First of all, let me express my gratitude for your attention to, and support for, the development of Xiamen’s tourism. Thank you for coming, I would like to give you a brief introduction to some investment projects for Xiamen’s tourism.
Xiamen covers a total area of 1565 square kilometers. Its coastline is 234 kilometers and among which 12.56 kilometers are suitable for developing into bathing beaches. As it is a habitat for egrets, the city is also called the “Island of Egrets”. It is also known as the “Garden on the Sea” and the “Most Congenial City in China”, and famous a t home and abroad for its charming landscape and seascape and beautiful city environment. In 1998, the title of “Excellent National Tourism City” was awarded to Xiamen, along with some other cities, for the first time in China. It has become one of the 10 most popular tourist destination cities in China. For 13 consecutive years since 1991, it has been one of the top 10 tourist cities in China in terms of earning foreign
exchange from tourism. In 2003, 13.34 million tourists visited Xiamen and the city’s r evenue from tourism totaled RMB 16.532 billion.
Both the Xiamen municipal committee of the CPC and the city government have attached great importance to developing tourism, fully realizing the important role tourism plays in developing the city’s econ omy, and regarding tourism as a new growth point and a pillar sector in its economic development. Accordingly, the government has offered quite a few preferential policies aimed at encouraging the development of tourism and is determined to build Xiamen into an important central tourism city for the economic zone along the western coast of the Taiwan Straits.
Now, let me introduce some key projects. First let’s look at a five-star hotel project on Minzu road. The site is located in the central part of X iamen’s traditional urban area, enjoying a very favorable geographical location. It is close to the busy Zhongshan Road commercial area and near Lujiang Road, which leads to the City’s ring road. It is convenient and easily accessible. What is more, with the beautiful surrounding environment and the site overlooking the famous tourist attraction of Gulangyu islet across the sea, the hotel will be an ideal place for enjoying the panoramic view of Gulangyu as well as the beautiful sights on both sides of Lujiang.
The planned construction area for this project, a five-star hotel, is 9066.409 square meters. Other major requirements are as follows: The total floor space should be no more than 50 thousand square meters, with a maximum plot ratio of 5.51, maximum height of 100 meters, a maximum construction density of 45%, and a minimum green rate of 30%. It should be a project funded by one company alone with a total investment of US$48.36 million.
Family related issues are complex.
They connect with all dimensions of economic, social and cultural development. There is ample evidence worldwide that changes in family structure and size: aging, migration, and HIV/AIDs, can have adverse effects on families economically, socially and culturally, unless the links are consciously looked at and dealt with.
This is equally true for China. As the most populated country in the world, China has experienced rapid demographic transitions since the 1950’s with its 1.3 billion population growing at a rate of 7 million each year. The Chinese government continues to place a high priority on family
issues------issues concerning the “clothing, food, lodging and transportation”of every member of the family and the society, which normally consists of three generations, though there have been changing dynamics more recently.
China’s long-term commitment to reform over the last two decades, its strong and robust institutions and a hard-working people, have all combined to produce unprecedented progress: in the lifting of some 400-500 million people out of poverty, in transforming China into one of the largest trading nations in the world, and in meeting most of its Millennium Development Goals, some of them 11 years ahead of the 2015 targets. Yet as China’MDG progress report, launched last March, points out, there are some remaining and some new challenges arising as a direct consequence of the rapid progress.
Growing inequalities between east and west China, between rural and urban areas and between men and women required urgent and rapid attention. Uneven development is also being manifested in the balance between economic and social development and between people and nature.
It is families, especially those who are poor, who face threats of HIV/AIDS, lack of opportunity and access to resources and services, and impoverishment by the degrading environment. The Chinese leadership is taking on these challenges through its own version of the MDGs—“xiaokang”, the concept of an all round well off society to be reached by 2020.
The National Population and Family Planning Commission and other functionaries of the government at both national and sub-national level have the challenge and the responsibility of ensuring that family issues
are fully connected to the national development agenda. It is our collective interest to help in that mission.