All-in-one proves ap­peal­ing


Tianfu New Area in Sichuan prov­ince, China’s new­est na­tional-level de­vel­op­ment area, is lead­ing the way as the city pur­sues a de­vel­op­ment path that puts peo­ple at the heart of a mod­ern me­trop­o­lis.

Lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Zone, two of China’s key na­tional strate­gies, Tianfu New Area was ap­proved by the State Coun­cil in early Oc­to­ber as the coun­try’s 11th na­tional-level de­vel­op­ment area.

But while fol­low­ing in the suc­cess­ful foot­steps of other new ar­eas such as Shang­hai Pudong New Area and the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, Tianfu has also sought to blaze a new trail as it pro­motes open­ing-up in the western re­gions, en­hanc­ing eco­nomic growth in the in­land re­gions and push­ing for­ward the coun­try’s eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing.

“Dif­fer­ent from the other 10 new ar­eas, we were well aware that we wanted to strike a bal­ance be­tween in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and lives,” said Liu Limin, a plan­ning of­fi­cer for the area.

The area was es­tab­lished in 2010 and con­sists of 37 town­level dis­tricts in Ziyang city, Meis­han city and Chengdu, the cap­i­tal city of south­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince.

It cov­ers 1,578 square kilo­me­ters, 82 per­cent of which are in Chengdu.

China’s fast growth over the past three decades has led to a boom in new towns across the coun­try.

Th­ese new ar­eas are of­ten char­ac­ter­ized by im­pres­sive con­struc­tion projects, but they are usu­ally plagued by traf­fic jams, en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and a short­age of hous­ing.

Tianfu New Area, how­ever, has adopted a new model of ur­ban­iza­tion to try and avoid th­ese ur­ban dis­eases, Liu said.

It con­sists of 35 “all-in-one city units”, each of which cov­ers 20 to 30 square kilo­me­ters with a pop­u­la­tion of around 250,000. Each unit is like a small city, fea­tur­ing not only company head­quar­ters, re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ties, pro­duc­tion plants and out­sourced ser­vices providers, but also re­tail and leisure fa­cil­i­ties such as shop­ping malls, cin­e­mas, and restau­rants.

The Tianfu New Area in Chengdu also fea­tures sev­eral fa­mous schools, hos­pi­tals and large-scale com­mer­cial com­plexes, along with in­ter­na­tional stan­dard ex­hi­bi­tion and con­ven­tion venues, a fi­nan­cial cen­ter and lux­ury ho­tels.

The Sin­ga­pore- Sichuan High-tech In­no­va­tion Park in the Chengdu part of the New Area brings in­dus­try, cul­ture and na­ture in per­fect har­mony with one another.

Jointly de­vel­oped by Sin­ga­pore and the Sichuan provin­cial gov­ern­ment, the park is planned to cover 10.34 square kilo­me­ters and house 120,000 res­i­dents, and is ex­pected to at­tract a to­tal in­vest­ment of 100 bil­lion yuan ($16.3 bil­lion) from 2012 to 2020.

The park fo­cuses on eight pil­lar in­dus­tries – IT, bio­med­i­cine, ser­vice out­sourc­ing, new dig­i­tal me­dia, pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery, en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­ogy, fi­nance and train­ing – but it also em­bod­ies and em­braces mod­ern life for liv­ing.

“Res­i­dents’ con­ve­nience was the first pri­or­ity when plan­ning the park,” said Cui Wei, CEO of Sino-Sin­ga­pore (Chengdu) In­no­va­tion Park De­vel­op­ment Co Ltd, which is re­spon­si­ble for over­all plan­ning, con­struc­tion and mar­ket­ing of the park.

“Peo­ple don’t need to drive far for a walk, for ex­am­ple. They can just park their cars in the un­der­ground lots and walk into the green ar­eas just out­side their homes after din­ner,” he said.

Cui said the park is also planned to be an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly com­mu­nity. The plan­ners of Tianfu New Area hope it will ac­cel­er­ate Chengdu’s de­vel­op­ment to­ward a mod­ern, in­ter­na­tional and en­vi­ron­men­tally sound me­trop­o­lis that is con­ducive to fi­nance, trade and liv­ing.

A va­ri­ety of high-end in­dus­tries have al­ready been in­tro­duced to the new area, and the park’s of­fice in San Francisco is re­cruit­ing new IT com­pa­nies and lead­ing bio­med­i­cal busi­nesses head­quar­tered in the United States to move to Tianfu New Area.

Tianfu Soft­ware Park, which mainly fo­cuses on the IT in­dus­try, has al­ready at­tracted more than 400 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing 33 For­tune 500 com­pa­nies, such as IBM Corp, Philips NV, Siemens AG and Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co Ltd.

While Longquanyi dis­trict has be­come an im­por­tant pro­duc­tion base for the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try with FAW-Volk­swa­gen, FAW Toy­ota, Volvo and Zhe­jiang Geely Hold­ing Group Co Ltd all hav­ing in­vest­ments in the area.

“Euro­pean com­pa­nies have rich ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ing high-tech and eco-friendly in­dus­try.

“There is great op­por­tu­nity for the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Europe and Tianfu New Area,” said Antti Pel­tomäki, deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s En­ter­prise and In­dus­try Direc­torate-Gen­eral.

Pel­tomäki said he will pay close at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Tianfu New Area and in­tro­duce ap­pro­pri­ate Euro­pean com­pa­nies to invest in the area.

Ray­mond Greene, the new US con­sul gen­eral in Chengdu, said he has re­cently met more than 100 Amer­i­can com­pa­nies from the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce, most of which al­ready have of­fices in the Tianfu New Area.

“Tianfu New Area is quite at­trac­tive to US com­pa­nies. I be­lieve Chengdu will be­come a city as pros­per­ous as the high­ly­de­vel­oped east­ern ci­ties.” Con­tract the writ­ers at peng chao@chi­ and song­mengx­ing@chi­nadaily.


A model of the Xin­g­long Lake area, which is un­der de­vel­op­ment in the Tianfu New Area in Chengdu.


The over­all plan for Tianfu New Area.

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