Hengqin, an important stop of the Maritime Silk Road Economic Belt, connects China to countries in Southeast Asia and opens the window of China to the World.
Zhuhai is the only city in China with connecting to HK by highway. iCity is located in the Hengqin Island, south of Zhuhai, and it benefits from the “Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)” signed among the Mainland, HK, and Macao. As a national strategic platform, Hengqin is the first world geared and HK Macao prioritized demonstration area in close cooperation with Guangdong. It is hailed as “a new landmark of Reform and Opening Up.” Under the state-driven reform plan, it will become an area for scientific and technological innovation and a resort area to promote the west coast of Pearl River for international tourism.
Since 2004, Hengqin port has been the top ten ports in the country for five consecutive years. Since the implementation of the 24-hour customs clearance, the number of customs clearance has increased to 7 million in 2015. Also, vehicles with Macao single license plate can now travel to Hengqin freely.
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Big Bay Area (GHMBBA) is formed by a cluster of cities from Guangzhou, Zhuhai to the two special administrative regions in HK and Macau. The economic significance of GHMBBA can be comparable to the Bay Areas in New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo.