Situated in the south of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province, the Hengqin FTZ (Free Trade Zone) is only 34 nautical miles from Hong Kong with proximity to Macao being merely 187 m. Covering 28 sq km, the FTZ plans a land reclamation project to double in land mass by 2020.
In addition to financial and hi-tech industries, Hengqin is becoming a cultural and educational pilot zone and an international business, service, recreational and travel base. The FTZ also is a recent advocate that is promoting Macao's moderate economic diversification via non-gaming elements and strengthened regional cooperation.
Implementing line-division management so as to expedite “first-line” customs inspection, strictly control “second-line” examinations, separate people from goods, and to conduct classified administration.
Taking the national lead in launching business registration reform.
Taking the national lead in formulating an executive pattern encompassing decision-making, and administrative and consultation committees.
Becoming the nationwide first to publicize illegal business practices of main market players (industrial and commercial) in detailed accounts. Businesses can quickly search online to see what these practices are defined as.
Launching the pilot franchise business of individual domestic-foreign currency conversion with the first-issued multi-currency UnionPay IC cards.
Issuing Hengqin New Area Integrity Island Promotion Measures to formulate a comprehensive regulatory system in commodity source tracking, supervision, law enforcement, penalties, compensation in advance, and in other matters.
Clients can choose Hong Kong in written agreement as a venue for arbitration should disputes arise involving property rights.
Eligible enterprises in Hengqin are taxed at a reduced rate of 15 percent.
Administration of bonded or tax exempt production-related goods entering Hengqin from abroad has been conducted.
Production-related goods sold from areas of the Chinese mainland to Hengqin are treated as exports and enjoy tax refunds.
Transactions among enterprises located within the Hengqin FTZ are exempted from any value-added tax and/or consumption tax.
Hong Kong/Macao residents working in Hengqin receive the appropriate China Individual Income Tax (IIT) deduction from the Guangdong Provincial Government so that their effective China IIT burden would be close to what they would pay if they instead had been working where they are domiciled.
Clearance procedures for residents of Hong Kong and Macao entering and leaving Hengqin are simplified, with 24-hour passage at the Lotus Bridge Checkpoint.
Administrative regulations for Macao vehicles with single license plates (to be operated exclusively within Hengqin) have been issued.
National-level strategic high ground – Hengqin New Area
Xi Jinping, who at the time was China’s vice president, came to Macao in January 2009 to announce that the Central Government had decided to commence the official development of Hengqin Island.
Consequently, the State Council issued The Hengqin Overall Development Plan that August.
When he returned to survey Hengqin on Dec 8, 2012, Xi Jinping, who had now become the country’s president, stated, “Now that the blueprint for Hengqin has been drafted, it’s time to hit the road, and bright prospects loom.”
Solid foundation for enduring infrastructure
Complying with the government’s requirements for “high standard, high quality and high speed” and aspiring toward “a solid foundation for long-lasting infrastructure,” Hengqin is creating an integrated transport network centering on public transit. Meanwhile, to ensure water and energy conservation and a green city, resources have been assigned to establish an innovation-based, low-carbon and energy-efficient modern public utilities system.
Municipal utility tunnels
Hengqin Island has the longest utility tunnels (up to 33.4 km) accounting for the largest one-time investment on the Chinese mainland. All electrical wires and cables, water and gas lines, waste discharge, air conditioning and heating conduits, fiber communication and pipe network maintenance accesses are underground.
Hengqin Port transport hub
Located in the port area abutting the University of Macao in the north, the 21-hectare Hengqin Port Comprehensive Transport Hub will be a landmark urban complex combining checkpoint customs services, urban integrated transport and support business facilities. The Macao Light Rapid Transit and Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity MRT will intersect here.
Shizimen CBD Hengqin section
Across the Maliuzhou Waterway, which runs north to south along the Wanzai, Hengqin and Gongbei checkpoints, and facing Macao toward the east, this 5.77-sq-km area of the central business district is designated for finance, conventions and exhibitions, along with business and trade.
Hengqin Headquarters Tower
Encompassing 80,000 sq m, the project includes a 490 m (1,608 ft) main tower and three to four 150 m support buildings. It is designed to become a landmark in the Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao environs.
Hengqin Chimelong International Ocean Tourist Resort
Featuring global recreational holidaymaking, tourism and entertainment, this world-class integrated tourist resort is replete with theme parks and deluxe hotels. Ongoing are business conventions and exhibitions, shopping, sports, and recreational activities. Ocean Kingdom has already set five Guinness records. More than 5 million visitors have been registered to date at the Ocean Kingdom Theme Park, Hengqin Bay Hotel and International Circus Stadium.
Lai Chun Friendship Square
Constructed by Macao Lai Ying Investment Ltd, the 30,000 sq m government-guided, Macao SMEs-invested square is opposite Hengqin Checkpoint. This square features a large shopping mall, retail, catering, theater and other facilities, and provides a venture platform for Macao’s SMEs.
Guangdong-Macao Traditional Chinese Medicine Science & Technology Industrial Park
Jointly developed by the governments of Guangdong Province and the Macao Special Administrative Region, this industrial park is the first real estate project to implement the Framework Agreement on Cooperation Between Guangdong & Macao. An innovated cooperation pattern of the two areas, the project is now becoming a major international health technology industrial cluster and a personalized health maintenance resort focusing on TCM competitive industry, TCM health services and TCM cultural industry.
Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Industrial Park
In addition to GMTCM Park, Hengqin has reserved 4.5 sq km of land for Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Industrial Park to develop TCM, cultural and creative, education, training and other industries. Seven out of 33 projects recommended by the Macao SAR government have settled in the park.
Hengqin institutional and systematic reform
Second-tier regulatory inspection facilities connecting Hengqin Island and Zhuhai -- the first of the kind in China -- came into operation on June 28, 2014.
Preferential policies for Macao
Eleven Measures of Hengqin New Area on Supporting Macao’s Moderate Diversified Economic Development have been issued in favor of Macao investment. These measures concern land acquisition, industrial construction and infrastructure, and Macao businesses and employees access to public resources such as talent apartments.
Macao residents working in Hengqin New Area also benefit from individual income tax deficiency payments.
Financial cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao
Multi-currency UnionPay IC card issued for the first time allows for the rapid settlement of cross-border payments.
Settlement has been implemented of foreign exchange capital by foreign-funded enterprises in Hengqin New Area.
Insurance agencies in Hengqin, Guangdong and Macao have associated to provide mutual cross-border motor vehicle insurance.
Hengqin financial institutions have joined the Macao Pass contactless smartcard payment system, the first of its kind in the Chinese mainland.