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Old September 18th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #581
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Qinzhou gets ship shape
16 September 2014
China Daily

City is on course to tap the potential of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with plans for its port, Li Yang reports.

Once one of the starting ports of the ancient maritime Silk Road, Qinzhou is now an important part of China's new national project to construct a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, an initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping last year to promote trade, cooperation and connectivity with Asia and Africa.

The city is accelerating the construction of 300,000-ton shipping lines and ports, as well as other new berths and shipping routes.

The city is strengthening cooperation with ports in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as it will be China's base port in the China-ASEAN port city cooperation network, which became one of 18 projects supported by China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund this year.

Feasibility reports on the proposed shipping routes and shipping services between Qinzhou and the main ports in ASEAN countries, and the plans for a China-ASEAN port logistics information center have been provided to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance for assessment.

It is establishing shipping lines with 47 port cities in ASEAN countries, and strengthening cooperation with these cities in the fields of port industries, port cooperation, tourism and sister cities.

Qinzhou, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, already has shipping lines to Singapore, Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. It also has direct shipping lines to Hong Kong and Taiwan, and it is now the main outlet for domestic containers in the Beibu Gulf. Qinzhou port is at the center of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone and it is planning a Beibu Gulf free trade port area.

The regional government has shown its approval for the plans by conducting research into the feasibility of building a Beibu Gulf free trade port area, with the Qinzhou bonded port area and China-Malaysia Industrial Park as the foundations. The Shanghai Development and Reform Institute, which designed the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, is conducting the research.

Qinzhou port aims to handle 150 million tons of cargo and 6 million standard containers a year by 2020, when Qinzhou should become a regional international voyage center and the main container port in the Beibu Gulf.

Meanwhile, Qinzhou has already started construction work on the first stage of the China-Malaysia Industrial Park. More than 135 enterprises have entered the park in the past two years.

Qinzhou is seeking to attract more technology, accountants, lawyers, and exhibition service providers from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and the other southeast Asia economies to the CMIP and Qinzhou bonded port, making Qinzhou a service trade cooperation pilot zone for the Beibu Gulf.

It also wants to attract more petrochemical industries, equipment manufacturing, papermaking and port-related industries to its economic development zone, making Qinzhou a base for advanced manufacturing in the autonomous region.

The CMIP and Qinzhou bonded port area are also platforms for piloting cross-border financial services and businesses, such as offshore finance, shipping finance, trade finance, consumption finance and automobile finance, and Qinzhou plans to construct a comprehensive border financial reform pilot zone.

Qinzhou will actively explore the possibility of loaning renminbi to ASEAN borrowers, allowing ASEAN financial groups and legal persons to buy stock rights of Qinzhou enterprises, so ASEAN financial agencies and individuals can invest big projects in Qinzhou through loans.

Qinzhou will also try to establish a China-Malaysia cooperation bank, China-Malaysia security company, financial leasing company and financial center in the city to better serve international trade, investment, personnel exchanges, and construct Qinzhou as a regional financial center with strong port-centered industries, prosperous port businesses and trade.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #582
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Lego hotel of Sanya is almost completed.

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Old February 14th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #583
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West China's economic boom
13 February 2015
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The nation's western provinces are becoming more important for overall economic growth

As the national economy grows at a slower pace, the economic growth of western China is making headlines across the nation. The growth rate of the western provinces has surpassed the national average.

The GDP growth rate for Guizhou province reached 10.8 percent, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region 10 percent, Shanxi province 9.7 percent, Gansu province 8.9 percent, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region 8.5 percent and finally the Ningxia Hui autonomous region at 8 percent. Western China is obviously an important region to drive the nation's economic growth.

There is tremendous potential in western China's domestic consumption power. When most parts of China have entered the latter developmental stages of industrialization, western China is in the thick of the process. The region also has great potential for more urbanization.

But let's take a look first at urbanization. In 2013, the urbanization rate for East China was 62.8 percent, Central China 48.5 percent and western China at about 46 percent. The region with the lowest rate of urbanization was Tibet, at 23.7 percent. But in recent years, urbanization in western China has sped up and it is expected that the rate in the region will keep growing at a rate of 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent from 2015 to 2020.

Urbanization in western China will boost consumption and rapidly develop the service industry in the region. What is more, because infrastructure in western areas is not as advanced as it is in East China, greater urbanization will attract lots of investment.

Take railway construction for instance. Statistics show that in the first three years of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), 1.15 trillion yuan ($184 billion; 163 billion euros) was invested in railway construction in the central and western parts of China and that about 7,000 km of new railway routes were built. In 2014, the fixed asset investment in railways across the nation increased from 700 billion yuan to 720 billion yuan, of which 78 percent went to the construction of railways in central and western provinces. With the acceleration of urbanization in western China, the rail industry will play a greater role in promoting the region's economic development.

Yet western areas are also faced with the pressures of transforming and upgrading their economies and of striking a balance between growth, transformation and reforms.

Over the past two years, the average economic growth rate in western China fell more sharply than that of the national average. The region faces great pressure to maintain sustainable growth. In Gansu province, the GDP growth rate dropped from 10.8 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2014, still higher than the national figure.

And in terms of economic transformation, there are some severe challenges for western China.

In 2013, the ratio of primary, secondary and tertiary industries in Gansu was completely out of sync with the national ratio. The industrial ratio of Gansu province was just 1.1 percent higher than the nation's, but the industrial mix in the province was not sound.

The province's industries at the time mainly consisted of traditional manufacturing industries or traditional industries hit by overcapacity. This economic mix is fragile and more easily affected by changes in external markets as domestic and international demands for raw materials drop and as prices plummet.

Western China can gain more development momentum in the future if reforms are correctly implemented. As described in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), western China will quickly develop if economic transformations and upgrades take hold over the next 10 years and if the region's transformation is driven by innovation.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #584
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Russian culture theme park to be built in Harbin
2015-01-30
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A large Russian culture theme park is expected to be built in Harbin, capital of China's border province of Heilongjiang.

Construction of the Sino-Russia Friendship Park will start this year, said Wei Minfang, general manager with the Harbin Volga Manor Cultural Tourism Co., Ltd.

The 5-square-kilometer park will take six years to complete with the first stage expected to be completed and open to the public by 2017, Wei said.

"The park, based on the history of Harbin City with the theme of Russia culture, will become a new landmark for Sino-Russia cultural tourism," she said.

Total investment is estimated at 5 billion yuan ($800 million).
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Guiyang World Trade Center gets approval
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2015-03-06



The mayor of Guiyang, Chen Gang, accepted the authorization from the chairman of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), Gazi Abu Nar, on March 4. The approval marks the start of the construction of the Guiyang World Trade Center, which will be the first international-level trade center in Guizhou and a new landmark in Guiyang.

The center will occupy an area of about 175,000 square meters and will receive investment from Zhongtian Group.

It will be built as an international metropolitan life complex, including 5A office buildings,commercial districts, hotels and parks.
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CPPCC member proposes to bring Guizhou into 'One Belt and One Road'
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2015-03-07

CPPCC Guizhou members proposed to bring Southwest China's Guizhou into the "One Belt and One Road".

In accordance with the proposal, Guiyang, capital city of Guizhou province, should be built as one of the major cities of the "One Belt and One Road" and boost the construction of infrastructure to make Guiyang a leading force of the regional economic growth pole.

Support should be given to build external exchange platforms including the Guiyang international forum and China-Guizhou international liquor exhibition.

Meanwhile, direct flights between Guiyang and Singapore, Guiyang and Naypyidaw of Myanmar, and Guiyang and Vientiane of Laos should be developed as well as the high-speed railway from Guiyang to Pingxiang to connect Southeast Asia, as the proposal reads.

Guizhou province is a transportation junction that connects the Eurasia Land Bridge via Chongqing and Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan province, to integrate into the new Silk Road economic belt.

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is connected via high-speed railway and expressway.

Guizhou, located between Chongqing, the beginning of the Silk Road economic belt, and the Port of Guangzhou, the beginning of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, offers the shortest passage.

The West Development plan will be promoted to a new level as Guizhou enters the One Belt and One Road. It also helps Guizhou and greater Southwest China get rid of poverty to achieve common prosperity.
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Huangshan
Workers are busy at the construction site of Huangshanbei Railway Station in Huangshan, east China's Anhui Province, April 24, 2015. The construction of Huangshanbei Railway Station entered the final phase as workers expected it to be put into operation by the end of June 2015. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)



The Huangshanbei Railway Station under construction is seen in Huangshan, east China's Anhui Province, April 24, 2015. The construction of Huangshanbei Railway Station entered the final phase as workers expected it to be put into operation by the end of June 2015.(Xinhua/Zhang Duan)



A man works at the construction site of Huangshanbei Railway Station in Huangshan, east China's Anhui Province, April 24, 2015. The construction of Huangshanbei Railway Station entered the final phase as workers expected it to be put into operation by the end of June 2015.(Xinhua/Zhang Duan)



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Laborers work at the construction site of the Lanzhou comprehensive bonded zone in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, May 8, 2015. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June. (Xinhua/Fan Peishen)









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High-speed railway on trial run in China's farthest north
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2015-07-13



HARBIN -- A high-speed railway between two cities in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, known for its high latitudes and biting cold winters, began a trial operation on Monday.

A bullet train departed from the provincial capital of Harbin at 5:18 am to the city of Qiqihar, according to the Harbin Railway Bureau.

The railway, with the highest latitude among all high-speed railways in China, will be put into official operation in August, more than five years after the construction started on the 281-km route.

With a designated speed of 250 kilometers per hour and eight stops, the rail is expected to carry about eight million passengers annually.

The trains have been modified to adapt to temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and resist adverse weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, snow and fog.
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Sanya learns how to be eco-friendly
8 October 2015
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As tourism expands, residents start new businesses to serve a wave of visitors

The clear water, soft sand and extensive coral beds around Sanya Bay's West Islet are a natural tourist attraction, buoyed by fishing, sailing and diving that capitalize on a richly diverse undersea world.

Not long ago, though, construction, pollution, trawling fishermen and a dependence on sales of coral handicrafts endangered the coastline ecology of Hainan province and the island community's livelihood.

Conservation campaigns by residents, businesses and the local government successfully helped manage the many threats, restore the coral reefs and further establish tourism as an eco-friendly employer and attraction for visitors.

Public and private investments continue. Recently, the Sanya government announced a plan to invest 556 million yuan ($87 million) to improve the Sanya River water quality, control land-based pollution sources and add more sewage treatment plants.

The Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservation Society, based in the resort city of Sanya, last year organized several large marine protection projects, including a beach rubbish cleanup, public lectures on marine environment protection, and volunteer recruitment to assist with coastline inspections and monitoring.

West Islet, about 14 km from Sanya by ferry, is the second-largest island in Hainan province. It covers an area of 2.8 square kilometers, is home to more than 4,000 permanent residents and has been inhabited for more than 400 years.

Tourism on the island has been operated by Sanya West Island Tourism Development Co since 2001 and has seen rapid growth since then, including the development of eco-friendly tourism activities that attract thousands of tourists annually.

Diving is one of the most popular activities, offering colorful coral reefs, tropical fish and undersea creatures. The island is one of three sections of Sanya National Coral Reef Nature Reserve, an 85 sq km reserve established in 1990 that also includes Yalong Bay and Luhuitou Peninsula-Yulin Bay. The reserve mainly protects the coral reef ecosystem, with its 110 species, and marine biodiversity.

The coral reef coverage around West Islet has increased from a little more than 17 percent in 2005 to nearly 19 percent today.

"Tourism developed on West Islet has enabled local residents who used to be fishermen to change their professions. More than 800 residents have become tourism workers. Some of them make a living by running small businesses, such as selling food, sea shells, coconut handicrafts or swimwear to tourists. Some of them became employees of the tourism company," said Zeng Yi, who lives on the island and works at the coral reef supervision station.
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Work begins on water pipeline
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13 October 2015

Construction of a water pipeline connecting the coastal mainland province of Fujian with Kinmen, a Taiwan islet, started on Monday when excavators began operations at Longhu Reservoir on the Jinjiang River, the source for the water-diversion project.

Water will be stored at the reservoir before being pumped into the pipeline and sent to Kinmen, only a dozen kilometers away.

Tsai Chi-chao, director of the Kinmen water plant, said the water supply has been a constant headache for the 153-square-kilometer island, especially with the increasing number of tourists.

"Most of the rain during typhoon season flows into the sea, and the underground water is far from enough for our residents," he said.

Diverting from the mainland river is the most economical and effective way to solve the problem, and the public is eager to see it happen, he added.

Investment for the water project totals 387.8 million yuan ($61.32 million), with 128 million yuan paid by the mainland and the rest covered by Taiwan.

Construction on the mainland section is due to be finished by October next year. The pipeline eventually will provide 34,000 cubic meters every day via a 27.6-km pipe. Fujian will be responsible for construction of the 11.7-km section on the mainland, while Kinmen will build the 15.7-km undersea section and the 0.2-km section on the islet.
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Hundreds of projects compete to win a place in proposed town
23 October 2015
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As the world crowdfunding summit begins in Guiyang on Friday, the city announced its plan to further boost the internet financing and crowdfunding industry by establishing a small town within the city.

The "crowdfunding town" is due to be fully operational in 2017 and will be located beside Yueshan Lake, covering 66.6 hectares with a total investment of 2.5 billion yuan ($394 million), said Wang Yuxiang, vice-mayor of Guiyang.

The town's first residents will be selected from a crowdfunding contest during the summit, where more than 500 project groups are due to participate in a contest to demonstrate their ideas and products.

Eventually the top 300 groups will be invited to settle in the town.

"In recent years, Internet financing has become one of the pillar industry towards the State Council's Internet Plus strategic development pattern. The establishment of the crowdfunding town will further strengthen and accelerate the development speed," Wang said.

"The town will be a huge boost for the city's crowdfunding financing system."

As a place for entrepreneurs in Guiyang to start their businesses, the town will feature banks, trust funds, lofts and a crowdfunding academy, he added.

"We hope the place will become a home for young entrepreneurs and makers to realize their dreams," said the so called "Hotpot Queen" He Yongzhi, chairwoman of the Chongqing Cygnet Investment Group and also one of the founders of the crowdfunding town in Guiyang.
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China's cabinet nods Huhhot's plan on overall city development, report
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BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) - Chinese cabinet - the State Council has given a nod to Huhhot's overall city development plan, reported Xinhua-run cnstock.com Tuesday.

It asked Huhhot, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China to unify urban and rural planning within the 2,176.7 square kilometers of given area for planning in the plan and control in a reasonable manner its city size.

By 2020, Huhhot was intended to rein in its city proper population under 2.58 million in central urban area and urban construction land area under 3.10 square kilometers.

Meanwhile, it was required to further better its urban infrastructure system via enhancing transportation system including highways, railways, and airports, and easing through traffic pressures.
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Massive telescope's 30-ton 'retina' undergoes final test
Updated: 2015-11-23


Engineers have finished two-thirds of the panels of the gigantic radio telescope in Guizhou province as of Saturday.

Key component put through its paces in dry run; FAST to become world's largest eye for scanning cosmos

Scientists carried out the last step in testing a key component of China's gigantic radio telescope on Saturday. After its scheduled completion in September, it will be the largest such telescope in the world.

A team successfully tested the installation of the telescope's "retina", a mechanism weighing 30 metric tons and suspended 140-160 meters above the half-finished reflector dish which will collect signals from the universe.

The telescope, 500 meters in diameter and usually known as FAST, is composed of 4,500 mostly triangular panels with sides measuring 11 meters that create a parabolic shape or hemisphere. The motion of the panels alters the collective shape of the antenna, which is capable of reflecting radio signals from the universe to a focal point, where the receiver dome sits.

"So far, one of the most important steps has been completed. We will finish installing all the panels by June 2016, and strive to debug the whole system by the end of September," Li Di, a chief scientist from the National Astronomical Observatories affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told China Daily.

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Guiyang car plant signals Geely's push into alternative energy vehicles
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2015-11-26

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co began construction of its new-energy car manufacturing base in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province, on Tuesday.

The factory is the first passenger car manufacturing base in Guizhou province. Geely is aiming to make its first methanol-powered car in 2017.

The 0.6-square-kilometer factory will consist of a modernized production line of punching press, welding, painting and assembly, and will make finished methanol-powered automobiles. The total investment is around 10.2 billion yuan ($1.6 billion).

When completed, the base will be able to generate annual output value of 27 billion yuan and pay 4.37 billion yuan in tax every year.

It is also expected to create 17.6 billion yuan in output value in the upper stream of the production line and 71 billion yuan worth of auto parts.

"Guiyang has rich methanol resources," said Li Shufu, chairman of Geely.

"Guizhou is a pioneer in methanol development," said Liu Wenxin, deputy Party chief of Guiyang. "Geely's manufacturing base is a key project in Guizhou's equipment manufacturing industry. The project will boost Guiyang's high-end and environmentally friendly manufacturing and independent research and development capacity."

Guizhou is one of the four provinces that have been designated as methanol car pilot program bases by the central government.
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Metro Line 3 to start construction next year
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A metro circuit diagram of Wuxi city. [Photo/wxrb.com]

The city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province held a rail transport meeting on Dec 8 to announce that its Metro Line 3 project and Metro Line 1 southward extension project are to start construction in the first quarter of 2016.

According to the city's rail transport department, Wuxi will vigorously promote metro construction in the next five years. Metro Line 1 and 2 were opened to traffic in July and December 2014. Metro Line 3 and 4 will start construction in 2016 and 2017.

The city's metro daily passenger volume averages over 200,000, with a one-day record of 374,000 passengers. Buildings near metro stations covering a total area of 6 million square meters have developed their business value, benefiting from the convenient transportation.

To ensure metro safety, the city has brought in several leading companies in this field and managed to produce original equipment like shield machines, screen doors and segments.

At the meeting, the city's mayor Wang Quan asked the rail transport department to improve the metro service quality, resource development efficiency and the rail transport industry, to contribute to the city’s modern industrial development.

According to the construction plan, the first-phrase project of Metro Line 4 starts from Liutan Station and ends in Gonghu Avenue Station, and totals 18 stations and 24.4 kilometers.
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Urban push to propel next reforms
2015-12-23
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Nation to build more city clusters and grant equal rights to migrant workers

Urban development will be at the center of China's next stage of reform, according to the country's top leaders.

This will be accomplished by building more city clusters and giving migrant workers the same rights as their urban counterparts.

The pledge was made at the end of the Central Urban Work Conference on Monday, which was held along with the Central Economic Work Conference.

Urban policy-induced social changes are considered a key part of what Chinese leaders call "supply-side reforms" to fuel continuous growth.

The leaders are also confident of making cities more "pleasant and livable", with a better environment and social services, according to a statement released on Tuesday, when Beijing and other northern cities were blanketed by heavy smog.

Pollution has been singled out as one of the "urban malaises" that China will have to address in coming years.

The Central Urban Work Conference, the first of its kind in 37 years, was presided over by President Xi Jinping on Sunday and Monday.

The statement said China will work harder to improve city clusters on its eastern coast, expand new city clusters in central areas of the country, and build key regional hubs in western areas, "so that residents in central and western regions can share the fruits of urbanization".

It also called for an end to the frequent revisions of local development strategies.

"Once approved, urban development plans should be implemented consistently. New city leaders should not usher in a different development plan," the statement said.
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Renovating shantytowns benefits all
6 January 2016
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One water faucet and one toilet shared by 830 households in an urban shantytown: this is how poor living conditions can be for some urban residents who cannot afford their own apartments and need the government to provide them with better living conditions.

Pointing to these shabby dwellings with neither sewers nor central heating, in Taiyuan, capital of North China's Shanxi province, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday: "There are way too many things left to be done in China!"

On the one hand, the huge stockpile of unsold homes is still growing. Bringing the sluggish realty market back to life is proving a hard nut for the government to crack. On the other hand, many urban residents are still living in shantytowns and cannot afford to buy a home of their own.

It is undoubtedly important for the government to find a solution to the stagnant realty market, since a revived housing market would increase the demand for raw materials which would inject life into the steel, cement and other construction-related industries.

Yet, it is no less important for local governments to pay enough attention to improving the living conditions of poor urban residents who are not wealthy enough to buy a house at market prices.

And if local government leaders act to help poor urban residents improve their living conditions, the renovation of shantytowns can be turned into a driving force for local economic development.
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Lanzhou strengthens water protection efforts
15 November 2016
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Lanzhou, the capital of Northwest China’s Gansu province, is facing up to the challenges of ecological protection.

As the only provincial capital that borders the Yellow River, Asia’s third-longest river that runs 2,000 kilometers east-west across China, Lanzhou is the transportation and telecommunication center of the region. Thanks to its geographical location, Lanzhou has developed rapidly in last ten years.

However, the development of industry in Lanzhou has put the city’s river environment under constant threat. Illegal construction along the river banks and the dumping of sewage and industrial wastewater are all taking their toll on the river.

The Lanzhou government began the fightback in June, passing a water protection plan to crack down on illegal pollution. The plan calls for Lanzhou to make better use of its Yellow River resources, protect its wetlands, construct an eco-friendly drainage system and build a unique landscape.

Improving the river’s water quality will be key to constructing a riverside landscape, according to Chen Hongtao, an official from Lanzhou’s Qilihe district urban and rural construction bureau.

Chen also said that Lanzhou plans to launch a project to introduce fresh water into the Leitan River, improving the surrounding environment.
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