Sihui City: China’s New Exemplary Cultural Center of Jade Taking Shape

SIHUI, China, June 29, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Though it is not the place of origin, Sihui, a county-level city of Guangdong province, is called ‘the City of Jadeware’. It is well-known for the elaboration of jade from other places. As one of the largest centers of processing and selling jadeware, Sihui is also landed with green ecological landscape, like a jade in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With years’ efforts, it has become one of the 100 counties with greatest potential of investment in China by innovatively reconstructing new urbanization and integrating into the Pearl River Delta.

Established in Qin Dynasty, Sihui is a millennium county with a history for more than 2,230 years and a profound culture, which develops the Chinese traditional culture based on jadeware. The history of elaborating jadeware in Sihui can be dated back to the end of Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China. Until now, Sihui has been enjoying the reputation of “The City of Jadeware in

China” for its complete industrial system of jadeware which includes elaborating, providing, selling and service. More than 100 thousand workers produce over ten-thousand-ton jadeware every year and the goods are eagerly demanded in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and other places around the world.

Within these years, Sihui has been devoting itself to urbanization development, boosting the transformation and upgrading of jadeware industry. Based on this pillar industry as well as advantaged ecological and cultural resources, the government of Sihui plans to establish a exemplary cultural center of jade town featuring the integration of industry, city, human and culture. The investment by the government is as large as more than RMB 20 billion for optimizing the integration of tourism, ecological environment and cultural resources in order to improve the level of industrial development model, products innovation and the employment of the city. It is said that Jadeware as the pillar industry can yield up to RMB 30.4 billion in 2020.

“Jade from elsewhere is turned into jadeware in Sihui.” With the objective of building its image with the jade cultural spirit and constructing a benevolent, fair, intelligent, brave and clean city, Sihui has been making a characteristic town of jadeware and regards the construction as the driving force of new urbanization, building a county-level economic development and spiritual civilized model in China.

SOURCE: Sihui City Government

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