Hangzhou, a national leader for rural and urban transport connections
Hangzhou's Tonglu County and Lin'an District were included in the 41 national outstanding examples of "integration of rural and urban public transport" projects by the Ministry of Transport last week.
The ministry hopes all cities around China can draw experience from these examples to build an efficient logistics system and transport network in efforts to provide residents with a more convenient life.
Tonglu County is the birthplace of China's biggest private express delivery companies and reaps half of the country's delivery revenue.
Shentong, Yuantong, Yunda and Zhongtong express companies were all set up by Tonglu natives.
Lower-priced services and franchise businesses have resulted in well-developed rural logistics. Local departments have optimized the rural-urban distribution system, giving villagers access to more products at cheaper prices and farmers a bigger market to sell their produce.
In 2017, local authorities initiated transporting products by water, making full use of the crisscrossed watercourses. In the same year, total water freight volume surpassed 10 million tons, seamlessly linking with land transport.
All 181 villages in the county have their own express services and public transport stations. In Tonglu's downtown area, local government has guaranteed the bus coverage extends to 100 percent.
As for Lin'an District, local government has invested 4.79 billion yuan (US$741.4 million) to upgrade roads in a bid to give villagers more access to downtown. Meanwhile, about 32 thoroughfares in downtown, measuring 80 kilometers in total, have been rebuilt.
Local government is also sparing no effort to establish a 30-minute transport circle linking Lin'an and downtown Hangzhou. In the future, a highway, two high-speed train railways and three urban expressways are expected to make up the circle.
Lin'an District is home to Chinese walnuts. Local authorities have built logistics distribution centers and e-commerce service stations to build more efficient channels between farmers and consumers.