Apr 16
Freight train service linking Chengdu and Vienna launched
The train, carrying 41 containers of goods valued at 1.5 million U.S. dollars, including LED displays, tires and lamps, will travel through Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia, spending 13 days on the 9,800-kilometer journey from Chengdu, and finally arrive in Vienna.
Austrian President Mr. Alexander van der Bellen and Austrian Chancellor Mr. Sebastian Kurz attended the departure ceremony.
(source: Xinhuanet, April 12, 2018)
Apr 13
Austria opens consulate general in Chengdu
Austrian President Mr. Alexander van der Bellen (L) and his wife Ms. Doris Schmidauer (C), together with Austrian Chancellor Mr. Sebastian Kurz (R), arrive in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 11, 2018
Austrian Foreign Minister Ms. Karin Kneissl said the Consulate General in Chengdu would help deepen cooperation between China and Austria in foreign affairs, economy, science, education and culture, and boost exchanges between people from the two countries.
(source: both article and picture from Xinhuanet, April 12, 2018)
Apr 12
Creative paintings adorn manhole covers in Chengdu
(source: chinadaily.com.cn, April 10, 2018)
Apr 04
Dow to start production in Chengdu
"The western and northwestern regions of China are strategic emerging markets for us. Dow is committed to having a strong presence in these regions to better support existing customers who are moving their businesses from the traditional coastal areas to the inland markets, while addressing the needs of new customers with local markets," said Liveris.
"Over the years, Dow's business in China has achieved double-digit growth in terms of volume. There is a fantastic synergy between Dow's solutions and the needs of our customers in China, and we are optimistic that we will continue our growth momentum," he added.
(source: chinadaily.com.cn, April 4, 2018)
Apr 03
Yale graduate promotes trade facilitation in Chengdu

Alexander J. Cohen (left) at work
Different from China's public servants, Cohen and his colleagues were recommended by third-party agencies during global recruitment activities.
Cohen, majoring in economics, first came to Chengdu in 2010 and worked for a consulting firm for overseas study. Speaking fluent Chinese is his advantage in job hunting.
Cohen expressed his support for China's globalization during a job interview. "I'm excited to be part of China's efforts to find a place in economic globalization," he said to the interviewer.
Last October, he officially became a member of the international cooperation office with the Chengdu Administration China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone.
Coordinating investment and cooperation as well as promoting trade facilitation for Chengdu demands Cohen and his co-workers to carry out careful and in-depth investigations.
To prepare for an important meeting, he once worked in the office until four in the morning. Now he is working on a global science and technology park partner plan, which requires frequent negotiations with partners.
"I have 1,422 friends on WeChat and I met most of them at work," he said.
Cohen works in a group of 14 people who are all in their 30s. They either have studied overseas or graduated from prestigious Chinese universities. "They are very good at English, and their professional competence is impressive," Cohen said.
Li Xue, an official at the Chengdu Administration China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone, said the new way to recruit foreign talents is an attempt to the reform and make innovations within the process of introducing talent.
Foreign talents can more efficiently communicate with foreign governments and enterprises. And they will help produce new ideas that are conducive to international trade, Li said.
(source: en.people.cn, March 30, 2018)
Mar 30
Chengdu, Silicon Valley to build technology finance center
A signing ceremony for the project was held in Chengdu on March 27. Management consulting company Him Group Holding, Inc., Silicon Valley City Group (Mountain View, Menlo Park and Dublin) and Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone signed the memorandum.
A total of USD30 million will be invested to build the Chengdu-Silicon valley technology finance center, which is scheduled to start operations this year.
The project will provide services involving technology transfer, financial service and free trade. It is expected to enhance exchanges between Chengdu and Silicon Valley in terms of capital and talent, and promote globalization of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
(source: Xinhuanet, March 27, 2018)
Mar 27
Chengdu metro launches peach flower themed service
The service will run for a month along Line 2 which links to Longquanyi, a popular peach flower site in Chengdu. The Longquanyi Station and the two ahead of it have been decorated with various peach flower motifs.
The pink hues of blossoming peach flowers spread across the walls and the ceiling; poems depicting peach flowers and spring scenery in the city are posted on the door leaves on the left, and the spaces on the right are reserved for the works of a spring-themed poetry.
(source: china.org.cn, March 23, 2018)
Mar 23
City builds national financial center
According to the city's latest plan, Chengdu expects to become an internationally renowned city with sustainable development by 2050, and financial development is set to play a significant role.
In early February, Chengdu announced the construction of a modern financial industrial cluster to develop such fields as technology, supply chain, green energy and cultural finance. To promote the spirit of innovation and in honor of the paper currency, the Jiaozi Financial Technology Centre will open in Chengdu in April.
Located in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, the center, with an area of 10.9 acres, focuses on R&D of financial safety, third-party payment, intelligent investment consultancy and credit investigation based on big data.
It aims to attract large and middle-sized financial technology companies and set up an international financial communication and innovation center.
Additionally, the second phase of Financial Dreamworks Chengdu, a local makerspace for the financial industry, will open in July to provide some 4,000 desks for 300 innovative entrepreneurial teams.
A museum for Jiaozi, in an area of 1.14 acre, will open to the public this year. It will showcase the history of the financial industry based on payment. It will also provide insights into the blueprint of financial technology in the future.
The museum is set to become an urban financial cultural center to further encourage sharing and innovation.
XW Bank, established in Chengdu in December 2016, the first Internet bank from the central and western regions of China, has been reported a success.
Jiang Hai, executive director of the board of the bank, said it has established close cooperation with leading domestic companies, including Alipay, a major electronic payment tool, China Mobile, a major telecommunications operator and Didi Chuxing, the country's largest ride-hailing company. Among the bank's 10 million clients, more than 80 percent are from provinces outside Sichuan.
It has adopted big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and deep learning into the bank's credit and loan business.
Chengdu expects to become a financial center with global influence in 2022 when the added value of the financial industry is set to reach 250 billion yuan, according to the local government.
The financial industry contributed 11.6 percent to the city's GDP last year with a financial added value of up to 160.43 billion yuan, official data showed.
(source: chinadaily.com.cn, March 20, 2018)
Mar 22
Tianfu culture becomes a driver for development of industries
At the annual local Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and National People's Congress, the city's top legislative and political advisory bodies, representatives shared their insights about how to strengthen the city's competitiveness and its own version of soft power.
Jiang Weiwei, general manager of Chengdu Culture and Tourism Development Group, suggested the city develop its fashion and film industries. New technologies, such as the Internet, artificial intelligence and big data, can be applied to organize the city's own international film festival, he said. Local scenic spots linked to music can be featured on a map to attract visitors, he added.
Wu Ping, manager of the Chengdu branch of automaker FAW-Volkswagen, said that the culture of Chengdu could somehow be incorporated into the designs of the vehicles.
On February 23, Chengdu officially released its Action Plan to Construct Western Culture and Creativity Center. According to the plan, the city expects to become an important national creative cultural center by 2022.
Its creative cultural activities by 2022 are expected to contribute around 12 percent to the city's GDP.
Chengdu will focus on developing eight creative industries, including the media and film, creative design, fashion, music, information service and educational consultancy.
(source: chinadaily.com.cn, March 20, 2018)
Mar 21
Beautiful, liveable metropolis takes shape
Chengdu expects to become a world-class city through sustainable development by 2050, according to the Overall Urban Development Plan of Chengdu (2016-2035).
In Chengdu there is a huge "garden" — Longquan Mountain Urban Forest Park. According to the plan, Longquan Mountain will become a world-class green center and international "living room" for the city.
The forest coverage of the park is expected to reach 70 percent, equivalent to 107.6 square feet of forest for each citizen. It will give the city's residents more convenient access to recreational areas and a better quality of life. Wang Shibin, director of the park's management committee, said he feels a heavy responsibility on his shoulders to oversee the plan's implementation.
He said one of the key missions was to build more attractions and plant more green vegetation, adding that the area of newly-built green space in the Longquan Mountain park had reached 1,333 hectares.
Some 24.9 miles of mountain roads and 124.3 miles of greenway, as well as sightseeing platforms, will be finished this year in the park. The mountain roads will be constructed in late March, Wang added.
Tianfu Greenway is another major programme. The project, which began in 2017, is to be completed by 2035. By then, a greenway stretching 10,501 miles will cross the whole city, covering 3.46 million acres in area.
Ecological zones, parks, small gardens and grasslands will be connected via the greenway, transforming the metropolis into a huge garden. It will serve multiple functions, including ecological protection.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, March 20, 2018)