Haishu District, located in the center of Ningbo, borders on the Fenghua River in the east, reachesnorth to Yuyao River, and borders Yin County in the southwest. It covers an area of 28.7 square kilometers with the population of 263,000, and has jurisdiction over 8 neighborhood offices. The district is the site of Ningbo municipal Party committee of the Communist Party of China and Ningbomunicipal government. It is the political, economic, and cultural center of Ningbo.
Haishu District has a long history. In it there is Drum Tower that was built in the first year of Changqing, Tang Dynasty is also called Haishu Tower. Haishu District gains the name because of this. There are also Tianyi Pavilion-a storied building for book collection as a national cultural relic under special protection and a cultural relic under provincial protection -the old site of White Cloud village in which the great thinker Wang Zhongyi gave lectures during the end of Ming Dynasty
and the beginning of Qing Dynasty. Tianfeng Tower and Xiantong Tower which were both built in Tang Dynasty and City God Temple of Ming Dynasty and so on are all in this district, too. The infrastructure of Haishu district is well equipped, and the traffic is convenient. Terminals of Ningbo of railways and automobile south station are under the jurisdiction of this district. They are only 8 miles away from Leshe airport f Ningbo and separated by one bridge with Ningbo port .The entrance and exit downtown of expressway which joins Ningbo, Hangzhou and Shanghai are set up in this district. Meanwhile almost all urban public transportation routes and taxies start running from the district
Haishu district is located in the busiest section of Ningbo. There are many comprehensive stores of the largest scale such as new Hualian commercial building of Ningbo, Changfa commercial building, and City God Temple mall and foreign star hotels such as Nanyuan, Xinyuan, Huajia and Jinlong hotel. Main financial institutions of the city, departments of commodity inspection and customs, etc are set up in the district,too.
In recent years, Haishu District has followed the urban working policy "Centred by economic construction and focus on the task of city management", with the result that economic strength has strengthen notably, and the urban appearance has changed with each passing day. In 2002, the GDP of the whole district is up to 2,278 million Yuan, and fiscal revenues are 653,160,000 Yuan. It was awarded successively as provincial advanced district for its progress in science and technology and achievements in education, and advanced district of family planning in" the Ninth Five-Year "Plan.
Taking advantage of the good trade and business foundation of Ningbo and its fine geographical position, the district has implemented the economic development strategy of" revitalizing the area by trade and business". Therefore the third estate has developed fast. The turnover of the third estate in the whole district was up to 17,010 million in 2002, and the growth of it accounted for 70% of the GDP of the whole district. The district has finished a series of beneficial key items and introduced a series of large supermarkets, large sales fields, and heavy markets. As a result, it has initially formedthe new trade and business area of Ningbo that centred by Tianyi square and City God Temple and incorporates trade and business, table delicacies, culture, travel,entertainment,etc.
Since the industrial economy is developing fast in the process of structural adjustment,at present it has initially formed the industrial economy pattern which is mainly characteristic of machinery-building, electronic instrument, textile clothing,metallurgy processing and so on, and a series of brand products of provincial or municipal
level such as peace bird, ford and so on have emerged. In the scientific and technological industrial park the effects of radiation and focus are obvious. The total industrial output value was up to 3,472 million yuan in 2002.
Haishu District has valued the development of the export-oriented economy. It has made and issued a series of policies of encouraging the foreign investment in succession in recent years, and been devoted to improving the investment climate
According to the request of building the international port city of socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics, it is strengthening the city management,promoting the intellectual civilization progress, molding the new image of center district, and reforming urban management system and level, so as to constantly improve the efficiency of city management At present it has formed" Haishu Mode " and popularized it in the whole province. Having strengthened the capital construction at the basic level, the community building is developing vigorously. The community's network of third level taking 81890 as sign has already been built up and enjoyed influence extensively in the whole country. Having generally launched the activities of building civilized district and civilized community in the whole district, more than nearly 3/4 of the residential areas have become civilized districts of municipal (regional) level now. The first 23 communities called" family of the old age in star light" have been all build up. All kinds of social causes such as science, education, culture hygiene and so on are all developing in harmony.
Haishu District full of vitality is planning and building the modernized new city proper facing the 21st century. Aiming at the goal of building high-quality business district and superior residential area and full advancement of the modernization of Haishu District, all the people in Haishu district will operate under the spirit of "to collect widely, be sincere and practical, in pursuit of excellence". Insisting considering the principal of " relies on Ningbo and serves Ningbo" as the fixed position of work, " unified by downtown" as the tactic of work, "to increase actual
strength inside, and set up the image outside" as the focus of work. Our People are bound to make every effort to make Haishu District a wealthy, civilized and safe one which is characteristic of modernized international port city with developed economy, beautiful environment, civilized society and rich life.