Wanda un­veils $221m project

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

ning land­scapes.

Most of the pop­u­la­tion is made up of 21 eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups with the Miao be­ing the largest.

Craft in­dus­tries are a cru­cial part of the area’s his­tory with exquisite Miao batik art a ma­jor draw for vis­i­tors.

“This project with Wanda has es­tab­lished a model that will greatly mo­ti­vate the mass par­tic­i­pa­tion in poverty alle­vi­a­tion,” said Su Zhi­gang, gov­erner of Guizhou province, at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

“It will also help boost na­tion­wide in­volve­ment by com­pa­nies and build a sus­tain­able model, which can be used again in the fu­ture,” Su added.

Wanda spent 300 mil­lion yuan on build­ing a vo­ca­tional col­lege and an­other 700 mil­lion yuan on con­struct­ing a tourism town in Danzhai.

A fur­ther 500 mil­lion yuan was put into a Spe­cial Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion Fund.

“The col­lege is de­signed to im­prove Danzhai’s qual­ity of life through ed­u­ca­tion and elim­i­nate poverty,” Wang said.

Cov­er­ing an area of 300 mu, or 20 hectares, the col­lege will take in a max­i­mum of 2,000 stu­dents. At least 50 per­cent of the grad­u­ates will then be of­fered jobs at Wanda each year.

As for the vil­lage, it has been de­signed in the breath­tak­ing style of Miao ar­chi­tec­ture and will help cre­ate 2,000 new jobs in the re­gion.

Wanda is hope­ful this cul­tural des­ti­na­tion will at­tract one mil­lion tourists an­nu­ally to Danzhai and in­crease reve- nue by more than 500 mil­lion yuan.

“The com­pany will over­sea the sta­ble op­er­a­tion of the vil­lage,” Wang said. “We will build it into a fa­mous tourist des­ti­na­tion, while the vo­ca­tional col­lege will be­come the out­stand­ing school in the province.

“Wanda will not only help ease poverty in Danzhai, it will also bring pros­per­ity to the county,” added Wang, who re­ceived a Na­tional Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion In­no­va­tion Award last year.

He also con­firmed that the Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion Fund will help groups with spe­cial needs or se­ri­ous ill­nesses, as well as or­phaned chil­dren.

Al­ready 50 mil­lion yuan has been dis­trib­uted to 38,300 res­i­dents suf­fer­ing from poverty.

HUANG XIAOHAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Two peo­ple from poor fam­i­lies look at the bonus doc­u­ment from Wanda Group’s poverty alle­vi­a­tion fund in Danzhai county, Guizhou province on Jan 10. On that day, 300 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from poverty-stricken fam­i­lies re­ceived the bonus.

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