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Dinghu District


Dinghu was set up in March, 1988 as a county-class district by the State Council with an area of 596 square kilometers and a total population of 150 thousand. It lies in the northwest of the Pan Pearl River Delta and constitutes an integral part of Zhaoqing's central area. The regional advantage of Dinghu District is that it lies along the route connecting the Pan Pearl River Delta and the Grand South-West. It is 80 kilometers from Guangzhou and 140 nautical miles from Hong Kong. Under its jurisdiction are the four townships of Yong’an, Shabu, Lianhua, and Fenghuang as well as three sub-district offices of Kengkou, Guicheng, and Guangli.


Dinghu is situated slightly south of the Tropic of Cancer and has a sub-tropical monsoon climate. It is rich in mineral resources with gold, plaster, quartz, inkstone, marble being the most outstanding among its 21 minerals. Among these the plaster reserve is sizeable and of high quality. Dinghu is also an important agricultural and forestry region, rich in China fir, pine resin, Cassia bark and Laurel oil. Agricultural specialties include Zhaoqing seeds, lotus root, arrowroot, flesh ginger, gynura as well as bananas of different types. It is also famous for the Wenqing carps which were used as tributes in different dynasties in the past.


Dinghu has superb scenery. Dinghu Mountain is ranked as the most famous scenic spot in Guangdong Province. And there are other tourist spots, such as Hulu Mountain Sightseeing Area, the Nine Dragons Lake Sightseeing Area, the Yanzhou Baogong Ancestral Temple and the Yanzhou Jinsha Beach.


The economic growth of Dinghu has steadily been on the increase. In 2007, its GDP amounts to 2.95 billion Yuan, an increase of 15.5% over that of 2006. Local government revenue stands at 267 million Yuan, a growth of 52.8% over 2006. Total fixed capital investments in 2007 stands at 1.946 billion Yuan with an increase of 24% over 2006. External trade is at the level of 80 million U.S dollars, while the actual foreign investment is 47.08 million U.S dollars.


Agricultural production has made great advancement. Total production in 2007 is valued at 1.58 billion Yuan, an increase of 4.5% over 2006. Irrigation and water works have been much improved and the second round of agricultural land contracting smoothly completed.


In Dinghu District the five pillars of industrial production are textiles and dyeing, printing, chemicals products, art and craft products, food and beverage. Year 2007 witnessed industrial production has been advancing at a high speed with a value of 4.98 billion Yuan, an increase of 36.3% over 2006. The relating rations of the primary, secondary and tertiary are 27:43:30, a drastic change from the 2006 rations of 30:38:32.


In the tertiary industries, tourism takes the lead, giving impetus to real estates, transportation and the development of other services. The tourism income amounts to 314 million Yuan, with an increase of 15.2% of that of 2006. Total retail sales climb up to 716 million Yuan, an increase of 16.4% over 2007.


City planning and infrastructure have altered considerably the landscape of Dinghu for the last 5 years. The District Government has injected a capital of 40.07 million Yuan into the completion of the Dinghu section of the National Route 321, the expansion of the river-side road of Jiukeng River, the erection of Dong Yi Road, the building of Xin Gang Port. Meantime, district administration is further improved and rationalized.


Material progress apart, emphasis has also been put on civic and moral education, guided by the principles of “Scientific Concept of Development”, the "Three Representatives" and so on. The scientific spirit is strongly upheld and superstitions that hang over from the feudal past are uprooted.


In the scientific and educational realm, much work has been initiated. The '133 Project' of technological innovation is now under way and computerization is carried out extensively. A public web site erected by the government is in place and office automation is being implemented. Education at different levels is experiencing improvement in quality; some primary schools are being re-structured and more high school leavers attain provincial-college standards.


Social services in different areas are making speedy progress. Cultural activities are vigorously pursued, particularly manifested in the "Nanyue Splendor Project" and the construction of different cultural centers and squares. Health care takes on a new dimension both within hospitals and in the rural area, having reached the goal of preliminary health protection for all. Social relief programs are actively in force to the comfort of bereaved families. Civil administration is being strengthened. Funeral customs are being reformed, with cremation rate now at 100%.