Binzhou is a city located in the northern part of Shandong Province in China. It is two hours away by car from Shandong’s capital city Jinan. The city is located near the Yellow River, one of the most important rivers in the world. The city’s close proximity to the Yellow River has made Binzhou one of the most important transportation hubs in Northern China. The Yellow River Bridge in Binzhou is an important passageway that connects the province Jiangsu, Shandong, Beijing and Tianjin together. Established in the Shang Dynasty (1600 to 1050 BCE), Binzhou has over 3000 years of history where the Qi culture was founded and flourished. It is the hometown of many significant figures in Chinese history, including Sun Tzu (544BC to 496BC), who is the author of the “The Art of War”, which has been translated into many languages as one of the best selling books on military strategies. Today, Binzhou occupies an area of 9,600 square kilometers and has a population of 3.8 million. The city governs multiple counties and development parks and has been identified as one of the key Chinese cities for economic and industrial growth.
Binzhou is blessed with abundant natural resources including fresh water, oil fields and natural gas. The main industries in Binzhou are textile, chemical engineering, metallurgical engineering, machinery manufacturing, food processing and new technologies. These industries, along with others, strive everyday to improve people’s standard of living. While new industries such as information technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing are emerging rapidly, traditional industries are also revolutionizing with modern science and technology to keep up with market changes. The GDP of Binzhou rose 9.8% year on year to RMB 215.57 billion in 2013. The value added output from secondary industry rose 11.5% year on year to RMB 110.61 billion, accounting for 51.3% of the city's economy. In 2013, the value added industrial output value from enterprises with the designated size and above increased 12.6% than 2012. The city’s foreign trade value totaled US$8.33 billion in 2013, up 32.4% year on year. The export value was about US$3.55 billion. The main exports products are machinery, high-tech products and agricultural products. With the rapid GDP growth, several development parks have been established all over the city. These development parks provide infrastructure and resources for new and established enterprises to thrive. In addition, new projects in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, agriculture and city infrastructure have emerged, creating significant business and job opportunities for local and foreign professionals.
Binzhou has diverse cultural and historical relics as well as beautiful natural landscapes. The most popular tourist attractions include The Old Garden of Sun Tzu, Weishi Manor, The Residence of Du Shoumin, Binzhou Shell Dyke Island and the Yangxin Pear Garden. Binzhou offers a wide range of options when it comes to shopping and dining. Instead of seeing the standardized chained shopping malls and retail brands, tourists in Binzhou find themselves intrigued by an endless selection of handcrafted souvenirs made from traditions that trace back many generations ago. Tourists often can’t get far in Binzhou without catching a whiff of the heavenly smell of various local snacks including pancakes, wraps, sweets and confectioneries. Visit Binzhou today and experience a city where tradition meets modern, a place opened for business and fun.