Xuzhou is the geographic and economic center of over 20 cities covering Jiangsu Province, Shandong Province, Henan Province and Anhui Province. In China’s regional economic layout, it is the juncture of east coastal opening area and middle west developing area, bridging the Yangtze River Delta and the Pan-Bohai Bay. It is an important water and land transportation hub and an important intersection for all directions. It is the central city of the Huaihai Economic Zone.
With a civilization of over 5,000 years, Xuzhou was built 2,600 years ago and is one of the most ancient cities in China. Xuzhou was one of the nine states of the country over 3,000 years ago.
As a city of Han Dynasty Culture, Xuzhou was the hometown of Liu Bang (256-195BC), the first emperor of Western Han Dynasty. The Han Dynasty was divided into Eastern Han and Western Han periods (206BC-189AD) lasting for over 400 years. During which the local kings in Xuzhou left numerous historical heritages, including Han clay figurines, Han stone relief carvings and Han Tombs, which are called "Three Wonders of the Han Dynasty". They are representatives of the Chinese Han culture.www.xz.gov.cn/ZGXZ_English/