Changzhou in East China's Jiangsu province has made persistent efforts to cultivate the rule of law over the past five years, achieving remarkable progress.
Aimed at cultivating citizens' legal thinking and enhancing their belief in the rule of law, the city has so far built more than 1,900 facilities dedicated to legal publicity including 15 theme parks and 20 venues with distinctive features, making the rule of law a new economic engine as well as a booster of people's livelihoods.
Various legal publicity measures
Following the system requiring law enforcement authorities to carry out legal publicity, the city's legal publicity office and 12 other municipal authorities jointly displayed legal information on screens used in the local public transport system including buses, bus stations and taxis.
Meanwhile, the city invited experts to elaborate on legal knowledge, especially China's first Civil Code, on more than 40 TV programs and in over 1,000 WeChat groups.
Adding local elements
The city is also actively exploring new ways of publicizing the law. For example, it converted the former residences of local luminaries into legal information centers.
It also used its natural environment, history and culture to design distinctive content which can be easily memorized by the public.
Meanwhile, the city fully drew on the strength of its animation industry to produce more than 1,200 animation and micro films for the purpose of law publicity.
Creating law-based business environment
Having one of the most vital economies among Chinese cities, Changzhou is firmly committed to building a law-based business environment.
One of the major outcomes on this front is a legal service center for private enterprises which was jointly built by the city's judicial department and 18 other authorities. Enterprise can receive one-stop menu-style legal services there.
The city also provided a range of services like lectures and legal risk evaluation to meet enterprises' demand for legal support.
Meanwhile, it further restricted administrative power by removing 213 certificates.
The city also made progress in promoting democratic and law-based grassroots governance. So far, it has built 10 national-level and 513 provincial-level demonstration communities and villages.