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Red and green drives city's advancement

By YUAN SHENGGAO | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-09-16 10:37

From left: Fenghuang Ancient Town provides visitors with unique boasting experience. The Zhurong Peak is a must-see spot in Hunan. The old residence of Chairman Mao Zedong attracts numerous visitors. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chenzhou is leveraging its bountiful natural attractions and abundant cultural legacies to promote its green development.

Known as the southern gateway to Central China's Hunan province and the frontier fortress of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Chenzhou city boasts a perfect combination of Red culture and picturesque landscape, spreading across 19,400 square kilometers.

With a history of more than 2,200 years since the establishment of Chenxian county in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), Chenzhou has earned the reputation of being the "18th blessed land in the world".

Kan Baoyong, mayor of Chenzhou, said that with its untouched natural scenery and abundant cultural legacies, the city is accelerating its efforts to build up eight tourist attractions, such as Red sites, magnificent mountains, hot spring capital, summer resort and healthcare, historical heritage and shining night sky.

The local authorities are continuously exploring ways to turn the remote mountainous areas into popular tourist attractions and promote the vast water areas as popular photo places, so as to create a new path for the city's green development that integrates ecology and tourism, and achieves harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

All 11 counties and districts in the city belong to old revolutionary areas, and Red genes deeply permeate the blood of this city, becoming the most profound background of Chenzhou. The city nurtured revolutionary pioneers such as Deng Zhongxia and nine founding generals such as Huang Kecheng and Xiao Ke.

Chenzhou continuously taps into the profound connotation of Red resources, integrates these touching stories and revolutionary achievements. It has established Red tourism boutique routes and proposed a development path for Red-empowered industry, functional zones, public facilities and rural areas.

With a forest coverage rate of 68.1 percent, Chenzhou serves as an important ecological barrier in China.

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