International Media travel to discover Jiangsu’s Tech, Tourism and Culture

06 Oct 2017

SHANGHAI, China, 13th Sept, 2017 (PROPELLER TV – Isabella Carter) The ‘Hi, Jiangsu’ international media tour brought together journalists from 16 countries to visit Jiangsu’s local hotspots. Hosted by the Information Office of the Jiangsu Provincial Government and organized by China Daily, Jiangsu welcomes the world to get to know it better. Mainstream media journalists from the United Kingdom, Thailand, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia visited five cities - Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Suzhou and Taicang during the weeklong trip in the province.

Propeller TV joined the delegation to visit centres of the high tech industry and experience its rich culture heritage whilst enjoying the breath taking natural scenery that surrounds the area.

Gathering together at the historical city of Nanjing, the media group’s first stop was the Chinese high-speed rail manufacturer CRRC Corporation’s Nanjing Puzhen Co. Earlier on this year, CRRC was won the bid to supply London Underground with 71 engineering wagons and will enter service in 2019. This is the first time CRRC will be supplying their products to the UK, although it has been exporting high-tech urban rail solutions to many Asian and African countries. CRRC is positive that their products will in demand not just by developing countries, they hope the high tech developments in high speed rail and urban energy saving transport will attract more European projects, invigorated by the government’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. Traveling to the next stop Wuxi by high speed rail gave the media delegates an opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to be on China’s new generation of high speed transportation. China’s high-speed rail expansion is part of the government’s plan to provide fast, reliable and comfortable means of long distance transportation for large number of people. By the end of 2016, the HSR network had reached 22,000 km and is on target to achieve 38,000 km by 2025.

Photo: a little experiment with a pound coin whist speeding through Jiangsu’s countryside at 200kmph.

A Highlight of the trip was attending the World Internet of Things Summit and Expo in Wuxi. Since 2009, Wuxi became the first national demonstration zone for Internet of Things, the city has been increasingly associated with frontline tech developments. Organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Jiangsu Provincial government. The exposition is a platform for industry experts, companies and governments to share their ideas and talk about smart manufacturing, environmental protection, medical services, information security and finance was an amazing experience. In Jack Ma’s speech at the summit, he expressed "We think data is going to be so important to human life in the future. With the development of the internet of things, everything will be connected".

The world’s fastest supercomputer – Sunway Light of Taihu was an eye opener to Jiangsu’s great leaps into high tech development. The computation capacity of Sunway exceeds that of the next best 5 computers and is built of entirely Chinese-made CPUs. The National Supercomputing Centre is set up as a public resource and aims to be a world leading supercomputing service provider to promote development in the economy, technology and society, it also contains an innovative research and production centre and business incubator.

By evening, the delegation enjoyed Qingmingqiao Historic Culture Zone. An evening stroll down Qingmingqiao and the lantern lit canal side was especially enchanting. Day and night, the old town bursts with activities for its 50,000 daily tourists. Restaurants, shop vendors and even the small pop-up stalls will inform customers that they may conveniently pay with Wechat or Alipay if they don’t have cash, which is hardly a surprise after the day of learning about payment technology at the WIOT Expo. 

Following the Grand Canal back north to Yangzhou, the media team are guided round the ancient town and get acquainted with the period of China’s salt trade history and the rich legacy it left behind. The local government pays special attention to the preservation of the local cultural inheritance, over a hundred museums have been established to pass on and promote the art, music and architecture that are unique to the region.

Picturesque Suzhou is at the heart of the Yangze River Delta. As the city with the highest GDP in the country, the delegates were keen to learn about Suzhou’s dynamic economy. It has won acclaim from the World Bank for 6 consecutive years as the Gold-Medal City for Investment in the Environment, this was certainly agreed by the journalists as we drove through the green marshlands surrounding Suzhou.

Embroidery street was a treat for the delegates to visit real workshops and art galleries. Silk embroidery is an art that is both mysterious but symbolic of China due to its international trade history. Enjoying Suzhou embroidery arts and even having a go themselves was truly an experience to remember.

Lastly, the media team arrives at the final stop, Taicang. A historically significant location for international commerce——From the age of Zhenghe’s naval fleet in the early 15th Century to this day it remains a major channel for shipping and trade. Taicang Port is the biggest port in the region connecting the core of China via the Yangze River to the world, it has created 187 cross ocean container routes to 20 major ports in the world. The scale and level of organization at the port was immensely impressive to the international reporters. 

With the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative deepening China’s relations across the globe, Jiangsu’s industries look to open up even more opportunities for international partnerships. As Africa bound trains roll off the production line in Nanjing, Wuxi is turning itself into the next ‘Silicon Valley’ revolution in technology. Most recently, as part of China’s Maritime Silk Road project, Jiangsu has been deepening investment in UAE Abu Dhabi’s ports to develop a manufacturing Free Trade Zone. Jiangsu’s enterprises are exemplars of China’s endeavour to connect the world.