(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2018-05-15

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Bailang Luzhou Wetland Park in Weifang, Shandong. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Weifang is rich in resources. With 4,460 square kilometers of shallow sea, tideland and coastal plain, Weifang possesses resourceful coastal regions. There is 1,100 square kilometers in brine area under the coastal ground with a net storage of 5.8 billion square meters. The average density is 2-6 times that of sea water, providing a natural advantage for developing the salt industry as well as the salt  chemical industry. Weifang is the biggest salt and salt chemical industry base nationwide. With 42 thousand hectares of salt area, annual productivity over 6 million tons taking up fifth of national gross productivity and there being 50 kinds of salt products, Weifang can produce one million tons of Calcined soda each year, ranking first nationwide in terms of quantity, quality and export. There are more than 70 thousand tons of industrial bromide and magnesium chloride in Weifang, accounting for more than 90 percent of the compounds in China. More than 58 kinds of mineral resources have been found, including gold, silver, iron, coal, oil, sapphire, barite, zeolite, bentonite, granite and mineral water. Of these mineral resources, 36 kinds have been proved reserves, in which 12 kinds rank first in Shandong province. Moreover, the reserves of sapphire and underground brine rank top in China.Weifang is a traditional agricultural city, being one of the main places for agricultural and sideline products. A succession of technological and industrial major products with certain market advantages and market potency has been formed throughout the city, including grain, cotton, oil producer, tobacco, cocoon, fruit, seafood, vegetable, edible mushroom, flower and broiler chicken. More than 1,200 leading enterprises of various kinds have been set up. Besides this, a large amount of famous and excellent producing bases have been built, such as a base for vegetables in Shouguang city, broiler chicken in Zhucheng city, honey peach in Anqiu city, edible mushrooms in Qingzhou city, and watermelon and boiler chicken in Changle city. Weifang is an important base for producing, processing and exporting quality agricultural products in China, with exports of poultry and vegetable taking up one third and a fifth  of the national total respectively.

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