Jishan Island: a hidden gem in Taizhou
An aerial view of Jishan Island, an island in Yuhuan, a county-level city in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/taizhou.com.cn]
Jishan Island, an island in Yuhuan, a county-level city in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province is considered by many locals as a hidden gem that tourists should check out.
Located 15 minutes away from the Taizhou mainland by ferry, the island has been dubbed the "hometown of shrimp" due to the abundance of fish and shrimp in its waters.
The island is also known for its rows of colorful houses by the sea which resemble the Potala Palace in the Tibet autonomous region.
The island has been rising in popularity among tourists in recent years, and this has helped increased the incomes of the residents.
In 2021, Jishan received 224,000 visitors, up 45.5 percent year-on-year. The same year, the per capita disposable income of local residents increased by 9.3 percent to 29,900 yuan ($4,600).
Li Peng, Party chief of Jishan township, said that Jishan has forged a partnership with a company that will be responsible for the island's tourism development.
The local government has also been promoting Jishan's profile as a tourism spot by teaming up with Bilibili.com, a video-sharing platform which is popular among the younger generation.
The rows of fishermen's houses on Jishan Island resemble the Potala Palace in the Tibet autonomous region. [Photo/taizhou.com.cn]