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)
Chengdu grants permanent residency permits to 181 overseas talent
The figure brought the total number of permanent residency permits issued to overseas talents in the city to 181 since Chengdu first introduced regulations on residence permits for foreigners in 2004.
As a growing hub in western China, Chengdu wants to attract overseas talent to help it compete with larger cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, by offering more generous work benefits and a better working environment.
Last June, Chengdu offered preferential policies for residence permits to lure more foreign talent, including streamlined approval procedures and more favorable application conditions. About 90 foreign high-end professionals have been granted permanent residency permits since then.
The permits provide foreigners with more convenience in the city such as social insurance and reduced work restrictions.
(source: Xinhuanet, August 6, 2018)
Aug 03
Sound of music set to enrapture more in western cultural haven
Last month the city announced it will host two major musical events - the 24th Autumn in Chengdu International Music Season and the 2018 Music Culture Industry Expo - later this year.
The mega event, which will be staged from September 25 to November 9, is taking its cue from the Grammy Awards in the US to create a Chinese visual and audio feast, according to the event's organizing committee.
It will include 166 music shows and more than 100 outdoor activities in Chengdu's 22 districts and counties.
Artists will stage performances in streets and alleys, and there will be music competitions and other related activities watched by representatives from leading musical agents, organizers said.
A glittering music awards night, the Awards of Gold Hibiscus, will be held during the music season.
The awards fall into four categories - independent, choral, bel canto and ethnic music - and aims to expose audiences to leading international music and original musical works, as well as encourage the development of young and talented musicians.
The Music Culture Industry Expo will take place at the Western China International Expo City in Chengdu on September 14-16.
The three-day event will be staged on an exhibition area of 30,000 square meters. More than 400 Chinese and foreign companies — in the Internet music, music education, lighting and acoustic instruments and stage machinery industries - will showcase their latest products, technologies and achievements, organizers said.
The expo is designed to meet the needs of the cultural and tourism industries in southwestern China and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, providing professional solutions and technical support.
In addition to the two key events, Chengdu now annually hosts over 1,000 major and smaller musical activities.
The City Music Hall is under construction as a new cultural landmark and will be completed by December. It will have about 1,600 seats in its opera hall and 1,400 seats in its concert hall.
Another ongoing project is the Chengdu Music Fun District, one of city's most significant music projects. The industrial park devoted to music and related industries covers a total area of 1.2 square kilometers and will prioritize five sectors - incubation of original music, production and sales of musical instruments, music education, performance services and management, and the promotion of music culture and copyright protection.
Chengdu is now home to over 400 important music-related companies and several studios of famous singers such as Li Yuchun and Zhang Liangying.
Last year, the city set up a special fund of 5 billion yuan ($751.62 million) for the music and related cultural industries. It is mainly used to support music projects, industrial parks, towns and independent musicians.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 27, 2018)
Jul 31
Chengdu spearheads global exchanges
The 2018 World Cities Culture (Tianfu) Symposium held from June 20 to 22 is the latest example of Chengdu's role in facilitating important international exchanges.
The gathering, held for the first time in Chengdu, attracted representatives from 22 member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum - the organizer of the symposium, and nine cities involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as about 400 representatives of famous creative culture institutes and international celebrities.
The forum was set up in 2012 and has 38 member cities including London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Representatives from member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum attended the 2018 World Cities Culture (Tianfu) Symposium, which focused on cultural exchanges under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
It has taken the lead in promoting cultural development and policymaking among cities worldwide, and is considered the world's top cultural think tank in this area.
This year's event was the first time for it to focus on cultural exchanges and cooperation, opening-up and sharing under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. In August 2017, Chengdu became the third city in the Chinese mainland to join the forum. Its hosting of the conference came in less than a year since its membership.
Paul Owens, secretary-general of the event's organizing committee, said that holding the symposium in Chengdu was in line with the world's greater desire to learn more about China's city culture and Chinese culture in general.
Owens said he really enjoyed the atmosphere of Chengdu and that the local people are friendly and warmhearted. The city has a massive population and boasts strong economic strength.
"Its openness, inclusiveness and convenience are the key reasons Chengdu has become a world-class cultural city," he added.
During the symposium, member cities of the forum released the Chengdu Consensus, in which they highlighted Chengdu's efforts in promoting its culture, exchanges and cooperation with city cultures around the world.
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Representatives from member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum attend the 2018 World Cities Culture (Tianfu) Symposium, which focused on cultural exchanges under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
A cooperation agreement was signed between the Chengdu Media Group and members of the forum, with the aim of developing Chengdu into a hub for cultural exchanges in line with core values of the Belt and Road Initiative, deepening cooperation in the fields of culture and technology, fashion and design, arts and music, tourism and exhibition, as well as sports and food.
The event's organizing committee released its first-ever research report on the cultural development of cities involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. The report said Chengdu will build itself into an international metropolis with an economy that will rival the world's most historic cities within a decade.
The city is also helping to achieve China's globalization goals, creating global innovative businesses and contributing to world development through internationalization, the report said.
Conor Roche, director of BOP Consulting in China, said a main reason that Chengdu was highlighted in the report was because of its robust growth in cultural and creative industries which feature a unique identity and ample protection, as well as its rich cultural relics.
With a civilization that can be traced back to 4,500 years ago, Chengdu is among the first batch listed as famous historical and cultural cities in China and is also one of China's top 10 ancient cities, according to many reports.
In early June, the city announced its latest goals to become a world city renowned for its creative culture, tourism and sports, as well as a famous place for its food, music and event hosting.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 27, 2018)
Jul 30
Race to be international sports events player stays on track
City officials said the construction of the Tianfu Olympic City will help it achieve its ambitious target. Conceptual planning and design consulting for the giant project started in May, attracting 70 design teams worldwide to participate in bids for contracts.
The Olympic City, located at the Tianfu International Airport City, is Sichuan Province's first sports complex that integrates a sports stadium, an aquatic sports center and facilities for land sports such as cycling, mountain biking and volleyball.
The mega sports complex covers a total area of 86 square kilometers, including a core area of 12 sq km and an aquatic sports area of 40 sq km.
Eight out of the 70 design teams were chosen to take part in the project. They are from eight countries and regions including China, the United States, Japan, Spain and Germany. Most of the eight teams have the experience of leading in overall planning for Olympic Games and designing Olympic stadiums.
Currently, they all have completed on-the-spot investigation on the construction site and will submit their conceptual planning of the sports complex at the end of this month. Only five of them can go into the design phase, and the name list is expected to be released at the end of September.
At a government event in early June, Chengdu announced to establish an international city of sports events by constructing world-class stadiums, introducing more international sports events and cultivating the city's own brands of sports events.
In March, construction on 13 infrastructure projects of the Tianfu Olympic City got underway, including roads, public service facilities, landscapes and supporting industries, with a total investment of 26.08 billion yuan ($3.89 billion).
The Tianfu Olympic City, together with Longquan Mountain Forest Park and Tianfu Greenway, will form an industrial cluster of outdoor leisure sports in Chengdu.
The Longquan park, located in eastern Chengdu, is designed to serve as a super central park of the city, with a total area of 1,275 sq km, about 1.7 times the size of Chengdu's downtown areas.
The Tianfu Greenway is another major program in building Chengdu into a garden-like city. The project is on schedule to be completed by 2035 and is the longest green trail system planned in China. Chengdu's ecological zones, parks, small gardens and grasslands will be connected via the greenway, transforming the metropolis into a huge garden.
Chengdu has in recent years organized many high-level and high-quality international sports events. This year alone, 21 large sports events were already held and were planned to take place in the city.
On June 5, Chengdu was approved by International Table Tennis Federation, Chinese Table Tennis Association and the Sichuan Provincial Sports Bureau to host the 2018 Women's Table Tennis World Cup as well as the 2019 World Cup for both men and women.
The approval reflected Chengdu's increased international influence, said Liu Yi, deputy director of the Management Center of Table Tennis and Badminton at the General Administration of Sports of China.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, July 27, 2018)
Jul 28
Chengdu applies to offer 144-hour visa-free transit
Municipal officials in Chengdu say they also plan to expand the list of countries allowed 72-hour visa-free transit. Currently, there are 51 countries that enjoy the benefit in Chengdu, provided foreign travelers from these countries hold a visa and ticket for their destination country.
(source: en.people.cn, July 25, 2018)
Jul 26
Unexpected Huge Transformations Witnessed in Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area after Four Years of High-Quality Development
The Area is located in the hilly area to the southeast of downtown Chengdu, where there are abundant ecological resources such as the Sancha Lake, Longquan Lake, Minjiang River and Longquan Mountain.
In October 2014, the Area was officially approved as a national new area, given its influence on Sichuan and Chongqing as well as its role of leading the growth of the whole western China. It has also displayed huge potential for the future development as a highland of economic openness in hinterland China. The Area, with an overall planned area of 1,578 square kilometers, is curdled by a mountain and two beautiful lakes.
Four years ago, in the "Master Plan for Sichuan Tianfu New Area", this place was positioned as the most dynamic new type of growth pole in western China.
As of 2017, the GDP of the Area reached 784.33 billion yuan, registering an annual growth rate of 8.7%; its accumulated fixed assets investment was 653.41 billion yuan, up by 18.5% annually. By the same year, the Area already boasted one industry with over 100-billion-yuan output value, and eight industries with over 10-billion-yuan output value and its economic aggregate ranked 5th out of the 19 national new areas.
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Nowadays, if you drive southward into the Area along the Tianfu Avenue, the central axle of Chengdu, you would pass through a number of areas with dense industrial allocations, such as the Tianfu Center, Xinglong Lake, and Luxi Smart Valley. Just when you are wondering whether you are driving in the CBD of the greener version of Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, you suddenly realize you are already amidst the hi-tech ecological green resort. The gentle and moist breeze massaging your face is the another most direct impression left by the Area on the general public.
According to the knowledge, when the building of the Area was first started, it was decided that the overall development of the area needs to be wisely planned so that ecology is not compromised when the economy is moving fast forward. There would be appropriate zonings for production, living and ecology based on the water courses, terrains, and industrial strengths. The city should be multi-centered, ecological, and able to accommodate industrial clusters. 70% of the city tapestry should be covered in green and blue. Prospective development intensity should be controlled within 30%. The Area focuses on the people-oriented development instead of the extensive growth, which is very forward looking. Thanks to this strategy, the Area, with two rivers encircling the city, cozy climate, and the natural vegetation and booming blossoms throughout the year, seized the first opportunity of developing the Park City when the concept was proposed by general secretary Xi Jinping.
In order to consolidate the ecological foundation, optimize space allocation, shape a city that harmonizes human activities and nature, and build a beautiful community that integrates people, city, nature, and industries, the Area largely sped up the building of the Park City. Xinglong lake, known as the ecological kidney of the Area, has now accomplished the water storage process with the total surface water area of up to 3 million square meters, attracting a large number of gull herons and birds. Adjacent to it is Luxi River Ecological Area, another ecological business card for the Area, with water flowing from Fu River, a tributary of the Dujiangyan water system. Among the ancient trees, and gardens are the apartments for the talents; The Tianfu Park, which is equivalent to 228 football fields, has also been built and opened to the public. As the first waterfront mountain terrain city park in Chengdu, Tianfu park has now become a camping place and talking topic for the citizens.
There would be in total 22 transit lines with a mileage of up to 560 kilometers in the core zone of the Area. People will be able to find a metro station every 800 meters and reach anywhere in the area within 15 minutes. In order to elevate the green life quality for the citizens, 1200 kilometers of green lane system and 150 kilometers of underground utilidor will be built. According to the plan of the Tianfu New Area Chengdu Management Committee, within the next four years and by 2022, the Tianfu Park City should have already taken an initial shape, in which greeneries, waters and parks could be easily accessible by anyone from anywhere.
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Along the Tianfu avenue, you can find many billboards saying that the green mountains are gold mountains and talents are the most important resource. Indeed, it takes not only a livable environment but also talents and technologies to enable the development of a new city.
Talents are the lifeline for the Area. Industrial clusters are conducive to the gathering of talents, which in turn drives the development of the industrial clusters. The Area set up a 1-billion-yuan special fund for the talent development and established a system offering subsidies ranging from 50 thousand to 100 million yuan to 13 types of talents of 5 different levels. In 2017, for the first time, the Area credentialed 707 Tianfu talents, whose 33 projects were funded with a total subsidy of 173 million yuan. The Area is speeding up the construction of 5000 talent apartments and 424 industrial park affiliated apartments, offering the talents accommodations with convenient transportation network, good living amenities and easy access to public service. What's more, the Area is picking up the pace of promoting the use of Tianfu talent card which is a physical card used for governance, entrepreneurship and lifestyle services. In this way, the Area is able to cater to the demands of the talents in a more scientific, systematic and unique way. Up to now, the core district of the Area has attracted 219 top notch talents, who are on the lists of the national, provincial and Chengdu municipal "thousand-talent recruitment projects". The Area independently nurtured 2 talents for the national "thousand-talent project", 44 experts for the provincial and municipal talent projects, as well as 4 top notch talent teams. Close to 100 thousand young people newly settled in this area, of which up to 12% hold postgraduate or PhD degrees, and more than 1100 are returned talents from the US, Germany and other countries. Sound momentum has been built for the talent gathering in this place which is driving the rise of more unicorn companies here.
Founded in 2014, Chengdu Hermes Technology, a professional avionics system supplier and 3D visual cloud operator, has now been listed on the main board in the stock market instead of issuing shares only at SME board. It has become one of the earliest enterprises in the Area to galvanize the power of the financial market. Its stellar products, wireless charging cradle and the wireless e-charging at the receiving end, achieved more than 30 independent R&D patents, and are expected to bring more than 300 million revenues to the company in 2018. As of 2017, Chengdu Tianfu New Area Investment Group, which was founded in 2013, had invested a total of over 100 billion yuan; with a focus on the energy Internet technology, the Tsinghua University Energy Internet Research Institute served as a magnet, attracting many elite startup teams from Tsinghua, Stanford, Qualcomm etc. to carry out innovative research on the source, network, charge load and storage of energy.
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In addition to the locally bred unicorns, the Area has put huge efforts to attract more unicorns from elsewhere by building a unicorn island as an industrial carrier aiming at incubating and nurturing unicorn companies, registering a first in the world. SenseTime, a leading cutting-edge artificial intelligence company, decided to invest in the SenseTime Future Innovation Center and the Belt and Road Headquarter Project in the Area; ARM (China) plans to build Arm Integrated Circuit Design Service Platform and Western China R&D Center; Qianhai Financial Holdings will jointly build the Qianhai International Innovation and Financial Center.
We cannot say for sure yet whether or not the Area will become another Beijing Tongzhou area or Shanghai Lujiazui area. But we are convinced that it will be a brand-new city of the future.
(source: People's Daily Online, July 22, 2018)