CENTURIES-OLD COMMERCIAL CENTER OF GUANGZHOU GLOWS WITH NEW CHARM

As the fourth Understanding China Conference was held in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province on Oct. 26 and 27, the city has once again displayed to the world its magnificence and charm.

Known as the “Flower City”, Guangzhou, with a history of more than 2,000 years, has experienced great changes and transitions. Now let’s dig into how the city remains open and inclusive and what secret it has to stay young and vibrant.

Old city bursts with new glow

For China, 40 years of reform and opening up has speeded up the process of urbanization, and Guangzhou is no exception. Statistics show that the urban expansion made by Guangzhou in the past 40 years even exceeded the total it made in the 2,000 years before that.

Ever since 1984, the Guangzhou government has been taking the city as a state-level city of cultural and historical interest in its overall urban planning. And the beauty of the centuries-old city is manifested by the local accent and opera.

Designed with Cantonese Garden style, the Cantonese Opera Art Museum records the most representative traditional art and culture of the city. Nearby stands the Yong Qing Fang, a perfect example of the integration of history and modern society.

Innovation drives deeper reform

In addition to being a historical and cultural city, Guangzhou is also a highland for technological innovation.

Led by big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the fourth scientific and technological revolution is changing the world and deeply integrating high-techs with industries.

Guangzhou, a pioneer in reform and opening-up, is taking new steps to innovate itself with intelligent manufacturing.

This can’t be done without the great business environment of the city and the strategic plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that gathers advantageous regional resources.

Mingzhu Bay gives renewed vitality to Guangzhou

Mingzhu Bay, located in the center of Guangzhou’s Nansha District, is one of the most important measures taken by the local government to establish a core area for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation.

With a planning area of 103 square kilometers, Mingzhu Bay radiates all the 11 cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and five international airports.

Endowed with unique location, it is a test field of a new round of reform and innovation for China.

Integrating into the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou is more and more serving as an agglomeration of economic and human resources.

With firm resolution to develop, more and more projects are being implemented in the city, bringing rapid progress to the Flower City. Right behind the renewed charm of the old city is its innovation and hard working.

To demonstrate the spirit of China, offer wisdom of China and provide schemes from China has always been on the mind of the people living in this open and innovative city.

In the context of a new round of economic globalization, Guangzhou has been given strong impetus for continued reform and opening-up, by the traditional city image related to Cantonese opera and Xiguan ancient houses, the new modernization process motivated by AI technology, and the initiatives to build the Belt and Road and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The ULTIMATE Chinese Food Tour: Shahe rice noodles in Guangzhou

Shahe rice noodles have been around since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when they were first served in Guangzhou’s Shahe town at the restaurant of Fan Axiang, who got the recipe from his father.

Although the dish has waned in popularity in the past, fifth-generation inheritor Ou Yousheng has helped revive it by using innovative techniques and experimenting with new flavors, all while maintaining the traditions that made Shahe rice noodles an important part of Guangdong cuisine.

Ou showed me the steps inside of Congee City’s exhibition kitchen, which gives customers the chance to see rice noodles made up close and personal.

The noodles were traditionally made using Baiyun Mountain spring water and Longmei rice sourced from fields around Shahe. But due to limited quantities and higher demand, Ou said after much research, Maofeng Mountain spring water and Longmei rice from Kaiping County are now used.

The two ingredients are ground and mixed to produce rice milk, which the inheritor must measure carefully to create a final product that is as durable as it is tasty. The rice milk is spread flat, steamed into a thin rice sheet, folded and sliced into even strips ready to be cooked.

As I witnessed firsthand, Shahe rice noodles are a versatile dish only limited by the creativity of the chef. They can be served in many ways, mixed with different sauces and other ingredients, boiled and fried. And each spin on this classic noodle will keep you coming back for more.

Source: CGTN

Universities from the Greater Bay Area team up

The 2019 Youth Scholars Forum of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance took place on Oct 31 at the Guangzhou campus of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), attracting about 200 experts and scholars from home and abroad.

Luo Jun, president of Sun Yat-sen University, said that universities should promote the construction of high-level projects, teams, and platforms to support the innovative development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Professor Ping-kong Alexander Wai, vice president of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), gave an introduction of the university’s efforts in participating in the scientific innovation and cooperation in the Greater Bay Area.

Wai added that he hoped various scientific platforms of Hong Kong universities can make full use of their function as bridges in enhancing cooperation between universities in the Greater Bay Area and industries.

A signing ceremony of the founding of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance for Postgraduate Education was also held during the event.

The alliance, launched by SYSU, Guangzhou University, PolyU, and Macau University of Science and Technology, is expected to improve the cultivation of research-oriented and innovative talents in the Greater Bay Area.

Source: eguangzhou.gov.cn

S China city boasts over 80 sister cities

Guangzhou City, the capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province, has increased its sister cities to 81, according to local authorities.

Guangzhou’s sister cities are from 56 countries worldwide, which include Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, Edinburgh in the UK and Fukuoka in Japan, local authorities said at the Commemorative Meeting of 40 Years of International Sister Cities in Guangzhou held on Friday.

Guangzhou City set up its first sister city relation with Fukuoka in May 1979.

“In the past 40 years, many citizens from Fukuoka and Guangzhou have traveled to each other and nurtured friendships,” said Takashima Soichiro, mayor of Fukuoka. “At present, Guangzhou has developed as a globally well-known international city.”

Source: Xinhua

BRI cooperation delivers tangible benefits, highly praised

Six years on, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought tangible benefits to participating countries through strengthened cooperation and is highly applauded internationally.

On Saturday, politicians, experts and entrepreneurs from around the world spoke highly of the fruitful results of the initiative and called for deeper cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road, at a parallel forum of the fourth Understanding China Conference that opened the same day in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

“The initiative has received international support,” said Rashid Alimov, former secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, crediting the BRI’s aim to “involve all those who seek joint development.”

Shaukat Aziz, former prime minister of Pakistan, shared similar views. “The BRI is a game-changer for countries like Pakistan.”

“Thanks to the BRI, we have a new port and domestic trains have also been improved. The initiative comes with development in areas including infrastructure, financing and after-sales service,” he said, adding that hundreds of people have found jobs because of the BRI and more ships have started to come to his country.

So far, China has signed cooperation documents with more than 160 countries and international organizations on the initiative. With the fast growth of the BRI, China has boosted market-oriented cooperation with relevant countries to upgrade their industrial structure.

Through the construction of the BRI, East Africa has its own expressway, the Maldives has its first inter-island bridge, Belarus can produce sedans and the number of freight trains between China and Europe is on the rise. The once rusted Greek port of Piraeus has now become one of the world’s fastest-growing container terminals.

“The Piraeus project is a prosperous model of the BRI,” said George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, adding that the initiative is a key project of Sino-Western cooperation and also provides a way to change the structure of global governance.

“It brought us a shared society, shared prosperity and shared future,” he said.

Over the past years, the BRI has been extended from Asia and Europe to Africa, the Americas and Oceania, with the collective action unprecedented in history.

“The initiative has linked China extensively with its neighbors,” said Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

With strengthened cooperation, more economic dividends will be seen in BRI countries, he added.

From 2013 to 2018, the trade volume between China and other countries along the Belt and Road surpassed 6 trillion U.S. dollars and China’s investment in those countries exceeded 90 billion dollars.

“Though proposed by China, the opportunities and achievements brought by the BRI are shared by the world,” said Zhao Ai, executive vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform.

“The cooperation among BRI countries has opened up new space for world economic growth, built a new platform for international trade and investment and contributed to the improvement of the global governance system,” he said.

Source: Xinhua

Top chefs showcase delicacies in Guangzhou

As a supporting activity of the Understanding China Guangzhou Conference, which was held from Oct 25 to 27, the World Cuisine Collection and Top Chef Show took place on Oct 26 in Guangzhou, showcasing delicacies from 10 countries including China, Japan, India, and Thailand.

Zhu Xiaoyi, deputy director of the Guangzhou publicity department, said that the activity is expected to promote cultural exchanges among different countries through cuisines.

Top overseas Chinese chefs were invited to cook during the activity and carry out discussions on how Chinese food can be used as a way to increase global understanding about China.

Ken Hom, who was born and raised in Guangzhou, cooked black bean sauce chicken using traditional techniques. Hom had been invited to record a program named Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery for the BBC in 1982, which became a big hit.

“It makes me feel warm that I’m back in Guangzhou, speaking Cantonese,” said Hom.

Martin Yan, who was also born in Guangzhou, has been hosting a program named Yan Can Cook for around 40 years.

Yan said that organizing such events in Guangzhou offers a good opportunity for Chinese chefs to communicate and learn from outstanding chiefs from all over the world.

Source: eguangzhou.gov.cn