Lushan revitalised in wake of deadly 2013 quake


Forget the past: These days, local travellers are also flocking to Sichuan’s Lushan county which is fast becoming a tourist attraction. — China Daily/ANN

BEIJING: Visitors to Qiao’ai New Village in Lushan, a county administered by Ya’an, Sichuan province, are impressed with its villa-like residences.”

All the residences are two-storeys high and are as pleasant as villas at the foot of Mount Qingcheng, ” said Xu Lu, a bank clerk in Chengdu.

Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, Mount Qingcheng in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, is the birthplace of Taoism, the only religion indigenous to China.

But what equally impressed Xu during her recent visit with her young son to Qiao’ai was its cleanliness.

Residents attribute Qiao’ai’s sound environment to a self-management committee in the village.

The committees were like property management companies in cities, said Jin Zhaoxiang, 75, deputy director of the committee.After a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Lushan in April 2013, committees were organised in centralised resettlement areas, with members chosen from residents to coordinate reconstruction of quake-damaged houses.

The quake killed 176 people and injured 12,614 in Ya’an. Damage spread to all six counties and two districts there.

The quake affected 12,500sq km of land –more than 81% of the city.

Around 1.5 million people, or 97% of the city’s population, were affected.

President Xi Jinping visited the region in May 2013 and expressed sympathy to those affected and encouraged them to rebuild their homes.

When reconstruction was completed, the committees became self-management committees in charge of sanitation, public security, fire prevention and settlement of disputes.

Qiao’ai, which literally means “Love of overseas Chinese”, is also aptly named in honour of Chines from overseas who donated US$6.3mil (RM26.5mil) to rebuild the village after the earthquake. — China Daily/ANN


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