Pingshan’s infrastructure boosted by “Going East Strategy”

As the “northeastern gateway” of Shenzhen connecting the city with eastern parts of Guangdong Province, Pingshan New Area is deploying recourses to enhance its infrastructure construction to implement the city government’s “Going East Strategy,” a plan aimed at refashioning the city’s eastern parts.

Pingshan’s Party chief Zhang Bei said the new area should recognize its shortcomings and make up for them when implementing the “Going East Strategy” during an interview on May 24.

  

  (A China-Israel innovation base will be located in Pingshan New Area to bring in and incubate high-tech projects from Israel.)

  Transport Network

Residents may be able to take high-speed trains from Futian District to Pingshan New Area in July, which will only take passengers 40 minutes to travel from Pingshan to Futian CBD, Zhang said. There are 12 pairs of high-speed trains running between Pingshan Railway Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station every day, carrying about 8,000 passengers daily on average.

Apart from high-speed rail, the construction of expressways and Metro lines 14 and 16 across Pingshan are also underway, which will link Pingshan with Shenzhen’s central area and other cities neighboring Shenzhen such as Huizhou and Shanwei, according to Zhang.

 

  (Entrepreneur workshop held at BYD’s headquarters in Pingshan. BYD’s output value reached 33 billion yuan (US$5.04 billion) last year, with a year-on-year growth of 73 percent.)

  Industrial Upgrade

Zhang said Pingshan has its own industrial strengths such as new-energy vehicle and biomedicine industries. The output value of the Pingshan-based carmaker BYD reached 33 billion yuan (US$5.04 billion) last year, with a year-on-year growth of 73 percent. Zhang said Pingshan will bring in more new-energy enterprises and accelerate industrial upgrades.

Pingshan New Area has attracted investment from 66 listed companies, and 11 Fortune 500 enterprises have set up factories or offices in the new area. It has 25 kilometers of usable land to be developed, while over 30,000 government-subsidized apartments are under construction in Pingshan, outnumbering other districts and new areas in Shenzhen, according to official data.

  (High-speed trains from Futian District to Pingshan New Area will be put into operation as soon as in July, according to Pingshan’s Party chief Zhang Bei.)

  Medical Care

SAMII International Medical Center will be put into operation in 2017 in Pingshan New Area, according to an agreement signed by the Shenzhen Public Hospital Management Center and the International Innovative Medical Solution GmbH in Hannover last month.

The medical center is a nonprofit public hospital, which is being built at the base of Julong Hospital in Pingshan New Area. It covers 68,000 square meters and its first phase of construction has a floor space of 133,000 square meters. It will offer 600 beds when it is put into operation in the first half of 2017.

  (The concept map of SAMII International Medical Center, a nonprofit public hospital to be put into operation in 2017 in Pingshan New Area)

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine’s affiliated hospital will settle in Pingshan New Area, while Guangdong Provincial Stomatological Hospital will set up a branch in Pingshan, which will start construction as soon as in October. Besides new hospitals, Pingshan People’s Hospital will be relocated and rebuilt and Pingshan No. 3 People’s Hospital will expand.

  (Pingshan partners with International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) to bring in high-tech projects and profession talents to the new area.)

  Education Resources

Pingshan administration committee’s director Tao Yongxin said the branch campus of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine will settle in Pingshan New Area. He said 14 new schools will be built during the 13th Five-Year Plan from 2016 to 2020, and government will also support private schools as a step to enrich the education resources in the new area.

  (Professor Majid Samii, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, reviewed SAMII International Medical Center’s blueprints with government officials last month.)

  Water Management

Zhang said Pingshan will also emphasize building a green and livable environment for residents by applying “Sponge City” ideas on water management and it will learn from the German city Stuttgart and divide the new area into different functional zones, such as administrative, residential, commercial and industrial zones.

  (Pingshan’s Party chief Zhang Bei talked about the new area government’s work plans to implement the “Going East Strategy” when he was interviewed on May 24.)

  Going East Strategy

Shenzhen is about to invest 1.6 trillion yuan, equivalent to about US$254 billion, in an ambitious plan called the “Going East Strategy” to develop its eastern areas.

The plan aims to refashion the eastern part of the city, which is economically weaker than other parts of the city, into a new growth point for the Shenzhen economy, according to an action plan released after a city leadership meeting earlier last month. The city is suffering a bottleneck in development partly due to a shortage of space.

The eastern part comprises Luohu, Yantian and Longgang districts, and Pingshan and Dapeng new areas. They have up to half of Shenzhen’s land area, but house one-third of the city’s total population and contribute one-third to the city’s total GDP.

The strategy is an important decision by the city to implement China’s Belt and Road Initiative and enhance Pearl River Delta cities’ cooperation. The investment will go to 355 projects covering traffic infrastructure, industrial upgrades, public services and urban development.

  (There are 12 pairs of high-speed trains running between Pingshan Railway Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station every day, carrying about 8,000 passengers daily on average.)