Hanshou County, an open and civilized land in northwestern Hunan, is located in the transition zone from Xuefeng Mountain to Dongting Lake Plain, with a total area of 2021 square kilometers. It has jurisdiction over 15 towns, 2 townships, 4 street offices, and 1 provincial-level high-tech industrial park. The total number of households in the county is 285,052. The total population is 872,399, including 448,205 males and 424,194 females.
Hanshou is a place with a long history. During the Warring States Period, it belonged to Chu. During the Qin Dynasty, it was entitled as Qianzhong County. In the Western Han Dynasty it was Suoxian County, Wuling Prefecture. In the third year of Yangjia in the Eastern Han Dynasty (134), Suo County was changed to Hanshou County, taking the meaning of the longevity of the Han Dynasty, and ruling the town of Dingcheng District. Under the realm of Wu during Three Kingdoms, Hanshou County was changed to Wushou County. In the eleventh year of Chiwu (248), Longyang County was established in Wushou County. During Daguan period in the Song Dynasty (1107-1110), it was changed to Chenyang County. In the third year of Shaoxing (1133), the official title was restored to Longyang, and the county was promoted to the army in five years, with the Huangchengzhai (now Huangchenggang, Niejiaqiao Township) appointed as the administrative center, and the county title was restored after 30 years. In the first year of Yuanzheng (1295), it was promoted to a prefecture and governed Yuanjiang County, which belonged to Changde Road. In the third year of Hongwu in Ming Dynasty (1370), it was leveled down to county in terms of administrative framework. In the Qing Dynasty, it belonged to Changde Fu. In the first year of the Republic of China (1912), Longyang was renamed asHanshou, and for three years, it was attached to Wuling Road. For five years, it belonged to Xiangjiang Road. For eleven years, it was directly under the rule of province’s supervision, and for twenty-seven years, it was under the fifth administrative inspection district. On August 4, 1949, the county was peacefully liberated and was subordinate to Yiyang Special Administration. In November 1952, it was changed to Changde Office’s domination. In 1988, the Changde Special Administration was changed to the city level, and it was subordinate to Changde City. There are many Neolithic sites dating back more than 7,000 years in the territory. They are not only important Chu culture inheritance sites and birthplaces of Canglang culture, but also form unique Canglang culture, Quchu culture and dragon boat culture.
Hanshou is a blessed land of gold and silver. 2021 square kilometers fertile soil, with the benefits of fishing and rice resources from West Dongting Lake and Yuanli River, it is rich in agricultural products such as grain, cotton, oil, fish, pigs, soft-shelled turtles, black poplar, reeds, jade arm lotus root, etc., also rich in granite, gold, quartz sand, natural gas and other minerals. It has high-quality tourism resources such as the Qingshuihu Tourist Resort, which has been verified as a National 4A-level scenic spot, anda 3A-level scenic spot "West Dongting Lake National Urban Wetland Park" and Luxi Provincial Forest Park. Hanshou is famous as "Top 100 Tourism Counties" and the Hunan Province’s top tourism county. At the same time, it owns two "National Geographical Indication Products", which are "Hanshou Turtle" and "Han Shou Yu Arm Lotus Root". Many state-level golden signboards such as the "Hometown of Freshwater Pearls in China" are widely accepted as well as the title of key production county, including grain, cotton, oil, and fish. All of them have been verified by the state government, as well as some other golden titles as “county of essential area where mass produced pork exportation” and “high-quality agricultural products export base county”. It is also the base county for international trade of Changde, and one of the key counties undertaking industrial transfer and model county for urban-rural integration.
Hanshou is a fortress connecting all directions. Since ancient times, this place has been "the lips and teeth of the West Chu, the gateway of Yunnan and Guizhou", and now it is even more open by ship, train, and plane. In 2020, the county's transportation, warehousing, and postal services will add 1.686 billion yuan in added value, an increase of 1.1%. The county's highway mileage is 2,334 kilometers, including 179 kilometers of provincial roads, 313 kilometers of county roads, 804 kilometers of township roads, and 1,038 kilometers of village roads. There are 6 bus lines. At the end of the year, there were 657,000 mobile phone users, an increase of 14.3%, plus 180,300 Internet broadband users, an increase of 24.0%.
Hanshou is a land of vitality. With the implementation of the three national strategies of the Dongting Lake Ecological Economic Zone, the city clusters in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and the Yangtze River Economic Belt, Hanshou, as an important county in this "one district, one group, one belt", also has the Changde 100 billion industrial corridor’s entry advantage. The important identity of the entry position has a policy advantage that other counties and cities cannot match and cannot be copied. In recent years, the Hanshou County Party Committee and the county government have adopted the theme of “promoting the second business venture and building a strong county in Binhu”, unswervingly advancing the strategy of “building an industrialized strong county, establishing a prosperous county based on prosperity of all towns, pursuing a vigorous county based on tourism, bringing happiness to Hanshou people”. The economic and social development shows a healthy growing trend is more and more robust year by year. According to preliminary calculations, in 2020, the county realized a regional GDP of 31.629 billion yuan, an increase of 4.3%. The added value of the primary industry was 5.744 billion yuan, an increase of 3.6%; the added value of the secondary industry was 11.075 billion yuan, an increase of 6.1%; the added value of the tertiary industry was 14.81 billion yuan, an increase of 3.0%. The composition ratio of the three industries was 18.2:35.0:46.8. The regional GDP was 33.349 billion yuan, an increase of 4.3%, with the West Lake Management Zone included.
Hanshou is a high ground for investment and entrepreneurship. In 2020, the total retail sales of consumer goods for the whole year was 11.928 billion yuan, a decrease of 1.7%.To dig into status: wholesale sales growth was 5.3%, and retail sales growth was 2.5%; accommodation business revenue growth was -17.1%, and catering business revenue increased by -4.1%. The added value of wholesale and retail trade was 3.856 billion yuan, an increase of 1.1%, and the added value of the accommodation and catering industry was 757 million yuan, a decrease of 5.8%. The Hanshou County actually introduced domestic funds of 7.57 billion yuan. The actual use of foreign capital was US$112.8 million, and 12 domestic projects of more than 200 million yuan were imported. The total import and export value was 1.477 billion yuan, an increase of 7.1%, of which the export value was 1.474 billion yuan, an increase of 12.5%.
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