Integration Boosts Development of Twin Cities in Guangdong Province

A view of Canton Tower in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. [Photo/VCG]

GUANGZHOU — It takes Foshan residents less than an hour to get to work in southern China’s metropolis, Guangzhou, thanks to the intercity subway that facilitates an extraordinary daily commute.

About 255,000 passengers commute daily between the two cities by metro, representing 14% of the total number of daily commuters. The Guangzhou-Foshan line is the first intercity metro line in China, with an average daily passenger volume of about 531,000, said Zhang Jian, an official with Guangzhou Metro Group Co Ltd.

While meeting the travel needs of commuters, the intercity metro line also plays an important role in the social and economic integration of Guangzhou and Foshan, with 18.8 million and 9.6 million permanent residents respectively.

The two cities are located in the central area of ​​the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong, featuring close economic ties and cultural similarities. The two cities’ GDP exceeded 4 trillion yuan ($563 billion) in 2021, accounting for more than 32 percent of the entire province.

In August, the two cities jointly released a plan to push for greater integration under the 14th five-year plan (2021-25). He said that by 2025, the combined GDP of the two cities is expected to reach 5 trillion yuan and travel time between their city centers will be reduced to 30 minutes.

Baiyun Lake Digital Technology City is located in the western part of Guangzhou’s Baiyun District, across the river from Nanhai District in Foshan.

The tech city is dedicated to fostering the digital economy and propelling the digital transformation of traditional industries, such as leather goods, cosmetics, furniture and equipment production.

“Using geographical advantages, we will strengthen industrial collaboration between Guangzhou and Foshan, as well as promote the growth of digital economy and green and low-carbon development,” said Zhang Min, deputy director of the center of services and management of Baiyun Lake Digital Technology. Town.

Industrial clusters have boosted the regional economy and the business environment has steadily improved.

Guangzhou and Foshan set up a mechanism in August 2020 allowing their citizens to access government services in the two cities without traveling there. Documents are processed online or sent by mail.

The history of Guangzhou and Foshan has become a new paradigm for China’s regional integration dynamic, said an official with the Guangzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission.


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