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Tunxi attracts high-tech business, diplomatic activities

By CHENG YU and ZHU LIXIN| China Daily Global| Updated: March 29, 2023

When Lyu Xiangming, a 49-year-old entrepreneur, took a tour of Tunxi, the central area of Huangshan in East China's Anhui province in June 2022, he was impressed by the gorgeous view blended with a clean environment and traditional Huizhou-style architecture.

But he never expected that the tour would sprout the idea of settling a business in the district, as the businessman — who owns a high-tech company that mainly produces intelligent environmental protection solutions — decided to invest in a production base in Tunxi.

"It is usually not an easy decision when making investments, but it was indeed a quick decision here in Tunxi," Lyu said, adding that it only took two months for all the details to be settled.

Behind the speed is the broader plan of the Tunxi government in gearing up efforts in attracting businesses and investments through developing high-tech, low-carbon businesses and industries.

Lyu recalled that when he first met with Wu Xuguang, Party secretary of Tunxi district, he felt "warm and welcome".

"From project initiation and construction to operation, the local authorities made everything detailed and proposed a series of supporting policies," he said. "It made me feel that Tunxi is an ideal business marketplace that I have spent many years looking for."

The place where Lyu's company is settled is the Huangshan Jiulong Low-Carbon Economic Industrial Park, which focuses on the next-generation low-carbon sectors including electronic information, intelligent equipment, big data and industrial designing.

Such efforts are also in line with the Chinese top leadership's call during this year's two sessions — China's annual top legislative and political advisory meetings — to promote the transformation and upgrade of industries, coordinate urban-rural and regional development, make further efforts to build a green and low-carbon economy and society, and effectively upgrade quality and appropriately expand the output of the economy.

The latest Government Work Report, revealed during the two sessions, also stated that key priorities this year include pooling quality resources and concerted efforts to achieve breakthroughs in core technologies in key fields.

In February this year, a total of 12 major business projects kicked off in Tunxi, covering industries including manufacturing, cultural tourism and rural revitalization. Data from local authorities showed that the total investment of these 12 projects hit 5.19 billion yuan ($753.64 million).

In addition, Tunxi is striving to build itself into a city with more international influence by building a meeting room for diplomatic activities and global forums. The local government is also gearing up efforts in leveraging its clean and sound natural environment to build several conference rooms for international businesses.

Huangshan has been holding a series of diplomatic activities, such as the third Foreign Ministers' Meeting among the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan, which brought together foreign ministers and senior representatives of seven economies — China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

An array of international conferences have also been attracted to the city, such as the International Cultural & Creative Economy Forum and Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO Sites and Sustainable Development.


The elderly exercise on a street in Tunxi, Huangshan, Anhui province. CHINA DAILY


Visitors enjoy the night life in Tunxi, Huangshan, Anhui province. CHINA DAILY

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