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Chengdu in China: to build into a national central city in full expression of the new development concept

October 19, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Chengdu, China’s big key city in the west region has been found for more than 2,300 years, boasting a civilization history of 2,300 years. It is one of the Chinese historical and cultural cities as well as the top ten ancient capitals and has always been known as “the land of abundance”.

 Developing a modern industrial system

In recent years, Chengdu has undertaken a number of national missions, including National Tianfu New Area, National Innovation Demonstration Zone, Comprehensive Innovation and Reform Pilot Area, Inland FTA and other major reformsand innovation opportunities give great impetus for the development of the city.

The Chengdu Industry Development Conference of National Central City on July 2 is the general prologue to the city’s industrial development, where objectives, tasks and approaches for the new round industrial development of Chengduhave been fully arranged. On the conference, the “50 new policies for industrial development” was released, mainly targeting talented people, technology, capital, energy and other sectors. In the future, Chengdu will also reshape its economic geography into the construction of a network function system of dual core linkage and multi-center support and the implementation of “the crossing development strategy” to advance the east, expand the south, control the west, reconstruct the north and optimize the central area. In the overall urban planning, Chengdu will shift from the “single center” urban development pattern into the strategic spatial pattern of centering on Longquan mountains, extending northward and southward and developing westward and eastward.

Building an ecological and livable city

For a long time, Chengdu has been known as “a city that you do not want to leave”. Between spring and summer when the weather and visibility are both fine, the distance view of snow mountains appears for many times and stunning view of Gongga mountain 230 kilometers away can also be appreciated in Chengdu. “Chengdu, a balcony where you can see the snow mountain”, many people use this poetic expression to admire for the fine environment in Chengdu.

In 2017, Chengdu has clearly proposed the action of the “global greening”, to specific, building of five-level urban landscaping system which covers ecological zone, greenways, parks, small amusement parks and micro greenbelts, and then launched the Tianfu Greenway Construction Project in a total length of nearly 17000 kilometers, with the goal of reshaping economic geography with the natural features.

Constructing an opening up center

On September 13, 2017, the UNWTO 22nd General Assembly was held in Chengdu, which attracted more than 1000 foreign guests from over 100 countries, the number of participants recording the highest.

Last June, ChinaEurope freight trains in 8 Chinese cities departed at the same time. ChengduEurope Express Rail originating from Chengdu rail first arrived at the terminal, showing the speed of Chengdu. According to the data provided by Chengdu municipal government, Chengdu-Europe Express Rail performs noticeably well among ChinaEurope freight trains with the most stable running frequency, the fastest speed and the most cost-effective transportation service, having run for a total of 100 trips so far. It has completely changed the opening pattern of the cities not by the sea and border, and Chengdu has thus become a leading position inland for China’s westward and southward opening. On September 19 this year, the MOU on Rail-Prague Non-stop Train of Chengdu-Europe Express Rail (China-Europe Freight Trains) was signed in Prague, a marker of Chengdu-Europe Express Rail to further widen the opening cooperation as an international logistics passage along the Belt and Road, opening a handy and efficient new channel for foreign trade and economic cooperation.

Inheriting and developing the Tianfu culture

Innovation and creation are the inherent cultural genes of Chengdu. In history, Chengdu built the world’s earliest dam-free water division project — Dujiangyan Irrigation System which is still used today, and invented the world’s earliest paper money. Today, Chengdu is well known as a city of innovation and entrepreneurship, and it has become home to 56 universities, more than 30 national research institutions, 333 innovation and entrepreneurship entitles and nearly 5 million of talented people in all sectors.

Elegance and fashion are Chengdu’s wonderful cultural characteristics. Geographical advantages of abundant natural resources, the rich and leisure life environment and assembly of poets and literati make the city superior and elegant since ancient times. The ancient Shu culture, culture of the Three Kingdoms, giant panda culture, lacquer, Sichuanbrocade, Sichuan Opera, Wuhou Shrine, Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage, Jinsha SiteĄ­ cultural highlights are as many as stars in the sky. As the world-renowned city of leisure and gastronomy, Chengdu is emphatically building into an international shopping paradise and international fashion city and 80% of world’s well-known brands have settled in Chengdu, commercial resources are clustered to an extent next to Beijing and Shanghai. In the City of Gastronomy ass awarded by the UNESCO, authentic Sichuan cuisine and delicacies introduced from other places fully meet the needs of people for different tastings. The cultural creative industry is flourish  ing in Chengdu. Visiting museums, appreciating musicalsĄ­ have become the best way to relax after work in Chengdu.

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