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Guangzhou to have 20m people by 2035

Think Guangzhou is big? Think again. The city government has released a draft urban masterplan that envisages building the provincial capital into an “international metropolis”, with a population of 20 million, by the end of the current GBA masterplan in 2035.

That would mean adding 5.1 million residents – presumably all “talents” – over the next 15 years. That is an average of 300,000 per year. It would be an easing of its current growth rate, though: Guangzhou added 566,367 residents last year. That was No. 2 in the country for population growth, behind Shenzhen.

To support this growth, the city plans to build two million new housing units, of which at least 8% will be social housing. How will all these people get to and from home and work? On a railway network that will be adding 2,000 km of tracks, four times its current length. Hi-speed lines will bring in visitors from cities further away, such as Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau, while the Metro will be extended into neighboring cities as well. Moreover, a second airport is currently being planned in the area between Guangzhou and Dongguan.

Still think Hong Kong will be the GBA’s “dragon head”? Really?

Read more in Chinese.

HK, Macau, Taiwan unemployment benefits

Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan working in Shenzhen can now register for unemployment benefits, according to the Shenzhen Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

If you have previously contributed to the city’s social security fund for six consecutive months before losing your job, or your employer paid in contributions for at least one year accumulatively, your unemployment pension will be calculated based on the number of the years you have worked at the company, reports Shenzhen Daily.

Once registered, you will also receive consultation services on employment policies and rules, vocational training information, and free job recommendations.