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This aerial photo taken on Aug. 16, 2022 shows the campus of Hong Kong (Guangzhou) University of Science and Technology in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province. [LIU DAWEI / XINHUA]

Hong Kong: opening of the new HKUST campus in Guangzhou

The new campus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, welcomed its first batch of postgraduate students on Thursday.

It offers 15 master’s and doctoral degrees in various fields, including advanced materials, intelligent transportation, and microelectronics, with student admissions starting this year. Undergraduate courses, covering artificial intelligence, data science and big data technology, as well as smart manufacturing, will begin in 2023.

Located in the Qingsheng Hub Cluster of Guangzhou’s Nansha District, the campus is the first legally independent educational institution jointly established by the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since the Greater Bay Area Development Plan Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao. The area was unveiled in 2019.

Macao: Launch of cross-border esports courses

A cross-border internship program aimed at helping young people in Macau gain professional experience in the esports industry started online applications on Monday.

The program, co-launched by the authorities of the Macau Special Administrative Region and Zhuhai, offers 30 internships at an esports company in Shanghai. Under the guidance of professionals, Macau interns will be trained in organizing and managing esports events and game broadcasting, and will take marketing and human resources courses for three months. Each participant will receive a Macau-Shanghai return transportation allowance, as well as monthly subsidies from the Macao SAR and Zhuhai governments.

Shenzhen: Checkpoint station will be connected to intercity rail

Shenzhen’s Huanggang Checkpoint Comprehensive Transportation Center, currently under renovation, will be integrated into the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Central Axis Intercity Railway, according to the 14th Five-Year Futian Transportation Plan released by the municipal bureau. transportation on August 23. Initially, the intercity railway will connect Shenzhen and Dongguan, and will be extended to Guangzhou, Foshan and Huizhou. The project is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Hong Kong SAR and Shenzhen and other cities in the Greater Bay Area. When completed, the redeveloped checkpoint will be a hub with comprehensive transport facilities, including intercity railways, metro services and other public transport services.

Zhuhai: Rolling out cross-border transfer of trade finance assets

Zhuhai has introduced cross-border transfer of trade finance assets to facilitate renminbi settlement in the Greater Bay Area. The objective is to financially support the integration of commercial entities into the country’s “dual circulation” development strategy.

Bank of China’s Hengqin Guangdong-Macao Deep Cooperation Zone branch took the lead in rolling out the service. Apart from boosting innovation in trade finance in the GBA, the bank’s decision gives greater impetus to the development of financial innovation in the region.

Compared to existing services, the new equipment covers a wider range, extending from domestic trade to international trade, and allowing both the inbound transfer and the outbound transfer of financial assets.

Foshan: first phase of metro line 3 to start trial this year

The first phase of Foshan Metro Line 3, which runs from Shunde College Station to Zhen’an Station, is expected to start a trial this year. The subway line, which stretches nearly 70 kilometers, has 38 stations, running from Shunde Port Station in the south to Foshan University Station in the north.

When completed, the new line will have transfer stations with six other planned metro lines and will be connected to the intercity high-speed railway. This would allow quick access to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and various railway stations in Guangdong Province, forming the backbone of the “Greater Bay Area on the Way” transportation network.

Huizhou: locals will try their luck at consumer vouchers

Eligible Huizhou residents have started online registration for the second phase of e-voucher distribution.

The vouchers, worth a total of 30 million yuan ($4.35 million), will be distributed through a raffle via UnionPay, the China Construction Bank Lifestyle app and WeChat. Winners will either receive coupons with a 40% discount for every 50 yuan, 100 yuan or 200 yuan spent, or a 100 yuan discount for spending up to 300 yuan. The coupons, which will be valid for 10 days, can be used in various business sectors, including catering, cosmetics and travel.

The Huizhou municipal government launched the first phase of the 30 million yuan consumer voucher distribution on May 20.

Dongguan: City secures $16 billion investment in high-tech industries

Contracts for 72 projects worth nearly 110 billion yuan ($15.9 billion) were signed at the Dongguan World Investment Promotion Conference held on Aug. 26. They covered information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy and other strategic industries.

Dongguan authorities said six industrial lands with a total area of ​​2.87 square kilometers will be developed to attract investment from major global companies.

Zhongshan: Hong Kong-registered medical device gets approval

Zhongshan has approved the city’s first Hong Kong-registered medical device used in public hospitals in the special administrative region since the launch of Hong Kong and Macao Medicine and Equipment Connect in August 2021.

The Spot Ex endoscopic tattoo creates a permanent tattoo used in colorectal monitoring, providing a new treatment option for patients at risk of colon cancer and facilitating surgical location for clinicians.

The medical connection, which connects the nine mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area, allows designated hospitals on the mainland to use drugs and medical devices registered in Hong Kong, subject to approval by Guangdong Province.

Zhongshan’s designated health institution, Chenxinghai Hospital, introduced seven drugs and one medical device through the medical connection, providing treatment for eight patients.

Jiangmen: Pact with the Macau SAR to promote the tourism sector

Jiangmen and Macao SAR tourism associations signed an agreement at an industry cooperation conference to build market brands and develop the industry to benefit the two cities.

The goal is to help Jiangmen build high-quality tourist routes with Portuguese-speaking countries and explore global markets. It will also help Macau develop its mainland tourism market.

Conference attendees discussed the possibility of allowing eligible Macau tour guides to work in Jiangmen. They also discussed preferential policies and subsidies, route design, and online and offline cooperation.

Homestays boost tourism in Zhaoqing

Zhaoqing signed contracts for 12 high-end brand homestay projects at the second Guangdong Homestay Conference on August 19. The projects are estimated at 400 million yuan ($58 million).

Viewing tourism as a major industry for the city’s economic revitalization, Zhaoqing has vigorously promoted the homestay business with local characteristics in recent years. The city currently has more than 360 registered homestay businesses.

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