[photopress:zone_kushan_map.jpg,full,alignright]ETDZ are an ugly collection of initials to which we need to get used. It is quicker writing Kunshan ETDZ then Kunshan Economic and Technological Development Zone. It has been around a while having been approved as state-level economic development zone in August 1992.
KETDZ – see, you are getting used to it already – is in the southeast of Jiangsu Province within the Yangtze River Delta. It has the cities of Changshu and Taicang in the north and northeast, Shanghai in the south and southeast, and Wujiang and Suzhou in the west.
Which gives it a pretty strategic position in that it is only 50 kilometers west of Shanghai and 37 kilometers east of Suzhou.
Which makes it about half an hour, if you are lucky with the traffic, to get by car to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and an hour or so to cover the distance of 100 kilometers to Shanghai Pudong Airport.
KETDZ is 60 kilometers away from China’s biggest port, Port Shanghai, 100 kilometers from Port Zhangjiakang and 35 kilometers from Port Liujiagang in Taicang which puts it in a marvelous position for goods transportation especially as both the Beijing-Shanghai Railway and Shanghai-Nanjing expressway go across the zone.
There are three institutions of higher learning including Guihu University, 32 middle schools and 3 vocational schools in Kunshan.
[photopress:zone_kushan_toyota.jpg,full,alignleft]The campuses of Kunshan University ready to open and Taiwan Minxin University of Science and Technology has been set up here. The city of Kunshan boasts a team of over 5,000 experts in a variety of fields and 200,000 skilled technical workers.
Which brings us to the changing face of zones. It is not that Kunshan totally rejects heavy industry – there appears to be nowhere that this is expressly stated – rather it is biased towards electronic components and precision machinery: centering on auto parts and components.
The key to all of industries in Kunshan is that they are environmentally friendly and feature high-tech input. And this seems to be the general trend among zones which are near cities. High tech is the way to go which is why we need to get used to those initials – ETDZ.
Source: National Economical and Technological Development Zones