Until you see what is going on in Chongqing these days with your own eyes, you may not be in a position to fully understand or talk intelligently about the current state of development of China. Chongqing, the largest city in the southwest of China, has been a major benefactor of the strategies put in place by the Chinese government, which include directives to build Chongqing into one ofChina’s five leading metropolises, to take on a role as the strategic hub in western China for the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the plan to build a modern version of the ancient Silk Road trade routes, as well as to be the city selected for a series of China–Singapore government-led projects. Furthermore, the city, by being the locus of the economic stimulus in Western China that has led the country’s growth rate for three consecutive years, is, in all cases, expected to have a bright future. For any city in China, the implementation of such a series of strategies is sure to significantly enhance the sense of pride among the local populace.
The results of a more than one-month-long survey of 55 million people familiar with Chongqing, the respondents cited the following icons and symbols as most representative and what they feel most proud of: the local hot-pot cuisine, the city’s beautiful women, the People’s Liberation Monument, the numerous bridges that led it to it being called the City of Bridges, Wanda Cultural Tourism City, the city’s food, people, architecture, history and culture.
Wanda Cultural Tourism City — a demonstration to the world of the pride of Chongqing
Chongqing Wanda Cultural Tourism City, the only large-scale cultural tourism project in the western part ofChongqing, is considered as the largest element of pride for the people of Chongqing. The project integrated many elements of which the city is proud, including the architecture, the food, the hospitality of its people, and the richness of the culture. Once the massive entertainment and leisure complex is completed, a world-class cultural and tourism landmark segmented by seven key themes, including the most impressive of the world’s Wanda Malls, a world-class outdoor theme park, an urban street lined with trendy bars and taverns, a world-class group of five-star resort hotels, an international entertainment venue and the Millennium Snow Temple, will form the largest all-in-one tourism destination in the southwestern part of China. In addition, a 300 million yuan Camellia Exhibition Center will make its appearance in September. At that time, the complex is expected to become a new city landmark for both Chongqing and the world.
In addition to the sheer size of the complex, Wanda Cultural Tourism City is expected to makes its mark in the history of the world’s cultural and tourism destinations in terms of both the contribution to national and urban culture as well as its global influence. The complex will integrate the elements of and, in turn, become a showcase for the more than 2,000 years old Bayu culture, and, in doing so, also become a symbol representative of Oriental culture. These moves will lead to the complex becoming a link between Chinese traditional and modern culture and join with the Three Gorges Dam in making Chongqing and the surrounding area one of the key international tourist destinations in western China. Chongqing Wanda Cultural Tourism City, on behalf ofChongqing, will make the world proud by inviting visitors from around the world to come and experience the 5,000 years of civilization that has made China what it is today, and the Bayu Culture that developed for over more than two millennia, both of which are embodied in the vast complex.
The ambition that has always been a component of Chongqing is expressed through the pride in these achievements
As the strategic hub in western China, Chongqing plans to focus on the development of both its northern and western parts over the next decade, starting in 2016. Following the establishment of the Liangjiang New District,Chongqing is now in the middle of building Western New City, a 100-billion-yuan industrial park. The breakthrough project will serve as Chongqing’s third regional economic growth engine. As the strategic hub ofChina’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the starting point of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway, the Xiyong District in Chongqing is helping in the implementation of several major national strategies with the support of the Southwest Bonded Logistics Distribution Center, the China–Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity and the inland railway terminal ports.
Western New City, which consists of Chongqing University City, Xiyong Business Center, Xiyong Microelectronics Industrial Park, Chongqing Western Logistics Park, the Taiwan-funded Information Industry Park, Xiyong Comprehensive Bonded Zone and the Qingfeng area, is accelerating the inclusive development of trade, real estate and professional talent. As the transportation networks that serve the area are upgraded, the one-trillion-yuan business district is embracing new opportunities. In addition, the cultural facilities of Chongqing Wanda Cultural Tourism City will continue to expand on the theme of the Bayu Culture, helping to shape the unique urban sprit that is Chongqing and transform the city into a world-renowned metropolis that will stand out not only for becoming an economic powerhouse and a bastion of local culture but also as a leading international tourist destination.
Xiyong District is now responsible for the manufacturing of 20 percent of the laptops produced worldwide. With Chongqing Wanda Cultural Tourism City as a new attraction, looking forward, one-in-five visitors to China is expected to make Chongqing a stop on their journey, with the prospect of the city welcoming over 10 million tourists from all over the world per year. In addition to the industry clusters, Chongqing, by leveraging Wanda Cultural Tourism City, plans to boost the development of its cultural tourism market and assure its place among the world’s leading international metropolises.