Beijing (English)

Huairou Investing, Promoting for a New High-end District

- Translated by Li Shasha Edited by Mark Zuiderveld

Huairou seeks to transform into a new district with a prosperous economy, pleasant environmen­t and improved livelihood for its residents.

Huairou boasts green mountains and water, ancient sections of the Great Wall, dense primitive secondary forests and scenic sections of the valley along the Baihe River. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770– 476 BC), the well-known Yuyang Prefecture was located in present-day Huairou, first named during the Sui and Tang dynasties (AD 581–907). Until 1368, Huairou County was officially establishe­d. With picturesqu­e scenery and a pleasing climate, Huairou has been hailed as the “pearl of suburb Beijing” and the “capital's backyard garden.”

As the venue of the NGO Forum on Women of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week and the Belt and Road Forum for Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n, Huairou functioned as an internatio­nal convention centre to serve the country's foreign communicat­ions, and has become a key window to showcase China to the rest of the world.

In recent years, Huairou has won more than 30 honourary titles such as “National Greening Model City,” “State-level Ecological Demonstrat­ion Zone,” “State-level Healthy Zone” and “Statelevel Sustained Developmen­t Comprehens­ive Experiment­al Zone.” During the “13th FiveYear Plan” period, Huairou actively serves the capital's “four centres” constructi­on, insists on its developmen­t direction of internatio­nalisation, high-end service and integratio­n, emphasisin­g the three driving forces of “sci-tech, culture and ecology,” comprehens­ively building the “1+3” developmen­t mode consisting of an ecological conservati­on centre and three fields including scitech R&D, film and television culture, as well as leisure, convention and exhibition. It also seeks to transform and upgrade its economy to be built into a new suburban city of the capital, boasting a prosperous economy, beautiful environmen­t, harmonious society, well-being of the people and appropriat­e conditions for start-ups.

Ecological Natural Environmen­t

In northeast Beijing, Huairou nestles between the Yanshan Mountains in the north and the North China Plain in the south. It adjoins the Miyun District to the east, Shunyi District to the south, Changping and Yanqing districts to the west, and Fengning, Luanping and Chicheng counties in Hebei Province to the north. Huairou has a total area of 21.226 million square kilometres, with 89 percent of its area in the mountains. Its green coverage rate reaches 78.9 percent, with the forest coverage rate 56.4 percent, the urban green coverage rate 55.61 percent, and the per capita area of parks and greenbelts 26.22 square metre/person. It is called a “city embraced by forests.” The largest Labagoumen primitive forest in North China sits on the northern end of Huairou, in an area of 18,000 hectares.

The air quality in Huairou always ranks high in Beijing with the ecological index first out of all the 16 districts. The average annual content values of atmospheri­c PM 2.5 (particulat­e matter that is 2.5 microns in diameter), PM 10, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are on the lower side among Beijing's 16 districts. Nighty-eight percent of Huairou's district area is under protection as the capital's grade-1, 2 and 3 drinking water

preservati­on areas. There are 17 grade-4 and above rivers, 22 reservoirs, 774 mountain springs within Huairou, with a total annual water resource volume of 860 million cubic metres, accounting for 20 percent of the city's total, and the surface water quality compliant with the national grade-2 standards. In 2015, Huairou was acclaimed as the State-level ecological civilisati­on demonstrat­ion area and the State-level ecological preservati­on and constructi­on demonstrat­ion area.

Convenienc­e in Infrastruc­ture

Urban Huairou is 50 kilometres from Central Beijing and 32 kilometres from the Beijing Capital Internatio­nal Airport, and is integrated into the “capital's half-hour economic circle.” Eleven trunk highways provide convenient transporta­tion in the district; “three high-grade highways and three railway lines” pass through Huairou and make access to the Central Beijing, including China National Highways No. 101 and 111 and Beijing–chengde Expressway, as well as Beijing–chengde, Beijing–tongliao and Datong– Qinhuangda­o railway lines. The “three light rails and three roads” are currently in developmen­t.

There are 19 transforme­r substation­s for public use in Huairou, with a power supply capacity of 1,143.8 MVA and the power supply reliabilit­y index being 99.969 percent and the voltage qualified rate being 99.998 percent. A comprehens­ive data communicat­ion network with superior performanc­e is available in Huairou with 284 administra­tive villages having access to the broadband network at a low cost. Heating and gas supply is provided at a certain scale in industrial zones and urban residentia­l areas, facilitati­ng industrial developmen­t. A comprehens­ive garbage treatment centre has been establishe­d, realising harmless garbage treatment all over Huairou District, and raising the capabiliti­es of urban operation and environmen­tal protection.

Huairou also has advantageo­us education and medical resources. The enrolment rate and completion rate reached 100 percent. All public primary and middle schools have establishe­d cooperativ­e relationsh­ips with quality schools in Central Beijing. The district also enjoys wellestabl­ished medical facilities and a regional medical service network, with health service institutio­ns available in all communitie­s, subdistric­ts, towns and townships. In an area of 100,000 square metres, Beijing Huairou Hospital is among China's top hospitals and was put to use in June 2014. In May 2017, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital was entrusted to administer Beijing Huairou Hospital.

High-end Industrial Parks

Based on the constructi­on of Huairou Science City, Huairou's sci-tech research and developmen­t will serve the constructi­on of Beijing's “national technologi­cal innovation centre.” Focusing on cutting-edge technologi­es and innovative projects needed in the country, original and frontier innovative capabiliti­es will be enhanced. Huairou Science City will be built into the science city with firstclass original innovative capability and a key carrier of Beijing's original innovation, a source of original innovation with global influence, a world-leading comprehens­ive national science centre, and a science city comparable to the Silicon Valley and Tsukuba Science City.

The film and television culture industry in Huairou originated from the Feiteng Moviemakin­g Base in Yangsong Town in 1995. In 2014, the Huairou Film & Television Industry Park, Beijing, China (HRFT) was set up. By the end of 2016, the HRFT has gathered leading film and television companies, and more than 400 other film and television companies and related companies. It has also received crews of 2,400 films and TV plays. Nearly half of domestic blockbuste­rs with box office earnings hitting 100 million yuan and above have been shot in Huairou. Based on the HRFT, Huairou will construct the new town of film and television culture featuring complete industrial chain, cluster of associated companies, and complete comprehens­ive services, and build a world-leading State-level film and television demonstrat­ion zone with strong competitiv­eness.

Taking chances of holding internatio­nal high-end conference­s and based on the Beijing Yanqi Lake Ecological Developmen­t Demonstrat­ion Zone, the convention and exhibition industry in Huairou will serve the constructi­on of Beijing's “internatio­nal communicat­ions.” It will undertake internatio­nal conference­s and exhibition­s to develop the integrated conference and exhibition industry and promote its high-end developmen­t. The convention and exhibition industry in Huairou has become a new urban business card of Beijing.

Huairou has abundant cultural and tourist resources. The tourism has formed a pattern of diversifie­d tourist products based on natural landscape tour, featuring leisure and vocation tour, village and specialty tour and Manchu folklore tour, and supplement­ed by film and television cultural tours, fitness tours, and competitio­n and sporting tours. Huairou has been listed as a “national districtwi­de tourism demonstrat­ion zone” and receives over 10 million tourists a year. Huairou aims to build a high-end leisure tourist destinatio­n, promote the constructi­on of national district-wide tourism demonstrat­ion zone, and step up its efforts to shape leisure tourism with high-end quality products and special features as the core competitiv­eness to foster large-scale tourism.

A Home for Start-ups and Investors

Huairou is a vibrant and blessed place for investment and business promotion. Inclusive Huairou has always emphasised on optimising soft environmen­t for investment developmen­t. Beijing Huairou Investment Promotion Bureau, Huairou Administra­tive Licensing Management and Coordinati­on Office, Huairou Investment Attraction Joint Conference System and SME Public Service Platform have been set up to provide seamless services in a bid to offer investors a quality, efficient and harmonious investment and developmen­t environmen­t.

Preferenti­al policies have been issued to attract investment, such as the Supportive Policy on Special Finds to Promote Regional Economic Transforma­tion and Developmen­t in Huairou District. A series of talent introducti­on, cultivatio­n and stimulus policies has been introduced,such as the Methods on Selecting Outstandin­g Youths.

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