Oct 11
Chengdu, more than just giant pandas
On a recent trip, People's Daily Online went on a mission to find out what's on offer in Chengdu, a place which provides a hefty mix of ancient culture and pioneering industry at the same time.
Of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Chengdu without stopping off to see the pandas. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is around 10 km from central Chengdu and is a beautiful way to spend the morning. It's best to arrive early, as the pandas are most energetic during feeding time, usually between 7.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., after which time they tend to enjoy a long, mid-morning nap.
The base is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It was founded in 1987 with just six giant pandas which were rescued from the wild.
It's fantastic to see how laid back these pandas are and how the base tries to conserve wildlife. Their conservation efforts are working, with brand new baby pandas to prove it.
As the pandas start their mid-morning nap, it's time to move on to our next location.
On the opposite side of the city lies one of Chengdu's three key preservation areas, Kuanzhai Xiangzi. The area is made up of three parallel streets, known in English as Wide Alley, Narrow Alley and Well Alley, which have been here since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with tiny alleyways and courtyards joining them together.
The ancient site is representative of Chengdu folk history, and today the courtyards house everything from restaurants to tea shops, meaning it's a great place to come and get a glimpse of old Chengdu while sampling some local snacks. Although most streets are hectic, you are sure to stumble upon a quiet street with someone playing traditional music, catapulting you back to the past.
However, Chengdu isn't just a hub of ancient culture; it's also a hub of new technology. The Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Zone was established as a space for science and technological enterprises to expand in Sichuan Province.
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People's Daily Online went to meet two companies based here, to find out how the Zone is helping entrepreneurs thrive in Chengdu.
Our first stop, Sichuan AOSSCI I Technology Co., Ltd, specialize in drone technology. The company's COO, Liu Yang, explains, "Our drones and application systems are being used in areas like public security, aerial mapping, emergency response and rescue, environmental monitoring and surveillance. We've integrated our advanced technology into these traditional industries," adding, "we've managed to bridge many gaps between technology and its application."
He explained that companies like his have Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Zone to thank for their care and assistance to entrepreneurs. The zone has also been an excellent platform to display their products in Chengdu as well as throughout Sichuan Province.

"We focus on smart visual analysis, such as pattern recognition and computer vision analysis. Now we call it AI, artificial intelligence," Wu Jiemin, President of Vision-Zenith Tech. Co., Ltd, tells People's Daily Online.
Based in the same location, Wu says his company wouldn't be what it is today without the Zone's help.
"The Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone supported us a lot when we were beginning as a startup. Look where we are today – now we pay over 10 million yuan in taxes to the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. Moreover, we have over a hundred employees, having offered many employment opportunities – but without the Zone's high efficiency in doing business or its preliminary support to us we wouldn't have grown into the company we are today."
As night falls over Chengdu, there's time for one more stop. Knowing how famous Sichuan cuisine is all over China, there's only one way to round off a day here.
We head to one of the most famous restaurants in town to try one of China's most loved dishes – hot pot.
Hot pot is made up of a bowl of bubbling, spicy soup, usually with a less spicy chicken broth accompanying it. It's served with a variety of raw meat and vegetables which you dip into the broth to cook. To season, add oils, crushed garlic and chives to a dish and mix. It's best served with a group of friends to discuss the day with long into the evening, ordering more food as you go.
Although we only had one day to explore Chengdu, it's clear this city has everything to offer from ancient culture to state-of-the-art technology. A hub of both old and new, it's a city with more to offer than just giant pandas. Although, they do make a great addition!
(source: en.people.cn, October 08, 2018)
Sep 27
$115b investment deals inked at 17th Western China Intl Fair
17th Western China International Fair
Sichuan Province, the host of the fair, signed 736 billion yuan worth of investment deals, up 12 percent year on year, the information office of Sichuan provincial government said at a press conference September 25.
The other participating regions, including Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang and Gansu, signed 52.3 billion yuan worth of deals, it said.
The five-day fair, which closed on 24, attracted over 60,000 business people from 90 countries and regions.
The expo also provided a pavilion of 100,000 square meters specifically for Belt and Road cooperation, attracting more than 200 companies from 31 countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
First launched in 2000, the WCIF has become an important platform for western China to promote investment and trade with coastal regions and overseas partners.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, September 25, 2018)
Sep 12
Western China Int'l Fair to be held in Sichuan
16th Western China International Fair
Italy will be the Guest Country of Honor. Luigi Di Maio, deputy prime minister of Italy and minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies will lead a delegation to attend the fair.
A series of Guest Country of Honor events including China-Italy food safety dialogue, a Sichuan-Italy industrial cooperation and investment conference, and a China-Italy culture and innovation summit will be held at the fair, said Niu Xiaofeng, an official with the organizing committee, at a press conference on September 5.
So far, more than 50 Italian enterprises have confirmed to attend the fair, covering a wide range of fields including health, technology and innovation, clean energy, tourism, agriculture and food.
Cultural events, such as concerts, film screenings will also be held at the fair.
The fair is organized by China's National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(source: Xinhuanet, September 5, 2018)
Aug 29
Chengdu, Russia agree on over 8b yuan for 7 projects
The agreements involved a wide range of sectors, including biomedicine, digital information, public infrastructure, culture and music.
As part of the Moscow-Chengdu Week, a promotional component of the Panda Chengdu in Russia campaign co-hosted by the municipal governments of Chengdu and Moscow, the event brought together over 200 guests, including representatives from the Embassy of China in Russia, the municipal governments of Chengdu and Moscow, Russian business associations and companies and Chengdu-based firms. The focus was on Chengdu's investment environment and its development prospects.
The conference included extensive promotion of Chengdu's business, tourism, convention and exhibition markets. A spokesperson for the commission of commerce of Chengdu highlighted the introduction of the China Rail Chengdu-Europe Express and the business opportunities it creates.
During the three-day Week, the "Silk Road on the Cloud" exhibition, themed cross-border e-commerce, was hosted by the Chengdu government in Russia for the first time. It displayed many made-in-Chengdu products, including textiles, garments and electronics, at Krasnaya Presnya Park in Moscow, attracting widespread attention.
By partnering with a Russian e-commerce platform, the event not only brought made-in-Sichuan products to Moscow consumers through a combination of physical exhibitions, online sales and trade negotiations, but also helped them expand into international markets by being promoted in Russia, according to the spokesperson.
"Organized by the Chengdu government, Chengdu cross-border e-commerce and foreign trade companies have been added to a survey of products made in Russia, with the aim of boosting mutual trade," added the spokesperson.
Besides the e-commerce exhibition, an exhibition of Chengdu's non-tangible cultural heritages and a performance of traditional Chengdu dance and music held during the Week showcased a variety of traditional wares and arts that are characteristic of Sichuan Province, including Sichuan brocade, Sichuan embroidery, paper-cutting, bamboo weaving and tea art. The event was warmly received by a large crowd of appreciative visitors.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 28, 2018)
Aug 27
'Toilet revolution' in Chengdu cleans, regulates public toilets
Progress has been made in recent years in the planning and construction of public toilets in the city's urban and rural areas, as well as its scenic spots, according to the Chengdu urban management committee.
Information on the 1,878 public toilets in the city can be easily found through the Chengdu Geographic Information Public Platform and Chengdu Urban Management APP.
Seven hundred and twenty of the public toilets are open 24 hours, and 350 are equipped with toilet paper, hand soap and hand dryers. Urban parks, A-level tourist attractions, star-rated farmhouses, country hotels, and some public hospitals and gas station toilets are also equipped with toilet paper and hand soap, but use paper towels instead of dryers.
According to the meeting, the city will further standardize the management of public toilets, improve hardware construction and service standards for urban and scenic public toilets, and speed up transformation and upgrading of rural toilets.
It will also scientifically and reasonably set the proportion of toilet seats for men and women, and accelerate improvement of the supporting facilities for public toilets.
This year the city is scheduled to install 200 toilets and upgrade 500, according to the Chengdu urban management committee.
The further goal is to build 800 toilets and upgrade 1,500 in the city by 2020, and upgrade all pit toilets in rural areas.
(source:www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 24, 2018)
Aug 20
Chengdu ranked world's third best metro economy in Brookings report
The Brookings Institute, an American public policy think tank, looked at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP per capita, Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), employment, and population of the 300 largest metropolitan economies. The report shows that these areas accounted for 36 percent of global employment growth, and 67 percent of global GDP growth.
Metropolitan areas in China and parts of the Asia Pacific experienced the fastest growth in per capita GDP growth, whereas those in the Middle East and Africa exhibited the fastest growth in employment.
Chengdu is a rising star in the rankings, with employment and GDP per capita growth by 5.9 percent and 7.2 percent respectively, coming in at third-place in the overall rankings behind Dublin and San Jose.
Out of the top 30 cities in the index of economic performance from 2014 to 2016, 17 were in China. Second-tier cities are relatively strong performers in the rankings, as middle-income cities can achieve a relatively large increase in growth quickly thanks for their lower starting point, compared to other larger established cities.
The 21 metropolitan areas in China that landed in the top fifth of the distribution in terms of economic performance were located in the central industrial basin or the highly urbanized coastal regions.
Back in 2012, when Brookings ranked the world's cities according to the size of their economy, only 48 cities in China made it onto the list of 300. According to this year's report, 103 cities in China were on the list, exceeding the number in North America and western Europe.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 17, 2018)
Aug 15
Dujiangyan irrigation system wins world irrigation award
The announcement was made at the 2018 International Conference and 69th International Executive Council Meeting of the ICID.
This makes Dujiangyan one of the few cities in the world to have three world heritages.
The Dujiangyan irrigation system, together with nearby Qingcheng Mountain, was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. In 2006, Dujiangyan was listed as a World Natural Heritage site as a corridor region of the giant panda habitat.
Established in 1950, the ICID aims to encourage the sustainable utilization of water resources and promote water conservancy heritage protection. It has 110 member countries that cover 95 percent of the world irrigation areas.
The ICID has been selecting Heritage Irrigation Structures since 2014, aiming to better protect and utilize the ancient irrigation projects still in use, and to explore and publicize the development history of irrigation projects and their influence on the progress of world civilization. The selection also promotes the wisdom of sustainable irrigation and the protection of precious historical and cultural heritages.
The selection criteria are very strict. For example, the irrigation structures must be over 100 years old and their design and construction techniques must have been ahead of their time.
Built in 256 BC, the Dujiangyan irrigation system is one of the world's oldest irrigation systems without a dam and is still used for practical purposes. It is important in draining floods and irrigating farms; it also provides water resources for more than 30 counties and cities in Sichuan Province.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 14, 2018)
Aug 14
Cool mountain retreat offers a respite for urban dwellers
About two-hour drive from Chengdu airport, the mountain resort offers serenity. The forest closes in on us as we drive up the mountain road. A waterfall cascades right next to a stone bridge and wets our faces as we cross the bridge. I can't help but take a deep breath.
"The temperature averages 16 degrees all the year round," says Xiao Longmin, a local official.
The mountain covers an area of 192 square kilometers, and has facilities for tourists to play mahjong in the river. "It's very relaxing to play the game while soaking your feet in running river water," says Xiao.
Fireflies are another big draw.
The local authorities have banned the use of pesticides, and feed the fireflies with snails, both of which make the mountain an ideal home for the small insects.
One can see sparkling fireflies all over the place from April to October, says Xiao. The local government has invested approximately 460 million yuan ($67 million) to improve Tiantai Mountain's environment starting in mid-2016, and tourist numbers hit 670,000 a year after the project started.
"Most visitors spend two days at the mountain resort," says Xiao. About 70-80 percent of tourists come from Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.
The number of visitors from Xi'an, Shaanxi Province has also significantly increased since the high-speed rail line connecting Chengdu and Xi'an began operations at the end of last year, says Xiao.
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The business prospects for locals have also improved since tourism took hold in the area. Now, street peddlers selling local snacks, such as fried fish and baked sweet potatoes can earn up to 1,000 yuan on a good day, says Xiao. And those who run family hotels can make 100,000-200,000 yuan a year.
Gao Siqiong, 50, who was born and raised in the area, has turned her house into a restaurant and private inn since 2008.
Speaking about the business in the area, Gao, who makes 60,000 yuan in profit a year, says: "All hotels here are fully booked during peak seasons."
Currently, the Tiantai Mountain authority plans to launch an online parking lot booking system for self-drive tourists. There are 1,700 parking lots, and tourists can make reservations in advance.
"This is to avoid traffic congestion during peak season," says Xiao, adding that the scenic spot once received 140,000 tourists a day.
For those who fail to get a parking spot, a bus service will be available, says Xiao. For now, the mountain is striving to be a national 5A scenic spot. So, in addition to tourism development, the local authority is also focusing on environmental protection.
As a result, rare plant species are monitored and pest control is implemented. Also, a pollution treatment system has been put in place for restaurants and hotels.
Gao believes that the future is bright, adding that "even more people will come if the mountain becomes a national 5A tourist attraction."
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 11, 2018)
Aug 13
Regular freight trains connect Chengdu, Milan
A train carrying refrigerators worth 520,000 U.S. dollars departed August 10 at the international railway port in Chengdu. The train will travel 10,694 km in 14 days and pass through countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia, and Poland.
The service will run regularly after September, at which point four such freight trains are planned per month on the new route.
Late last year, a freight train departed from Milan and arrived in Chengdu, carrying Italian products such as machinery, high-end furniture, and ceramic tiles.
A manager at the Chengdu railway port said that the freight train service would bring Italian products like furniture and tiles to China and ship Chinese IT products, machinery and clothing to Italy.
(source: Xinhuanet, August 11, 2018)
Aug 09
British food company invests in Chengdu’s Wenjiang district
As an internationally leading food company, Bakkavor Group excels in fresh food production and vegetable processing.
Work on the Chengdu branch began in January and finished in August. The branch will have a processing capacity of over 30,000 tons of fresh food, fruits and vegetables.
The company's predicted income for 2019 is 30 million yuan ($4.38 million). Apart from the fresh fruit and vegetable business, the company will construct thousands of mu (1 mu = 666.7 square meters) of planting bases to support agricultural development in the surrounding area.
According to Agust, Wenjiang has a pleasant ecological environment, scientific industrial layout, and investment friendly city planning. The company will expand its business based on development demands and make the Chengdu branch an important base for food production, processing and supply in southwest China.
The Chengdu Medical City plays an important role in the development of the health industry. Wenjiang will provide the best investment environment for Bakkavor to develop a healthy food industry and create benefits for both parties.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, August 8, 2018)