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Ecological construction in Beilun

With the progress of the ecological program, the environment of Beilun is improving, and the people are happier. An ecological green town is taking shape.

"The forest city program can raise the image of our city and it concerns the interest of the people," said Hua Wei, Vice Secretary of Beilun District Party Committee and Mayor of Beilun. He said that the district would put in more money, and take more measures so as to afforest our city." It is reported that at present Beilun has over 27,000 hectares of land for forestry and 20,000 hectares of forests. In recent years, Beilun has invested over 450 million yuan in the ecological construction. As a result, the forest coverage of the district reaches 48%, with the per capita area of public green land reaching 12,3 sq meters.

In order to turn the district into a national-level ecological area and improve the environment, in March 2010, Beilun District made the decision to start the "afforesting Beilun" program. According to the program, with two years' efforts, Beilun should be up to the standard as a provincial-level forest city, a modernized new city best for living with woods, mountains, rivers and lakes.

An important part of this program is Beilun Botanical Garden, a place of interest with such functions as recreation, ecological education and outdoor sports. With the investment totaling 163 million yuan, the garden is to cover an area of about 670 hectares. The construction of the infrastructural facilities is planned to complete in 2013 and the whole program is to complete in 2020.

It is reported that from 2011 on, the district will put in 3 billion yuan to afforest the city. With the efforts made in the coming 3 or 4 years, the district will increase 1,670 hectares of green land and have the forest coverage reaching 52.5%. In 2014, the city will basically have a "green network" of mountains, rivers and woods, for the benefit of the people in Beilun

Cixi wins Innovation Award of Local Governments

On January 8, at the awarding meeting on the 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments, Cixi won the 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments for its program of integrated social management.

"The 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments" was co-organized by the Research Center of Government Innovation in Beijing University, the Comparative Political and Economic Research Center of the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau and the Comparative Research Center of Political Parties of the World of the Party School of the CPC. Since March last year, the election program has attracted much concern of all circles. The Organizing Committee received 213 applications from the party and government institutions

Major projects start at the turn of the year in Ninghai County

Just before the New Year's Day, as the climax of Ninghai's "100-day tackling campaign", the 11 major projects started simultaneously with a total investment of 3.5 billion yuan.

The 11 projects are part of the focused job of Ninghai County, during the Spring Festival period, another 12 major projects will be launched with a total investment of 10 billion yuan. Upon completion, these projects will bring new impetus to Ninghai's economic and social development.

Song Wei, member of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Party Committee and Director of Ningbo Publicity Department, Vice-mayor Cheng Yuechong, and Wang Jiankang, Vice-chairman of Ningbo People’s Political Consultative Conference, attended the project-launching ceremony.

"This is an important practice in line with the requirements of the 'Three Thinks and Three Pursues' campaign and 'Six Speed-up' strategy. And it will promote the urbanization process, improve people's livelihood and accelerate Ninghai's construction of the national ecological county." commented a related official from Ningbo Party Committee and Ninghai Government.

It is reported that since September last year, the "100-day tackling campaign" for major projects has been launched by adopting the leader responsibility system in the county. A coordination committee was founded to guide the campaign, and all the major projects are carried out in a countdown manner to guarantee the achievement of the objectives on time. Statistics show that in 2011, the accumulated investment in the fixed assets in Ninghai County reached 10.22 billion yuan, up by 23.2% over the previous year

Ninghai: Host of Tourist Day of China

At the recently held meeting of Zhejiang on tourism for 2012, Ninghai's being chosen as host of Tourist Day of China and the West Lake's being listed in the World Cultural Heritages were elected greatest events of the tourism of Zhejiang for 2011.

On April 10, 2011, the State Council set May 19, the date of the first note in Xu Xiake's Travel Notes, as Tourist Day of China.  On that first Tourist Day of China, the National Tourism Administration and Zhejiang Provincial Government held a ceremony for the festival and all the scenic spots in Ninghai opened for free to the public for three days.

The Tourist Day of China has notably promoted the tourism in Ninghai. In the last year, Ninghai county received 6,000,000 domestic tourists, 16.5% more than the previous year. The income from tourism totaled 620 million yuan, up by 17% over the same period of previous year.

15-minute urban and rural economic circle in Ninghai County

The "15-minute urban and rural economic circle" makes it possible to drive from the outer ring road of Ninghai County to the downtown area of related towns. 40% of the towns have been included in the circle, which not only led to the development of rural economy, but also made good use of most of the idle urban resources. By the end of 2015, about 80% of the towns is expected to enter the economic circle.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Ninghai County has relatively scarce land resources. However, most rural areas, abundant in resources, find it hard to attract investors limited by the insufficient transportation and service conditions. By bridging the gap between rural and urban areas and creating the "15-minute urban and rural economic circle", the county can achieve complementary development.

The key to build the 15-minute circle is to break the transportation bottleneck. At present, most of the eight main road from the urban area to the rural towns are secondary roads. Ninghai County will accelerate its development of road network during the 12th Five-year Plan Period. The 515km- long backbone will be connected with one ring road, eight radiation roads, three north-south roads and seven connecting roads.

The villages and towns that have been included in the "15-minute economic circle" have obviously benefited from the "dividend" brought about by the urban economic radiation. Yuexi Village attracted investors from the urban area to develop the service industry along its southern coastline. Within a year, four farmhouse projects were launched with an annual turnover of 10 million yuan. With the opening of the Fengchaling Tunnel, it only took 15 minutes instead of 40 minutes as before to drive from the urban area to Yishi Town. As a result, the unvisited shoals and hills suddenly became popular. So far, a national marine wetland park project has been signed with a total investment of five billion yuan. Upon completion, it will become an important scenic spot in the south of Ningbo.

It is reported that the reconstruction of the 30.48km long road from Meilin to Tongzhou is smoothly under way, which will be completed to open at the end of this year. With its opening, Qiantong Town and Chalu Town will be included into the "15-minute economic circle", and the tourism in the Ancient Town of Qiantong and eco-resources of Chalu Town will be further developed. By 2014, with the completion of the ring road which connects the four streets of the urban area, Shenzhen Town and Dajiahe Town will also be included in the "15-minute economic circle".

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