DENG XIAOGANG, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF SICHUAN PROVINCIAL PARTY COMMITTEE, VISITED CHG DIEXI GEMSTONE TOWN PROJECT TO INSPECT AND GUIDE THE WORK
On 8 September 2021, Deng Xiaogang, Deputy Secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and Liu Ping, Secretary of the Aba Prefecture Party Committee visited the CHGDiexi Gem Town project, accompanied by Dr. Chen Bin, President of CHG, Cheng Wenzhao, General Manager of the Energy and Chemical Sector, and Feng Rong, General Manager of Diexi Business Management Company.
President Chen Bin introduced to Deputy Secretary Deng Xiaogang and other leaders the work done by CHG in serving people's livelihood and rural revitalisation. He said that since 2004, the Group has been vigorously developing energy and chemical, cultural and tourism industries in Maoxian County, actively promoting employment, driving people to increase their income and wealth, and helping to revitalise the development of the countryside. At present, with the Qiang culture as the core, the Group has integrated the high-quality natural and humanistic landscape resources of Maoxian County and launched special scenic spots such as the national AAAA-grade scenic spot "Songping valley" and Diexi Gem Town to promote the linkage development of local tourism, cultural industry and real economy.
During the inspection, General Manager Cheng Wenzhao gave the leaders a detailed introduction of the design and management concept, construction status and development direction of Diexi Gem Town, Gemstone Culture and Art Centre and other projects.
He introduced Diexi ancient town, located at the upper reaches of the Min River and an important node on the western route of the Ninth Ring, which formed a market town before the Han Dynasty and was once a necessary route and an important post station on the "Songmao Ancient Road", with an endless stream of merchants and a thriving market. In 1933, a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Diexi, causing landslides on both sides of the Min River, blocking its course and pushing the town into the Min River valley. Decades later, the weir formed by the earthquake turned into a sea, and the town of Diexi became known as the 'Pompeii of the East'. Diexi Gem Town is planned and designed with the thousand-year history of the ancient town of Diexi, the long and profound culture of the ancient Shu silkworm bushes and the primitive and ancient customs of the Qiang people as its core, with attractions including the ancient town landscape, the sea landscape, the ancient tea and horse road, folklore and legends, and jewellery displays.
After the completion of the project, it will form a linkage and cluster development with Songpinggou Valley Scenic Area, realizing the transformation of "single attraction" to "whole area tourism" and helping the cultural tourism industry of Maoxian County to flourish.
Diexi Ancient Town Landscape
After learning more about the situation, Deputy Secretary Deng Xiaogang highly approved of the Group's management concept and achievements in cultural tourism projects. He said that CHG has been deeply involved in Mao County for many years, laying out energy and chemical, cultural tourism industries, adding endogenous power to employment and poverty alleviation in ethnic minority areas, and helping rural revitalization with industrial development. He hoped that in the future, CHG would insist on combining agriculture and tourism, promoting tourism with agriculture and developing agriculture with tourism, promoting the deep integration of industries and high-quality development, and helping the cultural tourism industry to flourish. He said that in the future, he would continue to promote the deep integration of the cultural tourism industry in accordance with the leadership's instructions, and make Songpinggou and Diexi Gem Town the most emotive cluster of cultural tourism attractions on the Nineth Rings.