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With the ushering in of the twenty first century

BEIJING Cheap Jerseys Wholesale , Jan. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Zhangjiakou is using the opportunities created by its joint bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to kick-start its economy and reshape it along greener lines after a long period of slow growth.

The city in Hebei province is bidding to host the games with Beijing. Their only rival is Almaty in Kazakhstan, and the winner will be announced on July 31

"Zhangjiakou is an old industrial center," said Xing Guohui, the city's Party chief. "It now has unprecedented opportunities, because of the bid and its closer cooperation with the capital Cheap Jerseys From China , to retune its economy and hit all the right notes."

The city does not have a high profile nationally, though it once played a significant part in China's development. It was the destination of the first railway built in China without foreign help, the 200-kilometer Beijing-Zhangjiakou line that was completed in 1909.

In the decades that followed, Zhangjiakou grew into an important industrial center, and received a further boost in the 1950s when the central government established four of more than 100 national industrial bases in the city.

Business continued to boom in Beijing's northwestern neighbor until tension between China and the Soviet Union outweighed the importance of economic growth there. Business links between Zhangjiakou and the outside world were closed off to safeguard the security of the capital.

"We missed the golden time of growth in the reform and opening-up period that began in 1978 Cheap Jerseys China , as we only started conducting business with the rest of the world again in 1995," Xing said.

"The city's economy lagged behind not only the rest of the country, but also the rest of Hebei, for years."

In the first 10 months of last year, Zhangjiakou was listed in the bottom three of Hebei's 11 cities in terms of the total added value provided by enterprises above a designated size.

Shen Quanmin Cheap Jerseys , director of the city's development and reform commission, said, "In the first quarter of 2014, the economy was affected by sluggish domestic demand in the market, showing a sudden decline."

Statistics from the commission show that 179 large enterprises closed Wholesale Miami Heat Jersey , a heavy blow to the city as the GDP decreased by 0.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.

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