Liuzhou, also named the Dragon City, is located in the center of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China (north latitude of 23o54′-24o51′, east longitude of 108o50′-109o45′), where belongs to the monsoon area between the south of our country’s subtropical zone and tropical zone. This is a place where summer is long and winter is short with sufficient sunlight, temperate climate and abundant rainfall, and rich in climate resources, such as light, heat, and rainfall. The annual average temperature is 19.9℃, and the annual amount of precipitation is 1550mm. The frost-free period varies about from 290 to 330 days.
柳州是以工业为主、综合发展的区域性中心城市和交通枢纽，是山水景观独特的历史文化名城。全市辖六县四区（柳江县、柳城县、鹿寨县、融水县、融安县、三江县、城中区、柳北区、鱼峰区、柳南区），总面积1.86万平方公里，市区建成区面积 131.04 平方公里，总人口367.56万人（其中市区人口103.83万人），居住有汉、壮、苗、瑶、侗等48个民族成份。城市建成区绿化覆盖率37.11%，全市森林覆盖率60.1%。
Liuzhou is an industry-based regional central city with comprehensive development and also a transport hub. Meanwhile, it is a historical ﹠cultural city with unique landscape. Liuzhou city consists of six counties and four districts (Liujiang county, Liucheng county, Luzhai county, Rongshui county, Rongan county, Sanjiang county, Chengzhong district, Liubei district, Yufeng district and Liunan district), covering an area of 18,600 square km2. 3.6756 million people of 48 ethnics liver there, including Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yao, Dong and etc. The green coverage ratio of urban built-up area is 37.11% and the forest coverage rate of whole city is 60.1%.
2009年，面对国际金融危机继续蔓延的严峻形势，柳州经济依然保持较好增长态势：地区生产总值（GDP）超过千亿元，达1031.58亿元，比上年增长16.3%。总量位居广西各市第二位，速度位居广西各市第三位。全部工业总产值超过2000亿元，达2011.1亿元，比上年增长18.5%，实现了三年翻一番；财政收入157.6亿元，增长12.5 %；全社会固定资产投资681.9亿元，增长58.5 %；城镇居民人均可支配收入16017元，增长10%；农民人均纯收入4356元，增长10.1%。工业化水平57.01%。
In 2009, confronted with the severe situation of international financial crisis continuing to spread, the economy in Liuzhou still remained good growing trend: GDP exceeded 100 billion RMB yuan, reaching 103.158 billion RMB yuan, which has increased by 16.3% over last year. The total volume ranked the second place among the cities of Guangxi province, and the speed ranked the third place among the cities of Guangxi province. Gross industrial output value exceeded 200 billion RMB yuan, reaching 201.11 billion RMB yuan, which has increased by 18.5% over last year, achieving the goal of doubling in three years; state revenue is 15.76 billion RMB yuan, which has increased by 10%; country’s investment in the fixed assets is 68.19 billion RMB yuan, which has increased by 58.5%; per capita disposable income of urban residents is 16,017 RMB yuan, which has increased by 10%; rural per capita net income is 4,356 RMB yuan, which has increased by 10.1%. The level of industrialization is 57.01%.
Liuzhou is an industry base in southwest China.
The total industrial output of Liuzhou takes up about 1/4 of that of Guangxi province. Now an industrial system dominated by automobile, machinery, metallurgy and supported by chemical industry, sugar refining, paper making, medicine, building material and daily use chemicals etc has been in form. In 2009, there were 2940 industrial companies in the whole city, among which there were 10 large-scale industrial companies and 905 companies of scale, two companies whose output value of their major business surpassed 35 billion RMB, five public held companies (Liugong, Liuzhou Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, LMZ toothpaste, Youlian Zinc Industry Co., Ltd and Liugang) , three name-brand products (LMZ toothpaste, Liugong loader, Wangshan Sugar) and four well-known trademarks (LMZ toothpaste, Golden Throat lozenge, Huahong pharmacy, and Liugong).
Automobile is the first pillar industry in Liuzhou. Leading automotive produces like GM, Nissan, SAIC, DFAC, FAW and CNHTC etc has invested in Liuzhou for business cooperation. Liuzhou has been a national manufacturing center of automobile spare parts as well as a national export base of automobile and spare parts. Liuzhou is one of the seven national largest demonstration bases of automobile industry. It is able to manufacture a variety of automobiles from minivan, car, Business Utility Vehicle, heavy-duty lorry, light-duty lorry and definite purpose vehicle and refitted car, and holds auto brands like “Wulin” “DF Dragon” and “DF Air Speed (MPV)” etc. Comparing with the similar cars in the country, the minicar takes the biggest market share. On Nov. 9th of 2009, the output of automobile in the whole city broke through one million. The annual output of automobile reached 1.194 million, and became the third city whose annual output of automobile has surpassed one million following Beijing and Shanghai. Liuzhou was listed among the 60 representatives of Chinese city development since the foundation of People’s Republic of China in the “Research Report on the Chinese City Development” issued by China Economic Prosperity Monitoring Center of State Statistics Bureau in September of 2009.(The shortlisted cities fall into three categories-big size, medium size and small size, and Liuzhou was listed as medium size city )
Metallurgy in Liuzhou mainly consists of rolled steel and non-ferrous metal smelting and its further processing. The comprehensive steel manufacturing capacity is about 10 million tons; the main business income of Liuzhou Steel Group was 35.129 billion RMB in 2009 and the steel output reached 7.9203 million tons last year. Liuzhou Steel Group ranks the 162nd place among the Top 500 Company in China. Products of Indium and Zinc produced in Liuzhou also play a critical role in the domestic and foreign markets. Liuzhou was listed as one of the National New Material Industrialization Bases in 2003. Now “High-performance ITO material” as well as another Indium further processing industrialization program has been propelled to develop under state technology supporting plan.
Machinery industry in Liuzhou mainly is specialized in engineering, building machinery and air compressor. Liuzhou Machinery Group ranks the top 50 engineering machinery companies all over the world and it ranks the top 500 in Chinese machinery companies. In 2009, the output of engineering machinery was 31,300, and the volume of production and marketing ranked first over the country and over the world. OVM pre-stressed anchor take up the biggest market share in China and its technical development center plays a significant role in the industry all over the world.
Regarding to other industries, Liuzhou owns a number of name-brand products, such as LMZ toothpaste, Golden Throat lozenge, Huahong Pharmacy, Yufeng cement, Wangshan sugar etc. LMZ is apprised as one of the Best 10 Chinese Brands, and, comparing with similar products, the sales of LMZ medicinal toothpaste ranks first in the past consecutive 26 years.
Liuzhou is the communication hub in southwest China.
Liuzhou is a railway hub that connects southwest China, middle-south China, East China and South China. It is also one of the 45 road hubs in China. There are four railway trunks, three expressways and thee national highways converged in Liuzhou, and now a modern tri-dimentional communication network of railway, road, waterway and airplane has been constructed. Liuzhou is a national first-category port, and it can reach Guizhou province in the north and Hong Kong ﹠Macao in the south through the Liujiang waterway. Liuzhou Bailian Airport has met the national 4D standards, flight courses to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu and Kunming etc has been open. Currently, Liuzhou-Zhaoqing railway and three expressways-Luzhai-Yangshuo, Sanjiang-Guilin, Sanjiang-Beihai, as well as Liujiang channel dredging and port construction for the purpose of build “Xijiang Golden Water Channel of 100 million tons” in coordination with Autonomous Region are being propelled. Thus the position of Liuzhou as communication hub will be further consolidated and promoted.
Liuzhou is the logistic center of commerce ﹠trade in southwest China.
Liuzhou has been the distributing center of important goods for its neighboring provinces and regions in history and has won the title of “Business Center in Guangxi” for a long time. By far, Liuzhou has established all kinds of large-scale wholesale market concerning automobile and its share parts, steel material, building material, agricultural by-products and daily articles etc. The Sugar Wholesale Market is the biggest physical sugar transaction market in China, and the sugar price in Liuzhou determines that in China. In 2004, Liuzhou was listed in Forbes’ “2004 Chinese Best Business Cities”. Relying upon its advantages in geography and industry, Liuzhou, as a city located in the key approach to the ASEAN as well as s significant communication access to sea for the southwest China, is expected to be the manufacturing ﹠trade base as well as the logistics center between Chinese inland and the ASEAN, and to be a significant modern territorial logistics center and trade center.
Liuzhou is the National Historical﹠Cultural City as well as Excellent Tourist City in China.
Liuzhou is the birthplace of ancestors in South China. Liujiang People and Bailian Cave People lived there even 50 thousand years ago. Liuzhou was set up in the West Han Dynast over 2,100 years ago. Liu Zongyuan, a famous and great intellectual in ancient Chinese history, was assigned by the Emperor to govern Liuzhou and spent his rest life here, and his temple, tomb as well as stone inscriptions in all ages are well preserved.
Liuzhou city is encircled by green mountains and embraced by rivers, and thus wins the glorious title-“The World’s Best Natural Bonsai”. Some talented and famous poets in history praised Liuzhou city greatly in their poems, such as “Trees over trees cover nearly everything, winding river bends itself beautifully” by Liu Zongyuan, and “Thousands of peaks stand around the city, flowing river embraces the town” by Xu Xiake, which is the vivid depiction of Liuzhou city’s charming sceneries. Liuzhou is also known as the “Stone Capital in China” since “Stones in Liuzhou are finest all over the China”. Liuzhou, as the hometown of Liu Sanjie (a famous and popular folk song singer in history), is also the grand place where folk songs are extremely popular. Liuzhou commands unique and special folk features and traditions. “Zhuang People’s song, Yao People’s dance, Miao People’s festivals and Dong People’s house” are well-known as the “Top Four Uniqueness”, and the Chengtang Rain﹠Wind Bridge as well as Drum-town house in Sanjiang county also enjoys worldwide praise and fame.
Liuzhou is also an experiment city of “City Planning, Management and Development in 21st Century” in China by United Nations Development Program, and it has become a modern city that is suitable both for living and establishing business. In 2007, the water quality of Liujiang River ranked first among the rivers in Guangxi province. In 2009, the rate of good air quality of urban proper reached 98%. Preserving river reach for drinking water of Liujiang continues to meet the Ⅲ–level national standard of surface water. Premier Wen Jiabao investigated Liuzhou in October 2006. During his visit, he praised Liuzhou greatly-“Liuzhou is a city commanding green mountains, clean water and excellent environment” and regarded “Liujiang River as the most valuable brand of Guangxi which is absolutely unique all over China”, which is the best affirmation to the living and ecological environment of Liuzhou. According to “2009 Blue Book on Urban Competitiveness: Report on Urban Competitiveness in China” issued by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Liuzhou ranked top 10 over all the country in three aspects-“Government Promoting Capability”, “Comfortableness of Urban Environment” and “Beautifulness of Urban Natural Environment”; in 2008 , at the Second International Summit on Urbanization in China, Liuzhou was listed as one of “2008 Ten Liveliest City in China among Cities that above Prefecture-Level”; in 2009, out city has won a series of honors, such as “2009 Top Ten Cities in Economic and Scientific Development in China”, “2009 Top Ten Cities on Innovation Capability in China”, “Top 20 Cities on Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in China”, “New Prominent City Symbol of Cities in China-F1 Motorboat World Championships”, “National Garden City”, and “2009 China Habitat Environment Paradigm Award ”, etc.
The coming years offer a critical period for Liuzhou to fasten industrialization and urbanization as well as to carry out the full construction of well-being sociery. Liuzhou will propel “Three Together”, implement “Starting a New Undertaking”, make every effort to realize “400 Billion in Three or Four Years and Doubling Industrial Output”, and finally fulfill “Economy Upgrading and City Transformation”. Great efforts shall be made to render Liuzhou as an economic leading city in Xijiang River economic belt, as well as industrial city, historical city, cultural city and tourist city.