Text by Zhou ChenLiang
Shengsi County is located in the northernmost tip of Zhoushan City in the northeastern corner of Zhejiang Province. It is the only state-level archipelago scenic area in China. Spanning some 80 square kilometers, it has become an ideal destination for many domestic tourists.
Along with its tourism resources, the locals take pride in native products, mussels in particular, which have proven key along the road to prosperity.
To accelerate the local economy by making full use of their native products, the county government launched various cultural festivals. The most famous one is known as the Shengsi Mussel Cultural Festival, which has been running for six years straight. The annual festival has played an important role in showcasing the appeal of new fishing villages in the county and opening a window to the outside world for future cooperation.
Shengsi County enjoys an advantageous geographical location and abundant natural resources. A neighbor of Shanghai, it is located near the mouth of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River that di-vides China´s north and south. As a gate way to the Yangtze Valley and Shanghai, it serves as an important logistical transit center of the Yangtze River Delta and eastern China as well as an industrial base for processing over 500 kinds of aquatic products.
Shengsi County is the largest mussel cultivation center in eastern China. The development of mussel cultivation shifted a large number of fishermen to different employment and encouraged the emergence of many local enterprises. Over the last few years, the county´s mussels are sold domestically as well as exported to South Korea, Australia, South Africa, and Spain.