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Cross-border E-Commerce Trade Volume of Ningbo Free Trade Zone Reaches 24 Billion Yuan in the First Half Year Accounted for 75% of the total volume of Ningb

According to the latest statistics from Ningbo Customs, the cross-border e-commerce trade volume of Ningbo Free Trade Zone contributed by 12.545 million import declarations reached 24 billion yuan in the first half of 2017, increasing 28.4% and 19.2% compared to the same period last year. And it takes up 75% of the total volume of Ningbo.

In the first half of 2017, 4.16 million people in china, most of whom were from the Yangtze River Delta region, shopped in the Ningbo Free Trade Zone cross-border e-commerce platform.

In terms of the commodity structure, the sales of diapers, infant milk powder and cosmetics goods still top all kinds of goods. At the same time, the types of commodities are becoming increasingly diverse. Statistics show that the number and categories of mid and low-end wine imports increased significantly, and drinking water of high-end brands are well-received by consumers, such as Evian, Paris, Kunlun Mountain and so on. In addition, latex pillows, latex mattresses and other latex bedding imports increased substantially.

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Beautiful Village tourism promotion project launched

On the morning of May 13th, 2013 Ningbo “Beautiful Village” Tourism promotion was launched at Ninghai Xizi International Square. It was hosted by the municipal government and co-organized by the municipal tourism bureau and Ningbo Daily. Near 100 activities were on display through integrated advertising both on-line and off-line and omnimedia.

Over recent years, Ningbo has been promoting the integrated development of recreational farming and tourism demonstration village construction. The promotion on the theme of “Beautiful Village” promotes the upgrade and transformation of tourist industry. The total overflow of rural tourism in 2016 reached 43.944 million, up by 15.12% than last year grossing 5.4 billion yuan, up by 25%.

The promotion will last till October. Major activities cover every corner of rural tourism—accommodation, catering, transportation, entertainment and shopping. Besides, local villages will offer 80 tourist festivals on local customs, cuisines and flower viewing spots etc

Fenghua Planning to Build a Sponge City to Prevent Floods

According to Fenghua government, “Study on the Plans of Building A Sponge City of Fenghua”has been voted through. The building of a sponge city will help to absorb and utilize 75% of the rain, lower the chance of flood damage and relieve the urban heat island effect. Up to now, several projects in trial zones has been launched with the project of greening for Honglangtang about to begin.

As a key area of flood prevention and rainwater control in Ningbo, Fenghua will deliver benefits to the whole Ningbo by building a sponge city as it will build a large “sponge”at the upper reach of central part of Ningbo. During a typhoon, it will help to relieve the damage of floods in central Ningbo.

It is known that the key areas of the sponge city projects cover 34.3 square kilometers. The next move will be to start to work out the short-term plans for the construction of the sponge city with a goal to make clean water more accessible, lower the chance of floods and relieve the heat island effect

Ningbo Establishes Distinctive Township for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation

On May 3rd, seven townships in Ningbo were first given the approval to establish Distinctive Township for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation, which was a new mode initiated by Ningbo to inherit Intangible Cultural Heritage.

These seven townships are separately Qiantong Township in Ninghai renowned for the special fair on Lantern Festival, Shipu Township in Xiangshan which celebrates the start and end of fishing season, Gaoqiao Township in Haishu, where the legend of butterfly lovers originates, Liangnong Township in Yuyao inheriting traditional craft of making pastry, Hengxi Township in Yinzhou famous for golden-painted wood carving, Meishan Subdistrict in Beilun with local lion dance and Longshan Township in Cixi inheriting traditional craft of furniture making.

With the core placed on the inheritance of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the establishment of Distinctive Township has received great support from the government and wide participation of the public. Lu Huaqian, former governor of Qiantong Township told the journalist, “Aside from the state-level intangible cultural heritage— special fair on Lantern Festival, Qiantong Township is also known for three municipal-level ones including wine dance and one at the county-level, namely, skills of making Three Treasures of Qiantong. After the establishment, it will turn into a serene place

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A reading room built for village children

The launching and book-donating ceremony of a new reading room, with the theme of "growing up with books", was held at the Chalu Primary School of Ninghai County on April 22. This is the second reading room of its kind that is co-built by the Entrepreneur Association of Ningbo National Democratic Construction Association. Reportedly, the association will build such a reading room every year in the future.

Some members of the association attended the ceremony and brought with them 656 new books, including some novels that have won international awards, the popular science books or picture books, and such poplar children books as the "Ma Xiaotiao, a naughty boy" serie

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