tem and become an independent practitioner in the hope of providing better treatment to patients and earning a higher income.
Today, Zhang is not only a vascular surgeon, but also the founder and head of Dr. Smile M
edical Group, China’s first group medical practice, which he established in Shanghai in July 2014.
Back then, group practices, in which doctors partner together to offer medical servic
es to patients and share operational costs, was a fairly new concept in China.
But in many other countries such as the United States, group medical practices are c
ommon for doctors who work independently instead of being employed by hospitals.
Since 2014, group practices have sprung up across China, and many established doctors have left hospitals to start their own practices.
A recent example is Zhou Yuehua, one of the most acclaimed eye surgeons in China, who made headlines when he left the re
puted Beijing Tongren Hospital at the end of 2018 and founded Zhou Yuehua Myopic Doctor Group in Beijing.
photography are growing fast. The house keeper with most orders on our platform earns more
than 160,000 yuan a year and the best photographer can rake in 60,000 yuan monthly,” said Chen.
Considered China’s answer to Airbnb, Xiaozhu has listed more than 500,000 shared ho
uses in 650 cities and other destinations on its platform since its foundation in 2012. Many are fitted with smart locks, smoke detectors and alarms.
According to Chen, with the Chinese economy entering the phase of “new normal”, the sharing economy will face multi-layere
d challenges, including innovating its business model, adopting intelligent technologies, and offering standardized services.
Advances in new technologies such as 5G and internet of things will bri
ng huge potential for the home-share market, which is still in its early stages, according to C
hen, who said that the company will accelerate its expansion to non-first-tier cities and rural areas.
According to latest Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China data, over 3
billion tourists visited rural resorts last year, which collected revenues of more than 800 billion yuan.
To take advantage of rural tourism’s potential Xiaozhu last year signed a strateg
ic deal with the Tourism Development Committee of Hainan province to promote the rural homestay
from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf
an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.
Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation
al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and
workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti
vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.
“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce
nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th
e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop
ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.
Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the
ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su
bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo
matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”
Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee
n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.
Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn
ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc
ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.