•Population:69.25 million people
•Land:211.8 thousand square kilometers
•2012 GDP:1,964 billion RMB (about 312 billion USD)
•10th biggest province in China
•2 international airports:about 2 hours flight from Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing
•Largest Industry:Machinery, Food & Bev erage, Culture & Media, Material Science, and Information Technology
•Top Growth Industry:3D printing, Industri al Robots, Electromagnetic Equipment, Renewable Building & Construction, and Aviation
Hunan for Business
Hunan is known for its pro-business environment and highly educated talent base. So far, 125 of the Fortune 500 Global enterprises has established its presence in Hunan and 8 of the China top 100 enterprises are headquartered in Hunan as well.
At the same time, Hunan has been known as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Strategically located in the center of Southern China and with its reasonable startup cost and the pro-business environment, many young entrepreneurs chose to start pursuing their dreams in Hunan. From Cai Lun, who invented paper and the paper making process in A.D. 105 and ranked No. 7 in Michael Hart’s “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, to Liang WenGen, a Hunan local farmer’s 4th son, ventured into the business world in 1986 by founding Sanyi Group in Hunan and now Sanyi annual sales at more than 50 billion RMB and he became one of the richest man in China with net worth more than 21billion RMB.
Hunan is your perfect gateway immersing into the China business world.
Hunan for education
Hunan also boasts a long history in education and is one of the places where Chinese ancient academy originated.
From Song Dynasty (960 to 1279), Hunan hosted two of the four biggest and most famous national academies in China, Yuelu Academy in Changsha and ShiGu Academy in HengYang.
History was written here. One of the stories includes Zhu Xi, who is regarded as the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucian in the history of China and one of China’s most influential philosophers, once came to YueLu Academy to meet its lead scholar Zhang Shi (who is later canonized and admitted into the Confucian Temple after his death – the top Confucian recognition in thehistory of China). They spent 3 days debating while witnessed by thousands of famous scholars and students in the academy. Eventually neither of them could convince each other and then they both stayed at the academy to lecture.
Till now in the 21st century, Hunan has always ranks as a leading education center in China. From Hunan government giving special priority on education development and investment to the Hunan students known for its diligence in learning and development, Hunan has been known for producing top talents.
Throughout the history of China, Hunan has never been a wrong place to invest one’s education and development in.
Talent from Hunan
Hunan has never been shy in producing top talents in the long history of China. Some notable includes: (please add Wikipedia links to all the names below)
3 Chairman of the People’s Republic of China: Mao ZeDong, Liu ShaoQi and Hu YaoBang
1 Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China: Zhu RongJi
3 Vice-Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China:Tan ZhenLin, Tao Zhu, Li FuChun
3 of the Top 10 Generals of the Army: Peng DeHuai, Luo RongHeng, He Long
6 of the 10 Generals: Su Li, Huang KeCheng, Tan Zhen, Xiao JinGuang, Chen Geng, Xu GuangDa.
Qi BaiShi, Huang YongYu, Tian Han, Li GuYi, Song ZuYing, Zhou ZhiHui, Yi Wu, Li Li, Zhong ZengYa, Tian Han, Bing Jie, Huang TieShan, She ZhiDi
Cai Lun, Zhou GuangZhao, Yao ShouZhuo, Lu GuangXiu, He JiShan, chen NengKuan, Huang BoYun, chen GuoDa, Li GuangYing, Li Xun, Zhang XiaoQian, Zeng ZhaoLun, Fan YunLiu
Wang FuZhi, Xiong XiLing, Wang KaiYun, Jin Yuelin, Zhang ShiZhao, Wang XianQian, Pi XiRui, Yu JiaXi, Yi ZhongTian, Long YongTu
We hope to see you name on this list one day as well.
Hunan for Fun
Hunan has been known for its culture for creativity, unique Cuisine and spectacular tourist spots as well.
From ancient Chinese art, calligraphy, painting to modern creative media, Hunan has never fallen behind the fashion. Today, Hunan Satellite TV is the country’s top broadcaster in terms of audience ratings and media coverage over 1.2 billion population. Cartoon production in Hunan has been developing quickly with home-produced cartoons accounted for 70 percent of the domestic market and generated over 10 billion RMB.
Hunan Cuisine is one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisines and is well known for its spicy flavor, fresh aroma and deep color. It contains more than 4,000 dishes, including one of the most famous Chinese dishes in the world – “General Tso’s Chicken”. Even though it is always easy tofind Hunan cuisine restaurants anywhere in the world, locals would tell you that you have not really tried it until you come to Hunan and stay for at least 3 – 6 months.
Tourism is one of the key industries in Hunan as well. It spread itself along the middle stretch of the Yangtze River and has splendid landscapes and fecund scenery. Two internationally recognized World Heritage Sites and Five national 5A (top rating) Tourist Spots found their homes in Hunan.
Some examples includes: WuLingYuan, recognized by Unesco in 1990 as a World Heritage Site, is is full of waterfalls, limestone caves (including Asia’s largest chamber) and rivers suitable for rafting trips; and FengHuang Ancient town, an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that was the center of the unsuccessful Miao Rebellion (1854–73), which created a Miao diaspora in Southeast Asia during the last two centuries. The city is revered in Miao traditions and funeral rites and is the location of the Southern China Great Wall, a fortification built by the Ming dynasty to protect the local Han Chinese from Miao attacks.
You will only get to experience Hunan when you actually set foot in this lovely dynamic place.