Changsha county ascends to national top six
Changsha county, a district of Changsha city in Hunan province ranked sixth among China's top 100 middle-sized and small cities in 2015, according to comprehensive strength.
Significantly, it is one place up from last year's ranking. And it also made the county a No 1 in Central and West China for five years in a row. The ranking list was published on the People's Daily on Nov 23.
On the 2015 list of China's top 10 "double-oriented" (resource-conserving, environment-friendly) middle-sized and small cities released at the same time, Changsha county amounted to the top, surpassing Kunshan of East China’s Jiangsu province for the second year running. The "double-oriented" society development is mainly judged by indexes of resource-saving and environment friendly. Of the top 10 "double-oriented" middle-sized and small cities, five are from the east, three from the central region, and one in west and northeast China.
Meanwhile, the county ranked fourth in this year's top 100 middle-sized and small cities' measure of the most investment potential.
The evaluation system of comprehensive strength values scientific development in four categories – economic development, social progress, environmental friendly and government effectiveness. Hunan's Liling city also stepped into the top 100 list in comprehensive strength in the 92th seat.
Experts say that rising from 58th place in 2008 to sixth in 2015, Changsha county's successful development experience has drawn great attention as it is narrowing the gap with more developed eastern areas.
In recent years, Changsha county has been committed to transforming its development mode, and sticking to the "Three Commons" development philosophy, that is: common development of happiness and economy, common prosperity between rural and urban areas, and common improvement of eco-livability and economic development.
From January to October, Changsha county achieved industrial output value of 181.5 billion yuan ($28.4 billion) and finance revenue of 17.4 billion yuan. Since 2014, the county has started to put 80 percent of its newly-added financial resources annually to improve residents' livelihood. It was rated a national ecological county earlier this year.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Shahnawaz Akhtar
Source: Changsha Evening News