Chaoyang borders to Inner Mongolia with Chifeng and Tongliao to the north, Huludao in Liaoning and Qinhuangdao in Hebei to the south, Fuxin and Jinzhou in Liaoning to the east, and Chengde and Qinhuangdao in Hebei to the west. It is the westernmost prefecture of Liaoning.
The population of Chaoyang totals 3.43 million and the prefecture covers an area of 19,736 square kilometers, accounting for one-seventh of the whole province. Chaoyang administrates two urban districts (Shuangta and Longcheng), two county-level cities (Beipiao and Lingyuan), two counties (Chaoyang and Jianping), and also the Kalaqin Zuoyi Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.
Diversified natural land types can be found in Chaoyang: mountains, hills, dry land, valleys, and flatland. In addition, the land of the city is utilized in various ways. The main mountains within the city include Nulu’erhu Mountain, Duling Mountain, Daqing Mountain, and Dahei Mountain. Chaoyang has rainfall in summer, but ample sunshine, a high diurnal temperature range, and moderate precipitation. The annual average temperature is 9.9°C. Annual average sunshine duration is 2,850 to 2,950 hours, annual precipitation 450 to 580 mm and the frost-free period is 120 to 155 days. Spring and autumn are windy and drought-prone. Wind force is normally from 2 to 3 with strong northwestern winds in winter.
Chaoyang has long been a city of strategic importance in the north of the Great Wall. Today, Chaoyang remains important in transportation from Beijing and Chengde to Shenyang, Dandong, Dalian, and other cities in Northeast China. Ten national and provincial expressways and highways and six railways running through the city ensure convenient transportation. The sound transportation network brings the city much closer to the other regions of the country. The modern communication network ensures that business visitors can keep in touch with every corner of the world.
Chaoyang is dominated by the secondary sector which contributed 25.98 billion RMB (about 3.71 billion USD) to the 2009 regional GDP of 51.81 billion RMB (7.40 billion USD). The tertiary sector had a GDP share of 15.63 billion RMB (2.23 billion USD) and the primary sector of 10.20 billion RMB (1.46 billion USD). Investment in fixed assets was 45.54 billion RMB (about 6.51 billion USD).
The average salary was 26,562 RMB (about 3,795 USD), the per-capita disposable income of urban residents 11,554 RMB (1,651 USD), and annual consumption per capita 8,635 RMB (1,234 USD).
The number of employees in Chaoyang was 1.798 million, with a share between primary, secondary and tertiary sectors as 4:2:3. Manufacturing provided nearly 50,063 jobs, education 40,753, and public administration nearly 37,681. More than 150,000 people were employed by private enterprises.
Chaoyang is the only prefecture in Liaoning that is not part of the two national development strategies of Shenyang Metro and Liaoning Belt. Instead, the provincial government has issued a regional development strategy for the Northwest of the province with Chaoyang as an important player and beneficiary. The Chaoyang Economic Development Zone, located in the suburban area, provides all necessary production and living facilities, which ensure perfect conditions for investment and construction.
The pillars of agriculture in Chaoyang include planting, husbandry, forestry and fruits. The city has also formed a range of industries, with metallurgy, coal, light industry, machinery, electronics, building materials, textiles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and paper making.
The prefecture has a large quantity of land resources. Agricultural land accounts for a main proportion. Since much of Chaoyang is in mountainous regions, significant differences exist in the geographical distribution of utilized land. Chaoyang also has rich mineral resources of good condition, just waiting to be exploited.
Export has developed well over the past years. A variety of 160 products in 14 categories is being exported to 60 countries and regions in Asia, Europe and America. The Chaoyang 2009 volume of foreign trade was 453.46 million USD, with exports of 370.28 million and imports of 83.18 million USD.
The downtown area is located 341 km to the west of Shenyang and 518 km to the east of Beijing, both to be reached by direct railways and highways. Driving from Chaoyang to Beijing takes four hours, the Port of Bijiashan in Jinzhou can be reached in 40 minutes. Chaoyang has an airport for medium-sized passenger planes.
Chaoyang has water, drainage, power, heat and gas supply. Several hotels, supermarkets and department stores are easily accessible.
Welcome to Invest in Chaoyang
To attract the investment of more domestic and foreign business people, Chaoyang has formulated a series of preferential investment policies.
- Administrative fees are exempted during the construction period for projects prioritized by the municipal government.
- Preferential prices and terms of payment are offered for merger and acquisition projects involving the city’s state-owned enterprises.
- Preferential land-use conditions are offered for overseas investors.
- Technologies and funds are offered for overseas investors.
- Awards are given to intermediaries introducing foreign investment.
To offer good services for investors, the city has set up an efficient service system and an administrative examination and approval center, offering one-stop service for all relevant formalities. It is the common consensus of all residents of the city to offer investors a sound investment environment. Government on prefectural and county level are making every effort to improve the investment environment by providing quality service.