Ma'anshan Yangtze River Bridge opened to traffic on Dec 31, 2013 in Ma'anshan city, making travel to neighboring cities much more convenient. Ma Xuan / For China Daily
60 years of development strengthens the industrial hub as a link between eastern seaboard and inland areas with bustling port transport
Ma'anshan, a city spanning the Yangtze River in Anhui province, has come a long way from asleepy, humble village with just a handful of families, transforming into a bustling economic center in the Yangtze River Delta.
It only officially became a city in October 1956. But, after 60 years' development, it has landed on the top 100 most-livable cities in China, quite a leap from the not-too-distant past.
Part of the reason is that this prefecture-level city borders Nanjing - the capital of the prosperous Jiangsu province - and provides a connection between the eastern seaboard and places farther inland.
It also sits on the doorstep of the Industrial Transfer Demonstration Zone, a part of Anhui's Yangtze River City Belt.
Ma'anshan means "Horse Saddle Mountain" in Chinese. Legend has it that Xiang Yu, a prominent military leader and political figure in the late Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), killed himself after losing a battle in this area. His beloved, faithful horse was so grief-stricken that it leapt into the river and drowned. As a tribute, a boatman buried the saddle on a nearby hill, hence the name.
Today's Ma'anshan comprises three county-level districts and three counties in a 4,049-sq-km area, with a population of 2.27 million. It has achieved an urbanization rate of 66 percent.