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City bases smart success on legacy (2)

By Liu Xiangrui and Huang Zhiling  (China Daily)

08:21, March 01, 2012

"Of our 80,000 employees globally, half of them are in Mianyang," said Liu Haizhong, director of promotion at Sichuan Changhong Electric, which is based in the city.

Liu said his corporation, which had sales of 72 billion yuan ($11.44 billion) in 2011, not only contributes to the local economy, but also provides many jobs for local residents.

The development of the science and technology sector has greatly benefited the city in other aspects, including infrastructure, environment and tourism, according to Wu Jingping, Party chief of Mianyang.

"In the 1990s, Mianyang lacked public facilities and green space. Many residents were crammed into overcrowded low-rises," said Ji Xiaobing, who has lived in the city for nearly 50 years.

"Thanks to hefty investment and the construction of the science and technology parks, the city now has spacious streets and decent residential buildings."

Locals are proud that Mianyang is the first national garden city in western China, with nearly 40 percent of its urban area categorized as green land.

The city is now looking to attract more tourists. With an investment of 250 million yuan, the city's museum themed on national defense, atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and satellites, which opened in 2006, is becoming a popular destination.

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