Lanxi, the hidden gem of China’s modern chaos, and the home village to the largest group of Zhu GeLiang’s progeny ever
Basic geographical facts of Lanxi you need to know
Lanxi, a city located in west-central Zhejiang province, right in the middle reaches of Qiantang River, the river which is known for the world’s largest tidal bore. Lanxi is approximately 20.5 kilometers away from downtown Jinhua, and 132 kilometers away from Hangzhou, occupying around 1.3% of Zhejiang province total land area. The city features a subtropical monsoon climate, and the weather is generally warm and mild, with four clear-divide seasons – a rainy and refreshing spring, a humid and energetic summer, a wet and blustery autumn, and a freezing and dry winter. The average temperature of Lanxi throughout the year is 17.7°C, with average temperature of 30℃ in summer and 6℃ in winter.
Whilst Lanxi’s origins can be traced back to over 1,300 years ago, where it was found in the late years of Tang Xian Heng Dynasty, as a county-level city (670 BC-674 BC), its early year development went prosperous because of the boom in water transportation in “Jiang Nan” district. Lanxi, for its strategic geographical location, plays a critical role as the junction of transportation to other surrounding cities.
- Lanxi was the top transportation hub in Zhejiang province during Republic of China (1912 BC – 1949 BC)
Lanxi gradually became the major transportation hub to transport out the manufacturing goods of Zhejiang province to other areas of China where the economic development just kick started. According to the investigation carried out by the railway segment of national government, Lanxi’s total amount of commercial turnover reached over 1.3 million (in Silver Yuan currency), whilst Jinhua and Yiwu cities (now China’s largest international trade hub) at the time only had about less than half of the turnover amount.
- Pharmaceutical market is competitive amongst Lanxi local businessmen
Lanxi’s locals enjoyed the premium advantages from the city’s Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) resources, with the most famous icon of the industry being the descendant family of Zhu GeLiang, the reputable strategist and man of wisdom in ancient China. In early Ming Dynasty, Zhu’s family business had already penetrated into the TCM market in various cities in China. According to the statistics of 1947, Zhu’s family owned / joint-ventured more than 300 TCM shops in the entire China.
- In 1980s, Lanxi is the first county-level city that achieved “Billion Yuan” income in Zhejiang province.
Following the establishment of People’s Republic of China, the economic restructuring of China brought plenty of business opportunities into towns like Lanxi. Topped with entrepreneurial spirit of Lanxi people, the small city had successfully transited from a trading harbor to an industrial and manufacturing concentrated hub. Throughout decades of China’s economy reforms, Lanxi was the country’s “favorite city” for its fastest economy growth amongst all.
CULTURE AND CHARMS
Lanxi remains awash with remnants of its past glory. Downtown Lanxi is still a place bustling with business and local trades, but in a more unsophisticated way. Amidst the mix of old and new, Lanxi is a peaceful reflection of old world style and new age modernity, with endless possibilities for every kind of visitors.
Lanxi people’s day starts early in the morning. Traditional Lanxi women are hard working. In the early morning, they would be sitting along the riverside to do their hand laundry. Flower selling girls appear in different corners of the downtown, yelling out load to draw passing by’s attention, filling the air with energetic echoes and pleasant fragrance from the strings of jasmine and magnolia…
Just as how a remote island is usually known more for its immense beauty, serenity and preserved nature in comparison to the commercialized ones, Lanxi has maintained the authenticity of its wealthy heritage and rich culture to justify an intriguing visit….
ATTRACTIONS, CULTURE, FOLKLORE & LEGENDS