Sangzhi embarks on a new journey towards high-quality development

By Li Liandi | Updated : Sep 19, 2019
On the morning of Sept. 17, the Information Office of Zhangjiajie Municipal Government held the 5th press conference of “Magnificent 70 Years, Struggle in New Era ” to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of new China, which showed the brilliant achievements made in the economic and social development of Sangzhi County.

Sangzhi is a red land, the hometown of Marshal He Long, the departure place of the long March of the second front red army, the center of the revolutionary base areas of western Hunan-Hubei, border Hunan-Hubei, Hunan-Hubei-Sichuan-Guizhou, and one of the 100 scenic spots of red tourism and 30 excellent routes of red tourism in China.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, especially since the 18th National Congress, successive County committees and governments have united to lead the cadres and the masses of the whole county and deeply study and implement the spirit and guidance of the Central Government, and fully implement the new development concept in accordance with the requirements of high-quality development. Sangzhi County also adheres to the overall idea of "tourism integration, industry poverty alleviation and green development", makes every effort to promote the construction of "Three New Places" (that is, to build a new highland of tourism development, a new base for the production of ecological-healthy products and a new prosperous place for the well-off life of the masses in the old areas on the west-line of Zhangjiajie), takes steps to overcome poverty, and builds a well-off society in the long match of new era. Great progress has been made in the county's economic and social development, and the well-being and satisfaction of the people have increased significantly.

Comprehensive strength has been greatly enhanced. The total economic volume of the county increased from less than 10 million yuan in 1949 to 9.666 billion yuan in 2018, with per capita GDP rising to 24,818 yuan; fiscal revenue increased to 0.666 billion yuan, an increase of 189 times; and the overall well-off rate reached 84.8%.


Decisive progress has been made in poverty alleviation. In 2018, 79,773 rural poor people were reduced and 86 poor villages were lifted out of poverty. The incidence rate of poverty declined from 24.5% to 4.93% in 2018.
The concept of green development is deeply rooted in people’s hearts. There have been 1.653 million mu of forest plantation, and the forest coverage reached 72.8%, the surface water quality of the county is better than Class II, the water quality of drinking water sources reaches 100%, and the air quality rate of urban area reaches 95.06%. It has become a "national ecological county" and "national model county of greening".

The quality of economic development is constantly improving. In 2018, there were 185,600 tons of grain output reached, more than 600,000 mu of various characteristic industries reached`489 business entities, and 4.7 square kilometers of industrial parks with 73 enterprises in the parks. The county received 6.28 million tourists with the tourism income reaching 3.3 billion yuan.

Urban and rural infrastructure is changing with each passing day. In 2018, the permanent population of the county reached 171,400, an increase of 148 times over 1949; the construction land area increased from 0.5 square kilometers in the early new China era to 18.24 square kilometers in 2018, an increase of 36 times, and the urbanization rate reached 44%.

The sense of gain of the residents has increased significantly. The per capita disposable income of residents increased from 299 yuan to 11,390 yuan in 2018. The per capita housing area of urban and rural residents reached 38 square meters and 24 square meters respectively. 
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