The Ar­row's Nock

That's China - - Editor's Note -

If China’s east coast is a bow and the Yangtze river is an ar­row, then Zhoushan is the ar­row’s head - the tip, and Ding­hai is the nock - a notch in the rear­most end of an ar­row.

Ding­hai, over­shad­owed by the in­cense-shrouded Pu­tu­oshan and the bathing beaches in Dais­han, is home to some of the ar­chi­pel­ago’s most dis­tin­guished artists and crafts­men, as well as iconic his­tor­i­cal sites and breath-tak­ing scenery. While gorg­ing on de­li­cious seafood and peer­ing out upon the gen­tle waves, Ding­hai’s serene seascape is ever chang­ing.

In the fu­ture, the view out­side the win­dow will not just be gen­tly bob­bing junks and fish­ing boats.The lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s plans for this awe-in­spir­ing col­lec­tion of is­lands is to trans­form the area into some­thing of an eastern coast ver­sion of Hong Kong - a free-trade zone that is open to the world. In the Zhoushan Port Com­pre­hen­sive Bonded Zone, the com­bined in­vest­ments of projects run­ning will reach some 31 bil­lion yuan.The end re­sult of all this heady in­vest­ment and growth is a shin­ing em­bod­i­ment of the ma­rine dream packed with ma­rine equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers,nd bio in­dus­tries, ware­hous­ing, ship­ping, fi­nan­cial and ex­hi­bi­tion ser­vices and much, much more.

The am­bi­tious de­vel­op­ments have dragged ev­ery­one into a whirlpool of ex­cite­ment.When Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping landed in Zhoushan for the 14th time in May 2015, he con­fi­dently re­marked,“I have been keep­ing a close eye on the progress of Zhoushan that is ris­ing to be a new hin­ter­land in the siz­zling de­vel­op­ment of the Yangtze River Delta.” Only time will tell whether Xi’s pre­dic­tion will come to fruition, but one thing is for sure:This dream can lead ev­ery­one to­wards a fu­ture that’s as bright as the eastern sun, a sun that casts its rays over the ar­chi­pel­ago be­fore any­where else in China.

Ding­hai will reap the ben­e­fits of this in­no­va­tive push by the Zhoushan re­gion as a whole, but will also aim to lead in a range of fields. Ev­ery­one has their think­ing caps tightly se­cured onto their heads as they sail for­wards. Ding­hai is mak­ing waves, and the ef­fects can be felt across the re­gion.The sky, it seems, is the limit for China’s only one ar­chi­pel­ago city - and it’s a cobalt blue one at that.

Jump on board and join us, to en­joy the well-kept se­crets of Ding­hai the way they should be en­joyed.

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