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Songshan Lake to get complex

Songshan Lake, the high-tech zone in Dongguan, is going upscale. Already the home of the Huawei R&D headquarters known as Ox Horn, which has a collection of European-style buildings and its own mini-railway, the district has been in need of a major commercial complex. It is getting one around the Songshan Lake North railway station, courtesy of China Resources Group, which makes its first foray into Dongguan with a large, mixed use project, Wan Xiang Hui. 

The project broke ground yesterday, Dongguan Daily reports. It is expected to be finished in three years, boasting offices, shops, hotels and apartments, covering an area of 44,100 sqm, with a total construction area of about 350,000 sqm. It consists of a podium with five floors above and one below ground, plus two towers at 240 meters and 130 meters high, respectively.

The station is a major future transport hub, with the Guangzhou-Huizhou Intercity Railway passing through, as well as Dongguan’s metro Lines 3 and 5, all of which are still under construction. 

Residents will likely especially appreciate the Wan Xiang Hui Square, which will feature a wide variety of modern dining and entertainment options. Songshan Lake is a beautiful area, but it does get a bit dull at night.

GBA Briefs: 18/6/2019

Customs Deal: Macau and the mainland signed a new cooperative arrangement to simplify their joint Customs clearance process and combat smuggling, including launching speed clearance projects, deepening information exchange, and conducting joint law enforcement actions. Read more.

Zhaoqing Credit: Loans in Zhaoqing have grown steadily this year, with the balance of outstanding loans in the city’s banks reaching RMB197.7 billion by the end of May, up RMB12.8 billion or 7.51% from the start of the year. Read more.

Songshan Upgrade: The construction of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake Material Lab kicked off yesterday with other key projects in the second batch of GBA-related construction, totaling RMB39.1 billion in investment, which will focus on developing new materials for battery, semiconductor, fiber, biomimetic cryopreservation, etc. Read more.

TCM innovation center: Margaret Chan, a member of the standing committee of the CPPCC and former director-general of the World Health Organization, says it is “urgent” that a Traditional Chinese Medicine “innovation center” be established in the GBA. Read more

Guangzhou plans 600km/h trains

Guangzhou’s development plan until 2035, which was released on Friday and covered in our newsletter, is still being dissected for interesting tidbits. One that has come up is the capital city’s plans for hi-speed railways of the future. They include building a second line between the region’s three mega-cities, powered by maglev technology that would have trains running at 600km/h.

The new line is being planned and will open in 2030. It would allow passengers to travel between Shenzhen Baoan International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in only 20 minutes, and would run southward through Qianhai to Hong Kong’s East Lantau Development (assuming it is built by then).

The new high-speed railway will also connect key innovation clusters like the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and Dongguan’s Songshan Lake, before passing through Guangzhou South, Guangzhou East, and Huangpu. It will extend northward as far as Yongzhou in Hunan province.

No mention was made of how or whether this line will extend out to the Hong Kong International Airport, supposedly the “dragon’s head” of the GBA’s aviation market.

Read more in Chinese.

Land-use plan focuses on tech, marine industries

Guangdong has released a three-year masterplan for land use, which focuses on industrial upgrading and the development of a marine industry. Plenty of land will be made available for expansion of the hi-tech zones (in each city), industrial parks (many in each city), and industry clusters (such as Nanshan in Shenzhen or Songshan Lake in Dongguan). Moreover, speed will be of the essence in this plan, which will “encourage” bidders to submit construction plans before they have even taken part in land auctions.

As for the marine-industry plan, the provincial government has high ambitions for how its surrounding waters will be utilized for economic and social development. Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Jiangmen – yes, that’s right, Jiangmen, with a long coastline next to Macau – will be designated special nodes for the development of the industry.

Read more in Chinese.

Dongguan waves goodbye to the Nokia era

For Chinese readers, there is a feature story about Dongguan worth looking at in the latest issue of National Business Daily. It begins with an event that took place last week, when the city’s Natural Resources Bureau issued a public notice on the redevelopment of the old Nokia factory, which closed in 2015 after 20 years of operations. That closure marked the beginning of a major transition for Dongguan away from traditional manufacturing and hurtling toward a new era of “smart manufacturing”. It is today the fastest-growing of the 11 major cities in the GBA.

In the feature, titled “Waving goodbye to the Nokia era”, the story of Dongguan’s metamorphosis from an agricultural county to a manufacturing hub looks further into the future and examines the possibilities brought to the city by the Greater Bay Area initiative.

It has not always been an easy journey up to this point. In 2008, the global financial crisis highlighted the vulnerability of Dongguan to the vagaries of low-end manufacturing in a competitive globalized marketplace. Rising labor costs led many OEM companies to flee the city, forcing Dongguan to shift its focus to high-end manufacturing.

There were some bold decision-makers around, fortunately. In early 2013, China International Marine Containers Group invested RMB6 billion in south Dongguan’s Songshan Lake district to build a new kind of industrial park. In 2014, the world’s largest paper manufacturer, Nine Dragons Paper, chose Songshan Lake as its headquarters. Tech giant Huawei also recently built a replica of European township here to house its 2,700-strong work force, which moved over from Shenzhen.

Bordering Shenzhen, Songshan Lake has attracted Foxconn, cloud computing service provider ChinaSoft International, optical product manufacturer Lens Technology and biotech company 3SBIO, among many others. The Dongguan government has meanwhile invested RMB2.7 billion in building a robotics industry base here, attracting more than 156 companies. In 2017, Songshan Lake recorded RMB38.6 billion in GDP; For 2018, it’s estimated to reach RMB63 billion, up 63%.

Songshan Lake’s ascent mirrors Dongguan’s transformation as a whole. The development blueprint of the Greater Bay Area has given Zhuhai and Foshan the responsibility of building a manufacturing industrial belt for high end equipment, while Dongguan, along with Shenzhen, is tasked with creating a globally competitive industrial cluster for online businesses.

Dongguan lags quite a way behind Shenzhen and Guangzhou, at less than half their size in GDP. Its industrial hinterland is not as wide as Guangzhou’s, while it is not seen as being as open to new forms of fundraising or services as Shenzhen is.

Moreover, the article says, Dongguan needs to improve its connectivity to other cities as well as polish its brand image. This is being worked on: the opening of the new Nansha Bridge on April 2 will reduce commute times from other cities and counties, while numerous road and rail projects are under way to bring Dongguan within the one-hour living circle of the Greater Bay Area.