Shangyu, a destination for sustainable development

(KPL) Ecological Environmental Protection is one topic of the world leaders’ top priorities who are bringing negative and positive issues on the table to seek mutual cooperation on addressing pollution and spoiled environmental issues.

China’s environment protection policy is being materialized at both central and grassroots levels throughout the country under President Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a new era.

I have been living in China since February 2019 and I have heard that the environment protection issues in China are not only mentioned seriously but also attached with greater attention to cultivate good awareness among Chinese people that how much they should care about sustainable and modern development.

It has been reported recently that China has become a society of middle-income people and Chinese people’s longevity is likely to increase because their living standards have been improved constantly in line with the witty guideline of the Communist Party of China.

Just a few weeks ago, Global Times Online supported a wonderful trip for journalists who were from Asia-Pacific region and Europe to visit Shangyu, which has been named National Top 100 Green Development Areas of 2019.

Shangyu is located in the northeastern region of Zhejiang Province. It is a comprehensive new urban area with riverside characteristics and relatively complete functions in the east of Shaoxing Central City.

Since I and other fellow journalists had no idea about this district before, all of us just said let’s go to explore and learn a new experience.

We flew two hours from Beijing to Zhejiang province and took a bus ride for one hour to get to our destination.

Along my way from Zhejiang Airport to the district, I looked through the bus’ window and saw beautiful nature along with green mountains, which surround the district, while the sun was setting.

Paddy rice fields, fruit farms, industries, and other things in Shangyu have been subjected to green and sustainable development under President Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a new era.

People living in the district are enjoying better lives with sustainable incomes through selling organic fruits, doing business with a friendly environment, creating new innovation, providing new technology for community services and so on.

Local authorities have said that Shangyu is considered as the provincial transportation hub, Shaoxing’s trade center and a new business capital in eastern Zhejiang.

It has obvious advantages and sufficient development potential. It is a place where Tongliang River reaches the sea in Shaoxing City. There are five expressways radiating outwards in the territory. High-speed railways, railways, canals, economic development zones, Sea Bay Development zone and so on will step into enlarge Shangyu’s location advantages.

In 2018, Shangyu’s GDP grew by 7.4%, with total revenue of 14.125 billion yuan.

This year, Shangyu District ranked the 37th place in the list of top 100 areas with comprehensive strength, the 100 areas with scientific and technological innovation including new urbanization quality in 2019.

Shangyu has been also named the National Top of 100 Green Development Areas for 2019.

Concretely outstanding achievements have resulted from the fact that various regions and departments have deepened reforms to delegate power, streamline administration and optimize government services and business environment as well as actively explore innovations.

A greater number of innovations have been reported in regions that have made market rules more transparent, market competition fairer, regulation of law enforcement more standardized, and ways of doing business more convenient.

Shaoxing District Convenient Service Center is a one-stop service for business people, entrepreneurs, and the public. it focuses on optimizing business environment in the region with a focus placed on construction’s bidding, tax payment and licensing procedures.

Local authorities pointed out that Shangyu’s both short and long-term plans focus on green development and sustainable industrial development to ensure that all people in the district can live a better life.

General Manager of Shangyu Chase Farm, Hu Fat Ti said that she built her farm five years ago with a joint venture investment of over 30 million yuan.

When she started her farming business she was very worried about the risk of losing money as her farm used farmed fruit trees using traditional techniques. Consequently her farm outputs were low, especially in term of quality.

Hu Fat Ti then decided to opt to modern farming methods. She used a warm house to grow many kinds of fruits such as orange, tomatoes, kiwis and other fruits.

Most of the fruits from her farm are sold in both domestic and foreign markets. Kiwi fruits from her farm are popular to overseas markets.

In the past, Shangyu imported Kiwi fruits from Switzerland to meet its domestic demand but now she could secure some overseas kiwi market shares.

She has an ambitious plan to expand her farm as much as possible. However, she is still worried a lot about land concession though. She said short-term land concession is not suitable for doing long-term business. Her land concessional deal with local government will end in 2028.

Her foreign customers need a long term supply and trusted relations.

Our trip led us to villages far away from Shangyu and we found that there are 29 buildings in Qingshan Natural Village belonging to 15 farmers. Most of them have been abandoned.

According to local villagers, a Hangzhou University teacher Xiong Hui accidentally passed by and liked this place very much. He led the Muuge team to rent 9 buildings for 20 years and renovated 22 rooms with a total cost of 10 million yuan in crowdfunding way to build the Muuge Resort, successfully activated idle farmhouse of 1,600 sq m and 30 acres of idle land. He promoted local employment and sales of local agricultural products.

The Muuge Resort officially opened on November 4, 2019. In addition to providing accommodation services, Muuge is also committed to the development of rural life sharing, organizing a variety of experience activities such as rice transplanting, agricultural harvesting, mountain walks, and other activities.

Muuge wants to contribute to the development of the rural economy in this way.

The Chinese government has actively encouraged all people in the society to take part in green development and sustainable development through making sure that the Chinese economy is not intended as a means for polluting industries to relocate inland but for realizing more balanced development nationwide.

The good natural environment in the less-developed regions is a valuable asset. New energy industries, innovation-based manufacturing industries and services industries, such as tourism, should be the main economic boosters.

Source: Lao News Agency