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Guangzhou tops China’s ‘people magnets’

For all the attention being heaped on Shenzhen lately, Guangzhou is deserving some of its own, too. It is, after all, China’s No. 1 city in two measures much-loved by mainland residents: population mobility and urban vitality.

This is according to Baidu Map, the service that probably knows more about how people move around than any other. Among 100 Chinese cities surveyed by Baidu Map, Guangzhou topped the list with an “attractiveness index” of 14.277, ahead of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. 

Guangzhou had 14.904 million permanent residents at the end of last year. The government plans to increase its population to around 20 million by 2035. 

The reasons why Guangzhou is appealing to outsiders can be summarized as follows:

  • The city has fantastic landscape as well as mild and humid climate. It even ranked among the top five livable cities of China last year.
  • It has been at the forefront of Reform and Opening, with a dynamic economic structure and good public facilities, such as hospitals and universities.
  • A highly diversified economy provides more opportunities for job seekers from various sectors.
  • Industrial upgrading in the GBA has increased Guangzhou’s attractiveness as the southern China base for multinational companies.
  • House prices in Guangzhou are relatively more affordable compared to other major cities.

The local government has also rolled out a series of measures to attract talent. 

Huizhou: Set for an upgrade

With forests, beaches and traditional villages, Huizhou has big potential in tourism. The city is also aiming to ride the tech-upgrade momentum created by the GBA masterplan. Here is a deeper dive into one of the Bay’s more spacious municipalities.

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Chill out in Guangzhou’s Sunac Indoor Snow Park

The Greater Bay Area feels today like the thermostat was turned up to max. Actually, for most of the year, it’s best to get out of the sun in this region. But now, there is an alternative to going shopping or, better yet, getting on a plane: Guangzhou has an indoor park featuring all sorts of winter-wonderland attractions and activities.

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Tianhe, Nansha lead Guangzhou’s growth

Guangzhou’s first-half performance this year was remarkable indeed, as the trillion-yuan economy was up 7.1%, nearly a percentage point above the national average. However, within the city were two astonishing growth stories, in the Nansha and Tianhe districts, which grew at a sizzling 9.4% each.

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Cruise and yacht tourism ready to set sail

Hong Kong has a Cruise Terminal at Kai Tak designed by Norman Foster that testifies to the challenges facing the development of a cruise and yacht industry in the GBA. But the upside potential is there, says Kara Yeung. It just needs better coordination among tour operators, retail partners, and the governments of the GBA cities. This fits into Hong Kong’s capabilities.

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Explainer: the GBA’s Science and Technology Corridor

You might have heard about the ‘Innovation Corridor’ linking Guangdong’s tech hubs with Hong Kong. But what is it? Here we explain the basics of ‘One Corridor, Ten Cores, and Multiple Supporting Nodes.’ Forget Zhongguancun in Beijing; this is where ‘China’s Silicon Valley’ is being built.

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Lionsgate Entertainment World: Be The Hero!

The Hunger Games are coming to a neighborhood near you.

This week saw the opening of Lionsgate Entertainment World, Asia’s first movie-themed vertical theme park. But you will never guess where it is: in Hengqin, the future Orlando of China.

The park is part of a much bigger resort being built in Hengqin, not far from the special economic zone’s new border crossing into Macau. Novotown, as the project is called, will start opening in phases, with Lionsgate coming shortly before the rest of Phase 1 opens in the second half of this year. 

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