Focus on growth
The people of Chongqing are also known for their passion for mah-jong, a game they play dayand night in a range of places, including homes, teahouses, community mah-jong houses and,for those yearning for fresh air during the hours-long mah-jong sessions, cruise ships.
At Chaotianmen, near the spot where the Jialing River flows into the main stream of theYangtze River, people sit four to a table and play mah-jong on a cruise ship docked at the port.The entire second-floor deck of the ship has been converted into an open-air mah-jong housewith scores of tables arranged in neat rows. The clash of mah-jong tilts is so loud that peopleon the shore can hear the clamor.
Locals said Chaotianmen is where an adolescent Deng Xiaoping bid farewell to his hometown inSichuan province and boarded a ferry to Shanghai before moving on to France to study. Deng,with a proud ambition to save the country from chaos, discovered Communism in France andcame back to join the Chinese revolution led by Mao Zedong that eventually overthrew theKuomintang government in 1949.
Deng was instrumental in unleashing market economy reforms in China more than threedecades ago.
Viewing from Chaotianmen, skyscrapers have emerged on the mountain slopes along thechannels of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, and an arched bridge styled after, but built to belonger than, the Sydney Harbour Bridge spans the Yangtze, connecting Chongqing's upscalebusiness districts.
Chongqing, once a center of political, economic and cultural resources as the Kuomintang'swar-time capital during World War II, only made strides in development after it was designated amunicipality directly under the central government alongside Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin in1997 and the central government launched a major campaign -- "Develop the West" -- tosupport the development of the country's western regions in 2000.
Chongqing's economic output exceeded 1 trillion yuan ($160 billion) in 2011, becoming the firstinland city with such a massive economy. Another six Chinese cities with GDPs over 1 trillionyuan are all located on or near the coast, the area that has led the country's export-orientedeconomic boom over the past three decades.
Li Youcai, a government official of rural Zhongxian county, said right after he was summoned,like others, to a county-level Party committee meeting to be briefed on the decision toinvestigate cases surrounding Bo, he was asked to resume focusing on his priority work --attracting investors.
Li, 31, said the county government is in talks with a major Chinese solar panel maker to set upa plant in Zhongxian, which is estimated to involve an investment of 3 billion yuan.
"Bo's case did not affect our work, especially not the opening-up policies the countygovernment has adopted," Li said. "We are still primarily focused on seeking investment toboost the local economy."