The province covers a total continental area of 101,800 square kilometers.
Hills and mountains account for 70.4 percent of the total area in the
province. Plains and basins make up 23.2 percent while the rest 6.4 percent
is water area composed of rivers and lakes. Zhejiang also boasts a coastline
totaling 6,486 kilometers, the longest for a single province in the country.
In addition, the province has the largest number of islands and isles in
China, and among them there are 3,061 islands and islets that have an area
of more than 500 square kilometers each.
The region is renowned for its picturesque landscapes. Well-known mountains include the Yandang, Xuedou, Tianmu, Tiantai and Xiandu, and famous lakes comprise the West Lake in Hangzhou, the East Lake in Shaoxing, the South Lake in Jiaxing, the Dongqian Lake in Ningbo and the North-South Lake in Haiyan. The Thousand-Islet Lake in Chun'an County of Hangzhou is the largest man-made lake in the country. Major rivers in the province include the Qiantang, the Oujiang, and the Nanxi. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal runs through the northern part of the province, and merges into the Qiantang River in Hangzhou.
The Qiantang River is the longest waterway in Zhejiang Province
Lying in a subtropical zone of monsoon climate, the province is blessed with abundant sunshine, ample rainfall in four distinct seasons. The annual temperature averages 15¡æ-18¡æ with the lowest in January and the highest in July. May and June are the months receiving the most rainfall.
Water resources total 93.7 billion cubic meters, ranking the fourth in China by per unit area.
Forestry covers 59.4 percent of the province's total area with rich resources of economic forests and bamboo groves. Famous local special products include tea, mulberries, oranges and tangerines. The output of dry fruits like hickory nuts and Chinese torreya nuts accounts for more than 70 percent of that of the country. The province is also a major producer of Chinese tallow trees, bark of official magnolia and fruit of medicinal cornel. In addition, the output of bamboo stands the first in the country.
White-necked long-tailed pheasant and Chinese alligator are under the
nation's first-class protection. Zhejiang is a noted green tea producer.
The province is also rich in non-metallic mineral reserves with 12 of them ranking among the first three places in the country. Its reserves of stone coal, alum, pyrophyllite, and tuff (used in cement or building) lead the rest areas of the country and the reserves of fluorite occupies the second place in China.
In addition, rich deposits of oil and natural gas in the continental shelf are awaiting exploitation.
The province is also abundant in fishery resources. The Zhoushan Archipelago is the largest area for sea fishery in China.
Major Attractions in Zhejiang Province
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