'Reform and opening-up' remains theme of Xi Jinping's visit to China's Guangdong Province
Updated 22:45, 13-Oct-2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday arrived in south China's Guangdong Province to begin his inspection tour, his 12th domestic visit this year and his third to Guangdong since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

"Reform and opening-up" remained the keywords during his three visits to Guangdong in 2012, 2018, 2020.

Protecting cultural legacy

During this visit, President Xi visited cultural and historical landmarks in the city of Chaozhou, including an ancient bridge, an ancient gate tower and a street lined with ancient archways, to check on the restoration and protection of cultural relics, the inheritance of intangible cultural heritage and the development of cultural and tourism resources. 

Xi stressed better protection and development of the ancient city of Chaozhou, adding that Chaozhou culture (Teochew) is an important part of Lingnan culture (Cantonese culture) and an important branch of Chinese culture.

"We love this city, we must take good care of it and build it well," the president said.

The president has always insisted that the protection and exploration of cultural heritage assets must serve a country's development.

President Xi Jinping visits Chaozhou during an inspection tour in south China's Guangdong Province, October 12, 2020. /Xinhua

President Xi Jinping visits Chaozhou during an inspection tour in south China's Guangdong Province, October 12, 2020. /Xinhua

In October 2018, Xi stressed that more importance should be attached to preserving history and culture during urban planning and construction during his visit to Xiguan historical and cultural community in the Liwan District of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province.

During this National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, the ancient township of Chaozhou received nearly 2 million tourists reaping in some 890 million yuan.


The president underscored that the development of tourism should be based on protection and should not be over-commercialized when he visited the Yungang Grottoes in north China's Shanxi Province in May this year.

China's reform and opening-up paragon

President Xi also visited Chaozhou Three-Circle (Group) Co., Ltd., an electronic components and communication device manufacturer, checking out the company's indigenous innovation, production and operation. 

He underlined independent innovation of companies, saying that independent innovation is key to the growth of companies, the upgrade of industries and the high-quality development of the economy.

In 2019, Guangdong's provincial GDP exceeded 10 trillion yuan (about 1.48 trillion US dollars). Over 1.6 million people have been lifted out of poverty. 


In December 2012, President Xi visited Guangdong's Shenzhen during his first around-the-country tour after he was elected the CPC leader.

Two years ago, when China marked the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up, he revisited the city and emphasized the need to keep promoting reform and opening-up.

"I come to visit Shenzhen as it marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up to tell the world that China will not stop its reform and opening-up. China will certainly deliver a bigger miracle that draws worldwide attention," he said.


Shenzhen is an important stop during his latest inspection tour in Guangdong Province. 

On Wednesday morning, the president will attend a grand gathering marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.

On August 26, 1980, the National People's Congress approved the establishment of special economic zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou in Guangdong Province and Xiamen in Fujian Province. 

Over the past four decades, Shenzhen has been transformed from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis with a population of over 13 million.