Qingtian County covers an area of 2,493 km2 and has a population of 556,000. The county has a history of over 1,300 years and has been honored as the Home of Stone-carving, the Home of Overseas Chinese and the Home of Celebrities.
With smooth texture, proper brittleness, rich colors and peculiar decorative patterns, Qingtian stone is one of the four national stones. Qingtian stone-carving is a famous art in China with its unique characteristic that the stone is carved based on its texture and decorated according to its colors, with plentiful stratifications and vivid images. In 2006, Qingtian stone-carving was awarded as one of the First Protection Projects of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Qingtian has an overseas Chinese history of over 300 years. At present, there are 330,000 overseas Chinese living in more than 120 countries and regions and around 160 organizations and associations have been set up overseas. Qingtian is one of the counties that have the highest level of per capita savings in China and the largest foreign currency reserve in Zhejiang Province. The county now owns more than 100 enterprises with overseas Chinese investment, which have yielded an annual international trade volume of over $10 billion. The huge influence by overseas Chinese has contributed to the county’s distinguishing features as the hometown of overseas Chinese.
Throughout the ages, Qingtian has fostered a large number of talented people. It is the birthplace of many celebrities, such as Liu Ji, Zhang Naiqi, Chen Cheng, Chen Muhua, etc.
Qingtian is also the home of red bayberry and rice field fish. “Pingpang red bayberry” is renowned for its immense size. The rice field fish culture already has a history of over 1,200 years. The rice-fish coexistence system was named by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) as one of the First Protection Projects of the Global Important Agricultural Heritage.
At present, both stainless steel and its deep processing industry and shoes and clothing industry have become the two pillar industries with billions of output. Molybdenum mines and stone carvings have been built as two industries with their own traits. Green Water Separating Company has grown to be a representative of strategic industry. Red bayberries, rice field fish and tea oil are the three leading agricultural industries. Tea industry, animal husbandry and herb medicine are the particular industries.