Col­lege com­plex and tourism vil­lage will boost ed­u­ca­tion, jobs in Danzhai

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By MENG FANBIN meng­fan­bin@chi­

A ma­jor Chi­nese prop­erty and me­dia group has in­jected 1.5 bil­lion yuan ($221 mil­lion) into a build­ing and fund­ing pro­gram to com­bat poverty in Danzhai county.

Dalian Wanda Group opened a col­lege com­plex and a stun­ning his­toric tourism vil­lage ear­lier this month to boost ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards, em­ploy­ment and in­comes in this re­gion of Guizhou province.

“The open­ing of the Danzhai Wanda Vil­lage and the Guizhou Wanda Vo­ca­tional Col­lege does not mean the goal of al­le­vi­at­ing poverty here has been reached,” said Wang Jian­lin, chair­man of the sprawl­ing Chi­nese con­glom­er­ate and Asia’s rich­est man.

“We will take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the project and see it through un­til the end,” he added at the open­ing cer­e­mony on July 3.

Wanda and Danzhai county signed a poverty alle­vi­a­tion agree­ment at the end of 2014, and it has taken about two years to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the vil­lage and col­lege. A fund has also been set up to help the poor.

The re­gion is at the cen­ter of cul­tural her­itage tourism and is also known for its stun-

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