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2019-02-14 13:06:49
source:China Daily

Zhuhai is in the southwest of the Pearl River estuary in Guangdong Province, with Hong Kong in the east and Macao in the south. It is a key point of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. As one of China's first special economic zones, the city has always prioritized ecological development, boasting one of the best environments in China.

Local lands have been reasonably developed, low-end industry is kept in check, and the population count is nicely balanced with its overall quality of living. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world's longest cross-sea span and the first of its kind in China, makes Zhuhai the only mainland city to directly connect Hong Kong and Macao by roadway.

Ever since the Hengqin FTZ (Free Trade Zone) came into operation in 2015, the city has played an increasingly important role in China's Belt & Road Initiative. It has cooperated with Macao to build a world-class tourism and leisure center and China-Portugal economic and trade cooperation platform. Economic and trade relations with Latin American countries have also been continuously strengthened through diversification and the furthering of secure access to the outside world.

Zhuhai enjoys a pleasant climate, with an average temperature at 22.3 degrees Celsius. It's home to 217 islands, 147 of them larger than 500 sq m. The city's total area stands at 7,653 sq km, including 1,724 sq km of land. It had a population of 1.8 million (in the first half of 2018), with 1.5 million locally registered. Zhuhai has three districts(Xiangzhou, Doumen and Jinwan)and five economic zones (Gaolan Port Economic, Zhuhai Hi-Tech , Zhuhai Free Trade, Hengqin FTZ, and Zhuhai Wanshan Marine Development Experimental).

It's the second largest port city (behind Shenzhen) in China and has eight national Category-1 ports -- Gongbei, Jiuzhou, Port of Zhuhai, Wanshan, Hengqin, Doumen, Wanzai and the Cross-Border Industrial Zone. In 2017, local GDP reached 256.5 billion yuan ($37.2 billion), up 9.2 percent year-on-year. The general public budget revenue reached 31.44 billion yuan ($4.56 billion), up 17.2 percent. And GDP per capita stood at approximately $21,609.