The county was established in the time of Wu Kingdom (AC 222~280) during the famous Three Kingdoms Period. The Chinese name means "Forever Well-being". In the last two decades, Yongkang has been well known for both its aggressive promotion of tourism and booming economy in hardware manufacturing. It is widely considered as "Hardware Capital of China". In 2003, Yongkang GDP ranked 47th out of over 1000 counties nationwide in China.
History on behind the name: Lizhou was the ancient name of Yongkang. According to a legend, when the mother of Sun Quan (the King of Wu Kingdom) was ill, she went on a pilgrimage to pray for the "forever well-being" in a Temple in Yongkang. After she recovered, Sun Quan was very pleased. She then granted names for Yongkang. At that time, Yongkang was a part of Wushang City. During the Tang Dynasty, Yongkang was promoted to state. In 1992, the State Council approved the county to city.
Yongkang, Zhejiang, since ancient times, it is "metal craftsmen take the Quartet, the government prefectures County, not bad health" reputation. Yongkang metal craftsmen from generation to generation nurtured its rich heritage and cultural traditions and history of hardware, achievement of a reputation Yongkang hardware. 30 years of reform and opening up, Yongkang successfully achieved the traditional hardware to modern hardware transformation to accelerate the pace of industrial upgrading, product brand, grade has been a qualitative leap and become famous at home and abroad, "hardware capital." Among them, in order to anti-theft security door at the core products, Yongkang Door Industry has now become the eight Yongkang hardware industry, the largest and most stable industries in the world, in this year facing an unprecedented economic crisis situation, the industry still maintained a strong growth momentum in the first half growth rate of 18% growth rate among the eight Yongkang hardware industries. Category Yongkang hardware products have become the dominant product, a Yongkang city's calling card. Yongkang anti-theft door industry, the rise since 1997, from the start as metal gate, through 13 years of hard work, the industry now has 454 enterprise portal products, annual output of more than 2,500 million tang variety of products and export more than 700 million tang, industry-year output value of 100 billion yuan, accounting for 70% of the national output of anti-theft door. To achieve such stellar results, the most fundamental reason is that from the early stage of development, the whole Yongkang Door Industry attached great importance to product quality and having a rational understanding of the development. To "establish the brand, standards and innovation" has always been Yongkang Door manufacturers' consensus.
Yongkang produces 150,000 scooters everyday, the most in the world. Yongkang produces 30,000 anti-theft doors everyday, accounting for 70% of the national output of anti-theft doors. Yongkang produces 200,000,000 cups every year, accounting for 90% of the national output of different types of cups. 52% of the national output of stainless steel tableware comes from Yongkang. 45% of the national output of daily-use weighing apparatus comes from Yongkang. 1/3 of the national output of power tools comes from Yongkang. Packaging drums, building non-slip case scales, the degree of scales, and other products accounted for more than 90% of the domestic market. Scooters, gas stove burners accounted for 90% of the total exports. Pumps accounted for 50% of the total exports. Saw blades accounted for 1/3 of the total exports. Weighing manufacturing enterprises accounted for 2/3 of the national output.
Every day there are 17 new private enterprises in Yongkang.
Yongkang is named the "Cradle of Hardware of China", the "Hardware Capital of China", the "Cup Capital of China", the "Door Capital of China”, and the "Recreational Vehicle Capital of China".