The Greater Bay Area collectively has grand ambitions for its cruise industry, with at least three major terminals serving large-scale ocean-going liners, and others being built. The biggest of them all is about to open in Guangzhou’s Nansha.
The Nansha Cruise Terminal, with an immigration area of more than 3,000 sqm, is five times bigger than the current Nansha cruise port. It will open next month and is expected to become a major node in regional cruise itineraries.
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Nansha’s Port has been playing fast catch-up to the region’s two bigger ports in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in recent years, and now its fourth phase of construction has been launched which aims to make it not only the GBA’s No. 1 in terms of quantity, but quality, too.
Costing RMB 7 billion, the fourth phase will be completed in
2021, at which time its TEU throughput is expected to hit 18 million. Shenzhen
did 25 million at its two ports last year, and Hong Kong 19 million. More
importantly, however, the fourth phase of Nansha will be the first fully
automated terminal in the Greater Bay Area.
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The GBA gets a major boost at the end of this month, when the north-south Intercity Railway opens between Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, as we reported recently. But in five years’ time, the much bigger infrastructure project of the main east-west high-speed railway connection will open. This has been confirmed by provincial authorities. The Shenzhen-Jiangmen section of the Shenmao Railway has been given the official green light to begin construction by the end of the year, with completion set for late 2024.
It cannot be emphasized enough how this railway connection will change the economic structure of the GBA. Running from Shenzhen’s under-construction Xili Station, one of the city’s four major railway hubs, it will run across (and under) the mouth of the Pearl River, linking the manufacturing powerhouses of Shenzhen and Dongguan on the east with Nansha (in the middle) and Zhongshan and Jiangmen in the west.
The Shenzhen-Nansha section will chug along at a sedate 200km/h, while the Nansha-Jiangmen section will allow speeds of up to 250km/h. There will only be seven main stations along the route, which means express trains can get across the Bay more quickly at certain times of the day.
The line will essentially make Zhongshan and Jiangmen outer neighborhoods of Shenzhen. And it will boost Nansha, being right in the middle, as a central hub as it strives to build a new center of gravity for the entire Bay (more on this tomorrow in our Nansha overview).
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Evergrande Group, China’s largest developer, has won two residential plots at a government auction in Guangzhou for a total of RMB5.7 billion. The two parcels are less than one kilometer from the industrial site Evergrande acquired in April to build its base for new energy vehicles.
Covering an area of 51,000 square meters, the two parcels are located inside Guangzhou Nansha’s Bonded Port, which is planned for the development of a comprehensive service sector and advanced manufacturing.
Evergrande is required by the local government to build talent apartments on the plots, including a 30-class primary school and a 18-class kindergarten. Upon their completion, the talent apartments will be resold to the organization units designated by Nanshan Development Zone Administrative Committee at the price of RMB3500 per square meter.
The special economic zone on the southern tip of Guangzhou is experimenting with some bold, innovative reforms. From the farmlands of Hengli Island, a new financial powerhouse is rising.
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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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Now that all cities in the Greater Bay are able to offer the same tax-equalization subsidies for talents from Hong Kong and Macau, what are they left to compete with? Guangzhou’s Nansha District, the special zone on its southernmost tip, has no fewer than 66 goodies in its bag for youth from the two SARs. These include subsidies for housing, which most, if not all, other GBA cities have. But they go significantly further, covering costs for transportation, communication, company setup, funding, and a whole lot more.
The new policies are currently undergoing “consulting” and will be officially launched in August.
The big push is focused on filling up Nansha’s “Innovation Valley”, which is its incubation and acceleration base for youths from the two SARs. The park can hold 200 start-up teams in its 20,000-sqm premises, and it is currently at 135. In addition to an “Entrepreneurship Academy”, the government provides legal, accounting, and tax consulting services, while local companies have thousands of internships open for graduates seeking to get their careers started.
These internships will not be the end of the line, either: the government is currently planning to offer designated job opportunities in large enterprises offering a starting annual salary of RMB250,000. And for those who would prefer to do post-graduate study, Nansha will offer special programs in mainland universities.
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China’s No.1 property developer, Shenzhen-based Evergrande, plans to invest RMB160 billion in Guangzhou’s Nansha district to build three New Energy Vehicle bases. They will be fully integrated, with facilities for R&D and production of vehicles, batteries and electrical machinery. The goal is to produce more than one million vehicles once fully up and running, though no specific timeline has yet been given. The land parcel on which the bases will be built was acquired recently in the Wanqingsha area of Nansha. It is 858,000 sqm and RMB847 million.
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Guangzhou will add six high-speed railway lines to its network, which will connect to, but are different from, the existing Intercity and Metro lines. According to Guangzhou Transport Planning Research, two are already being constructed and will run between the capital’s CBD area and Nansha, at its southern tip, at speeds of 160 km/h. A third is just started, which will connect to Foshan, also at 160 km/h. The three others, however, are still being planned. They will run northwards and travel at 250 km/h. They are awaiting approval as part of the GBA Intercity Railway Construction Plan.
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Nansha is determined to make itself more accessible from Hong Kong. The special economic zone in the south of Guangzhou, which has only one high-speed train arriving directly at its Qingsheng station every day, has just bumped up the number of ferries running to Hong Kong – both to the China Ferry Terminal Tsim Sha Tsui and the HK International Airport.
A total of 12 ferries now ply the route to TST, up from eight, running from 8.30am until last departures around 6.40pm. Ferries to the airport are less frequent, but have also seen two new vessels added. Bookings are here.
Because Nansha is equidistant to TST and Lantau, it takes only about 60 minutes to reach both. The Nansha Passenger Port also provides pre-check-in and baggage direct services. And on the way in, there are now visa-on-arrival self-service machines.
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