Dongyang is located in the central part of Zhejiang Province. With two freeways (Jinhua-Ningbo and Zhuji-Yongjia Freeway) joining in the city, it is the transportation hub of the central Zhejiang. Dongyang covers an area of 1,747 square kilometers, with 6 residential districts, 11 towns, and 1 village. It has a population of 830,000 people.
Dongyang has a long history of over 1,800 years. In A.D. 195 (the second year of the Xingping Reign Period of Han Dynasty), in Dongyang there was established county system. In 1988, Dongyang was upgraded to town level. As a provincial-level historical and cultural city, Dongyang has been entitled “Home of Education,” “Home of Architecture,” “Home of Woodcarving and Bamboo Weaving,” and “City Noted for Culture, Film and TV,” which is also well-known as “Three Homes and One City.”
Since ancient times, Dongyang has been highly valuing education. In its history, there were 305 people awarded with ‘jinshi’ title (equivalent to the current professor degree). In 1989, Dongyang was awarded by the People's Daily as "Hundreds of Doctors from one city, one thousand professors in the same hometown." By the end of 2017, there were more than 9,000 senior professionals, more than 1,100 doctors and post-doctorals, and 12 Dongyang-born academicians.
Dongyang is also well known as the “Home of Architecture.” Dongyang ancient residential architecture is mainly built with Dongyang woodcarving, combining bamboo weaving, stone carving, brick carving etc, forming the unique folk architecture system with Confucian culture. Buildings like Su Yongtang in Lu’s Residence, Huqingyu Hall in Hangzhou are both Dongyang ancient architecture masterpieces. Dongyang was named as "Township of architecture" in 1994, the “construction-advanced City at Provincial Level" in 2011, "Township of China's Architecture" in 2012. In 2018, the city’s construction industry output value reached 260 billion RMB, ranking number one among county-level cities in China for ten consecutive years. Dongyang is famous as “Home of Woodcarving and Bamboo weaving.” Dongyang woodcarving and bamboo weaving are two splendid industries. Dongyang woodcarving was listed among the first batch in the national intangible cultural heritage protection projects. A lot of Dongyang woodcarving works were handed down from the ancient times, such as Dong Palace in Singapore, Lingshan fanon house decoration in Jiangsu Province, and many others. All these works are made by Dongyang woodcarving artists. Dongyang’s bamboo weaving was listed as one of the first Zhejiang Intangible Cultural Heritage representative works.