Nanjing - Second Largest Commercial Centre in the East China region after Shanghai
With an urban population of over 7 million (2011), Nanjing is the second largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai. The annual sales of Xinjiekou, the capital of Nanjing, surpasses billions of Yuan.
Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province and lies to the east of China. It was previously the capital of China during the previous dynasties and as a result it enjoys a rich history and a strong economic status due to the attention that it once received. The city thrives with an urban population of 7 million and and due to this powerful workforce, it currently ranks second after Shanghai as the largest commercial hub in the east China region.
While most Kenyans have a preference for Guangzhou in Guangdong province, Nanjing has remained attractive for top international brands due to the emerging young generation who have a strong purchasing power as compared to the same 10 years ago. Xinjiekou is the central part of the city and a high commercial hub. The CBD has over 80 renowned international brands and is served by 4 major 40-meter width highways namely Zhongshan Eastern Road, Zhongzheng Road, Hanzhong Road and Zhongshan Road. Xinjiekou is easily accessible by metro since Line1 and Line2 both intersect here where there is an interchange station.
Being the capital if Jiangsu province and due to the previous status of being a capital city, Nanjing has an elaborate transport infrastructure in place to ensure its dwellers of smooth, swift movement. The city has an advanced metro (subway), bus lines, taxi's, scooters and the inter-provincial high speed trains. Notably, the high speed Shanghai Maglev Train passes through Nanjing. The Nanjing Metro has 2 operational lines which interchange at Xinjiekou station each cutting across the 4 corners of the city. Its highly reliable and operates from 04:00 to 23:00 hrs. The ticket fares are cheap and go for as low as 2Yuan (26 Kshs). However during rush hours, the stations are full and its not advisable for travellers with alot of luggage due to the large number of commuters.
The city buses are cheap and also arrive on scheduled times but are prone to traffic jams especially at rush hours. Taxi's are metered as per the distance so for regular travellers they can prove to be expensive. Most city commuters have scooters which are powered by an electric motor, charged at home and surprisingly run for a day. The small machines are common and they enjoy their own lanes adjacent to the roads on the streets. The Nanjing Railway Station and Nanjing South Railway Station are the connecting points for the high speed railway to other cities. The Nanjing South Railway Station is the latest addition and according to CCTV, it is the world's second largest railway station in terms of GFA (Gross Floor Area) at 458,000 square metre (4,929,871 square ft). The Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway also passes through this station.
With the rising urban population in Nanjing, the city has a large number of universities totaling to 26. Most are located within the city and are easily accessible by metro or bus. The centres or learning have a large intake and offer specialised courses as compared to their counterparts in Kenya which have a broad spectrum of courses. The universities cover from technology, auditing, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, education and the arts. In recent times, the number of foreign students has risen significantly with most universities having various courses delivered in English language. However most require foreigners to undertake Chinese proficiency tests prior to admission.
Governance & Administration
Nanjing was the former capital of China and due to that it enjoys a rich history and a strong economic status due to the attention that it once received. The city is also the capital of Jiangsu province and has 6 City proper, 3 Sub-urban and 2 Rural Districts. The People's Goverment of Nanjing City led by a mayor has full control of the city's operations. Being the provincial capital, Nanjing plays a crucial part in the hierarchical system of power. The Governor of Jiangsu remains the highest ranking official in the province.
The Future of Nanjing
In early 2010, the population of Nanjing was 8.005 Million and if statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China are anything to go by, the population in the following year rose to 8.11 Million. With such surging numbers, the pressure of the public infrastructure will also be more.
In recent years, Nanjing has been developing its economy, commerce, industry, as well as city construction. In 2010 the city's GDP was RMB 501 billion (3rd in Jiangsu), and GDP per capita was RMB 65,490, a 13 percent increase from 2009. The average urban resident's disposable income was RMB 28,312, while the average rural resident's net income was RMB 11,050. The registered urban unemployment rate was 3.02 percent, lower than the national average (4.3 percent). Nanjing's Gross Domestic Product ranked 14th in 2010 in China, and its overall competence ranked 5th in mainland and 7th including Taiwan and Hong Kong. - Wikipedia
The Nanjing Metro is under massive expansion since the city will host the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
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