Guang’an literally means a vast, peaceful and harmonious land.
Guang’an is the hometown of Deng Xiaoping, the Chief Architect of China’s reform and opening up policy. Located in the eastern part of Sichuan province, Guang’an was set up as a prefecture in July 1993. In July 1998, it was designated as a city, which consists of Guang’an District, Qianfeng District, Huaying City, Yuechi County, Wusheng County, and Linshui County. It covers a total area of 6,339 km2, with a resident population of 3.25 million.
The birthplace of many outstanding people. Guang’an has a long history. It was set up as Guang’an military prefecture in 969 during the Northern Song dynasty. This name has been in use since then. Its long history has nurtured generations of people with lofty ideals. They included: Pang Xiong in Han dynasty who was an imperial censor; An Bing in Song dynasty who was an imperial duke; Wang Dewan in Ming dynasty who was minister of Revenue; Pu Dianjun, a leader of Sichuan Railway Protection Movement; Qin Bing, one of the 72 Martyrs in Huanghuagang Uprising; and He Lu, a famous mathematician in modern China. Deng Xiaoping, the late leader of the CPC, is the most prominent representative in the history of Guang’an.
Beautiful scenery. Jialing and Qujiang rivers wind through Guang’an and flow into the Yangtze River. Huaying, Tongluo and Mingyue mountains are distributed in parallel in the eastern part of the city. Guang’an is home to one national 5-A scenic spot and seven 4-A scenic spots, known as a leading place of “red tourism” in Sichuan and an important destination of national ‘red tourism’. It is included in the 12 "key red tourism areas" and 30 excellent ‘ red tourism’ lines. The Former Residence of Deng Xiaoping, the Exhibition Hall of Deng Xiaoping's Former Residence and the Site of Huaying Mountain Guerrilla are listed as China’s national 100 "red tourism classic scenic spots". Guang’an is recognized as a national civilized city, national health city, national forest city, national garden city and China’s excellent tourism city.
Superior location. Lying in the easternmost part of Sichuan Province, Guang’an sits next to Chongqing, at the center of the "Chengdu-Chongqing-Xi’an-Kunming" Economic Circle. Therefore, it is an important node city for the development of " Belt and Road" initiative and the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Guang’an is connected with the world via two airports, Chongqing Jiangbei and Nanchong Gaoping airports, both of which are within an hour's drive of the city. Through Guang'an port along Qujiang River, ships with a throughput capacity of thousand tons can go straight to Shanghai. 50% of industrial projects in Guang'an are providing support for Chongqing, 60% of tourists come from Chongqing every year, 75% of agricultural products are sold to Chongqing. Therefore, Guang’an has become a supporting base for manufacturing industry, agricultural products supply base, and tourism & leisure destination in Chongqing.
Convenient transportation. The proposed site for Guang'an airport has been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, construction for Guang’an section of Xi’an-Chongqing High-speed Railway is about to start, and the Guang'an- Chengdu (via Nanchong) High-speed Railway has been included in the "Plan of Comprehensive Transport Development for the Economic Circle of Chengdu-Chongqing Region". Guang’an has jointly built the pilot demonstration area on the integrated transport development in the Economic Circle with its neighboring districts and counties in Chongqing. So far, the expressways of Bazhong-Guang’an-Chongqing, Suining-Guang’an, eastern ring road of Guang’an City Ring Expressway and the section of Qianfeng-Xiaomian for the branch of Chongqing-Guang’an Expressway, etc. have been open to traffic. The city's total road mileage reached 14,700 km, up 3,600 km compared with the end of "12th Five-Year" period (2011-2015).
Thriving industries. With a strategy of "strengthening the city with industry, making the people rich with agriculture, and developing the city with business", Guang’an has initially put in place a "3-4-1" modern industrial sector, a "3-6-3" modern agricultural sector, and a "3-5-2" modern service industrial system. The output value of its modern industry, with equipment manufacturing, electronic information, energy and chemical industry as the pillar, has exceeded 148 billion yuan. A total of 207 industrial enterprises above designated size have been cultivated; seven industrial parks at or above the provincial level have been built; five industrial parks have been included in Sichuan Province's "5+1" key feature industrial parks; and the development of basalt fiber industry has taken the lead in China. Guang'an Longan pomelo production area was created as the special area of Chinese special agricultural products, and Guang'an honey pear and Linshui navel orange were recognized as the area of special agricultural products in Sichuan. One provincial five-star, one four-star and two three-star modern agricultural parks have been built in Guang’an. The per-capita disposable income of farmers in Guang’an ranks first in northeast Sichuan for 10 consecutive years.
A cluster of platforms. Sichuan-Chongqing Gaozhu New Area is the first trans-provincial new area launched by Sichuan and Chongqing, which was listed as one of the top 50 potential new urban areas in China in 2021. The New Area is striving to build a pilot area of reform for the moderate separation of economic zones and administrative areas, a demonstration area for the integrated development of industries, urban areas and landscapes, and a new satellite city in the center of Chongqing. Guang'an Economic and Technological Development Zone is recognized as the first national-level economic and technological zone in northeast Sichuan; Guang'an Xinqiao Chemical Industrial Park is designated as one of the first batch of chemical industrial parks in Sichuan Province, where the contract for building the world's largest N-PMIDA production base was signed to settle down. Guang’an has established strategic partnership with the first four special economic zones, and Guang'an (Shenzhen) Industrial Park has become a major platform for cooperation between Sichuan and Guangdong. "Innovation and research are done in Chengdu, while the commercialization and production take place in Guang'an": Chengdu - Guang'an Biomedical Industrial Park has become the first pilot area for the cooperation between major cities and other cities. In addition, Guang’an is working with Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province to jointly build Nanxun - Guang'an East-West Collaboration Industrial Park... Therefore, the opening pattern across Guang’an has been initially established.
Breaking new ground. To achieve the goals defined at the Sixth Party Congress of Guang'an City, Guang'an is resolutely implementing the "Four Strategies": city-to-city integration, invigorating the towns and townships, being quality first, and developing various industries. It is being fully integrated into the Chongqing metropolitan area, and accelerating the development of the Sichuan-Chongqing Cooperation Demonstration Area, thus paving the way for the comprehensive growth of modernized and socialist Guang'an.
City-to-city integration.Guang'an is actively implementing the strategy of the "city-to-city integration”, aiming to build the northern sub-center of Chongqing metropolitan area by trying to make breakthroughs in some key fields. These fields include: inclusion of major plans, growing together with the central urban areas of Chongqing, jointly building a "metropolitan area on the tracks", working with Chengdu and Chongqing to build a modern industrial system, and promoting public services.
Invigorating the towns and townships. Guang’an is actively implementing the strategy of “invigorating towns and townships” to promote the deep integration of urban and rural areas and high-quality economic development of the counties.
Quality first. Guang 'an is actively implementing the "quality-first" strategy to promote the transformation of development focusing on scale and speed to the one focusing on both speed and quality, and to build a "quality-oriented Guang’an" with advanced economic development, high openness, high ecological value and high life quality. It aims to build a this beautiful city where people and nature coexist harmoniously, with beautiful landscapes and diverse cultural charms.
Developing various industries. By actively implementing the strategy of “developing various industries”, Guang’an is giving priority to industrial development so as to build a supporting base for world-class advanced manufacturing clusters in Chengdu-Chongqing region. It is working hard to develop cultural tourism. Using the two tourism brands- Deng Xiaoping's Hometown and Huaying Mountain, Guang’an plans to build Huaying Mountain into a famous eco-health tourism mountain in Sichuan and Chongqing. In terms of agricultural development, it will build a production and supply base for agricultural products and a sightseeing base for leisure-based agriculture in Chengdu-Chongqing region.