed as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site in December 1999. Nanping has over 210,000 hectares of cultivated fields. The types of crops grown are grain, vegetables, edible fungi, tobacco, fruits, bamboo and tea.  Other primary industry products include poultry, aquatic products, lumber as well as a growing dairy industry.

Nanping is known as the hometown of bamboo. There are 300,000 hectares of bamboo, accounting for one-tenth of the Chinese total. The forestry industry includes pulp and paper manufacture, timber and bamboo processing.

There are over 5,400 industrial enterprises in Nanping covering textile, chemical, mining, hydro electrical production and other light industry. The Nanping Cable Co, Nanping Battery Co, Cement Co and others are proving quite profitable.

By taking advantage of its natural resources, Nanping is continuing to develop an ecological tourism market. The City has a long history and culture spanning more than 4,000 years. Relics include royal tea-farms of the Song Dynasty, axes and pottery from the new Stone Age, suspended boat coffins of the Shang Dynasty, black glazed Jianzhan porcelain and a Confucian Temple which is regarded as a treasure of southeast China.