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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, June 29 2017 - 16:19
AsiaNet
Sihui City: China's New Exemplary Cultural Center of Jade Taking Shape
SIHUI, China, June 29, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Though it is not the place of origin, Sihui, a county-level city of Guangdong 
province, is called 'the City of Jadeware'. It is well-known for the 
elaboration of jade from other places. As one of the largest centers of 
processing and selling jadeware, Sihui is also landed with green ecological 
landscape, like a jade in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With 
years' efforts, it has become one of the 100 counties with greatest potential 
of investment in China by innovatively reconstructing new urbanization and 
integrating into the Pearl River Delta.

Established in Qin Dynasty, Sihui is a millennium county with a history for 
more than 2,230 years and a profound culture, which develops the Chinese 
traditional culture based on jadeware. The history of elaborating jadeware in 
Sihui can be dated back to the end of Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China. 
Until now, Sihui has been enjoying the reputation of "The City of Jadeware in 
China" for its complete industrial system of jadeware which includes 
elaborating, providing, selling and service. More than 100 thousand workers 
produce over ten-thousand-ton jadeware every year and the goods are eagerly 
demanded in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and other places 
around the world.

Within these years, Sihui has been devoting itself to urbanization development, 
boosting the transformation and upgrading of jadeware industry. Based on this 
pillar industry as well as advantaged ecological and cultural resources, the 
government of Sihui plans to establish a exemplary cultural center of jade town 
featuring the integration of industry, city, human and culture. The investment 
by the government is as large as more than RMB 20 billion for optimizing the 
integration of tourism, ecological environment and cultural resources in order 
to improve the level of industrial development model, products innovation and 
the employment of the city. It is said that Jadeware as the pillar industry can 
yield up to RMB 30.4 billion in 2020.

"Jade from elsewhere is turned into jadeware in Sihui." With the objective of 
building its image with the jade cultural spirit and constructing a benevolent, 
fair, intelligent, brave and clean city, Sihui has been making a characteristic 
town of jadeware and regards the construction as the driving force of new 
urbanization, building a county-level economic development and spiritual 
civilized model in China.

SOURCE: Sihui City Government

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