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Attracting 11.03 billion RMB in Investment, Chongqing Shizhu Strives to Develop Health and Senior Care Industry

By SHIHAN YANGICHONGQING|Jul 22,2021

Chongqing- On July 20, the 5th China Health and Senior Care Conference, Shizhu, Chongqing opened in Huangshui Town, a famous summer resort in Shizhu. The conference is co-sponsored by the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang and the CPPCC Chongqing Municipal Committee. Representatives from relevant national ministries and commissions, relevant municipal departments, several foreign consuls in Chongqing, and several renowned experts and scholars attended the conference.

At the opening ceremony, Shizhu Tujia Autonomous County signed 9 Senior Care industry projects with a total investment of 11.03 billion yuan, released the White Paper on the Development of China Shizhu Coptis Chinensis Industry, and also held other activities, including the signing of agreements on Qin Liangyu Culture, the launching of Xituo Ancient Town-National 4A Tourist Attraction, and the awarding of “Top 100 Counties of Sustainable Health and Recreation Industry in China”.

The Xituo Ancient Town-National 4A Tourist Attraction was launched at the opening ceremony on July 20. (Photo/ Shizhu County)

More than 200 km2 of Chinese herbs are cultivated in Shizhu

To develop Chinese traditional medicine, Shizhu County has a very strong background. Located in the heart of the Three Gorges reservoir area, the ecological environment of Shizhu County is very suitable for the growth of Chinese herbs. Shizhu has more than

The beautiful scenery of cropland in Shizhu County. (Photo/ Shizhu County)

One thousand seven hundred varieties of Chinese herbs, and is known as “hometown of Coptis Chinensis in China.” In addition, the county has an area of more than 200 km2 of Chinese herbs and has formed the Chinese herb processing base and developed a number of related products.

In recent years, Shizhu County has focused on the theme of “Senior Care Transformation & Green Development” made every effort to develop the Senior Care industry. Through the investment innovation in the past few years, 47 Chinese herbal medicine row-processing enterprises in Shizhu County have developed a series of Coptis Chinensis products, including Coptis Chinensis flower tea, Coptis Chinensis toothpaste, Coptis Chinensis soap, etc.

In addition, Shizhu has been working on the integrated development of traditional Chinese medicine and the senior care industry. To further promote the high-quality development of the senior care industry, at the opening ceremony, Shizhu County further introduces of 9 enterprises to invest in senior care industry projects with a total investment of 11.03 billion yuan, which will involve a photovoltaic power generation project, winter sports project, and Haitang Valley culture and tourism comprehensive development project, etc.

The added value of the senior care economy in Shizhu reached 50.2% of GDP

In the keynote speech of the opening ceremony, experts and scholars also brought speeches around the traditional Chinese medicine industry and the results of rural revitalization in Shizhu, providing new ideas, new initiatives, and new methods for the development of the special industries in Shizhu.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine and Senior Care Hall of Shizhu Coptis Chinensis Culture Museum. (Photo/ Shizhu County)

The road to high-quality development in Shizhu County, focusing on the senior care economy, is getting wider and wider. According to the data, in 2020, the added value of the senior care economy in Shizhu County accounts for 50.2% of total GDP, and it is expected to reach 55% by the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan.

“By holding the yearly health and senior care conference, Shizhu has demonstrated and promoted the advantages and development achievements of the senior care industry from various angles, which has strongly promoted the exchange and development of the national senior care industry, and has made ‘Tujia culture, Health, and Senior Care’ a strong name card of Shizhu County.” Chen Aijun, the Executive deputy county magistrate of People’s Government of Shizhu County, said at the ceremony.

 

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