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Sihui Municipality

Sihui lies in the western part of central Guangdong Province, in the down stream area of Xijiang River, Beijiang River and Suijiang River, and on the border between the Pan Pearl River Delta and the mountain areas of West Guangdong. Adjacent to Sihui are the Sanshui District of Foshan, the Qingxin County of Qingyuan and Zhaoqing's Dinghu District and Guangning County. Its administrative status changed into that of the county-class municipality in 1993, governing 14 townships and three local district offices. The Municipality Administration is located in City East. Sihui covers an area of 1,163 square kilometers with a population of 399 thousand. Well known as Home of Overseas Chinese and Land of Fish and Rice, it is an eastern gateway to Zhaoqing and one of its major economic centers. It has a special relief with a variety of geographical features such as hills, plains and mountains. It is rich in material resources in terms of Mandarin oranges, papers, pond fishes, live pigs, and meaty ducks. And the Mandarin oranges are the most famous material resources among them. Mineral resources include plaster, Kaolin clay, iron and lime, among which its plaster reserve and production rank top in the Province. Its paddy fields amount to 17 thousand hectares and ponds amounting to 6,667 hectares. Hilly areas that are potentially capable of development amount to over 200 thousand hectares and hydroelectric power potential amounts to 57 thousand kilowatts. Transportation is well developed with a total mileage of 680 kilometers, 323 out of which belong to first and second class concrete roads. The SanMao Railway, the National Route 321, the Provincial SiQing Route and SiLian Route cross through the Municipality. Sihui is 68 kilometers from GuangZhou, 42 kilometers from ZhaoQing and 123 nautical miles from Hong Kong. Ports, railway stations and cargo terminals, are available; water and electricity supply are abundant and communication highly convenient. Water supply covers the entire urban center and so is Cable TV Electricity generating capacity is at 50 thousand kilowatt-hours. The electronic information system is moving toward the broadband and multiple functions.


Sihui has won many awards since 1998, such as the Nation's 100 Most Resourceful Counties (Municipalities), the Nation's 100 Most Resourceful Rural Economies, the Province's 2nd Batch of Prosperous Rural Economies, the Nation's Advanced Water Resources Unit, one of the most Modernized Counties (Municipalities), one of the Nation's 32 Medium-sized Cities and the Land of Mandarin Oranges.


In 2007, Sihui's GDP is 8.134 billion Yuan, representing a growth of 18% over 2006. Industrial production stands at 13.178 billion Yuan, with an annual growth of 31.1%. Agricultural production is valued at 4.262 billion Yuan, representing a growth of 6.3% over 2006. Fixed social capital formation amounts to 4.49 billion Yuan, with an annual growth of 26.5%. Actual foreign investment is valued at 102 million US dollars, representing a growth of 20.4% over 2006. Retail sales amount to 3.381 billion Yuan, with an annual growth of 16.8%. The average annual income of the rural peasant is 5,612 Yuan, representing a growth of 6.1% over 2006. Electricity consumption stands at 1,129 billion kilowatt-hours, with an annual growth of 10%.


The structure of the economy has shown encouraging changes. In the realm of industrial production, traditional industries continue to provide a strong base, while industries with high technology content become the spearhead of development. Industrial parks are prospering. Last year, 180 industrial enterprises have reached a county-class scale. Similarly, the structure of agricultural production has shown qualitative changes. Aquatic culture has expanded from 66 thousand acres to 77 thousand acres in the same period. The number of birds being reared has expanded from 11 million to 13 million, while live pigs from 820 thousand to 1.2 million. Grain production relative to cash crops has dropped to the ratio of 4 to 6. Meantime much effort has been expended to cultivate the brand of Mandarin Orange, which has earned the reputation of being among China's class of quality fruit. In total there are now 26 sizeable agricultural enterprises. The tertiary sector has also experienced phenomenal growth, with specialized markets and shopping malls being developed, including Mandarin Oranges, jade, carving, aquatic products, birds, and motor-cars. Tourism and the real estates industry maintain a rapid momentum of growth. New tourist spots include the Deng Paper-making Village, the ZhenShan LiuZhu Temple, ZhenShan "Fairy-tracking" Tourist Region, WeiZhengQi Exotic Stone River and HuangTian Mandarin Orange Ecological Park.


Sole proprietorships have grown to over 10 thousand and private limited companies over 500. The number of non-collective enterprises paying tax over 500 thousand Yuan has reached 38. Huasheng Musical Instruments Company and Minghua Aohan are among the enterprises that have a sales volume exceeding 10 million Yuan or paying a tax over 1 million Yuan. On the whole, the private sector contributes more than 60% to Sihui's GDP, tax revenue, fixed capital formation and retail sales. By contrast, the tax burden of the rural population has declined from 87.3% to 51.2% over the last 5 years.

Investment promotion efforts yield remarkable results. Industrial parks of different levels as vehicles of development are built with complementary functions. Total area under planning is 30 thousand acres with one third already developed and an investment capital of 400 million Yuan already injected, among which the NanJiang Industrial Park is taking the lead, with an investment capital of 300 million Yuan and an area of 5000 acres. For the past five years, an approximate number of 410 industrial projects have been set up with a planned investment capital of 3.8 billion Yuan. Out of these, 320 are now in operation, 40 have an investment amount over 10 million Yuan, and 10 exceed 100 million Yuan. Similarly, investment projects in the sectors of commence, tourism and agriculture are attracted.


The rate of urbanization is speeding up, with investments from different sources since 1998. A considerable number of infrastructural projects and public amenities have been completed, including the People's Square, the Riverside Garden, apart from roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, markets, high-grade commercial and residential facilities, roads reserved for pedestrians and so on. Presently, the urban population exceeds 200 thousand and the built-up urban area amounts to 20 square kilometers. Sihui city proper can now be considered to be a medium-sized city. Townships at the periphery have become cleaner, greener, more beautiful, brighter and more orderly. Rural areas are now well served by roads, electricity, telephones and cable televisions.


There are now 50 scientific projects, 20 of which belong to the provincial class, 5 belong to the national class, and 19 have made remarkable progress, remarked by the ZhaoQing Municipality Govenment. During the past 5 years, an aid of 55 million Yuan has been expended on the improving of 77 schools. Meantime, primarily and secondary schools are re-structured.


Social projects in different sectors are under way. The social security system and rural health care network have been greatly improved.