Tangshan is going distinctly green.
In 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao made an inspection tour of the city. Hu put forward his strategic conception of building the city into a demonstration region for scientific development.
Following President Hu’s instructions the city is now accelerating the process of transformation away from resource-dependent city to build Tangshan into a new ecological city.
The city created many firsts in China, including the first mechanized mining of coal, the first railroad of standard track gauge, the first locomotive, the first bucket of machine-made cement, and the first sanitary porcelain.
The city has now moved to promote new industries and a recycled economy.
The Caofeidian industrial area is one of the first demonstration projects for a recycled economy that promotes reuse along the industrial chain, including recycling waste and water.
All its seven major industries are required to meet environmental standards. For production of steel, chemicals, agricultural products, modern services and hi-tech, environmental protection is a must of modern sustainable approaches in the zone.
If the zones are turned green then China’s industry will follow.
Tangshan is famous not just as the granary of Hebei Province, with beautiful forests to the north and the sea in the south. It will also be famous as the home of the zones that drove the green revolution.