A fish restaurant opened in Sansha City in China’s southernmost Hainan Province on Saturday.
Sansha City was established three years ago to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea.
It’s the first fish restaurant opened on China’s southern most city.
Yongxing fish restaurant is run by Zhao Heng, a college graduate turned village official in Sansha City.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZHANG HENG, Yongxing fish restaurant manager
“Opening the fish restaurant will create jobs for locals. Now we have hired four fishermen, and they’ll get paid every month.”
Sansha is the youngest city in China. It just celebrated its third birthday on Friday.
The city administers about two million square kilometers of islands and territorial waters in the South China Sea.
Most of the city’s facilities are located on Yongxing island, which used to be a fishing village.
Zhao says, they are now seeking cooperation with a company in Beijing, and are considering to sell the seafood to other cities across China.