Sansha City, new development and progress
Yongxing (Woody) Island is the location of Sansha’s government which was established on July 24, 2012. It is the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The island is an accumulation of coral and shell sand, and serves as the political, military and culture center of Sansha.
Since Sansha was first established, great changes have occurred on Woody Island. Living facilities have been built along with official buildings, banks, libraries, an observatory, hotels, hospitals and other important buildings. And mobile communication signals now cover all of Xisha Island.
Roads have been built which circle the entire island, and there’s also an airport with a runway that is 2.4 kilometers long, big enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. The island also has three docking ports capable of berthing vessels up to 5,000 tons.
On the eve of Sansha’s first anniversary, a correspondent landed on the island and recorded the new appearance of the city at sea. By flying over the city, the correspondent was provided with a bird’s-eye view of the whole area consisting of the small isolated islands and shoals which resemble lotus flowers dotting the blue ocean water.
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