Reporters: Guo Meng, Song Baisong from Hebei Daily.
Li Yongli, Sun Wenzhi from Qinhuangdao Daily
Translator: Yang Pengye, Proofreader: Shao Lijun
As an internationally renowned tourist city, the beautiful natural and ecological environment attracts tens of millions of Chinese and foreign tourists to spend their holidays. “For other cities, ecology is a significant question of development, but for Qinhangdao, it’s rather a life-and-death fateful question”, says Meng Xiangwei, secretary of the Qinhuangdao Municipal Party Committee. In 2016, Qinhuangdao City put forward a new campaign of “Building an Ecological Model City for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei City Group”, taking the “Eco-City” as the guide, it implemented the “Blue Sky”, “Clear Water” and “Pure Soil” actions. According to the monitoring results of the environmental protection department, in the first half of this year, the number of days where the air quality attained the standard in Qinhuangdao City was 128, which was an increase of 4 days compared with the same period of last year; the water quality of 8 beaches in Beidaihe all reached the first-class seawater quality standard; all the drinking water sources have also met up the standard.
Qinhuangdao City rectified 1294 industrial enterprises with disorganization and pollution, completed 23 industrial enterprises' deep rectification and readjusted 87 enterprises with emission of volatile organic matter. 68 enterprises in 12 key industries achieved a stable emission standard, and 8798 households in Beaidaihe stopped using coal and began to use natural gas... Strengthening the structural emission reduction, engineering emission reduction and management emission reduction, a series of targeted actions makes the sky clearer.
A better environment is turning into economic development. A good ecology provides a good opportunity for tourism and investment promotion in Qinhuangdao City. In the first half of this year, the city's GDP reached 79.727 billion yuan, a annual increase of 7.7%, ranked first in the whole province; the actual use of foreign capital was 611 million US dollars, an increase of 10.2%; the city received 18.6 million tourists, achieving a total tourism income of 23.4 billion yuan, an increase of 25% and 35% respectively.