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Zhaoqing, Guangdong, the most “beautiful” boy in the Greater Bay Area?

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This article is specially produced by Zhaoqing City Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports Bureau and Zhaoqing Wanda National Resort. As one of the most open and economically vigorous regions in China, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area accounts for nearly 12% of the country’s GDP on 0.6% of the country’s land and with less than 5% of the country’s population, which is really eye-catching. . (Overlooking the high-rise buildings in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area; the picture below is Hong Kong, China, photographer @吴亦丹) The 11 cities that make up the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau, also have important responsibilities, and the future is limitless. However, among these cities, there is one city that is easily overlooked. It is Zhaoqing. (Please watch it horizontally, Zhaoqing city is beautiful, the river is passing by, photographer @罗炳昆) From the map, Zhaoqing, which is “protruding”, is like the “horns” of the Greater Bay Area, most of which are “isolated”. (The scope of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, mapping @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) From an economic point of view, its GDP ranks at the bottom of the 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area, and it has a long way to go in the future. (Indicated by GDP data of 11 cities in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in 2020, [email protected]杨宁/Planet Research Institute) What are the characteristics of Zhaoqing? Why is it included in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area? When you walk into this land, you will find that Zhaoqing is full of characteristics: it occupies nearly 27% of the super large area of ​​the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with the power of a city, and the development space is quite broad; (Zhaoqing Deqing Sanyuan Tower, which has a history of 400 years, is still as bright as before in the green mountains and green waters, photographer @卢文) In the long river of years, it not only shines in Guangdong and Guangxi regions many times, but also one of the birthplaces of Lingnan culture; (Zhaoqing is also the place where the first inkstone of the four famous inkstones in China is produced. The picture below shows the Duan stone inkstone bestowed by Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty. Photographer @柳叶阪,設图@杨宁/星星研究) Especially the natural environment here, which integrates canyons, waterfalls, karst caves, and wetlands, ranks first among many cities in the Greater Bay Area with a forest coverage rate of 70.5%. It is called the most “beautiful” boy in the Greater Bay Area. (During the Sui and Tang Dynasties, Zhaoqing’s “Seven Star Rocks” was already a well-known tourist attraction, photographer @李琼) 01 Lock Dajiang Zhaoqing, located in the west of Guangdong, is located in the Lingnan Mountains. Its overall terrain is high in the northwest and low in the southeast. (The topography and administrative division of Zhaoqing City, mapping @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) Located in the north of Zhaoqing, Da Chou Ding, with an elevation of 1,626 meters, is the highest peak in the city; (Clouds and mist around the top of the big thick top, photographer @李世昌) Beiling Mountain, located in the south-central part of Zhaoqing, is the main mountain in Duanzhou District, the center of the city. The highest peak is only more than 800 meters above sea level; (北岭山云海, photographer @吴勇强) The section of Beiling Mountain extending to the northeast is called Dinghu Mountain, with Jilong Mountain as the highest peak, 1000.3 meters above sea level, which is one of the four famous mountains in Guangdong. (The wooded Dinghu Mountain is known as “Natural Oxygen Bar”, photographer @吴宇航) In addition, there are countless mountainous hills such as Antelope Mountain, Lanke Mountain, and Guiding Mountain. They surround Zhaoqing and occupy 80% of the city’s total area. As a result, Zhaoqing has become a “mountain” world. (Please watch horizontally, the continuous peaks in Huaiji, Zhaoqing, photographer @李世昌) Among the mountains, a large river splits the mountains and opens the ridges, breaking through layers of encirclement, allowing the inside and outside of Zhaoqing to be connected. It is the Xijiang River. (Zhaoqing Yanzhou Island, with Xijiang on both sides, photographer @吴勇强) The Xijiang River originates from the Maxiong Mountain in Yunnan and winds 2214 kilometers towards the South China Sea. It is the main stream of the Pearl River, the fourth longest river in China. (Please watch it horizontally. The different sections of the main stream of the Xijiang River are called Nanpan River, Hongshui River, Qianjiang River, and Xunjiang River. It was not called “Xijiang” until Wuzhou, Guangxi; the following picture is a schematic diagram of the Pearl River system, drawing @泰山/星星研究Place) The mountains in Zhaoqing are the last barrier that Xijiang needs to break through before going out of the mountains into the sea. The river flows all the way to the east, at the confluence tributary of Fengkai, Hejiang, and rolled forward with Beijiang at Sihui, but at the junction of Gaoyao District and Duanzhou District, it suddenly rushes in a “U” shape, forming a flanking attack with the mountains on both sides of the bank. The momentum created the majestic “Xijiang Small Three Gorges.” (The location of “Xijiang Small Three Gorges”, drawing @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) Sanrong Gorge is formed by Beiling Mountain and Gecai Mountain, Dadingxia is formed by Guiding Mountain and Jiangjunding, and Antelope Gorge is formed by locking Antelope Mountain and Lanke Mountain. Every flood season, the river runs through the gorge like a thousand horses, (三榕峡, photographer @卢文) The large amount of sediment carried by the river water is deposited on the shore when the flow rate slows down, and accumulates into a plain inside the “U” shape, which is the central area of ​​Zhaoqing. (Please watch horizontally, panoramic view of Duanzhou District, Zhaoqing, photographer @黄珀恒) Before the Tang Dynasty, the north branch of the ancient Xijiang River once flowed through the middle of the plain and merged with the current Xijiang River into the main Xijiang Road. Later, due to long-term siltation, it ceased activities, leaving behind a lake and pond swamp that was more than 10 kilometers long from east to west, which was called Lihu in ancient times. . Although Li Lake has long been excavated and renovated, there are still ponds such as Shiyan Pond, Dongwang Pond, Zhuwen Pond, as well as Lake Banyue Lake, Xinghu Lake, and Fairy Lake. Among them, Xinghu Lake is the largest and has the largest water storage capacity. Up to 12.5 million cubic meters, about the size of a West Lake. So far, this piece of land that controls Dajiang has taken shape. (Please watch it horizontally, Zhaoqing Star Lake is composed of Central Lake, Bohai Lake and other lakes; the picture below shows the beautiful scenery of the lake in Zhaoqing City, photographer @梁亮) But the power of “Jiangshan” is much more than that. The continuous Nanling is like a barrier, resisting the invasion of cold air masses from the south, and engulfing the warm and humid air from the north into the arms. With the influence of factors such as its location at low latitudes, Zhaoqing has mild four seasons and abundant precipitation. (Dinghushan Feishuitan is also known as Longtan Feishui Waterfall, photographer @李广宇) Under the cutting and dissolution of flowing water, the contiguous limestone mountains have formed many strange peaks and caves. There are hundreds of caves in Yanyan in Huaiji, Zhaoqing. (Huaiji Yanyan, photographer @李世昌) The Qixing Rock standing above the Xinghu Lake is composed of 7 limestone peaks arranged in Langfeng Rock, Yuping Rock, Shishi Rock, Tianzhu Rock, Toad Rock, Xianzhang Rock, and Apo Rock. Such as knife cutting, the internal karst caves are relatively well developed, and there are many stone pillars, stalagmites, and mantles, which are magnificent. (Shishiyan reflected in the star lake, photographer @吴勇强) At the same time, a suitable climate gave birth to abundant vegetation. Dinghushan Nature Reserve, located in Dinghu District, Zhaoqing, is the first national nature reserve in New China. More than 2,000 species of higher plants are distributed in it, accounting for about 1/3 of the province. (There are also 30 species of plants in Dinghu Mountain directly named after Dinghu, all of which were first discovered and recorded here. The picture below is Dinghu Rhododendron, photographer @宋柱秋) The diverse environment provides a comfortable home for the animals. Up to now, Zhaoqing has maintained nearly 200 species of birds. There are also national key protected wild animals, such as civets and leopard cats, among the mountains and forests. There are nearly a hundred species of fish wandering in the vast waters. (The white pheasant was selected as the provincial bird of Guangdong in 1988. The following picture shows the white pheasant on Dinghu Mountain, photographer @梁亮) With lush greenery and rich products, this treasure land also attracts the arrival of mankind, and the “Jiangshan” of Zhaoqing will also bring new opportunities here. 02 Poly Hub In 214 BC, Emperor Qin Shihuang first established Sihui County in the Sihui County of Zhaoqing, one of the four earliest established counties in Guangdong Province. At the same time, the central area of ​​Zhaoqing now has its first historical record due to the mouth of the Antelope Gorge. An opportunity. The Antelope Gorge is surrounded by lofty mountains to the west, and the vast Pearl River Delta to the east. It is the only place where the middle and upper reaches of the Xijiang River go to sea. (The Antelope Gorge Canyon stretches for nearly 8 kilometers, photographer @梁志锋) Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty intended to “hold the high points” and set up Gaoyao County here as a military hub in Lingnan with troops. (The realm has undergone several changes since the establishment of the county in Gaoyao; the picture below shows the current Gaoyao District, photographer @李琼) In 211 A.D., General Sun Wu (zhì) led 20,000 navy troops and Cangwu prefect Wu Juyu’s tribe in a battle; In 879, the Huangchao Rebels in the late Tang captured Guangzhou and traveled north through this place; in 1277, Yuan Bing Repeatedly competed with the Song army for Zhaoqing Mansion; in 1448, the peasant uprising army and the Ming army fought at the Antelope Gorge; in 1646, Nanming Zhu Youlang proclaimed himself emperor in Zhaoqing and became the last emperor of Nanming… (Zhu Youlang ascended the throne in Liqiao Tower in Zhaoqing, Zhu Youlang is Emperor Yongli, photographer @莫建红) While this place is a military powerhouse, its political status has also become more prominent: Gaoyao County was established in the Southern Liang, and Duanzhou was established in the Sui Dynasty. In the Northern Song Dynasty, after Zhao Ji was named the “King of Duan”, he accidentally assumed the throne as Huizong of the Song Dynasty. The prefecture was changed to Zhaoqing Prefecture, which means “beginning auspicious celebration”. (The name of Zhaoqing has been in use for more than 900 years; the picture below is the north gate of Zhaoqing’s “Song City Wall”, photographer @李琼) In 1564 AD, the Governor’s Mansion of Guangdong and Guangxi also entered Zhaoqing, making it the political center of Guangdong and Guangxi for a total of 182 years. However, in addition to the military hub, benefiting from the benefits of Xijiang, this land has become more powerful as a hub. First, it is the center of population gathering. The Nanling, which traverses the northern part of Guangdong and Guangxi, is a natural barrier between the north and the south, and the tributary of the Xijiang River that winds through it is an important channel connecting the north and the south. (The location of Nanling and related ancient roads is shown, among which Wuling is the main part of the Nanling Mountains, mapping @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) In 214 BC, Emperor Qin Shihuang used one hundred thousand soldiers and civilians to build a canal between Xiangjiang, a tributary of the Yangtze River and Lijiang, a tributary of the Xijiang River. This 37-kilometer-long artificial canal actually connected the Yangtze River system and the Pearl River system. decline. The Xiaohe Ancient Road that crosses the Viet Nam Ridge connecting the Xiaoshui tributary of the Xiangjiang River and the Hejiang tributary of the Xijiang River, and the Fanyue Ridge formed after the Tang Dynasty, and the Meiguan Ancient Road that connects the Ganjiang tributary of the Yangtze River and the Beijiang tributary of the Pearl River, etc., all let Lingnan area and Communication between the Central Plains is more convenient. (Meiguan Road, photographer @陈彦) As a result, Zhaoqing, which is close to the Li River and at the intersection of the He River, Xijiang River, and Beijiang River, has become one of the gathering places of immigrants several times. Immigrants from the Central Plains entered Lingnan via waterways, bringing in the production technology of Central Plains, and jointly developing land with local residents, and a large number of villages were formed. (Chenghu Village, Zhaoqing, photographer @黄珀恒) Second, it is the center of commercial transportation. As the big river second only to the Yangtze River in terms of water volume, the Xijiang River has abundant flow, wide basin area and long navigation mileage. Goods from Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and western Guangdong can reach Guangzhou via Zhaoqing. (Please watch it horizontally, there are still cargo ships in Xijiang today, photographer @吴勇强) In 110 BC, the second year after the county was established in Gaoyao, Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty established Yanguan in Gaoyao, one of the only two Yanguans in Lingnan. At that time, the salt transportation inside and outside the Pearl River Estuary was too high to reach the Xijiang River Basin and nearby areas, and the silk produced in the Central Plains also reached Guangzhou via Gaoyao, so Zhaoqing gradually became the center of salt transportation in the lower reaches of the Xijiang River in the Han Dynasty, and the Maritime Silk Road Extension on land. (Look at the Xijiang River from the Fengkai Guangxin Tower in Zhaoqing, where there used to be busy water transportation in ancient times, source of image @视中国) During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, thanks to the increasing number of local specialties, the number of passengers and goods distributed in Zhaoqing increased day by day. The goods shipped downstream were mainly grain, ore, bamboo, and wood, and the goods shipped upstream were mainly salt and various handicrafts. . (Zhaoqing’s flower mat weaving technology has been passed down to this day, photographer @何异能) Among them, the locally produced rain caps are well-known in Southeast Asia, and the exquisitely woven flower seats are expensive, and the special carp Wenqing carp and Maixi carp, which are famous for their smooth flesh and soft bones, are even more popular. (Wenqing carp and Maixi carp are still specialty products of Zhaoqing; the picture below shows Zhaoqing fishermen are fishing Maixi carp, photographer @梁亮) The prosperity of water transportation on the West River has supported Zhaoqing as a water transportation hub for hundreds of years and ushered in a golden age of economic development. According to records, at that time, cargo ships in Zhaoqing were moving between each other, and the sails were like weaving, which was extremely lively. “At that time, commercial transportation and entertainment for relatives and friends were centered on Zhaoqing, and they all communicated with each other, all holding sailing boats, so that the shores were anchored, and the sails were like weaving…” (From “Gaoyao County Annals”) Finally, it is the center of cultural fusion. The establishment of government offices, the concentration of population, the development of transportation, and the prosperity of economy have made Zhaoqing one of the earliest areas where the Central Plains culture and Lingnan culture, Western culture and traditional Chinese culture intersect. Among them, when Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty put down Lingnan, the Jiao n Office, Guangxin, was set up to supervise the nine prefectures. It was located at the junction of Guangdong and Guangxi, including the Fengkai of Zhaoqing today. (The “n” that crosses the n part passes through the “toe”. The picture below shows the location of the nine prefectures in the south of the Western Han Dynasty, drawing by @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) As the political center of Lingnan at that time, Guangxin accepted a large number of immigrants from the Central Plains. They merged with the local aboriginal culture and formed the embryonic form of Cantonese culture, one of the traditional cultures of Guangdong today. (The Wok Ear House in Wentang Ancient Village, Zhaoqing, is one of the representatives of Cantonese cultural and architectural style, photographer @谢厚灿) Thanks to this, Zhaoqing’s Fengkai also became “prosperous” early, and Han culture became popular and talented people appeared in large numbers. In the Western Han Dynasty, Chen Qin, Chen Yuan and his sons who were sealed off in Zhaoqing pioneered the study of Lingnan Classics; in the Tang and Song Dynasties, 27 scholars and more than 100 scholars came out here. Among them, Mo Xuanqing, who was only 17 years old, was the youngest in China’s imperial examination era. The champion. (“Jingxue” refers to the study of the Six Classics in ancient China; the picture below is Mo Xuanqing Scholar’s Temple, photographer @梁亮) At the same time, there are also Duan inkstones produced in Lanke Mountain, Zhaoqing. It is made of fine stones such as Laokeng Rock and Kengzai Rock through more than 10 fine processes. It is a royal tribute of the past dynasties. It was exported to various places through the Xijiang River and gradually became famous all over the world. (Part of Duan Yan’s work “The Way of Heaven” designed by Guan Honghui, a master of arts and crafts in Guangdong Province, photographer @何异能) During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Matteo Ricci, who was known as the first person to communicate Chinese and Western cultures, landed in Zhaoqing by boat from Macau along the Xijiang River. With the help of Zhaoqing’s prefect Wang Pan (pàn), he drew China’s first Chinese world map― -“The Complete Map of Mountains, Seas, and Earth” has made China take an extremely important step in understanding the world. (“The Complete Map of Mountains, Seas, and Earth”, image source @Wikimedia Commons, mapping @杨宁/Planet Research Institute) So far, the hub function of Zhaoqing has created cultural prosperity for this place, and their influence still affects Zhaoqing, shaping its uniqueness and beauty. 03 Passing the Ages Zhaoqing’s glorious past may have long been forgotten, but Mo Xuanqing, who was born in Fengkai, Zhaoqing, ignited the hope of countless Lingnan students through his 17-year-old high school champion. To this day, there are still tens of thousands of people visiting his former residence. The incense candles filled with the scholar’s temple tell the dream of generations of scholars. (Mo Xuanqing’s birthday event is full of people, photographer @谢厚灿) Located in Baishi Village in Duanzhou, Zhaoqing, the villagers have been making inkstone for a living since the Tang Dynasty. The Duan inkstone culture has been inherited throughout the village for more than 1,300 years. Today, more than 90% of families are still engaged in inkstone making. (Villagers in Baishi Village are carving Duanyan, photographer @ RA光) The traditional folk dance “Five Horse Tour of the City” performed in Feng Kai Nian Nian is based on the story of the Northern Song Dynasty general Di Qing defending the city. It represents the age of the land and is included in the intangible cultural heritage of Guangdong. Entered the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. (Five-horse patrol dance performed in the ancient city of Fengkai, photographer @谢厚灿) There are also dragon boat races that have been passed down because of the accessibility of waterways in the past, the ancient bamboo paper craftsmanship that has continued to this day because of the abundant bamboos in Sihui, and the ocean basket industry that has flourished since the Qing Dynasty due to the exquisite weaving skills. (Please watch it horizontally, Zhaoqing Jinli Dragon Boat Race, the scene is very lively, photographer @吴勇强) In addition, Zhaoqing still retains more than 290 ancient buildings and historical memorial buildings, and more than 150 national, provincial and county-level cultural relics protection units. Located on Mei’an Hill, Mei’an is one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Guangdong. According to legend, Hui Neng, the sixth ancestor of Zen, planted plums in the place where Mei’an was when he was practicing in the Sihui and Huaiji refuge in Zhaoqing. (Mei An was built in the Northern Song Dynasty, photographer @李琼) Qingyun Temple, located on Dinghu Mountain, was built in the Ming Dynasty, shaped like a lotus flower, and is one of the four famous temples in Lingnan. (The couplet at the gate of Qingyun Temple is “Lianhua calendar, the first place of fragrant fragrance, cloud liquid and spring resounding Wanfeng”, the whole view of Qingyun Temple, photographer @龚跃贤&梁亮) The Chongxi Pagoda on the bank of the Xijiang River is a pavilion-style brick and wood structure in the Ming Dynasty. Wind chimes are hung from the eaves of each octagonal pagoda. When the river breeze hits, the bell sounds everywhere. (Chongxi Tower, photographer @吴宇航) Located in the Bagua Village in Gaoyao, Zhaoqing, the village was built in the early Ming Dynasty. The villages are distributed according to “Bagua” and have full characteristics. (Bagua Village, photographer @周伟东) The Song City Wall built in Duanzhou not only retains the brick wall that was repaired during the Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing, and the Republic of China, but also the only well-preserved Song Dynasty brick wall in Guangdong. The Cloud Tower stands on the city wall. “Up and down piles of green, red walls and red tiles.” (Piyunlou, photographer @ RA光) What is even more shocking is that the Seven Star Rock, praised by literati and writers such as Bao Zheng, Su Shi, Tang Xianzu, Guo Moruo, etc., has more than 500 cliff rock carvings from the Tang Dynasty to the present, and it is also known as the “Poem of the Thousand Years.” gallery”. (Among the stone carvings, the “Story of the Stone Chamber of Duanzhou” by Li Yong, a calligrapher in the Tang Dynasty, is the most famous. The picture below is a cliff carving in Zhaoqing, photographer @何异能) This kind of Zhaoqing is simple and heavy, and in the new era, can Zhaoqing’s “Jiangshan” create a new look? 04 New Opportunities In 2016, the state clearly proposed the establishment of a world-class urban agglomeration-the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. As a member of the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, Zhaoqing is listed as one of the 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area. (Green mountains and green waters in downtown Zhaoqing, photographer @吴勇强) Compared with other cities, although Zhaoqing is the farthest from the sea, it also has unique advantages. First of all, in terms of location, Zhaoqing, which is “extraordinarily prominent” in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, is the only city in the Greater Bay Area that closely borders Guangxi. Not only has the province’s longest high-speed rail mileage to the southwest region, but also the Xijiang Golden Waterway and many expressways. (Zhaoqing traffic location indication; among them, the Pearl River Delta Hub (Guangzhou New) Airport, which is under planning at the junction of Zhaoqing and Foshan, is only 22 kilometers away from the main city of Zhaoqing, mapping @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) In 2014, the Nan-Guang and Gui-Guang high-speed railways were opened to traffic, and Zhaoqing became the first city in the Southwest to enter the Pearl River Delta. (Flying Nanguang high-speed rail, photographer @梁亮) In 2016, the Guangzhou-Kunming high-speed rail and the Guangzhou-Foshan-Zhaozhou intercity rail line opened to traffic. In 2019, the direct high-speed rail from Zhaoqing East Station to Hong Kong opened, and it only takes 80 minutes to reach Hong Kong. (Guangfo Zhao Intercity driving in Zhaoqing City, photographer @管俊鸿) According to the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cooperative Development Plan”, Zhaoqing will be an important node in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that connects, radiates, and drives the Southwest. (Zhaoqing East Station, photographer @罗智浩) In the future, Zhaoqing will vigorously promote the construction of urban rail, high-speed rail, airports, bridges and other projects, actively integrate into the “one-hour living circle” in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and actively build a half-hour traffic circle between Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing, becoming a combined water, land, and air transportation system. It is a comprehensive three-dimensional hub that truly achieves the “East Fusion and West Link”, becoming the bridgehead of the Pearl River Delta to the greater southwest. (The Yuejiang Bridge in Zhaoqing is more than 3800 meters long and opened to traffic in 2017. Photographer @梁亮) Secondly, Zhaoqing occupies nearly 27% of the total area of ​​the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the land development level is only 6.5%. There is much space for development and utilization, which is convenient for undertaking industrial transfer from Shenzhen and other places. Especially under the geographical advantage, Zhaoqing is sitting on the Pearl River-Xijiang Economic Belt, the Advanced Equipment Manufacturing Industrial Belt on the West Bank of the Pearl River, and the Guangdong-Guangxi-Guizhou High-speed Railway Economic Belt, enjoying the three-overlapped policy preferences. (Explanation of the scope of the triple economic belt, drawing @泰山&杨宁/Planet Research Institute) Today, Zhaoqing has four major national and provincial platforms, including Zhaoqing High-tech Zone and Zhaoqing New District. It has initially formed a cluster of industries such as new energy vehicles, advanced equipment manufacturing, and biomedical food. There are also Ningde Times, Xiaopeng Motors, Fenghua Hi-Tech And Zhaoqing Wanda National Resort, these over 10 billion-level projects constitute the industry name card. In the next five years, Zhaoqing will also cultivate three hundred billion industrial clusters of new energy vehicles, advanced equipment manufacturing, and energy conservation and environmental protection, which are now beginning to take shape. (Please watch horizontally, Zhaoqing New District under construction, photographer @廖文奕) In addition, Zhaoqing was awarded the “National Forest City” in 2016. The Xijiang River in the territory maintains Class II water quality throughout the year and is the “green lung” of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. (Located in the Xinghu Scenic Area in the downtown area of ​​Zhaoqing, built around the lake on Xinghu West Road in the scenic area, the scenery is beautiful, photographer @吴勇强) Relying on its profound historical and cultural accumulation, Zhaoqing was rated as a national-level historical and cultural city as early as 1994 and has very rich tourism resources. (“The Reclining Buddha Handan” is the celestial wonder of the Seven Star Rocks in Zhaoqing. The slowly falling sunset seems to fall in the mouth of the “Reclining Buddha”, attracting many tourists to watch, photographer @吴勇强) In 2020, Wanda Group will settle in Zhaoqing to build the Zhaoqing Wanda National Resort with all its strength, positioning itself as a world-class holiday destination, planning mountain indoor skiing, outdoor theme parks, tourist towns, high-end hotel clusters and other twelve major business types, which will become South China The largest and most diversified resort center. The first mountain indoor ski park, in which the slope has a vertical drop of 200 meters and a length of about 1,000 meters. (Indicating the indoor ski park project, showing the overall view of Wanda National Resort, picture source @赵庆万达国家度假区) After the completion of the project, it will help Zhaoqing build a world-famous resort and tourism city, as well as a famous sports event city in China. It is expected to attract more than 30 million tourists every year, promote the integrated development of the local cultural and tourism industry and the upgrade of the cultural and tourism industry in the new era. (Zhaoqing was also awarded the “National Civilized City” in 2020. The picture below is a rower training in Xinghu, photographer @龚跃贤) This city, which has experienced more than 2,000 years of trouble, is actively creating a new look and welcoming the wave of the new era. (The Zhaoqing International Marathon was held in 2016; the picture below is the Zhaoqing International Marathon in 2019, photographer @梁亮) Walking into the current Zhaoqing, you can still touch the red bricks and blue tiles, (Zhaoqing Fengkai Ancient City, photographer @卢文) Wrapped steamed rice dumplings, Wenqing carp, Maixi carp, apricot chicken, tea oil chicken, penny powder and other delicacies enrich people’s tables. (Wrapped steamed rice dumpling is a traditional delicacy in Zhaoqing, the picture below is hand-made wrapped steamed rice dumpling, photographer @吴勇强) More and more high-rise buildings began to stand on both sides of the Xijiang River, setting off each other with the ancient pavilions, (The Yuejiang Tower, which was built in the Ming Dynasty, was repaired on the same frame as the tall building in the distance, photographer @梁亮) And the mountains, which have stood for thousands of years and have not changed their appearance, are here as green as old and full of vitality. (Please watch it horizontally, the mountains, rivers and cities of the Four Meetings of Zhaoqing are integrated, photographer @罗炳昆) This is Zhaoqing. It is simple and fresh, and it is full of opportunities and the future. (Please click to watch, Zhaoqing’s latest urban cultural and tourism promotional film “Zhaoqing, Let the World Hear the Beauty of the Greater Bay Area”) This article authoring team Written by: Tianxiu Picture: Zhang Benzhi & Yu Kuan & Zhou Dguang Design: Yang Ning Map: Mount Tai Review: May & Burning & Chen Zhihao Cover photographer: Wu Yongqiang 【references】 [1] Local History Compilation Committee of Duanzhou District, Zhaoqing City. Zhaoqing City History[M]. Guangzhou: Guangdong People’s Publishing House, 1996. [2] Gaoyao County Local Chronicles Compilation Committee. Gaoyao County Chronicles[M]. Guangzhou: Guangdong People’s Publishing House, 1996. [3] Huang Xiaohong et al. Records of Duanzhou District, Zhaoqing City[M]. Beijing: Local Records Publishing House, 2012. [4] Pearl River Water Conservancy Committee, Ministry of Water Resources, etc. Pearl River Records[M]. Guangzhou: Guangdong Science and Technology Press, 1991. [5] Xu Li. 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