Guizhou Aims to Become ‘Switzerland in the East’

by swisscham in General Interest

Well-preserved ecological environment and abundant tourism resources have emboldened officials in southwest China’s Guizhou Province to build their hometown into a “Switzerland in the East”. At an international environmental protection forum held in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, Saturday, local officials said geological resemblance between their hometown and Switzerland gives them advantages in learning from the success of one of the world’s richest countries. “Guizhou and Switzerland are both landlocked and mountainous. Both of them are rich in ecological and cultural tourism resources,” said Chen Min’er, governor of Guizhou. Chen said his province will learn from Switzerland’s experience in balancing modernization and ecological protection. Switzerland has become prosperous because it has fostered its strength and circumvented its weakness, he said. Occupying a land area of about 170,000 km2, Guizhou is four times the size of Switzerland. However, with a population of about 35 million, its GDP in 2012 stood at RMB 680.2 billion (USD 110.7 billion).

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