China's Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative aims to integrate the economies of Hong Kong, Macau, and nine other cities in Guangdong Province into a dynamic, innovative, and high-tech economic zone.
The entire zone is home to over 86 million people, covers 56,098 square kilometres and with exports of US$1,385.77 billion (2021).
The initiative promotes closer economic cooperation and integration between these cities, with the goal of creating a world-class city cluster that is competitive on the global stage.
The cities in Guangdong Province that are part of the Greater Bay Area initiative are:
10. Macau SAR
11. Hong Kong SAR
These cities are among the most economically developed and technologically advanced regions in China, and are home to several leading companies, research institutes, and universities.
Here is a brief overview of each city:
This is the capital of Guangdong Province and one of China's largest cities and is a major center of trade and commerce
A rapidly growing city, Shenzhen is well known for its high-tech industry and innovative culture, and is home to leading companies, including Huawei, Tencent, and BYD.
A city in the central part of Guangdong Province, Dongguan is a major manufacturing center, producing everything from textiles and electronics to toys and furniture.
A coastal city in the western part of Guangdong Province, this is a popular tourist destination, known for its cultural landmarks.
This city is a major center of the ceramic and furniture industries, while the town of Gaoming has an elevator (lifts) industry.
Zhongshan is a major center for the electronics, machinery, and lighting industries.
This is a major center for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.
Huizhou is known for their electronics, machinery, and petrochemical industries.
Zhaoqing is a city in the western part of Guangdong Province and is home to food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.
A key hub for tourism, gaming, and cultural landmarks. With its unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese culture, Macau offers a unique and fascinating destination for visitors from around the world.
11. Hong Kong
This is one of the most dynamic and developed cities in the world, with a thriving economy and a vibrant cultural scene and a finance, trade, logistics, infrastructure and innovation hub. Hong Kong is also home to a thriving tourism industry, with a rich cultural heritage, a vibrant food scene, and a diverse range of attractions and activities.
The GBA plays a major role in the development of advanced technologies,such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology, and to drive innovation in areas like finance, logistics, and cultural industries. The initiative is also seen to attract more international talent, investment, and businesses to the region and to create new economic opportunities for local residents.
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