Written by: Fernando Rodriguez Gonzalez, Account Manager, Pro QC International
"Be born in Suzhou, live in Hangzhou, eat in Guangzhou, die in Liuzhou."
This Chinese saying references living in Hangzhou due to its beautiful scenery. Although considered one of the most beautiful cities in China, it is also a popular outsourcing hub. Hangzhou has nearly eight million inhabitants and is the capital city of Zhejiang Province.
Hangzhou is located in the Yangtze River Delta region and is only 180 km (112 mi) away from Shanghai City, which makes it the ideal location for business without the crowed and costly environment that a much larger city like Shanghai represents.
Living in Hangzhou for two years while attending a business program at Zhejiang University was one of the best experiences that I could have imagined. With that taken into consideration, I would like to take this opportunity to share some personal recommendations.
With lower living and rental costs, around 15%-30% less than in Shanghai, Hangzhou represents a great help for younger entrepreneurs that are willing to start their journey in Chinese business. Certainly, the image projection of the business cannot completely be compared to having a Shanghai or Hong Kong based office, but it’s a start.
Not all of the companies based in Hangzhou are meant to be small or medium-sized businesses. The German giant Bosch has a complete division of packaging technology based in Hangzhou. In addition, Alibaba, the owner of the largest buyer-supplier database has its headquarters in the city of the famous West Lake.
Hangzhou has grown rapidly since the 1990’s and has become an industrial city specialized in sectors like agriculture, lighting and textile. Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai are famous for their vast resources of silk and its manufacturing.
Economic and technological development zone information includes:
Hangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone was established and approved as a national development zone by State Council in 1993. It covers an area of 104.7 square kilometers. The zone is located in the eastern Zhejiang Province and is only one and a half hours' drive from Shanghai, Suzhou and Ningbo. Encouraged industries include electronic information, biological medicine, machinery manufacturing, food processing.
Hangzhou Export Processing Zone was established on April 27, 2000 upon approval of the State Council. It was the one of the first zone and the only one in Zhejiang Province to be approved by the government. Its total planned area is 2.92 sqkm. It is located close to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport and Hangzhou Port.
Hangzhou Hi-tech Industry Development Zone (abbreviated to Hi-tech Zone) was set up in March 1990, after receiving approval from the State Council as a state level Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone in March 1991. The Hangzhou Hi-tech Zone is composed of three parts, with the main regions being the Zhejiang Sci-Tech Industrial Park and Xiasha Sci-Tech Industrial Park. The Hi-tech Zone makes good use of the concentrated superior intelligence in the park zone, relies on Hangzhou city's richly endowed natural environment and depends on preferential investment policies to gradually build a scientifically based hi-tech city --- Paradise Silicon Valley will capture world attention.
**The information above was obtained from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangzhou
Since the beginning of 2010, the government of Zhejiang has launched a campaign in the English speaking television channels promoting the province, which includes the city of the West Lake as an ideal place to be based and sourced from all of China. The advertisement can be viewed here: http://you.video.sina.com.cn/b/29179682-1686401515.html.
There are several fun and cultural activities you can do in Hangzhou, such as walking around the West Lake, visiting the Liuhe Pagoda or the Confucius Temple. The Hangzhou Botanical Garden or the Hangzhou Zoo are also quite popular among tourists. Going to a museum or to a concert is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening.
If nightlife is what you are looking for, going to Shuguang Road is a must. Nanshan Road and Xihu Tiandi are other good options you would definitely enjoy. There are also plenty of music events around Hangzhou throughout the year.
If you are looking for a traditional Chinese area, visit Hefang Street, where you will find many teahouses, an array of small eateries and a great snack street. There are also many shops where you will get the souvenirs you are looking for at reasonable prices.
Also, remember that if you are visiting Pro QC’s Shanghai branch, you can easily get to the South Railway Station (only two stops away by subway line 1 from the office) and take the bullet train to Hangzhou. It only takes forty-five minutes to get there.
For a complete guide of restaurants, cafés, lifestyle, shopping, accommodation, nightlife, etc., please check the link below.
For official city information, visit the following website:
For travel assistance, or additional information, you can also contact your Pro QC account manager. Fernando Rodriguez Gonzalez can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.