From pandemic to parks, Zhuhai made 2020 headlines
Success in fighting the pandemic while supporting the economy leads the top 10 news stories best representing Zhuhai's development in 2020. The Zhuhai Association of Journalists, aided by the Zhuhai Media Group, unveiled the online voting results Jan 6 after comprehensive appraisals.
Top news events announced [Photo by Zhong Fan / Guanhai App]
1. Successes in virus battle, socioeconomic revival
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zhuhai sent 56 medical workers to assist in Wuhan and Jingzhou cities of Hubei Province and enacted policies that helped enterprises navigate through difficulties and stabilize local economy.
2. Zhuhai Special Economic Zone 40th anniversary
The year 2020 marked the 40th anniversary of the Zhuhai SEZ. The zone will uphold the pioneering spirit to become an ecology-oriented "smart" city with larger-scale, high-quality development, and international influence.
3. Hengqin epitomizes Zhuhai-Macao cooperation
Zhuhai-Macao cooperation has progressively strengthened due to the opening of new Hengqin Checkpoint, cross-border acceptance of Macao tour guides and construction professionals in Hengqin, and construction of the Guangdong-Macao Cross-Border Financial Cooperation (Zhuhai) Demonstration Zone.
4. Construction of regional transport hub prioritized
A Six Horizontal & Ten Vertical transport network is taking form as construction of the Huangmao Sea Channel Bridge and Zhuhai Bridge Tunnel commenced in 2020. Additional Banzhang Mt tunnels, Airport Urban Rail Transit Phase I, the Honghe Bridge, and Jinqin Expressway opened to traffic.
5. Actions taken to eliminate poverty elsewhere
Zhuhai assisted with poverty alleviation in Yunnan's Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, Guangdong's Yangjiang and Maoming cities, Litang and Daocheng counties in Sichuan's Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Chongqing's Wushan County, and Milin County and Farm of Tibet's Linzhi City to create common prosperity.
6. Strategic emerging industrial clusters forming
The Opinions for Zhuhai to Vigorously Develop the IC Industry and Several Policies & Measures to Boost Development of the IC Industry in Zhuhai were released in October to foster a 100-billion-yuan ($15-billion) IC industrial cluster by 2025. In addition, the city is proactively backing five multi-million-billion industrial clusters concerning biomedicine, new materials, new energy, and high-end printing equipment.
7. New Museum, Planning Exhibition Hall open
The new Zhuhai Museum & Planning Exhibition Hall opened to the public Oct 26 as cultural landmarks at the Lovers Avenue-Haihong Road intersection in Old Xiangzhou. With total floor area of 55,000 sqm (14 acres), the facilities are connected by a central lobby.
8. Zhuhai optimizes its business environment
The city government issued seven major actions and 12 measures April 17 as systematic guarantees for the city's "Second Entrepreneurship" vision to resolve outstanding problems in the business environment and establish an efficient service enterprise spirit among government staff.
9. Honorary titles reflect Zhuhai's attractiveness
Zhuhai was selected as one of the National Civilized Cities, China's Top 10 Happiest Cities, and National Demonstrative Cities for Law-Based Government Construction. It led the country in public service and sustainable development, and was fifth nationwide and 39th globally in economic vibrancy.
10. Comprehensive urban park system takes shape
Xiangshan Lake and Jinhu parks, and City Balcony Phase I were completed in 2020 and the new Sea & Sky (Haitian) Park was upgraded. Progress was made on Hengqin Wetland Park and Doumen Huangyang River Wetland Park Phase II. Zhuhai is now home to more than 700 free parks across the city.