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University re-established in cradle of Chinese revolution
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10:43, October 30, 2007

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China's education authorities have re-established Jinggangshan University in the area known as the cradle of Chinese revolution 44 years after it was closed.

The university of 27,000 students and 974 teaching staff was upgraded from the former Jinggangshan College and the campus covers 170 hectares.

The Ministry of Education and the provincial government of Jiangxi have signed an agreement to provide more support for Jinggangshan University.

Jinggangshan University was first built in the Jinggangshan Mountains in 1958, but was closed five years later when China faced economic difficulties.

Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong and his colleagues established the first rural base of the revolution in the Jinggangshan Mountains in 1927.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Saturday marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of Jinggangshan revolutionary base in east China's Jiangxi Province.

The re-opening of Jinggangshan University is seen as another move in the development of the cradle of Chinese revolution.

Jinggangshan Airport opened in May 2004 and an expressway to Jinggangshan opened to traffic in March this year. In June, Jinggangshan saw the launch of its first railway.

The former revolutionary base has also become a tourist destination with the number of visitors increasing by 20 percent annually. It received more than 850,000 tourists from home and abroad in the first four months of the year.


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