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Looking Back at 2023 , Hefei Major Events & Development

As the year comes to an end, looking back at 2023 holds extraordinary significance for both the city of Hefei and everyone living within its bounds. Throughout this year, Hefei has surged forward on the fast track of development, and we, too, have been running on our own trajectory. The awe, pride, joy, and striving have collectively formed the emotional highlights of the year. Let’s follow the past episodes of Speak Hefei and enter into the “exclusive memories” of Hefei.

Hefei’s “Treasures” Breakthrough Boundaries

At the beginning of 2023, the grand “Spring of Hefei” 2023 Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritance and Traditional Opera and Song Evening took place at the Hefei Grand Theatre. The distinctive intangible cultural heritage showcased the radiant charm of Hefei with its “cultural essence.” Through diverse programs, the event promoted and inherited outstanding traditional Chinese culture, demonstrating Hefei’s rich intangible cultural heritage resources. It aimed to integrate traditional culture with technology, where “cultural essence” and “technological spirit” collided, offering a new artistic experience.

From May 17 to 21, the “Experience Hefei Food Festival” set the enthusiasm of early summer ablaze. The festival, lasting for 5 days, not only featured a selection of Hefei’s specialty foods but also included on-site activities such as a lawn carnival music festival, intangible cultural heritage performances, youth cultural night market, art exhibitions, creating a themed city around food and igniting new points of interest in cultural tourism.

Whether it’s the intangible cultural heritage evening or the “Experience Hefei Food Festival,” the rich and precious “living” culture and food culture frequently present themselves, enriching both the cultural and spiritual life and bringing a sense of happiness.

Dreaming of the Sky, Creating the “China Star City”

On September 5 at 5:45 pm, the Tianqi constellation’s “One Arrow Four Stars” rocket was launched at the “China Eastern Aerospace Port” in Haiyang City, Shandong Province. One of the satellites was named “Hefei High-Tech No. 1,” marking a significant achievement in Hefei’s layout of low-orbit internet satellites.

Hefei’s ambitions in the aerospace field don’t stop there. On December 28, the EHang EH216-S unmanned aerial vehicle carried out the world’s first demonstration flight over Luogang Park, opening a “new track” for low-altitude economy. In the skies of Hefei, high technology and imagination intertwine, and the dream of the “City of the Sky” is rapidly growing. As the center of the third nationwide pilot province for comprehensive low-altitude airspace management reform, Hefei has become an “innovation magnet” for companies in the aerospace information industry.

Grand Events with Defined Duration, Endless Excitement

From September 26 to December 26, the 14th China (Hefei) International Garden Expo unfolded three months of boundless excitement in Hefei. According to statistics, the expo received over 6.3 million service visitors since its opening, with a peak of 400,000 visitors in a single day. Nearly 20% of the visitors were from other provinces, setting a new record for all previous garden expos. The garden expo is becoming a new landmark for cultural tourism in Hefei and even Anhui.

Leveraging existing resources and incorporating elements of ecology, intelligence, and culture, Hefei, with the motto “Ecology First, People’s Garden Expo,” has won the praise of visitors, creating a garden expo near people’s homes. Although the expo has concluded, its brilliance continues, with a focus on the sustainable use of commercial, activity, and 38 city garden exhibits, offering a perpetual and ever-changing garden expo experience.

Artificial Intelligence Empowering Myriad Industries

On October 24, iFLYTEK released the new version of the “Spark” cognitive model in Hefei.

If you walk the streets of Hefei today, you’ll notice that more and more artificial intelligence applications have permeated various aspects of our lives, and AI technology is playing an increasingly important role.

The “Spark” of artificial intelligence has attracted nearly 2,000 AI industry enterprises to converge in Hefei. The development of AI not only brings more convenience to citizens’ lives but also injects new momentum into the development of the city.

Vibrant Automotive Sector Embracing the World

From September 29 to October 4, the 2023 Hefei International New Energy Automobile Exhibition took place at the Hefei Binhu International Convention and Exhibition Center. This exhibition is the largest new energy automobile expo in China to date, covering a total area of 200,000 square meters.

“This year, the automotive and intelligent electric vehicle-related positions in Hefei are the hottest in China,” said Li Bin, the founder and chairman of NIO, at the conference.

In recent years, Hefei has quickly attracted industry giants such as NIO, BYD, and Volkswagen, with more than 500 supporting companies gathering. This has made Hefei possess the most diverse ecosystem for the new energy automobile industry.

As the leading industry in Hefei, the new energy automobile production in Hefei is expected to reach 750,000 vehicles in 2023, with a production value of 180 billion yuan. Hefei has six major vehicle manufacturers, and the new energy automobile industry contributes over 60% to industrial added value. In 2024, Hefei’s new energy automobile production is expected to exceed 1 million vehicles, with a production value of 240 billion yuan.

In the future, Hefei will concentrate on promoting the development of the new energy and intelligent connected automobile industry, creating an internationally competitive cluster for the new energy automobile industry.

Connecting Rivers and Reaching the Sea – Prospering towards the Sea

A significant event has occurred in the water transport history of Anhui.

The grand project of “Jianghuai Grand Canal,” the Jianghuai Diversion to Huai River project, was unveiled. Clear Jianghuai water flows northward, rushing into the Huai River, allowing the Yangtze River and Huai River to hold hands in a century-old “partnership.” From now on, the water transport map of Anhui has been rewritten.

As one of China’s 172 major water-saving and water supply major water conservancy projects, the Jianghuai Diversion to Huai River project integrates functions such as water supply, navigation, and ecology. It can be said that if water transport thrives, the economy thrives. Hefei is the main battlefield of the Jianghuai Diversion to Huai River project and the gathering place for the project’s most critical components.

On the morning of December 29, the first river-sea direct container liner route of the Jianghuai Canal, from Hefei Port to Shanghai Yang

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