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    Overview of Anshun

    Published Date:2013-11-27    Posted by:    Hits:1339

    Located in west central Guizhou Province, about 90 kilometers from Guiyang, the provincial capital, Anshun City covers nine counties (districts) totaling an area of 9,267 square kilometers. Of its population of 2.83 million, 39 percent are ethnic minorities, including Bouyei, Miao, Li, Gelao, and Hui. In 2013, the city’s GDP reached 42.785 billion yuan, fixed-asset investments surpassed 60.4 billion yuan, fiscal revenue totaled 7.025 billion yuan, and per capita disposable income of urban residents rose to 18,841 yuan.
    Historically, Anshun was an important political, economic, and cultural hub of Guizhou, building a reputation for its geographical advantage as the “belly of Guizhou, throat of Yunnan, and lips and teeth of Sichuan and Guangdong.” It even served as the capital of two ancient kingdoms, Zangke and then Yelang.



    Huangguo Tree Fall
     

    Exceptional geographical location and convenient transportation. Anshun has established a modern system of crisscrossing cutting-edge highways and expressways including stretches of the Shanghai-Kunming Expressway, Guanling-Xingren Highway, and Shuicheng-Huangguoshu Highway that radiate in all directions. The Zhuzhou-Liupanshui Railway runs through the city. The Changsha-Kunming High-Speed Railway, currently under construction, will include three stops in Anshun, and upon completion, travelers in Anshun will be able to reach Kunming and Chongqing in only one hour, Chengdu and Changsha in two hours, and Guangzhou in three hours. Huangguoshu Airport, serving both military and commercial flights, lies just six kilometers from downtown. Frequent, established flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chongqing link Anshun to the rest of the country. Bacao Dock in Zhenning County, the nearest dock to the provincial capital, enables passage of 500-ton ships to the sea via Guangzhou. Based on coordinated development of road, rail, air, and water routes, a comprehensive transportation network has taken shape nicely in Anshun.


    Longgong Resort

    Exceptional tourism resources. Due to its diverse world-class natural landscapes and plentiful national tourism brands, Anshun is reputed as “China’s Waterfall Hometown,” “Home of Tunpu (Village Fortress) Culture,” “Home of Batik,” and “Beauty of the West.” It is among China’s first top-class open tourist cities, one of “China’s Excellent Tourist Cities,” one of “China’s Top Ten Leisure Cities,” an optimal global destination for karst landform tourism, Guizhou Province’s key tourist zone for priority development, the tourist hub of western Guizhou, part of China’s six golden tourist routes, and a golden tourist zone with the most breathtaking scenery and prime conditions in Guizhou. Scenic spots account for 12 percent of the city’s total area, a much higher rate than the national average of one percent and the provincial average of 4.2 percent. In the city’s immediate vicinity are three national scenic resorts, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Dragon Palace, and Getu River, as well as Guanling Paleontological National Geopark, Jiulongshan National Forest Park, Yelang Cave (a national AAAA tourist zone), and provincial scenic resorts such as Huajiang Grand Canyon, Yelang Lake, and Sila River. Also, Tianlong Tunpu and Yunfeng Eight Villages, dating from the period when Ming Dynasty Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398) stationed troops in Guizhou, have survived more than 600 years. The Baling River Bridge is renowned as the longest in Asia and the sixth longest in the world.

     
    Huajiang Valley


    Balin River

    Profound cultural legacy. As one of the first areas to develop in Guizhou’s history and a provincial city of profound historical and cultural importance, Anshun continues to preserve relics from the ancient Chuandong Culture, Yelang Culture, Zangke Culture, and Tunpu Culture, with five cultural heritage sites under state protection and 27 cultural sites under provincial protection. The Chuandong Paleolithic Site in Puding County is reputed as the “Beacon of Asian Civilization.” The Red Cliff Inscription in Guanling County is considered “A Millennial Mystery.” The remains of Ming Dynasty village fortresses and barracks and the Guanling paleontological fossil beds remain particularly attractive for their global singularity. Anshun batik is considered the “First Dye of the Orient,” and Anshun Dixi (local drama) enjoys a reputation as a “Living Fossil of Chinese Drama.” Anshun is also the birthplace of Wang Ruofei (1896-1946), a proletarian revolutionary and one of the 100 Heroes and Models with Outstanding Contributions to the Founding of New China, as well as the hometown of the Gu Brothers (Gu Zhenglun, Gu Zhenggang, and Gu Zhengding), who served on the Central Committee of the Kuomintang around the mid-20th century.


    Local woman


    Local art performance

    Pristine eco-environment. Mother Nature has bestowed Anshun with a pleasantly moderate climate that is neither extremely cold in winter nor scorching hot in summer. Averaging 4.3 degrees Celsius in January and 21.9 degrees in July, the city’s comfortable weather averages up to eight months a year. Its air quality meets the national standard level-2, with 100 percent of its 365 days enjoying clear and clean air. Low ultraviolet radiation and high density of negative oxygen ions ensure a sound ecological environment that makes Anshun unparalleled among cities both at home and abroad and positions it as one of the most livable eco-tourist cities.

     
    Yelang Cave