Spa town targets older Chinese

 

A project for health and wellness tourism, with sustainable development, was launched at the Lianhuashan Ecotourism resort in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province.

With support from the United Nations Development Programme and the local government, the project aims to develop a spa town that uses an ecologically sound energy supply system, waste management system and water distribution system and offers people the most up-to-date healthcare services.

According to the local government, US$449 million will be used to construct the 200-hectare town over the next five years. Advanced technologies including big data, cloud storage and artificial intelligence will be applied to create a smarter environment for customers to receive physical examinations, have traditional Chinese medical treatments and enjoy a professional nursing service.

The UN project in China is exploring effective ways to take care of the aging population. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, 249 million people in China are 60 or over, 18% of the total Chinese population.

Traditionally, elderly people in China used to rely on their families to take care of them, but now the greying of the population requires better health packages and the upgrading of China's health industry.

With its good air quality, 10,000 hectares of forest, abundant hot springs and other natural resources, Lianhuashan has the basic conditions for a health and wellness town. The China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) plays a role by gathering domestic and foreign experts to make full use of the resources available to develop a model that can also be used as reference in other parts of China.

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