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Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao to Jointly Build World-class City Agglomeration
On Oct. 28, 2009, the governments of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, and Macao jointly held a news conference in Macao, promulgating the outcome of the Planning & Research of City Agglomeration’s Coordination and Development in Big Pearl River Delta Including Hong Kong and Macao. The plan states that Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao will collaborate in building a world-class city agglomeration that is competitive, coordinated, and sustainable. Made up of Hong Kong, Macao, and nine cities in the Pearl River Delta, the Big Pearl River Delta area is one of the core economic areas in China with a highly developed economy and the highest levels of urbanization and internationalization. Enhancing regional cooperation is the key to the further development of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao. The study puts forward suggestions for cooperation between adjacent areas, including recent cooperative projects. For instance, in the bend of the Pearl River, higher education will take priority, and will be supplemented by research and development areas for new and high technologies as well as the cultural and creative industries. Hengqin Island will be mainly used to develop leisure and relaxation, new and high technology industries, scientific research and development, cultural and creative industries, and higher education. In the cross-border cooperation zone between Zhuhai and Macao, the logistics, transit trade, and product exhibit industries should be developed along with general industrial development.

On the same day, the executive meeting of the State Council approved the feasibility study report of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Project. Jointly built by the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao, the bridge is a part of the Pearl River Delta loop line in the state highway network planning and the key project crossing the Lingdingyang sea area. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Project includes bridge and tunnel engineering, ports in Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macao respectively, and lines connecting these three areas. The bridge and tunnel engineering starts from Dayu Mountain of Hong Kong, crosses the Pearl River Estuary waterway, and ends at the man-made island in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao port, reaching a total length of 35.6 km. The principal part of the project will be built as a divided six-lane highway, with a designed life of 120 years. When the bridge is completed, it will become the new road transport channel connecting the east and west side of the Pearl River. The investment in the whole project is estimated to be more than 72 billion yuan (RMB).

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