Located on Dongguan’s west coast, Binhaiwan is envisaged as a key transport node for the integration of the core area of the GBA. It is situated literally in the region’s dead-center. With a population currently less than 100,000, the area is expected to grow to more than 250,000 residents by 2025, generating GDP of RMB50 billion, and four times that again by 2035, with GDP of RMB 200 billion and a population of 500,000.
The newly issued masterplan lists 28 key projects, including 8 infrastructure projects, 9 industrial projects, 8 environmental improvement projects and 3 public facility projects. The Binhaiwan Avenue and Dongwan Avenue projects will be in the first batch to be launched in Q3 this year. A Greater Bay Area University is also planned on Weiyuan Island to serve as an innovation cluster in the area.
The Binhaiwan Bay Area will focus on environmentally sustainable development. A low-speed transportation system including bicycle tracks and pedestrian paths will be built. The government is also highlighting ecological restoration and reconstruction of the ecosystem, building “three green hearts” including the 5,000-acre Weiyuan Island Forest Park, 4,000-acre Binhaiwan Bay Central Agricultural Park, and 2,000-acre Modie River Wetland Park.
“Smart City” appliancations will also be adopted, including smart streetlights, smart parking lots, smart driving and smart logistics.
Cooperation with Hong Kong and Macau is another focus of the Binhaiwan Bay Area masterplan. The government is planning to build a 1500-acre Youth Innovation Town in the area, deepening ties with the two SARs in talent exchange, culture, education, healthcare, youth entrepreneurship and finance. The Youth Innovation town is expected to attract 3,000 young talents by 2025 and 30,000 in 2035.
The Binhaiwan Bay Area is also cooperating with the Hong Kong MTR Group to connect Binhaiwan Bay Station with Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Station to build an integrated station with multiple rail links. The transportation network will allow residents to travel from Binhaiwan to Shenzhen in 6 minutes, to Guangzhou in 35 minutes and to Hong Kong in 40 minutes.
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