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Business snapshot: Hangzhou Bay New Area

How this emerging business hub has kept a furious pace of growth. By CHRIS MAO, illustration by REMKO HEEMSKERK

Location, location, location goes the saying. Hangzhou Bay New Area occupies an almost perfect one, being part of the Golden Triangle of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo on China’s eastern coast.

The industrial and economic zone is difficult to beat logistically. It is effectively served by three major international airports, thanks to the three nearby metropolises, as well as two of the world’s biggest container ports (Shanghai and Ningbo-Zhoushan).

Meanwhile it has excellent road and rail links; the Hangzhou Bay Bridge has cut road travel time to Shanghai to only two hours. The zone is primarily an industrial hub, with a focus on car manufacturing, and it’s a home to many global companies like Volkswagen and Visteon.

It is expanding at a furious pace, with plans to construct a huge international automobile industrial park, an entire waterfront city, an advanced manufacturing zone, a science and technology R&D area, and leisure and culture zones. The area also boasts numerous hotels and is about to get a new theatre and other amenities to attract tourists.

Its proximity to Hangzhou in particular offers visitors easy access to leafy parks, hot springs, water parks and numerous bars and restaurants.

Wetland Parks

wetland park hangzhou
Credit: Imaginechina

The zone is surrounded by wetlands, including Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park and Xixi Wetland Park, providing a home for wildlife and a chance for people to immerse themselves in a vast natural ecosystem.

Hangzhou bay bridge

hangzhou bay bridge
Credit: Li-Gang Zhu / EyeEm / Getty Images

One of the world’s longest cross-sea bridges, linking Ningbo with Shanghai and boasting an observation tower and hotel midway along its span.

Nautical Flower fields

nautical flower fields
Credit: Imaginechina

At various times of year, this tourist attraction is made up of landscapes of blooming flowers, accompanied by lakes and faux landmarks like a windmill and a chapel.

Hangzhou Bay century city

hangzhou century city
Credit: Jun Z

Dozens of residential buildings combine with shopping malls, a hotel and a school in this huge development. It’s expected to house up to 100,000 people when complete.

Cathay Dragon flies to Hangzhou from Hong Kong 28 times a week

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