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Big strides in rural reform

One of the country's smallest administrative areas has progressed in the past three decades, Huang Zhiling reports.

By Huang Zhiling | China Daily | Updated: 2023-03-23 08:32
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Swans swim on a lake facing the nine-story Wenchang Pagoda.[Photo provided by China Daily]

Tianye countryside park in Guanqiao town, Jiayu county, Hubei province, attracts numerous visitors on two-day trips over weekends and holidays.

Visitors like walking along the South and North Lakes in the hilly park — which only has a few tall buildings and a wide view — breathing fresh air and being immersed in tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Many go up to the Wenchang Pagoda, which is nine stories tall and stands at a height of 59 meters. The pagoda, constructed in traditional fashion, was built at a cost of 100 million yuan ($14.5 million). It is a landmark of the park and takes only minutes to reach the top, thanks to an elevator inside. Looking down from the apex, visitors who have stayed long in big cities are overwhelmed by the green bamboo trees all around, and hills and lakes in the distance.

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