The Greater Bay Area is about to get another hub for yachts. Shenzhen is expected to start construction of its Nan’ao Wharf Project, at the Dapeng peninsula to the city’s east, by next year. It will be completed by 2022. As Shenzhen Economic Daily reports, the hub will be within a 40-minute sail to Hong Kong and Macau, opening up new routes for international leisure travel in the GBA.
The Dapeng district is worth a visit, with beautiful beaches and good tourism support infrastructure already in place. According to the article, the district government will not be looking to compete with or erode the city’s established wharf over on the western side, in the Qianhai special economic zone. Rather, it will be working with the Qianhai government to develop its facilities as a complementary node within the GBA’s yachting industry.
With yachting hubs already being developed in Guangzhou’s Nansha, Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Bay, and Zhuhai’s Hengqin, the GBA is envisaged as becoming a maritime leisure industry force in the region, according to the masterplan recently released by the Guangdong government. Hong Kong has been trying to position itself as a hub for cruise liners at the Kai Tak Terminal, with the idea being that smaller yacht trips could be made from there to the other ports in the GBA. But Nansha’s port is also being developed with 3,000-room super cruise liners in mind.