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Container transport hits record high in January

According to Ningbo Port Group, in January container throughput in Ningbo Port totaled 1.39 million TEUs, an increase of 10.2 percent, hitting a record high.

Since the beginning of 2012, while several international shipping companies are further integrating their Europe and Asia routes, Ningbo Port took initiative to ensure the total number of routes. The number of container flights per month reaches 1357, boosting the container volumes. So far, the ocean-going main lines have completed a throughput of 1.049 million TEUs, an increase of 14.3%.

Meanwhile, Ningbo Port Group strives to reduce transport costs for their clients by introducing more shipping routes and extra ships. The group also tries to expand north and south coastal container hinterland. In January, the "dry port" has contributed 16,838 TEUs to its throughput, an increase of 13% year-on-year. In addition, taking the opportunity of the central government's call for expanding domestic demand, Ningbo Port Group has launched new services like the rail-sea intermodal transportation service.

Foreign trade of Cixi exceeding 10 billion US dollars

Updated statistics show that in 2011, the total volume of foreign trade of Cixi reached 10.168 billion US dollars, breaking through the 10 billion mark for the first time. Of the total, the exports reached 8.347 billion US dollar, and the import 1.821 billion to billion US dollars, increased by 24.0%, 21.2% and 38.4% respectively on the yearly base.

In 1988, Cixi started to implement its strategy of export-oriented economy. In the year, the city authorized Cixi Import and Export Company for the business of self-managed import and export and in the year, the volume of independent export reached 23,700 US dollars. In 1005, the export volume broke though 100 million US dollars. In 1997, it launched a foreign trade campaign called "Foreign Trade Enlightenment". In 2002, the export volume broke though the 1 billion US dollars mark and in 2011, the 10 billion US dollars mark. In the past 24 years, Cixi has made three leaps forward in foreign trade.

In face of the depressing markets in Europe and North America in 2011, while holding the existing markets, the city made great efforts to and open new ones, resulting in breakthroughs in this endeavor. In the last year, the city exported its products to 209 countries and regions and its export to new markets reached 3.538 billion dollars, increased by 30.0% over the precious year, covering 42.4% of the total value of export of the city. India, Russia and Brazil became the top three markets of Cixi.

The 2012 Chinese Spring festival Event in Tengtou village. ALL FREE-- ALL FUN see it here......

The 2012 Chinese Spring festival Event in Tengtou village. ALL FREE-- see it here......

About a dozen foreign friends had free transport to and from Tengtou on Friday  20th January 12.30 pm and started at the parking lot behind the church at Tian Yi Square. (348 Disco)

The event, organized by the leaders and  villagers of TengTou village included Free entrance to TengTou village, free Tour, Free Strawberry picking, Free traditional village Spring Festival dinner.

For those which did not participate here some pictures and facts of the special once in a year event "spring festival in Tengtou":

There have been some cool interactive attractions and nature based programs aimed at natural sustainability. For example… in one part of the village they have a beautiful expansive greenhouse erected housing some rare plants and focusing on new hydroponic growing techniques. While on the other side of the village the visitors could monkeying around with hoists, buckets and a devise I can only describe as an enormous exercise bicycle contraption rigged to a rotating system of buckets. The area is meant to interactively show you how villagers in the past manually transported water using old methods. Definitely not the rice harvesting village life I would expect, but in Tengtou, it is a mixture of old and new.

On top of the sites, which are fun and educational, there are the villagers themselves. Smiles abound and you can really see a connection with the people to the village.

Everywhere you see that people are proud of what they have accomplished, and they should be. Tengtou is an important landmark in Ningbo, and a window into a fading chapter of Chinese life.

Especially in the year of the dragon, it is to mention that Tengtou and Fenghua are considered as the home of the China Dragon Dance. More than 300 Active groups are performing dragon dances in the region. But only a few foreigner had the chance to be part of it.

The event had created great interest by the news media KanKanKan ( NingboTv) Zhejiang Tv, CCTV, and several representatives of the press media did attend and report about the event.

Each one attending had a happy day while learning more about the Chinese past and present.

If you like to know more about TengTou or organize your own trip with a group to TengTou, please contact Eckhard for more details. <Eckhard is the Tourist Ambassador of TengTou village.>

excerpts based on Text by Mathew AsiaEnglishOnline

Beilun District to invest tremendous capital in large projects

According to a conference on key construction projects, in this year, Beilun District plans to start 61 construction projects. The investment in these projects totals 107.68 billion yuan and in this year 17.38 billion yuan will be invested. These key projects are expected to an important impetus for the new round of economic development.

Authorities of Beilun District declared that the district would be fully engaged in the real economyand concentrate on the promoting of industrial projects, especially the key projects and those functional ones. In this year, Beilun will invest 1.35 billion yuan into the gas project of Zhejiang and the accessory port project, a provincial project whose investment totals 6.8 billion yuan. The first phase of this project is expected to finish in September this year. At present, Beilun is busy inviting some important projects.

Port of Ningbo doubled container throughput in five years

In 2011, the throughput of cargo the Port of Ningbo handled reached 433 million tons, making historical new highs in successively five years. The annual handling capacity of containers reached 14.51 million standard containers, reaching the target specified in the general plan.

In the past 5 years, the Port of Ningbo has put greatest investment in infrastructures, resulting in notable increase in the comprehensive economic power and internal and international competitiveness.

In 2008, the Port of Ningbo started its strategy of turning itself into a powerful international port. In the year, the throughput of containers reached 10 million standard containers, becoming one of the 4 ports of China whose annual throughput reached 10 million containers.

From 2006 to 2011, the cargo-handling capacity of the port increased from 310 million tons to 430 million tons, and the throughput of containers increased from 7,060,000 to 14,510,000 standard containers. For the annual handling capacity of standard containers, the Port of Ningbo ranked No.3 in the ports of Mainland China and the No.6 in the world.

From 2007, the Port of Ningbo extended its business to the mainland building dry ports to expand its capacity of collecting goods in the mainland. So far, the dry ports in Jinhua, Yiwu, Shaoxing, Quzhou, Shangrao and Yingtan have been built and put in operation. In 2011, the port handled 218,000 standard containers from the dry ports, increased by 95% above the same period of the previous year.

In the meanwhile, the port further increased shipping lines. In 2011, the port had 236 shipping lines of containers, 73 more than the total in 2006. The monthly shipping service increased from 728 in 2006 to 1,300 in 2011. The port had its regular shipping services with over 600 ports of over 100 countries.

In the past five years, the investment in the infrastructural facilities has added up to over 10 billion yuan. On average, it has 2 to 3 berths built and put into operation. At present, it has 330 productive berths, including 80 deep-water berths for 10,000 tonnage ships. For this, the Port of Ningbo is a port in Mainland China that has the last number of large and super-large deepwater berths.

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