On March 28, excavators entered the construction site for the EVE Energy traction battery project at Zhongkai High-tech Zone, and the first Sino-Korean cooperation project within the Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park officially broke ground.
Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park and other “2+1” modern industrial clusters will certainly play a significant role for Huizhou in becoming a new growth pole in the Eastern Bank of Pearl River, an important region for the high-quality development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and a first-class city in China. It is worth mentioning that these projects were included in the recently approved Guangdong Key Construction Project Plan in 2019 by Guangdong Provincial People's Congress.
Among those 92 Huizhou-based projects with a total investment volume of 340 billion yuan, there are 58 industrial projects, 27 infrastructure projects and 7 public welfare projects. It is the first time for Huizhou to have so many provincial-level key projects in the past 9 years, suggesting that Huizhou has accelerated its effort to build itself into a first-class city in China.
To build a new focused area of opening up and a new development engine
A first-class city must be supported by a superior economic strength. To Huizhou, these key investment projects are the cornerstones to sustain the economic growth and improve its economic strength. Under the context of Huizhou being identified as a node city within the Greater Bay Area and Huizhou wishing to become a first-class city in China, these key investment projects, in terms of their number and quality, will decide how fast Huizhou achieves its development target.
By reviewing the news reports, it is known that there were 70 Huizhou-based projects being selected as provincial-level key projects; while this figure was 81, 82, 72, 66, 59 and 79 respectively for the year 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and this year’s figure is 92, the largest in the past 9 years.
To those urban development insiders, it is a clear signal that Huizhou has gained irresistible momentum to its development.
As Guangdong’s only Sino-foreign industrial park approved by the State Council, Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park is an iconic innovation platform to facilitate economic cooperation and high-end industry cooperation between two countries. On March 28, the EVE Energy traction battery project, which was the first Sino-Korean cooperation project within the Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park broke ground; on April 3, the draft proposal for the Master Plan for the Development of Core Clusters within Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park was released to solicit public opinion; on April 5, the first land transfer case took place at the Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park.
The start-up area for the Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park was being included in the provincial-level key projects. With a total investment volume of 4 billion yuan and the construction period lasting between 2019 and 2021, it is designed to build “2-horizontal-and-2-longitudinal” arteries within its internal transportation network and facilitate the settlement of 15 high-tech enterprises in the field of smart manufacturing.
Two frequently talked about large-scale scientific facilities, HIAF and CIADS by the Chinese Academy of Sciences were also being included in the provincial-level key projects. These two state-level innovation platforms are certain to make important original research achievements and stimulate the development of other industries in Huizhou.
As a provincial-level innovation platform being positioned as Guangdong’s Silicon Valley, Huizhou Tonghu Ecological Smart Zone is also classified as a provincial-level key project. Huizhou’s other provincial-level key projects also include the Innovation Town, Huizhou-Cisco Tonghu Science City and Huizhou-SEG Semiconductor Industrial Base.
According to Mr. Peng Haibin, Director and Party Secretary of Shenzhen State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, Huizhou-SEG Semiconductor Industrial Base, a joint industrial cooperation project between Shenzhen and Huizhou, will “foster close cooperation and exchange between Shenzhen and Huizhou and facilitate diverse and in-depth cooperation in the future.”
These key projects, including the Sino-Korean (Huizhou) Industrial Park, two large-scale scientific facilities and Huizhou Tonghu Ecological Smart Zone, are evident that Huizhou has increased its effort to become a new opening-up focused area, a new development engine and an important region for the high-quality development within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The provincial-level key projects also include many “2+1” projects within the modern industry, such as the Smart Manufacturing New Town at Huizhou’s Meilong Lake with a total investment of 30 billion yuan, TCM Healthcare City in Huizhou Pingan-Luofu Mountain, the phrase 3 of CAPCHEM project at Huizhou’s Daya Bay and the high energy electron accelerator project by the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Huizhou Zhongkai.
According to Mr. Li Huiwu, a host of the information session about the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area organized by CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and inspector from Guangdong Development Research Center, Huizhou has a solid foundation for the “2+1” industrial cluttering and should seize the rare development opportunity created by the Greater Bay Area to further its industrial development. Huizhou is exactly doing this. By leveraging various innovation platforms and key projects, Huizhou is determined to achieve high-level opening up and high-quality development and become a key player in the Greater Bay Area.
Huizhou to build a well-connected transportation network.
On April 11, Mr. Li Huiwu suggested that “Huizhou should increase its effort to improve the transportation connectivity.” As a eastern hinterland of the Greater Bay Area, Huizhou should improve its transportation service to link city cluster within the Greater Bay Area.
At the 4th meeting of the 11th CPC Huizhou Party Congress, an ambitious transportation development plan had been approved. It is estimated that Huizhou will invest nearly 30 billion yuan to upgrade its existing transportation network.
By taking a close look at the Guangdong Key Construction Project Plan in 2019, it is evident that Huizhou’s ambitious transportation development plan has been implemented adequately.
On April 18, the open bidding for the auxiliary project for the Huizhou North Station of Gansheng High-speed Railway was held. This auxiliary project will cover an overpass, a square and a station that can accommodate 11 lines and 5 trains at the same time, while Shenzhen North Station can accommodate 20 lines and 11 trains at a same time. From the bidding document, it will be a modern transportation terminal with equal significance to the Shenzhen North Station. Guangshan High-speed Railway, a key transportation line in the eastern Greater Bay Area, will also arrive at the Huizhou North Station.
Ganshen High-speed Railway, Guangshan Railway and the already completed Xiashen Railway, travel across Huizhou at both the south-north direction and east-west direction, enabling a Huizhou resident to travel to any Greater Bay Area city or have an outbound trip at the east and north directions by taking a high-speed train; and not surprisingly these two projects are highly anticipated by people from all walks of life in Huizhou.
Guangdong’s preliminary key project list also covered Shenshan High-speed Highway and Guanghe High-speed Highway. Shenzhen Railway Investment and Construction Group also announced, on the day of its inauguration, that it would carry out feasibility research on three projects along the Shenshan Railway, covering Xili, Pingshan and Huizhou section. Guanghe Highway also appeared in The 13th Five-year Plan for the Development of Guangdong's Comprehensive Transportation System. In June 2017, the preliminary research results review meeting of Guangzhou-Heyuan passenger railway revealed that Guanghe High-speed Railway would start from Guangzhou North Station, pass Huizhou Longmen, Heyuan anf finally connect Heyuan East Station of the Ganshen Railway. In line with the previous construction plan, Guanghe High-speed Railway would have 6 staions, namely Guangzhou North, Baiyuan Airport T3 Terminal, Conghua, Yonghan, Longmen and Heyuan, including 2 stations in Huizhou. However, the final construction plan is yet to be confirmed.
Despite that these two new high-speed railways are under planning stage, Huizhou people are exciting about the prospect of having 5 high-speed railways, with over 10 stations within Huizhou; and if the plan is finalized, Longmen County will have high-speed railway access for the first time.
The expansion project of Huizhou Airport is among the Guangdong provincial key projects too. Huizhou Airport handled 1.88 million passenger last year, ranking 67th among all airports in China and 20 places up compared to last year. Its annual passenger throughput increase stood at 96.4%, ranking 2nd among major airports with passenger throughput exceeding one million in China.
The airport expansion project will cover a new terminal with an area of 17,000 square meters, 3 aprons and other supporting facilities. Market experts believe that the expansion project will further facilitate civil-military integration and release greater airspace resources, and it is a great opportunity for Huizhou Airport and other airports within the PRD region to ask for more airspace resources, so as to solve the bottleneck issue in building a world-class airport cluster in this region.
Guangdong’s preliminary key project list also covered Huizhou aviation industrial base in partnership with relevant air companies from Shenzhen. The base is designed to build flight training and flight attendant training base, an aviation logistics base, a bonded port, as well as an integrated park covering the manufacturing of airplane, exhibition, sales and maintenance of airplane. The base plans to purchase 25 aircrafts in total with an investment volume exceeding 10 billion yuan. The base will carry out an engineering feasibility study and an early-stage approval application this year, and the actual constructor will be Shenzhen United Airlines Co. Ltd.
Many Huizhou-based highway projects, including the connect project of the exit of the fourth ring road of the Hehuiguan Highway, Huizhou section of Heyuan-Zijin Highway, road section between Pingtan and Tonghu, the connection project at the Chifang Exit, are also being included in Guangdong provincial key projects.
This year is crucial for the construction of Hehuiguan Highway, which is scheduled to be operational next year. When completed, it will connect with Guanghui Highway, Huihe Highway, Huida Highway, enabling Huizhou residents to have easy transportation access to each any city in the Greater Bay Area. For example, the travel time between Huizhou and Guangzhou, Dongguan and Zhongshan will see a cut of 30 minutes, which will further enhance the significance of Huizhou as a regional transportation hub in the Greater Bay Area.
Huizhou Promotes Eco-tourism.
Among city cluster within the Greater Bay Area, Huizhou has the richest eco-tourism resources. In line with Guangdong Rural Tourism Development Resources Directory (the first batch) recently released by Guangdong Culture and Tourism Department, a total of 479 Huizhou-based projects have been shortlisted, ranking first among all PRD cities.
However, very few Huizhou-based rural tourism projects are large-scale projects, and those projects being included in the provincial key projects, such as Fengyuehuaxi project in Aiguang of Huizhou, phase one of eco-tourism village at Longmen Guifeng Mountain, Leisure Valley at Boluo Hongxin Tea Mountain and Eco-tourism project at Nianshan Bazai of Huizhou, are all small-scale projects.
The phase one of Tonghu national wetland park, however, is a much anticipated large-scale eco-tourism project. In line with the development plan of provincial key projects, this wetland park will build an urban park, a wetland conservation area, a rehabilitation area, an educational exhibition area, a rational utilization area, a service area and a creativity farming area, so as to make itself into a comprehensive national wetland park and a 5A tourist attraction incorporating the functions of wetland protection, ecological science popularization and agriculture.
Guangdong’s preliminary key project list also covers a series of eco-tourism reserve projects in Huizhou, including the coastal tourism project at Haishan Lake of Huizhou with an investment volume of 20 billion yuan, the tourism infrastructure PPP project at Renping Peninsula of Huizhou with an investment volume of 15 billion yuan, Luohu Mountain scenic spot project with an investment volume of 8 billion yuan and the coastal spring resort at Huidong Pinghai with an investment volume of 5 billion yuan.
With these eco-tourism projects being carried out in the near future, Huizhou is ready to witness a business boom in this sector and break into a thriving market.
The economic development should also address people’s livelihood issues, and a few public welfare projects, including Shangwen cultural and sport city, the second People’s Hospital at Boluo County, the Boluo Longhua campus of Tianhe College of Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, have been included in the Guangdong provincial key projects.
According to senior officials from Huizhou’s Development and Reform Commission, “Huizhou should endeavor to create an ideal living circle for living, working and travelling in the Greater Bay Area, and therefore it is very important to speed up the development of its infrastructure, industrial projects, eco-tourism projects and public welfare projects.” With the advancement of these key projects, Huizhou is one step closer in becoming a first-class city in China.
An observer’s point of view:
Key projects help consolidate Huizhou’s economic strength
A great many Huizhou-based modern industry projects have been listed as provincial key projects, showing the enormous potential and unprecedented development opportunity encountered by Huizhou. A city’s rise is largely due to its industrial strength, including the textile industry in Manchester and Liverpool, finance industry and advanced manufacturing in New York and logistics and IT in Chicago. Thanks to these robust industries, these cities are able to grow their economic strength and sustain continuous growth.
A first-class city must be supported by booming economy and immense industrial strength; and it is therefore essential for Huizhou to consolidate its economic strength and take active measures to improve people’s livelihood. By making full use of the opportunities created by the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and aiming to become a first-class city in China, Huizhou will endeavor to develop two advanced manufacturing clusters, namely petrochemical energy & new material and electronic information, each with an output value exceeding one trillion yuan, foster biomedicine and other new pillar industries and create a “2+1” modern industrial system. That is why it is important to introduce a series of favorable policies and real incentives to local enterprises. CPC Huizhou municipal committee and Huizhou municipal government have taken active measures this year, including a through-train communication channel, optimization of administrative service and improvement of its business environment, resulting in the booming development of its real economy.
It is therefore essential to give full play to a city’s advantageous industries, establish a healthy relationship between government and market and stimulate enterprises’ confidence and development vitality, so as to further improve Huizhou’s economic strength.