10 years later, former revolutionary base embarks on new development path – Xinhua

* The city of Ganzhou in East China’s Jiangxi Province was important in China’s early revolutionary activities due to its remote mountain ranges, but the wartime geographical advantage proved be a stumbling block for development.

* Thanks to a development strategy launched by China in 2012 to revitalize the old revolutionary bases, the economic development and livelihood of the people of Ganzhou City have been greatly improved.

* In Ganzhou City, the output value of the modern furniture industry exceeded 200 billion yuan in 2021, and the operating income of the textile and clothing industry cluster increased exceeded 100 billion yuan.

By Xinhua Editors Guo Yuanming, Cheng Di, Chen Yushan

NANCHANG, July 23 (Xinhua) — Yuan Jianhong no longer needs to wear rain boots at home. The 52-year-old resident of Tantou Village in Ganzhou City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, never imagined she could wear normal shoes to walk around a lotus pond in his garden-style village.

“In the past, water flowed into the house and seeped through the walls on rainy days, so rain shoes were indispensable in my muddy house,” Yuan said.

Yuan attributes the huge improvement in his living conditions to a comprehensive development strategy launched by China in 2012 to revitalize old revolutionary bases, including the city of Ganzhou, one of the starting points of the Long March and a place where the Chinese Communist Party led a series of revolutionary movements. Activities.

A villager works at a vegetable greenhouse in Tantou Village in Ganzhou, east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 29, 2021. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

With rows of buildings and clean cement roads lined with drainage ditches, the village of Tantou, located near the Long March ferry, has taken on a whole new look over the past decade.

“The environment in the village was horrible, with only old people and children left behind,” said Liu Lianyun, Party secretary of Tantou village.

In 2011, there were still nearly 2.2 million poverty-stricken people in the city of Ganzhou, where the incidence of poverty was higher than the national average. About 2.4 million people had no access to drinking water and 71,000 homes lacked electricity.

Hope came in 2012, when 21 nationwide support documents were implemented in the city, helping nearly 3 million farmers in Ganzhou live in safe and comfortable renovated homes. All villages with more than 25 households have been paved with cement roads.

Aerial photo taken on April 29, 2021 shows a vegetable and fruit planting base in Tantou Village in Ganzhou, east China’s Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

The village of Tantou said goodbye to poverty in 2017. The once smelly cowsheds, pigsties and public toilets were replaced with beautiful plazas and new spaces where villagers could relax. Dilapidated houses, drinking water shortages, damp walls and other problems that plagued villagers for generations have all been resolved.

Meanwhile, the comprehensive force has made great progress throughout Jiangxi Province through the vigorous implementation of the main strategy of high-quality and leapfrogging development.

Over the past decade, Jiangxi’s gross domestic product has grown at an average annual rate of 8.4 percent, and its growth rate of major economic indicators has continued to maintain a leading position in the country.

DEEP MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD

In the village of Shanqi, vegetable greenhouses spread all over the mountains in summer and farmers are busy in the fields.

Located in Ruijin, a county-level town under the jurisdiction of Ganzhou City, Shanqi Village has promoted rural revitalization through the vegetable industry in recent years.

A vegetable wholesale market with cold chain logistics and an e-commerce industrial park were established in 2020, bringing more jobs to locals and increasing the average annual income of villagers by nearly 20,000 yuan (about US$2,960).

A visitor takes pictures of furniture exhibits in Ganzhou, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

The main digital economy business income in Ruijin is expected to exceed 5 billion yuan this year. In Ganzhou City, the output value of the modern furniture industry exceeded 200 billion yuan in 2021, and the operating revenue of the textile and clothing industry cluster exceeded 100 billion yuan.

Poor infrastructure construction once limited the development of the former revolutionary base, but now a comprehensive transportation network has enabled Ganzhou to embrace more opportunities.

Ganzhou International Inland Port connects the former revolutionary base to more than 150 cities in 22 countries and regions. Late last year, the Ganzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway brought China’s technology hub closer to Shenzhen than ever before, cutting travel time to less than two hours.

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 14, 2021 shows a high-speed train being tested on a large bridge along the Ganzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway in Xinfeng County in Ganzhou, east China’s Jiangxi Province. from China). (Photo by Zhang Haigen/Xinhua)

Although suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, Jiangxi Rui’en Industrial Co., LTD., based in Ganzhou City, sends three to five containers loaded with furniture to Europe, Southeast Asia and the rest of Europe every week. other regions.

“Enterprises in the former revolutionary base can enjoy the same transportation costs, customs clearance process and other services as those in coastal cities,” said Luo Liangbing, chairman of the company.

(Xinhua reporter Zhu Yunuo also contributed to the story.)

(Video reporters: Guo Yuanming, Cheng Di, Chen Yushan and Li Zongyin; Video editors: Zhang Yucheng and Li Qin.)

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