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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Friday, February 16 2018 - 03:00
Chinese New Year -- stunning Zhuhai amazes the world with innovative performance on the Spring Festival Gala
ZHUHAI, China, Feb. 16, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet /--

Families gathering to have the reunion dinner on each Chinese New Year's Eve is 
the most valued ritual for Chinese people. An indispensable "feast" at that 
time is watching the Spring Festival Gala. On February 15th, Zhuhai, the window 
of reform and opening-up in southern China, held a parallel session of the Gala 
for the first time.

An incredible formation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), driverless cars and 
unmanned surface vessels (USV) was staged at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, 
one of Zhuhai's landmarks. An aerobatic flight team and the UAV formation 
embodying the scientific and technological strength of Guangdong and braveness, 
formed varied and amazing shapes, dazzling 7 million global viewers of the 
program at the beginning of the Gala.
The Bridge, which has just been completed and is the longest sea-crossing 
bridge in the world, connects Zhuhai to Hong Kong and Macao. Thus, Zhuhai has 
become an important juncture in the development strategy within the 
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. This night, the Bridge became the 
most spectacular background and stage for the show of technological innovative 
equipment on land, sea and air.
"The parallel session in Zhuhai was shoot at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge 
and the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, which demonstrates the openness and innovative 
spirit of the city," said one of the producers of the Gala.
"Zhuhai is striving to build itself into an innovation high ground within the 
Bay Area, with increasingly modernized and internationalized platforms for 
innovation," said Yao Yisheng, Mayor of Zhuhai." The main bodies for innovation 
in Zhuhai are thriving with more than 1,400 new high technology enterprises 
featuring high-precision, advanced and specialized industries." 

The unmanned surface vehicles shown on the Gala are manufactured in Zhuhai by 
Yunzhou Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (also known as Oceanalpha). Zhuhai has 
been focusing on advanced equipment manufacturing industries such as 
shipbuilding and ocean engineering, aerospace and rail transit. 

Statistics from Zhuhai's Publicity Department show that the total value added 
in Zhuhai's high-tech industries reached 30.687 billion yuan in 2017, 27.8 
percent of the value  added in industries above the designated scale. The city 
will become a national manufacturing base for general aviation, and lead the 
world in producing the ocean engineering equipment by 2025. 

Thanks to China's technological innovation, particularly in the fields of major 
equipment manufacturing and engineering construction, the world has a deeper 
understanding of China. It has also seen an influx of Zhuhai's innovations, 
including the Zhuhai-1 remote sensing micro-nano satellite constellation, the 
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and China's homegrown AG600 (codenamed Kunlong), 
the world's largest amphibious aircraft. 

While counting down for the new year, a lively "Lion Dance in Spring" program 
from Zhuhai's parallel session was again on live broadcast. The drums and gongs 
at the Chimelong International Ocean Resort sounded jolly, and bursts of 
vibrant fireworks lit the skies above the Bridge when the Chinese New Year bell 
rang, extending new year greetings to Chinese people all over the world. Zhuhai 
becomes China's innovation "show floor" through the parallel session of the 
Gala and sends out its invitation to the whole world.

SOURCE: The Publicity Department of the CPC Zhuhai Committee

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