Nov 17
Science Fiction Conference held in City
The conference witnessed the attendance of some 200 participants from both home and abroad. And it will be permanently held in the city every two years.
During the event, Chengdu Mayor Luo Qiang said that Chengdu will build the China Science Fiction Town with an investment of 12 billion yuan ($1.8 billion).
The town will consist of a base for the production of science fiction films and television programs, an incubator for science fiction authors and a so-called science fiction paradise. It will create between 6,000 and 8,000 jobs and draw 12 million visitors a year.
(source: www.chinadaiy.com.cn, November 12, 2017)
Nov 15
Chengdu builds literary attraction with ancient poet Du Fu
Chengdu is literally writing the literary legacy of acclaimed ancient poet Du Fu in stone. The city's government plans to erect 1,455 tablets, each with a poem by Du Fu.
The tablets inscribed by famous calligraphers will be displayed in the museum surrounding the cottage and the adjacent Flower-bathing Brook Park. The 150 million yuan ($23 million) project will be completed in 2018.
(source: www.chinadaiy.com.cn, November 13, 2017)
Athletes compete on horseback in City
Top jockeys competed in the high-standard races, which were held at the racecourse of the Jinma International Equestrian Sports Park.
The Wenjiang Jinma Racecourse is one of the largest and the best equipped racecourses in China. Its 2,000-meter-long and 25-meter-wide track can accommodate 16 horses at one time.
(source: www.chinadaiy.com.cn, November 13, 2017)
Nov 10
Ongoing Urban Cycling Launched in Chengdu
Contrary to 2016 in Val di Sole (Italy) where France won by the smallest of margins (10 points), this time the French team (Vincent Hermance, Alex Rudeau, Louis Grillon, Noah Cardona and Manon Basseville) finished with 620 points, 70 points ahead of Germany (2nd) and Switzerland (3rd).
Both Germany and Switzerland finished with 550 points, but Germany marked 40 points on five occasions, and Switzerland only three times.
(source: news.xinhuanet.com, November 8)
Nov 03
Chengdu to Host UCI Urban Cycling World Championships
The event consists of Trials, Mountain Bike Eliminator (XCE) and BMX Freestyle. These disciplines are brought together for the first time at a single event and venue.
According to the organizers, the alteration of the competition area is on progress which won't damage the original landscape and vegetation nearby. Some of the competition areas will be the venue for the enthusiasts after the championships.
(source: news.xinhuanet.com, October 31, 2017)
Nov 02
Chengdu festival served up in SF
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Chengdu Vice-Mayor Liu Xiaoliu co-hosted an evening gala one day later at City Hall featuring Sichuan cuisine, special brews, dancing and an opera performance.
The festival is the second one of its kind between San Francisco and Chengdu.
"The people of San Francisco and Chengdu share many cultural similarities, including a deep appreciation for great food," Lee said at a press conference on October 31.
"We are excited to continue and expand our success from 2016 in promoting Sichuan cuisine," he said. "Food is a universal language that helps bond people from different places together."
"Chengdu is a unique city known for pandas and its cuisine and chili peppers," Ren Faqiang, Chinese deputy consul general in San Francisco, told the press conference. "Sichuan cuisine is catching on quickly in China and the US as well. I hope the food could bring the two star cities closer."
The opening gala was followed by Chengdu Days in the Bay Area. On November 2, the festival was held at UC Berkeley, showcasing an evening of Sichuan cuisine and entertainment. The Chengdu delegation also visited various technology companies in Silicon Valley to promote the Sichuan cuisine and culture.
In addition, there were three Chengdu-themed dinners open to the public: MY China in San Francisco, Koi Palace in Milpitas and Chef Chu's in Los Altos. Each restaurant features a different Chengdu-inspired menu for the evening.
(source: www.chinadaiy.com.cn, November 1, 2017)
Oct 30
Chengdu endorses Belt and Road initiative
It aims to help countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to work together more closely in tourism by increasing policy-related communication, facilitating travel, creating a new cooperation mechanism and improving the quality of exchanges.
The Chengdu initiative also calls for joint tourism promotion and increased exchanges in tourism education. Members are encouraged to deal with common challenges and risks and enhance coordination and cooperation.
Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the tourism organization, has focused on developing tourism along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road during his term.
Rifai proposed the concept of Silk Road tourism 23 years ago.
The timing is perfect for the Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013. It enables the ancient Silk Road to have a new lease on life and increases international economic and people-to-people exchanges, thus gaining wide acceptance among the countries and regions involved in the initiative, he said.
Zurab Pololikashvili, who was elected as the new UNWTO chief for the 2018-21 period at the Chengdu assembly, said he agrees with tourism collaboration taking place under the Belt and Road framework.
The initiative helps to combine diverse cultures and draw the countries and regions involved closer together, Pololikashvili said.
Li Jinzao, head of the China National Tourism Administration, said, "It is significant that the United Nationals World Tourism General Assembly was hosted in Chengdu, the start of the southern Silk Road."
Under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has signed agreements with more than 60 countries and international organizations.
The Belt and Road links major tourist sources and destinations worldwide. Economies related to the initiative contribute more than 70 percent to the global tourism industry, he said.
As the Belt and Road construction is advancing, related countries and regions will see increasingly enhanced policy communication, improved infrastructure connectivity, rising non-barrier trade, higher capital flows and closer cultural ties, Li said.
The China National Tourism Administration has forecast that Chinese outbound visits will reach 700 million over the next five years. Li said he has confidence in the country that it will also be able to attract 700 million visits from abroad during the period.
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Ali Asghar Mounesan, vice president of Iran and head of the country's Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization, said he hopes that the two countries will work together to boost the bilateral tourism.
About 70,000 Chinese tourists visit Iran each year, similar to the number of Iranians tourists who visit China, most of them involved in trade and business. The two countries have enormous potential to tap into tourism cooperation, he said.
Ali Asghar Khaji, Iranian ambassador to China, said he expects increased cultural and tourism exchanges through the Belt and Road Initiative. Iran will consider Chengdu as a key partner for collaboration, he said.
Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the Seychelles' minister for tourism, civil aviation, ports and marine, said his country has signed a series of memorandums of understanding on trade and tourism since the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed in 2013.
He expects more Chinese companies to invest in Seychelles tourism.
Chengdu began direct flights to the Seychelles in July, becoming the second Chinese city to offer such services.
Chen Feng, board chairman of HNA Group, said,"HNA will continue to support Chengdu's socioeconomic development against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative. I hope the collaboration will enable both HNA and Chengdu to take off."
The group company signed a strategic partnership with Chengdu during the assembly. Its subsidiaries HNA Tech and HNA Modern Logistics have pledged to invest in a hi-tech startups center, worth 30 billion yuan ($4.5 billion), and a 20 billion yuan logistics project at the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, respectively.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October 26, 2017)
Oct 29
Expectations rise as EU-China fair opens its doors in Chengdu
Driven by the growing trend of increasing transfers of industries and technologies globally, the fair has been successfully held 11 times, rapidly promoting relations between China and Europe and achieving concrete results.
Over the past decade it has attracted a total of 53 institutions and companies from the UK, France, Germany and other nations to invest in and construct projects in Chengdu.
Organizers said the fair had become a great platform for investment, trade and technology innovation cooperation exchange with EU members, enjoying extensive participation from European enterprises.
It has also promoted many government cooperation projects between China and Europe over the decade, deepening innovation in the sciences and technology, as well as technology exchanges. Organizers said one example highlighted the broader picture perfectly.
In July the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone signed an agreement with Brunel University and National Physical Laboratory, committed to strengthening cooperation between China and Britain in intelligent manufacturing and equipment intelligent upgrading.
Compared with previous EU-China cooperation fairs, the latest event has more participants and is more extensive, organizers believe.
Aside from Germany, France, Italy - and the other 25 European countries - South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and 11 other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative are joining in.
The event staged various diverse activities and conferences.
The Belt and Road New Economy Development Forum - as the main forum this year - has attracted government officials from both sides.
Organizers said that in total these activities were set to improve Chengdu's understanding of Europe and promote the sustainable development of the two sides in various fields - especially in industry, technology, tourism and culture.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October 26)
Direct air route opens between Chengdu, New York
Two round-trip flights every week, coded HU7915/7916, are operated by Hainan Airlines, with each flight taking 15 hours.
The flights depart Chengdu on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and the return flights leave New York on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The air route is the third direct route linking Chengdu with a US city.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October 27)
Oct 27
Railway links open up inland Chengdu
This is the seventh route of the Chengdu-Europe direct freight train service, which first began in 2013. Routes to Lodz, Nuremberg, Tilburg, Almaty, Minsk and Moscow have also been established.
Local officials said the nearly 10,000-kilometer-long Chengdu-Prague route is a new move to deepen Sichuan's cooperation with regions and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Sichuan-based household appliance giant Changhong Group chartered the first train for the Chengdu-Prague route, delivering electronic components and equipment to its production site in the Czech Republic.
Since it set up its first overseas office in Indonesia in 1999, it has established business operations in more than 20 countries and regions - all related to the Belt and Road Initiative.
The company's Czech research and development center was established in May last year. It was the first R&D center that a Chinese appliance company had ever built in the country.
"Through the Chengdu-Europe freight train, we can directly deliver our components, products and equipment to our factories in Europe, greatly decreasing our logistics costs and increasing production efficiency," said Huang Dawen, deputy general manager of the company.
Relying on its office in the Czech Republic, Sichuan has established a representative office in the country. Through the office, enterprises from the Province and wider western China can expand their markets in the Czech Republic and Europe as well.
He added that his company has more than 2,000 employees overseas, of which 80 percent are locals. Changhong products have been sold in more than 120 countries and regions.
Huang said Changhong has 14 subsidiaries involved in production and sales, three R&D centers and seven representative offices in foreign countries.
The first Chengdu-Europe direct freight train opened in April 2013. Local officials said the channel offers the most cost-effective transportation means for cargo to flow between Southwest China and Europe.
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According to the transport authorities in Sichuan, the travel time through the railway system is only one-third that of ocean shipping routes, while the cost is only one-sixth that of air routes.
They said that by the end of September, more than 600 such trains had delivered $2.8 billion worth of goods between Chengdu and Europe.
The freight train system has also attracted manufacturers from outside Sichuan.
For instance, TCL, a household appliance producer based in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, first chartered a freight train on March 26 last year to haul its delivery to Lodz, Poland.
TCL products were dispatched from Huizhou, then transshipped to the Chengdu-Europe freight route to Lodz.
Huizhou itself is a port city. However, ocean-going liners take about 40 days to travel to Europe, while the train takes only two weeks.
TCL executives said the company is planning to transfer part of its production capacity to Chengdu to further shorten the shipment distance.
Sun Ling, an official in charge of international freight train operations in Chengdu, said the city is planning to extend its freight train services to Southeast Asia by the end of this year.
With the international train services, Chengdu is expected to become a transportation hub oriented both to Europe and Southeast Asia, despite being an inland city, local officials said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October20, 2017)