Nanshan's GDP grew by 9.6 percent year on year in 2014 to reach 352 billion yuan (US$57 billion), ranking first in total economic volume among counties and districts in Guangdong Province.
The district's per capita GDP reached 308,700 yuan last year, overtaking Hong Kong, approaching the standard of Singapore and ranking No. 1 among China's counties and districts.
Newly emerged strategic industries, which account for 84 percent of the more than 8,000 high-tech companies in Nanshan, contributed to 70 percent of the GDP growth in 2014.
In an area of 185 square kilometers, there are a total of 109 listed companies, including 89 high-tech companies, such as Tencent, ZTE, Kingdeer, Mindray and Han's Laser.
Statistics showed that science innovation has become the top driving force for Nanshan's economic development and in 2014 the district's investment in science and research reached 20 billion yuan, accounting for 5.8 percent of its GDP.
The district's technologies in terminal equipment and devices, movable storage chips and laser displays have reached a world-class level.
"The innovation capability of Nanshan, which was established in 1990, was cultivated through strategic plans, industrial upgrading policies and transformations. The government has established mechanisms and an environment which is good for the development of innovation," Li Xiaogan, Nanshan's Party chief, said in an interview with Chinese-language newspapers.