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Guangdong FTZ to cut travel time within Pearl River Delta

2015-April-23       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

By 2017, it will take only 30 minutes to go from Nansha, which lies at the estuary of the Pearl River, to Hong Kong or Macao.

 It will take only 30 minutes to go from Nansha to Hong Kong or Macao in future.

By 2017, it will take only 30 minutes to go from Nansha, which lies at the estuary of the Pearl River, to Hong Kong or Macao.

The area is improving its transportation infrastructure now that it has been designated as part of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Nansha FTZ is the largest area among the three regions that form the Guangdong FTZ. The other two are Hengqin Island in Zhuhai and Qianhai in Shenzhen, with geographical proximity to Nansha.

"The positioning of Nansha as part of the Guangdong FTZ is that it will be built into the central business district in the Pearl River Delta Region connecting ... Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao," said Wang Wei, chief planner of the Nansha office of the Guangzhou city planning bureau.

 

With a distinctive geographical and environment advantages

Nansha, a southern coastal district of Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong province, is 70 kilometers from Hong Kong, 89 km from Macao and 111 km from downtown Guangzhou. With an area of 783 sq km, similar to Hong Kong or Singapore, it is located in the center of the Pearl River Delta Region, a major coastal economic center adjacent to the Yangtze River Delta Region.

Nansha  is 70 km from Hong Kong, 89 km from Macao and 111 km from downtown Guangzhou.

Within the district, 60 sq km comprising seven separate sites have been designated as part of the Guangdong FTZ, which was approved by the State Council last December as one of the nation's four FTZs.

According to Wang, 120 km of high-speed roads have already been completed, out of 200 km in the development plan of Nansha. Those roads include a ring road around Guangzhou, one that connects the area with Hong Kong and Macao, and a highway-rail bridge connecting Shenzhen and Maoming.

"The Nansha zone is going to be the experimental area of Guangdong's endeavor in industrial modernization, financial reform, service industry development and environment-oriented urbanization," noted Wang. "In particular, it is the central region for the integrated development with Hong Kong and Macao."

"By 2017, when most of the transportation routes have been built, it will take only half an hour to go from Nansha to Hong Kong or Macao," said Wang.

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