About Hefei National High-tech Industry Development Zone
Hefei National High-tech Industry Development Zone (Hefei high-tech zone) was in the first batch of State-level high-tech zones ratified by the State Council in 1991. It covers 128 square kilometers and has a permanent resident population of over 200,000. It is the core area of the Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center and has achieved numerous honors, including being named a National Innovation Demonstration Zone, National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Demonstration Base, serving for building China into an innovative country and Hefei into an innovation hub. Hefei high-tech zone retains a leading position among all 169 national high-tech zones. It ranked sixth among them in 2019, the highest ranking in its history. The main economic indicators of the zone such as regional GDP, strategic emerging industries, and fiscal revenue have maintained double-digit growth for many years.
After 29 years of hard work, Hefei high-tech zone has made major breakthroughs in cutting-edge technologies such as new-generation artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information, disruptive technologies and industrialization. iFlytek, a representative tech firm in the zone which has been selected in the first batch of four national AI open innovation platforms and the only National Quantum Information Laboratory, is accelerating its construction in the zone, which will contribute to the forming of the zone's China Speech Valley, Quantum Center brand. In April 2018, Hefei high-tech zone was included in the list of constructing world-class high-tech parks by the Torch Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, enabling it to enter the national team participating in global technology competitions.
With 4E-level Xinqiao International Airport to the north and 4A-level Zipeng Mountain National Forest Park to the south, Hefei National High-tech Industry Development Zone enjoys outstanding location advantages. It is 10 km from Hefei South Station in the east and half an hour's drive from Lu'an downtown in the west. Hefei-Huainan-Fuyang Expressway and Changjiang West Skyway run through the zone. Metro Lines 2, 4 and 6 (being planned) lead directly to Hefei city center. The infrastructure and facilities in the zone are complete, with extensive road networks and abundant high-quality resources in education and healthcare, such as No 7 Middle School of Hefei, the Sino-Canada Concord School of Hefei High-tech Zone, and the high-tech zone branch of the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei International Talent City and Sasseur Outlets. Close to Dashu Mountain National Forest Park, Boyan Lake and Shuxi Lake, the urban green coverage reaches 45 percent.