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City tops in cultural industry

SHANGHAI has outpaced Beijing to rank as tops among major Chinese cities in cultural industry development, according to a report from Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday.

Beijing closely followed Shanghai and the two formed the first-tier cities in creative industry development, researchers said.

The cultural industry includes such creative enterprises as movie making, design, handicrafts and cultural tourism.

The report evaluates 30-plus provinces or cities from about 300 indices including the growth of cultural industry, and the proportion of the culture industries accounted for in the overall GDP.

Four provinces - Guangdong, Shandong, Jiangsu and Yunnan - are listed in the second-tier of cities in strength of cultural development.

Twenty-five provinces are in the third tier and the cultural industries develop very slowly, researchers said.

Researchers pointed out that it still will take a long time for the cultural industry to become a pillar industry in China that accounts 5 percent to 6 percent in the total GDP.

China's cultural industry development is still in the initial stage and is in need of policy support, researchers said.

There are currently no cultural firms among China's top 500 state-owned enterprise or private firms, a bad sign for the development of the industry, according to the report.

The country lacks famous cultural brands, which does not match China's overall economy development, the report said.

Researchers advised more support for the industry.

China has made a cultural development plan that includes a goal of doubling the added value of the industry by 2015.

Creative designing, cartoon and digital production and high-tech cultural enterprises are encouraged in eastern China. Central and western areas are expected to develop cultural tourism, arts and handicrafts and exhibitions.


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