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The closest place on the Chinese mainland to Taiwan

Updated: May 15, 2019 chinadaily.com.cn Print

Population: 460,000 (2018)

Area: Land area - 371 square kilometers / Sea area - 6,064 square kilometers  

Location: East China, off Fujian province's eastern coast. Pingtan is the closest place on the Chinese mainland to Taiwan. 

Economy:

Pingtan is part of the China (Fujian) Free Trade Zone with an emphasis on further opening-up cross-Straits communication.

Pingtan has rolled out a series of innovative and preferential policies to attract cross-Straits enterprises and residents to settle down in the city.

The total output value of Pingtan in 2018 increased by 9 percent compared with the previous year and the general public budget revenue was up 16.3 percent year-on-year, achieving the highest increase rate in Fujian province.

The total import and export volume of Pingtan climbed by 10.86 percent to 5.76 billion yuan ($851.54 million) in 2018 and the disbursement of foreign capital reached $120 million with a year-on-year growth of 84 percent.

In 2018, Pingtan saw a fruitful year in the construction of Pingtan International Tourist Island. Overall planning has been made in the area to integrate scenic areas with surrounding villages, enhancing the connotation of scenic spots. It was projected that Pingtan received a total of 4.8 million tourists in 2018, up 23 percent year-on-year.

The trade between Pingtan and Taiwan amounted to 1.5 billion yuan in 2018, up 40 percent compared with that of last year. The number of tourists travelling to and from Taiwan via Pingtan was over 150,000, with a year-on-year growth of 33 percent. Among all these visitors, the number of Taiwan residents was over 90,000, an increase of 85 percent.

Administrative divisions:

Pingtan, an island city in Fujian province governs 7 towns and rural town : Tancheng, Su'ao, Liushui, Aoqian, Beicuo, Pingyuan, Aodong town, and Baiqing, Yutou, Dalian, Luyang, Zhonglou, Dongxiang Lancheng, and Nanhai rural towns.

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