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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

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".

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

Ningbo Port's annual container throughput reached 14.5 million TEUs

In 2011, with its strategic aim of becoming an international strong port, Ningbo Port achieved a historical high for its annual container throughput. According to the production briefing of Ningbo Port Co. Ltd, the annual container throughput of the port reached 14.5 million TEUs, up by 11.6% over the last year. In terms of the amount of container throughput, Ningbo Port ranks No.3 among the mainland coastal ports and NO.6 in the world.

Affected by the international economic situation, in 2011, some major shipping companies withdrew or combined some main container routes to the United States and Europe. Ningbo Port took active measures to cope with problems under such a difficult background. Within the year, 43 new routes were adjusted or opened and three disused routes were restored. At the end of the year, there were 236 routes, a net increase of eight routes over the previous year. The yearly number of container flights added up to 15,000.

By setting up more "dry ports", Ningbo Port extended its goods shipping bases further into the inland. So far, "dry ports" in Jinhua, Yiwu, Shaoxing, Quzhou, Shangrao and Yingtan have been put into operation. In 2011, the business volume of the "dry ports" reached 218,000 TEUs, up by 95% over the previous year. With the interaction of such parties as Ningbo Port International Container Company, the railroad branch of Ningbo Port Co. Ltd, "dry ports" and freight forwarders, the port completed a rail-sea container transportation volume of 46,500 TEUs, up by 65% over the previous year

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