Jiangmen unveils ‘Western Hub’ plans

Guangzhou and Shenzhen are not the only cities in the Greater Bay Area capable of dreaming big. Jiangmen, the region’s westernmost municipality, has unveiled big plans for its future development as a “western hub” connecting the Bay Area to other parts of Guangdong.

The plan focuses on three key districts: Pengjiang, which will become a commercial center, Jianghai, a science and innovation center, and Xinhui, an integrated transportation hub. Naturally, multiple high-speed railways are a key part of the plan, which will connect the city with Zhanjiang and Maoming to the west, Guangzhou and Zhaoqing to the north, and Shenzhen to the east. Two metro lines will be built within the city, while an intercity network will run to three nearby airport: Guangzhou Baiyun, Zhuhai Jinwan, and the newly planned Pearl River Delta New Trunk Airport.

In terms of industry, Jiangmen is planning to build four clusters: healthcare and medical; smart manufacturing; new energy and new materials; and photonics. Artificial intelligence and biotech will be woven into these industries through collaboration with innovation hubs in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Zhuhai.

Seven strategic functional areas have been planned, including a logistics base, a modern technology and innovation town, an international China-Europe cooperation zone, a residence island for high-end talents, and several economic new towns.

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