A col­or­ful Guizhou af­ter trans­for­ma­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - GUIZHOU SPECIAL - By AMY TAN in Guizhou amy@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

In the past, my im­pres­sion of Guizhou prov­ince could be de­scribed in just three words — damp, bumpy, poverty-stricken. And, it wasn’t an ex­ag­ger­a­tion call­ing Guizhou an im­pov­er­ished prov­ince. Of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics re­veal that, in 2015, 4.93 mil­lion peo­ple in the south­west­ern prov­ince were liv­ing in poverty, ac­count­ing for nearly 9 per­cent of the num­ber of peo­ple in China who were liv­ing in poverty. That made Guizhou the poor­est prov­ince in the coun­try.

How­ever, dur­ing my re­cent visit to Guizhou, I was stunned in a pos­i­tive way. The im­age of poverty had faded. The prov­ince’s high­lands area has recorded the high­est GDP growth rate in the coun­try, its in­fra­struc­ture has de­vel­oped rapidly, the prov­ince is home to the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope, FAST, and some of the world’s biggest tech com­pa­nies have set them­selves up in Guizhou.

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