In the northeast corner of Guangzhou, a vision of the city’s future has been rising for nearly a decade. Thanks to some major investments announced recently, and as the project nears the halfway mark of its original 20-year development plan, an opportune moment has arisen to review its progress. Local media have been gushing about its potential.
The most rural of the GBA’s nine cities inside Guangdong, Zhaoqing is now well-connected by high-speed railway and has high ambitions of catching up to the rest in economic development.Continue reading Zhaoqing: ‘Home of Gold’ joins tech drive
What is the difference between a state-level new area, a special economic zone, a development zone, a high-tech zone, and a free trade zone?Continue reading Understanding the ‘zones’
The new special economic zone in Shenzhen, one of three designated by Beijing for the next stage of China’s Reform & Opening, has been slow getting going, but changes are being accelerated.
As far as special economic zones go, Qianhai is not meant to impress with its size. At just 18.04 sq km, the new zone in the western side of Shenzhen, facing the South China Sea, is relatively small, with not much room for future expansion – unless further reclamation work is done. But that is just fine for local and national officials, for now. What Qianhai is set to accomplish in the coming years, under the Greater Bay Area masterplan, is all about quality rather than quantity.Continue reading Qianhai – a new kind of experiment
The city that has been defined by its proximity to Guangzhou and Shenzhen is stepping out on its own, with a high-tech transformation well under way.Continue reading Dongguan: due for a starring role
The birthplace of Sun Yat-sen is probably the Greater Bay’s most livable city, a magnet for Hong Kong and Macau retirees. But it has modern ambitions, too.Continue reading Zhongshan: Cultural icon goes hi-tech
The municipality of Foshan looks like a suburb of Guangzhou on a map. The two are divided only by a small river and if their boundary were removed they would look like what is expected of a major megalopolis. Which is why it makes sense that they are intertwining more by the day, with a common Metro system and joint planning commissions. But go back in time, not that far, and Foshan’s status as a dynamic and brilliant city in its own right becomes clearer.Continue reading Foshan: Where legends are born
The least-populated of the nine GBA cities, Zhuhai is determined to catch up with an aggressive development plan that includes technology upgrades and cooperation with Macau to build a world-class tourism hub.Continue reading Zhuhai aims for the big time
The municipality of Jiangmen has a fascinating history, and to say it has “been through the wars” would be an understatement. Like most of the Greater Bay Area, it has had its ups and downs. Yet its history is unique as a once-proud node on the Maritime Silk Road, a home to many overseas Chinese who traded throughout Southeast Asia in the days before Hong Kong and Canton became the powerhouses they are today. Once one of the region’s richest areas, today the GBA’s westernmost city is, like the easternmost city of Huizhou, finding itself playing catch-up to the rest in economic development.Continue reading Jiangmen: Mission to restore faded glory
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.Continue reading Huizhou: Set for an upgrade