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On October 22, 2018, General Secretary of CPC Xi Jinping visited the traditional Chinese medicine science and technology industrial park in Hengqin New Area under the cooperation between Guangdong and Macao, and pointed out that “the initial intention for building of Hengqin New Area is to create conditions for the diversified development of the industries in Macao.Hengqin has the inherent advantages in cooperation between Guangdong and Macao. It is required to strengthen policy support, enrich the cooperation connotation, expand the cooperation space, develop new industries, and promote the economic development of Macao in a more vigorous way.”

  • In January 2009, President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Hengqin, and announced that the central government decided to officially develop the Hengqin Island during an interview in Macau on January 10.

  • On December 8, 2012, President Xi Jinping revisited Hengqin and expressed high expectations for its development, saying that “Since the blueprint has been made and relevant work has been carried out gradually, its future is promising.”

  • On December 20, 2014, President Xi Jinping visited the Hengqin Campus of the University of Macau, expressing high expectations for the youth from Macau to advance the great cause of “One Country, Two Systems.”

  • Location
  • Positioning
  • Industries
  • Business environment
  • Supporting services
  • Eco-environment
  • Transportation
  1. Location

    Hengqin and Macao are separated by a river and connected by a bridge, and the shortest distance between the two places is less than 200m. Hengqin is 34 nautical miles away from Lantau Island, Hong Kong. In 2018, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was open to traffic, and ever since, Hengqin has become the only area in Chinese mainland connected with both Hong Kong and Macao by land or bridge. Now it will take 30 minutes to drive from downtown of Zhuhai to Hong Kong Airport.

  2. Positioning

    Based on the themes of cooperation, innovation and service, Hengqin will give full play to its advantageous location at the junction of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, promote the close cooperation and integrated development with Hong Kong and Macao, and gradually develop into a model area of close cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao that facilitates the pearl river delta, serves Hong Kong and Macao, and takes the lead in development.
    - The demonstration zone exploring a new model of cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao under the “one country, two systems” principle
    - The pioneering area of deepening reform and opening-up, and scientific and technological innovation
    - The new platform for promotion of industrial upgrading on the west bank of the Pearl River estuary

  3. Industries

    So far, over 54, 447 enterprises have been established in this area, including:
    72 of China’s Top 500 enterprises and
    44 of Fortune Global 500 enterprises,
    with a registered capital of 2, 645.54 billion yuan;
    1,952 Macao-funded enterprises and 1,438 HK-funded enterprises;
    113 key projects under construction, with a total investment of over 385.9 billion yuan.

  4. Business environment

    Based on the business environment assessment indicators of the World Bank and the international high standard investment and trade rules, more than 390 innovation achievements have been introduced, 3 cases of pilot experiences are included in the best practice cases for the pilot free trade zones in China, 12 cases of pilot experiences are selected for reproduction and promotion throughout the country, 33 cases of pilot experiences are included in the system innovation cases for the pilot free trade zones in Guangdong, and 56 reform and innovation measures are selected for reproduction and promotion in Guangdong. The overall business environment in Hengqin is ranked in the top 30 in the world according to the evaluation.

  5. Supporting services

    High-level educational services: Establish the public kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools according to world-class standards, and introduce top international private schools.
    High-quality medical services: Establish the public general hospitals according to the international first-class standard, and introduce the international top specialized medical institutions and health care institutions.
    Complete cultural and sports facilities: There are abundant and colorful public cultural and sports facilities in the communities, which complement well the cultural and sports venues that are able to hold the top international events.

  6. Eco-environment

    Hengqin has made a forward-looking blueprint for being an “important bay area surrounded by mountain ranges and water.”
    1. The average PM 2.5 is 28μm/m3;
    2. Over 70% of the land is designated as restricted area and forbidden area;
    3. It is among the first national demonstration zones of marine ecological civilization;
    4. It is the pilot area of national sponge city;
    5. It is the demonstration zone of national ecological protection and construction.
    6. It is the national low-carbon pilot town.

  7. Transportation

    Within a 100 km radius, there are:
    5 international and domestic airports (the Hong Kong International Airport, the Macau International Airport, the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the Shenzhen International Airport and Zhuhai Jinwan Airport);
    4 deep-water ports (the Hong Kong Victoria Harbour, the Zhuhai Gaolan Port, the Guangzhou Nanshan Port, the Shenzhen Yantian Port);
    3 rail transits (The Guangzhou–Zhuhai intercity railway or Guangzhu intercity railway is connected to the Macau Light Rail Transit in Hengqin.);
    8 expressways (Many national major expressways, such as Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway, Taiyuan-Macau Expressway and Costal Expressway, pass through Zhuhai.).