About Zhejiang province
Zhejiang province, which is reputed as "the Land of Silk" and produces one third of China's raw silk, brocade and satin, lies on the southeastern coast. Situated 118'01"-123'08" east longitude and 27'01"-31'10" north latitude, it has an area of 101,800 square kilometers and a coastline of 2,200 kilometers. Zhejiang boasts the largest number of isles in China, totaling more than 2,100.
Zhejiang has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate, warm, humid and rainy. It has a mean annual temperature of 16-19 degrees centigrade, and a mean annual precipitation of 1,100-1,900 mm. "Plum rains" occur between May and June and typhoons between summer and autumn.
Zhejiang province administrative division and population
It is divided into 11 prefecture-level cities, 24 county-level cities, 38 counties and 1 autonomous county, with a population of 46.77 million by 2000, mainly ethnic groups of Han, Hui, Manchu and Miao.
Zhejiang Cuisine, one of the Eight Great Cuisines in China, is best represented by Hangzhou dishes, including Beggar's Chicken (which is especially delicious with a pleasant aroma of lotus leaves), Dongpo Pork, West Lake Vinegar Fish, Songsao Shredded Fish Soup, etc.
Zhejiang province has a variety of cultural shows, including Kunqu, Shaoju and Yueju.
Special local products
Among famous specialties are Hangzhou silk satin and brocade, Dragon-Well Tea, Jinhua Ham, sweet oranges of Huangyan, rice wine of Shaoxing.