Bank of Communications, China's fifth biggest commercial bank, has invested 13.967 million yuan in aid projects in the poverty-stricken Tianzhu Tibet Autonomous County, northwest China's Gansu Province, since March 2002.
These projects in infrastructure, education, medical care, environmental protection and sci-tech have greatly improved the local people's living.
For instance, the Dalong Bridge which costs 3.05 million yuan and now already in use gives big convenience to the nearby Nationalities Normal College students as well as the people of 38 villages.
The bank also put 1.96 million yuan in the rebuilding of the Tianzhu Second People's Hospital on its original site, with the clinic department and medical service buildings aleady completed.
To protect the ecological environment, the bank has presented 13,000 sets of solar stoves to the farmers and herdsmen of 17 towns and funded 1.11 million yuan to hold 90 sessions of sci-tech training for the local people.
It has also invested 3.5 million yuan in developing specialty industries and demonstrative bases of scientific research, including 240 greenhouses for red grape planting and 80 plastic houses of standardized cultivation.
According to a chief officer of the bank's Gansu office, Bank of Communications base in Shanghai will continue to invest another 3.63 million yuan in projects like solar stoves, greenhouses, water conservancy and sci-tech trainings in this area.