2019: Memorable things in Yunna

The news was updated on January 15, 2020. 

Before we know it, another year has come and gone. In 2019 we witnessed an array of big and new things in Yunnan, such as the Pilot Free Trade Zone, digital Yunnan, tourism revolution, ecological protection and poverty alleviation. These have brought enormous change to the province and left long-lasting memories on the people’s minds. Here are the keys. 

Leading the pack

The National Bureau of Statistics of China recently published the economic growth data of 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions for the first three quarters of 2019.

During this period, Yunnan achieved a GDP of 1,297.185 billion RMB (US$ 186.246 billion). This is a year-on-year increase of 8.8 percent, 2.6 percent higher than the national average of 6.2 percent.

Digital Yunnan

In 2019, the Digital Yunnan programme focused on smart tourism, smart education, smart agriculture and smart industry. The online platform “Yunnan at Your Fingertips”, which was launched in October 2018, has been developed further. It now integrates live steaming on scenic spots, tour guide services, transport services, tourist complaint handling and other functionality.

The “Yunnan at Your Fingertips” platform has made an increasing number of government services available online. Furthermore, Yunnan took the lead, being the first province in the country to introduce facial recognition check-in services for passengers of all airlines.

Tourism revolution

Erhai Lake in Dali City of Dali, Yunnan

In Yunnan, tourism has long been a characteristic industry. However, it has gone through a period of unstable development. In 2019 the province launched a tourism revolution by regulating the market, to provide tourists with a better experience.

It introduced a hassle-free returns policy and developed smart tourism. Data shows that from January to October 2019, the province received 15 percent fewer complaints on the 12301 national tourist complaint platform as compared to previous years.


The high-speed rail in Yunnan

In 2019, EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) came to Lijiang, Mengzi and Zhaotong and made these cities more accessible. The high-speed rail has shortened the distance between cities and brought people closer.

The high-speed railway lines have been woven into a network and changed the lives of people. Last year, many people left the mountains for the first time, to embrace the outside world.

Seeing the enormous potential for development, businesspeople came to the province with projects and funds. Opening up and convenient transport are making the province a better place to live in.

Poverty alleviation

In 2019, tens of thousands of government officials, enterprise employees, teachers and volunteers went to poor areas and joined in the battle against poverty. Their goal was to lift all rural residents currently living below the poverty line out of poverty by 2020, in line with the rest of the country.

According to statistics, the number of poor people in Yunnan’s deeply impoverished areas has decreased from 1.378 million in 2018 to 365,400 in late 2019. The poverty headcount ratio has dropped from 13.29 percent to 3.52 percent.

River chief

Erhai Lake in Dali, Yunnan

In 2019, with more than 1,000 river chiefs at work, all the streams feeding Erhai Lake in Dali reached the required quality standard. Last year, according to the monitoring data from environmental authorities, the water quality of Erhai Lake was classified as Class II for 7 months and Class III for 5 months, with no major cyanobacterial blooms breaking out throughout the year. The changes in Erhai Lake are the epitome of changing development concepts in Yunnan.

With the river (or lake) chief system in place, the water quality of nine major lakes in Yunnan has significantly improved. Fuxian Lake, Lugu Lake and Yangzong Lake in particular, have achieved the best water quality since 2015. Dianchi Lake recorded the best water quality in three decades.

Pilot Free Trade Zone

On August 30th, 2019, the China (Yunnan) Pilot Free Trade Zone (consisting of the Kunming, Honghe and Dehong areas) was established. On December 1st, the China (Yunnan) Pilot Free Trade Zone rolled out the reform of separating permits and certificates for business licenses, to further improve the business environment.

The reforms mean that many pre-registration approvals have been replaced by post-registration approvals, thus significantly reducing the time limit required for securing approvals.

From August 30th to December 6th, 2019, some 2,500 enterprises, encompassing processing and trade, big health, cross-border tourism and e-commerce, registered in the three areas of the China (Yunnan) Free Trade Pilot Zone.

Source from http://english.yunnan.cn/html/2020/latestnews_0115/18642.html