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Old March 16th, 2014, 01:23 PM   #1601
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Modern merchants follow famous footsteps

14 March 2014
China Daily

China has proposed a modern version of one of the ancient world's best-known trade routes, as Cui Jia reports.

The Silk Road. The very name conjours up images of hardy, courageous merchants fighting off bandits and warring tribesmen as their caravans, carrying exotic silks and spices, ventured warily along a series of ancient trade routes that stretched more than 7,000 kilometers from China to the Mediterranean Sea and provided a connection between East and West for centuries.

Now, plans are afoot to bring back the glory days, but instead of camels, the modern travelers will use automobiles, trains and aircraft to traverse a route that was responsible for the settlement and development of some of the greatest cities known to the ancient world.

In 2013, during a speech in Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping proposed that China and the Central Asian countries should build an "economic belt along the Silk Road". The trans-Eurasian project would target more than 3 billion people and represent the single biggest market in the world, one with unparalleled potential.

In his work report at the start of the second session of the 12th National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang stated that the government will push forward the establishment of the Silk Road Economic Belt, which may eventually encompass more than 40 countries.

Sun Weidong, a consular official at the Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan, said the economic belt will mainly benefit China's underdeveloped western region and will become an updated version of the "Go West" strategy of the early years of this century. In addition, the government hoped that the project will open up western China to Eurasian countries and correct the developmental imbalance with the coastal regions in the east.

Fierce competition

While Sun admitted that a lack of policy support and detailed guidance from the central government will initially pose problems for the development of the project, he was adamant that cities on the proposed route will be in fierce competition to grab a piece of the pie.

Dong Jun, mayor of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, the original starting point of the ancient Silk Road, said the city is anxious to reclaim its position as a hub of trade and cultural communications.

"The corporations in the cities within the economic belt have great potential, and we can complement each other's economies," Dong said, adding that Xi'an plans to invite Central Asian countries to set up consulates in the city to deepen cooperation.

As with any venture of this kind, an efficient transport infrastructure will be at its heart. As such, Xi'an plans to launch direct flights to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, to promote the surveying and drilling equipment manufactured in the city to countries in central and western Asia, Dong said.

Tang Zongwei, deputy director of the administrative committee of Liangjiang New Zone in Chongqing, the only municipality in China's midwest, said: "The focus of the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt relies heavily on transport connections."

Huang Qifan, the municipality's mayor, said, "Chongqing is one step ahead in taking the initiative in the economic belt." He pointed out that the municipality has been shipping goods to Europe via the trans-Eurasian railway network since 2011.

The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway, which begins at Chongqing, bridges East and West and connects North and South. Trains on the network take just 14 to 15 days to get to Europe, 20 days fewer than the cargo ships that sail from China's east coast ports. That makes rail an ideal transport medium for goods with a relatively shorter shelf life, he said.

The railway passes through Xi'an, Lanzhou, Urumqi and the Alataw Pass, where it crosses the border into Kazakhstan. It then continues through Russia, Belarus and Poland before ending in Duisburg, Germany.

Chongqing has already started to seek cooperation with Russia, which is about to establish a consulate in the municipality. Direct flights to several Russian cities will begin in 2014, and a Sino-Russian industrial park will be built in Liangjiang New Zone that focuses on aviation-related manufacturing, such as helicopter parts and engines.


Cultural leader

Further to the northwest, preparations are also underway in Gansu province, which, in addition to the potential trade benefits the economic belt will bring, is also keen to become a leader in the cultural sphere. To that end, the province is applying to launch a permanent International Culture Exhibition in Dunhuang city, which is famous for its well-preserved grottoes and frescoes, said Lian Ji, head of the provincial Publicity Department.

"The exhibition will invite other countries along the Silk Road to participate, and we hope the central government and the relevant ministries will approve the proposal soon," he said.

Zhang Shi'en, deputy head of the provincial commerce department, stressed that the province is already a well-established trade partner in the region. "Trade between Gansu and countries in central and western Asia reached $1.5 billion in 2013, an increase of almost $400 million from 2012," he said. Gansu has also established "sister" relationships with Iran's Qom province and Grodno province in Belarus.

Liu Hui, chairman of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, said the area's large Muslim population means it shares cultural ties with several countries in central Asia and Arabia, which play crucial roles in the world's energy sector. The region is also seeking deeper international cooperation in the halal food industry, he added.

As the home of the westernmost section of the Eurasian Land Bridge at the Chinese end, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will exploit its location on the new Silk Road to become a major center for transport, finance and logistics.

In 2010, a special economic zone was established in Kashgar. It acts as a trade hub for the region and neighboring countries, including Pakistan and Kazakhstan. A twin-towered five-star hotel and duty-free shopping area is under construction in the zone.

"We cannot deny that the terrorist attacks in Kashgar have affected investor confidence to a certain degree, but when businesspeople learn about our preferential policies and understand the economic belt's potential, they will continue to invest," said Yao Wenkan, director of the zone's economic development and reform bureau.

In 2012, a free trade zone was established in the town of Horgos on the China-Kazakhstan border. It provides cross-border trade tariff exemptions for Chinese companies and duty-free shopping for visitors.

Xinjiang's two special zones are expected to play important roles within the proposed economic belt, said Mutalif Wubuli, the commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, a transcontinental hub on the ancient trade route. "The cities on the new Silk Road need to clearly position themselves and take advantage of their specialties instead of repeatedly proposing identical projects," he said.

Earlier this week, Zhang Chunxian, Party chief of Xinjiang and a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, said the central government's policies for the economic belt will be released soon.

The view from afar

Other countries linked to the proposed economic belt are also taking steps to make the idea become a reality.

Ramazan Kabasakal, head of foreign relations for Ankara, the capital of Turkey, said: "Xinjiang shares strong cultural, religious and cultural ties with Turkey, which makes us almost a home away from home for Xinjiang businesspeople. These ties are advantageous in terms of trade and cooperation."

Ankara was once an important stop on the ancient Silk Road and it will play the same role in the economic belt, acting as a transport hub between Europe and the East, he said.

"We mainly import construction materials and export food products from and to China. What makes us proud is that we now export high-end silk products to China, a country that was once famous for its silk," he added.

Orozbek Nusuvaliev, manager of the economic free-trade development zone in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, said the Kyrgyz government is very interested in the idea of an economic belt along the old Silk Road and is considering introducing national policies to support it.

Seyed Solat Mortazavi, the mayor of the Iranian city of Mashhad, a major oasis on the original route, said, "We have had a vision of the economic belt and now we need to define that vision.

"It will serve as a common development platform for all the cities that once prospered as a result of the free flow of people along the ancient trade route. To recapture those glory days, we will launch direct flights to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang," he said.

In addition to building closer relationships between governments, bringing people together through tourism would also be an important function of the economic belt, he said. "We will adopt preferential polices to give full support to the idea proposed by President Xi, but China and other countries need to lay out a step-by-step road map so we can follow it together."

He expressed the hope that China will impose strict rules to prevent low-quality goods from being traded within the economic belt.

Energy security

He Lunzhi, director of Xinjiang University's economic research center, said the Silk Road economic belt is not just about trade and cultural exchanges, because Central Asian markets are quite small and are still relatively underdeveloped; the bigger picture is that China needs to secure its energy supply and seek better cooperation in fighting terrorism. Central Asia - known as "the energy resource base of the 21st century, " according to He - boasts abundant natural resources.

"China needs to expand the channels and sources for oil imports because imported oil will account for 75 percent of domestic consumption by 2020," He said. "The countries on the 'new Silk Road' must work together to maintain the stability of the region and help China to combat separatist, extremist and terrorist forces," he added.

Terrorist activities in China have become more prevalent in recent years. Attacks have spread from the areas bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan and Russia and have triggered panic among the public and endangered state security, according to Wu Dongli, director of the Ministry of Public Security's border control bureau.

"China needs to strengthen international cooperation in fighting terrorism. Stronger trade and cultural relationships with other countries in the region would be hugely beneficial for those aims," he said.

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New bridge over the Jialing River to the Jiefangbei CBD in Chongqing (red road on the right) - dated 4/20



This bridge features a vehicle deck on top and a train deck underneath for the Line 6 extension.
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Chongqing to build 100 takeoff, landing points for helicopters
16 June 2014
China Daily

The Chongqing government plans to build 100 takeoff and landing points for helicopters, according to a recent plan released by Chongqing Development and Reform Commission.

Chongqing has been drafting a system for general aviation flights, said Li Yong, the leader of an official research group for general aviation in Chongqing.

"The system, consisting of one general aviation industrial park, 10 airports and 100 takeoff and landing points, will be completed in five to 10 years," Li said.

"The system will be built in response to the need for Chongqing to develop emergency rescue operations, tourism and business flights," added Li, also a researcher at the Regional Economic Research Center of the Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences.

Earlier this year, Tang Zongwei, deputy director of the Liangjiang administrative committee and an NPC deputy from Chongqing, said Chongqing's general aviation business is in full swing.

According to Li, the municipality currently has seven airports for general aviation flights.

"All of the (takeoff and landing) points will be mapped out according to specific local conditions," Li said.

The general aviation park will be built in the Liangjiang New Area, and the city plans to turn it into an international trade center, manufacturing base and service hub for the general aviation industry in southwestern China, Li said.

Selecting the locations for the 100 takeoff and landing points is a challenge, Li added. "It will take a lot of effort to map out the 100 points," Li said.

"The construction of the 100 takeoff and landing points will be expected to be included in the Chongqing government's 13th Five Year Plan in 2015," Li said.
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City harbors global ambitions
24 June 2014
China Daily

Editor's note: Chongqing lies at the convergence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers and its position has allowed it to act as a crossroads for inland trade. But the municipality's ambitions extend beyond its borders. China Daily recently explored the municipality and its focus on becoming a major international trade hub.

The municipality is pinning its future on becoming China's foremost inland crossroads for domestic and international trade, whether by air, water, rail or road. Kang Bing and James Healy report.



Chongqing, a growth-spurt city in China's awakening southwest, has been compared to Chicago because, like that midwestern American city in the 19th century, it stands as a gateway to development of the nation's western frontier. But Chongqing, one of four municipalities under the central government's direct control - and a pilot city that is pioneering China's inland development - could just as easily be compared to Texas, the US state that prides itself on doing everything on a grand scale. From cavernous new convention center facilities to sprawling factories to bustling mega-ports on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing has taken to heart the Texas big-is-best spirit in its recent urban growth. This is evident throughout the city, but especially in Liangjiang New Area, where construction cranes perched atop new high-rises are as common a sight as the lush foliage and countless trees that line the city's highways and boulevards.

Driving this growth, as the mountain-hemmed city of 30 million people overtakes the farmland and villages of its rich past, is a vision of Chongqing stepping onto the world stage.

"We want to become an international city," said Du Shulin, deputy director of Liangjiang New Area's information office.

Noting that coastal cities such as Shanghai have long enjoyed the fruits of robust investment and bustling exports, Du said, "We think it's our turn now."

'Everything is big'

It's evident that a bigger-is-better spirit is guiding the growth of Liangjiang New Area, the third national-development and opening-up zone in China (after Shanghai's Pudong New Area and Tianjin's Binhai New Area) and the first such area in inland China.

"Big projects and big planning - everything is big," Zhang Li, an associate research fellow with the Liangjiang New Area, said when describing the city's approach to becoming China's next major trade hub.

Take, for instance, the city's newest port on the Yangtze River, Guoyuan Inland Port. (Chongqing has eight ports along three rivers.) Built atop what used to be a riverside village, Guoyuan, inland China's largest port at 2,800 meters long, features 16 piers - 10 for loading and unloading cargo containers, three for automobile shipments and three for non-container goods.

The port's steady water levels through all four seasons will make Guoyuan available year-round to even the largest cargo ships, said Liu Jian, general manager of Guoyuan Port Container Corp.

Guoyuan is a sleeping giant, however. Its rail link won't be finished until October, with its opening set for next year's Spring Festival, Liu said. And the port, which opened in December, is still in low gear.

"Because this port is new, shipping companies need time to plan and know the port. They are still making arrangements," Liu said. Even so, the port expects to handle 100,000 cargo containers this year, 350,000 next year and 800,000 in just five years, he said.

In the meantime, Cuntan Inland Port is the workhorse among Chong-qing's ports.

"While Shanghai is an important port at the end of the Yangtze River, Cuntan is an important port at the start of the river," said Qu Hong, general manager of port operator Chongqing International Container Terminal Co Ltd. "Of all the goods transported from Chongqing to overseas, 90 percent of them are transported from here."

Cuntan, which is 1,316 meters long, features nine piers, seven of which can load cargo simultaneously, and two of which are specially designed for loading automobiles onto ships. On one recent day, a five-deck cargo ship with 1,300 cars made in Chongqing was anchored offshore, awaiting the journey to Shanghai.

In 2006, when the port opened, 46,000 cargo containers, import and export combined, came through Cuntan, Qu said. Last year, the port handled 650,000 containers and expects to handle 700,000 this year.

Because Chongqing's industry is developing so rapidly, port officials foresee 1 million containers a year going through Cuntan in three to five years, Qu said. The port's maximum capacity is 1.4 million cargo containers a year, he added.

One advantage of Cuntan port, Qu said, is the meat and fruit distribution center being built on a hillside beside the port. It's a coup for Cuntan, considering the stricter regulations on the shipment of such products by water versus air. Guoyuan's Liu said his port will have no such facility.

However, when Guoyuan is completed, it will be the only inland port to boast water, road, rail and air links - linchpins for Chongqing's ambition to become inland China's most accessible inland trade hub.

Silk Road connection

With an eye to boosting import traffic and domestic demand along with facilitating the exports from Chong-qing's growing industrial might, the river city is taking full advantage of its land connections as well, particularly the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway, which is part of the new Silk Road.

"Its original purpose was for an export channel," Ling Yueming, director general of the Administrative Committee of Liangjiang New Area, said of the 11,179-km railway that links Chongqing and Duisburg, Germany, by way of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland (and which makes trade stops in all those countries).

"But we're also strengthening efforts to bring back cargoes from European countries," Ling, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, said in an exclusive interview with China Daily. "By organizing return cargo, we reduce the trade deficit between China and Europe and reduce logistical costs."

Besides, he said, "reliance solely on exports is not sustainable. Our economic development cannot go without the rest of China and the world. And the development of China relies on three 'horse carriages': domestic demand, exports and investment."

While coastal cities rely on exports to drive economic development, he said, Chongqing is looking to ride all three carriages to sustainable growth. In addition to stoking domestic demand for the fruits of Chongqing's industry, including laptop computers, automobiles, helicopters and small airplanes, the city aims to attract investment by streamlining the registration process for new enterprises.

"All enterprises can go through the registration process with just one application table now, one window, and finish in one day," Ling said. "This simplification of business registration procedures will change pre-approval into post-registration. For business registration, we will no longer ask a bank for a deposit letter. (An enterprise) will just have to promise they will get capital ready in three to six months. This is an efficient way to cut costs."

Ling said such reforms will help accelerate local development.

Showcasing the city

Chongqing also is taking steps to feed traffic into the burgeoning trade hub.

Liangjiang New Area recently launched an English-language website to spotlight success stories and to attract investment and foreign trade, especially from Europe. And to showcase what is available for import, the city built the Commodity Trading Exhibition Center, a sprawling venue where wholesalers (and eventually retail shoppers) can visit numerous shops to preview available goods, from American-made automobiles to French wines.

Additionally, to draw tourist and business trade to the New Area, the city has constructed the super-sized Yuelai Exhibition & Convention City, which General Manager Shi Jian said is the biggest in western China. The center, just 15 minutes from the airport, features an adjacent five-star hotel (still under construction), 18 restaurants, exhibition areas, a grand ballroom and a 20,000-square-meter multifunctional hall that can hold from 15,000 to 20,000 people. The hall "is one of only four such pillar-less halls in China", Shi said.

Surrounding the center will be residential buildings and plenty of green space, and Shi envisions the center and adjoining areas eventually becoming a "sustainable smart city" with its own parks and schools, a projected population of 80,000 and a total area of 12 million square meters.

Meanwhile, although Chongqing looks firmly ahead to a booming future, its planners also are mindful of the city's past.

Chongqing is taking steps to preserve its heritage in such places as Long Xing (Prosperous Dragon) Ancient Town, where winding stone streets lead past ancient temples and teeming alleys, and where some families still draw their water from ancient wells.

The city also is resurrecting its past by building a replica of Old Chong-qing in the New Area. The true-to-size buildings, faithfully reconstructed with old stone and brick, will eventually cover 350,000 square meters in the Liangjiang International Film City, where part of the 2012 movie Back to 1942 was filmed. Visitors can stroll along streets that duplicate 1940s-era Chongqing, including shops, restaurants, a theater and a Flying Tigers Club, climb stone stairways that follow the steep hillsides, and commune with songbirds and butterflies while gazing at rows of mist-covered mountains.
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I thought the bridge opened?
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Not yet. The subway deck hasn't been dug through yet at the other end.
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Construction of national park project to start soon
17 March 2015
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Chongqing will start building its Yangtze River Three Gorges National Park this year, a political adviser has confirmed.

Chongqing stands on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and contains most of the region's attractions.

The park is due to be completed in five years, and its attractions will include mountains and rivers as well as the Three Gorges, Zhang Hong, deputy chief of the Chongqing Forestry Bureau and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told Chongqing Morning Post.

The State previously approved the building of national parks in nine provinces and regions, but Chongqing was not on the list.

"The city decided to go it alone and proposed the idea to the State later," Zhang told the newspaper.

Zhang confirmed the news to China Daily, but declined to comment further on the plan.

The project is included in Chongqing's municipal government work report, released in January.
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Strong at home, strong abroad
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Car manufacturing in Chongqing has yet to reach top gear, but when it does there may be no limit to sales

At a railway station in Chongqing, dozens of workers are busy loading goods such as cars onto a train of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Rail that sets out to Europe from China and crosses 11,000 kilometers and six time zones.

Within days of completing their 16-day journey to Duisburg, Germany, which will take in Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland, the cars, made in Chongqing or elsewhere, will make their presence felt in Europe.

The vehicles' epic journey reflects the ambitions of Chongqing to gain recognition internationally as a car manufacturer.

The city, one of the four municipalities under the central government's direct control, at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, is keen to establish itself as an international motor vehicle manufacturing center.

Chongqing is the largest car manufacturing city in western China and aims to develop the industry further by tapping the overseas market and enhancing its research and development to develop more high-end and green energy vehicles.

In 2013, 2.16 million vehicles rolled off the assembly line in the city. The number of cars produced shot up to more than 2.6 million last year.

The city's GDP was about 1.43 trillion yuan ($230.4 million, 212.6 million euros), 10.9 percent higher than the year before.

Last year the city had a turnover of 400 billion yuan due to the motor vehicle industry, which is reckoned to account for about 28 percent of GDP.

Chongqing's achievements in the industry are evident in the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, a national-level development zone that covers more than 1,200 square kilometers and with a population of 2.2 million.

The area, which was set up in 2010, has poured a huge amount of efforts into developing the motor vehicle industry, and big companies, such as SAIC-GM-Wuling and Ford, have set up shops here. Last year the zone produced more than half the city's motor vehicles.

Dong Xiaodong, the director of the motor vehicle industry promotion bureau of Liangjiang New Area, says Chongqing is confident about the industry.

"We aim to build up a billion-dollar international car city in Liangjiang New Area by developing our exports and enhancing our research and development. We expect to produce 3.5 million vehicles next year worth 350 billion yuan in Chongqing, and 4.7 million vehicles the following year."
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Transparent skywalk opens in Chongqing







Models walk on the transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge at the Yunyang Longgang Geological Park in Chongqing, as the skywalk opens to public on April 26, 2015. With a total investment of more than 35 million yuan ($5.6 million), the glass bridge is built at an altitude of 1,010 meters, with a vertical drop of 718m directly under the skywalk to the ground. The bridge has a cantilever extending to 26.64 meters, five meters longer than the world famous Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona near the Colorado River. [Photo/IC]





The skywalk under construction on March 25, 2015. [Photo/IC]
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I will start with my other u/c pics from Chongqing.

If yyou really want to know where excatctly the building is located, tha just ask

This is not far from the Concord International Centre on the way to the river.


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This one is very Close to the CIC
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Opposite side of the street as the first building i posted
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Close to the river
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Near the cable car.
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This is in the direct City centre.




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West of the City Center


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Also west of the City Center



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Here is the rest from my pics. They are from the new district.

















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