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Tourism, ship manufacturing help boost economic growth

China's Yangtze River Delta is one of the most developed areas in the country in terms of marine economy. And Zhoushan, a small city some 300 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, has taken advantage of its ocean resources to accelerate its pace of economic growth.

A city scattered in the East China Sea, Zhoushan consists of nearly 1,400 islands. The city attracts millions of tourists every year. Bed and breakfast by the bay is something you definitely want to try.

Zhuang Haifeng, 37, runs a home-stay business. This son of a fishing family knows how to get the maximum flavor from seafood. Now he is preparing a feast for tourists, with what he bought at the crack of dawn.

Located on the shore, Zhuang’s house has a perfect view. There are 13 guest rooms. Tourist numbers peak between May and October.

Zhuang started the business in 2005. And he has become one of the biggest beneficiaries of marine tourism. Last year more than 30 million tourists came to Zhoushan, whose population stands at 1 million.

The city is also known for ship building, which last year, contributed to 13 percent of ships nationwide. But that is only one small part of the company’s business.

China approved the Zhoushan Archipelago New Area in 2011, to make it a pioneer area in marine economic development.

The city is working on integrating land and sea resources to become a new growth engine for the Yangtze River Delta economic zones.

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