Recently, the State Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) officially named Shantou as the "National Garden City", which marked Shantou City finally achieved great accomplishment on the history of building the national garden city for 11 years, adding another name card at state level. The National Garden City is the comprehensive evaluation on the economic and social development level in an all-round way for a city or a region. In 1998, the CPC Shantou municipal committee and the municipal government put forward the goal to build the national garden city; in 2003, Shantou adjusted the administrative area, and the urban area was expanded to 1956 square kilometers from the original 311 square kilometers, further increasing the difficulty of "garden city building" for Shantou City. According to the new situations and requirements, the CPC Shantou municipal committee and the municipal government adjusted the building ideas, enhanced the leadership, increased the input, took strong measures, and mobilized the power of the whole society to fully promote the building work of "National Garden City", and successfully passed the on-site test and evaluation of the MOHURD in 2009.
Source:Shantou Daily, Feb 22, 2010