Shantou Special Economic Zone-City of Charm and Vigour
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Hello! From today on, the beauty of Shantou, Guangdong, China will be revealed on International Daily to you!
Shantou, with a history of 160 years, opened up trade to abroad in 1860. It is a famous hometown of overseas Chinese and known as the "Pearl in southern China". It is one of the earliest special economic zones in China and an important gateway to China's "Maritime Silk Road".
After the implementation of the reform and opening-up, Shantou has made progress with spirited China. Along with sweat and opportunities, brilliance and happiness, Shantou has got great development and dramatic change.
On the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the special economic zone in China, we will introduce Shantou with 10 sets of pictures to let the world feel the harmony, happiness, progress and striving spirit in Shantou.
The closure of Rongjiang Bridge on Chaozhou-Shantou Ring Expressway
On August 10, the main bridge of Rongjiang Bridge, the core project of Chaozhou-Shantou Ring Expressway, successfully closed. The Rongjiang Bridge has 4.84 kilometers long and is also a key project of Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway. This huge bridge is a steel truss with flexible arch bridge, whose span is ranked first in the world in the same type of bridge and its construction has lasted nearly 40 months. (Photo by Chen Shi)
The running marathoners in Shantou
Shantou is a vibrant city with many sports events. From 2015 to 2019, five consecutive marathons have been held in Shantou, which has now become a bright city card. The picture shows the Shantou marathoners running through an old neighborhood, Little Park area.
(Photo by Lin Peng)
The Bay Turned into a Thoroughfare
Shantou Bay Tunnel Holing-through
(Photo by Fang Ganming)
Above: At 9:10 am on May 16, 2020, with the five-story high shield machine “Jumbo” arrived at the predetermined holing-through position, marking the world-class super project, the eastern line of Shantou Bay Tunnel was successfully completed.
Below: at 8:26 am on August 7, 2020, Shantou Bay Tunnel holing-through.
Shantou Bay Tunnel has a total length of 6.68 kilometers and is the largest inland shield tunnel and the sea tunnel first located in an 8-degree seismic intensity zone in China, with a total investment is about 6 billion yuan.
(Photo by Li Junwei/Chen Shi)
The being Constructed Asian Youth Games Stadiums
The 3rd Asian Youth Games will be held in Shantou in 2021. The main stadiums include a 22,000-seat stadium, an 8,000-seat stadium, a conference center, training grounds, outdoor large platform and outdoor supporting projects. The main steel structure construction of the main venue has been started from mid-May, 2020. At present, 40% of the steel structures hoisting has been completed. It is expected that the main steel structure will be finished in August.
(Photo by Chen Shi)
The crisscrossed Shantou-Zhanjiang Expressway
The being constructed Shantou-Zhanjiang Expressway, connecting Shantou and Zhanjiang, is an expressway from the western and northern Guangdong to the western Pearl River Delta, and it’s also the main route connecting the Pearl River Delta, the eastern and western Guangdong and Hainan Island. (Photo by Chen Shi)
Almost “Zero”Carbon emission in Nan'ao County
Being one of the first batch of near-zero carbon emission demonstration zones in Guangdong Province, in 2018, Nan'ao County of Shantou launched a pilot project. It is reported that, so far, the carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP of Nan'ao County is lower 20% than that in 2016. The proportion of renewable energy utilization increased to more than 57%.
(Photo by Chen Rouyan)
The Popular “Pavilion Theatre”
Shantou is a city with strong ambience of literature and art. This is “Pavilion Theatre” held every Saturday night at 8 o'clock in Small Park Pavilion. The “Pavilion Theatre” free performance has the longest time, the most participating groups, and the richest performance content in Shantou.
The performances include outstanding singing passages of Chaozhou opera, Chao music performances, dances, comedy skits, acrobatics, and magic shows, which are very popular in the public.
(Photo by Fang Ganming/Yuan Sheng)
Chaozhou porcelain showing its unique charm
Shantou has profound historical culture and has many historical and cultural heritages.
Chaozhou porcelain is a local traditional handicraft in the Chaoshan area of Guangdong. It has been popular as early as the Ming Dynasty, Wan-li years, and it is also a rare special skill in traditional Chinese culture that known as the “eternal beautiful plastic art”. In 2011, it was listed in the representative items of national intangible cultural heritage. The picture shows the Chaozhou porcelain roof in Xu Gong Temple, Gounan Village. (Photo by Huang Songshu)
Fish Ball Festival, a Magnificent Feast
Shantou is the gastronomic capital in China. This is Dahao Fish Ball Festival held in the city at the beginning of the New Year. Dahao Fish Ball is a local specialty. In March 2018, Dahao Fish Ball was successfully approved as the National Geographical Indication Protection Product. At present, the annual output of fish balls is more than 3,000 tons, worth 500 million yuan. (Photo by Huang Zechun)
Chief Planner: Li Yifu, Huang Ruihui
Coordinator: Chen Jian, Lin Haibin
Editor-in-Chief: Lin Lin, Lin Lin
Editor in charge: Cai Yanfang, Wu Shu, Chen Suifang