Jiangxi Province in China
The Jiangxi Province, situated in the Gan River Valley with the Yangtze River in the north, has historically provided the primary north-south transport route for South China. With the rugged terrain of the south-eastern mountains, the corridor opened up by the Gan River is one of very few routes conducive to travel. This unique position has resulted in Jiangxi, with its capital city of Nanchang, proving to be strategically significant throughout much of the history of China.
Jiangxi is in the fortunate position of having the richest mineral resources in the whole of China. Dexing is the richest copper mine in the area and Dayu County is notable for its tungsten mine. Other minerals found in Jiangxi are gold, silver, thorium, uranium, tantalum and niobium. Despite these riches, however, Jiangxi is considered to be one of the poorer provinces of China, with a number of the estimated 40 million inhabitants of the province living in poverty. One theory for this situation is that Jiangxi has lost much of its talent to its wealthy neighbors Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian, which has resulted in the slowing down of development in the province. There are a number of projects that the authorities are working on though, such as the “Poverty Alleviation Plan”, that are set to reverse this situation and with the natural resources available in Jiangxi, these projects have an excellent chance of succeeding. With this in mind, foreign investment is being sought to participate in a number of these projects and an astute business person with vision could take advantage of this opportunity.
The communication and transport systems of Jiangxi are extensive, linking this province to the rest of China by means of railway, highways, air travel and waterways, allowing for easy access for business travelers and tourists alike.
Apart from the mineral wealth of Jiangxi, this province has a wealth of culture, history and scenic beauty just waiting to be enjoyed by visitors. The city of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi, is often referred to as the “Porcelain Capital” due to the production of high quality porcelain products (often called “China” in the western world) that this city is famous for. The Lushan National Park in the region of Mount Luchan has, since 1996, been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort area Longhushan near the city of Yingtan has many mountains with exquisite caves, villages and temples, which can be explored and appreciated by tourists.
This is truly a province that, with its economic potential and natural beauty, is a worthwhile destination for business people and tourists alike.