Young city thrives in South China Sea

Sansha, an youngest city in China, will see its third birthday on Friday.

Life on Sansha’s islands in south China sea has become more pleasant over the past three years, mainly due to improved infrastructure.

Since Sansha city was established to administer about two million square kilometers of islands and territorial waters, it has become an increasingly comfortable home for hundreds of fishermen, government employees and troops.

The local government has taken measures to improve its infrastructure and protect local environment.

In 2014, the local government managed to provide access to desalinated water and electricity, generated by solar power and gasoline, on all inhabited islands.

Currently, a government-led housing project is helping accommodate fishermen who live in cabins that are vulnerable to storms.

In addition, since January this year, a large supply ship has begun a route carrying daily necessities and food to the islets from the island province of Hainan, which is hundreds of kilometers away, up to twice a week.

The new supply ship also helps Sansha’s deep-sea fish reach more buyers in inland markets, sometimes as far as Beijing, with at least 3 thousand KM away.

Fisherman Fu Zaichou says fresh seafood can be rapidly shipped to Hainan and then sent to Beijing in less than two days’ transportation.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)FU ZAICHOU, Director, Yongxing Community Committee
” We hope Beijing customers will like our seafood.”

Though fishing remains a traditional pillar of local economy, the local government is encouraging more residents to switch to the tourism service sector.

This year, 1.6 million U.S. dollars was earmarked by the city government as financial support to those who want to start their own business, such as restaurants, at scenic spots.

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