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China's grand strategy of developing the country's wild west is reaping benefits on a micro scale. Born and bred in northwest China's Qinghai province, La Haiqing, a history major, is realizing his personal dreams because of the macro plan.
La Haiqing's dream of developing the local tourism industry started out thirteen years ago when he brought home more than 400 stones from the banks of Yellow River. The stones, all different in size and shape, now provide a view within in his own courtyard.
The stone landscape is now a local tourist attraction, with so far more than 400,000 people having visited. La is seeking another business opportunity in the extraordinary local landscape. He's participated in the construction of the Guide National Geometric Park, which opened this June. One local site, the Ahshigong Colorful Mountain, is already receiving more than ten thousand tourists.
La is able to realize his dream thanks to the backing of Guide government's promotion of local tourism, which is now a pillar industry for Guide County. Altogether, 25 tourism projects have been initiated in recent years, amounting to close to one billion RMB.