On May 1st ten years ago, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge was officially opened to traffic, which ushered in a new era for the economic development of Cixi.
Today, ten years later, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is celebrating its 10th birthday. The remarkable achievements in Cixi’s regional economic and social development is a tribute to the great bridge which strikes the chord with the one million Cixi people.
In the past 10 years, the Cixi people have seized the opportunities for development and integrated themselves into the new era of the Bridge Economy, adapting to the new requirements for the economic growth, adhering to reform and innovation with an open mind, and pressing forward against difficulties. The economic strength of Cixi County has been significantly increased, which lives up to people’s expectation.
In the past decade, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge has brought great changes to regional traffic conditions of Cixi, and it has been an emblem of innovation, open-mindedness and integrative thinking. The 10-year history tells us that only by fully leveraging its regional advantages, grasping new opportunities and trends of economic growth, and pursuing innovative, open and integrated development can Cixi remain in the forefront of times and improve its regional competitiveness and the living standards of the people.
Now Cixi has come to a juncture of development, which is also a new starting point. The development of the Bridge Economy has entered a new era. The Hangzhou Bay Area, as an important part of the Ningbo-Hangzhou Bay Intelligent Economy Agglomeration Zone, is facing a historic opportunity for development. Against the backdrop of new regional traffic patterns, Cixi should integrate itself into the development of the bay area, deepen cooperation with Shanghai and open wider to the outside world, so as to accumulate new momentum for regional high-quality development in line with Ningbo’s pursuit of becoming a famous city and a central city in Yangtze River Delta Area.
The past decade has witnessed the remarkable achievements of the Hangzhou Bay New Zone as a hub of for the development of the Bridge Economy. It is the efforts of generations of Cixi people that contribute to the construction and development of the New Zone. And it is the growth of the New Zone that is closely associated with the future of Cixi and drives its development. The Cixi people will continue to support the integrated development of the New Zone and propel the regional economic growth to a new level, so as to further promote the development of the bay area.
The past 10 years of development also proves that regional edges cannot be transformed into advantages for development automatically. Opportunities are transient and not forging ahead is equivalent to falling behind. The development of Cixi in the new era will get nowhere unless rigid thinking is broken down, and sloth, lack of drive, inaction and vacillation are overcome. In the 10th anniversary of the opening of the bridge, we shall identify and strengthen areas of weakness, be innovative in action, and seize the historic opportunity for the construction of the bay area. Guided by Ningbo’s strategy of “Six Advances” and the “2020 Initiative for Economic Growth”, we strive to build Cixi as a demonstration city featuring high-quality development and open up new prospects for the growth of the Bridge Economy.
10 years of development have unfolded rapidly. We are now reaching a new starting point. We are so proud of the bridge as it is the bridge that has underpinned the development of Cixi. In the bygone days, we were honored to witness the construction of the bridge, to participate in the development of the Bridge Economy, and to see our efforts bear fruit. Today, we shall continue to promote the Bridge Culture and the Bridge Spirit, and to forge ahead with a open mind, innovative spirit and ambition. We shall overcome obstacles with a united heart, jointly promote the development of the bay area and build Cixi into a city at the forefront of development and a city of great competitiveness and influence.
Let us embrace this great new era interwoven with opportunities and challenges, and embark on a new journey of development. We will press forward to make greater economic achievements and to build Cixi into a more beautiful city with the vigor and potential for innovation!