Centuries-old commercial center of Guangzhou glows with new charm

As the fourth Understanding China Conference was held in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province on Oct. 26 and 27, the city has once again displayed to the world its magnificence and charm.

Known as the “Flower City”, Guangzhou, with a history of more than 2,000 years, has experienced great changes and transitions. Now let’s dig into how the city remains open and inclusive and what secret it has to stay young and vibrant.

Old city bursts with new glow

For China, 40 years of reform and opening up has speeded up the process of urbanization, and Guangzhou is no exception. Statistics show that the urban expansion made by Guangzhou in the past 40 years even exceeded the total it made in the 2,000 years before that.

Ever since 1984, the Guangzhou municipal government has been taking the city as a state-level city of cultural and historical interest in its overall urban planning. And the beauty of the centuries-old city is manifested by the local accent and opera.

Designed with Cantonese Garden style, the Cantonese Opera Art Museum records the most representative traditional art and culture of the city. Nearby stands the Yong Qing Fang, a perfect example of the integration of history and modern society.

Innovation drives deeper reform

In addition to being a historical and cultural city, Guangzhou is also a highland for technological innovation.

Led by big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the fourth scientific and technological revolution is changing the world and deeply integrating high-techs with industries.

Guangzhou, a pioneer in reform and opening-up, is taking new steps to innovate itself with intelligent manufacturing.

This can’t be done without the great business environment of the city and the strategic plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that gathers advantageous regional resources.

Mingzhu Bay, located in the center of Guangzhou’s Nansha District, is one of the most important measures taken by the local government to establish a core area for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation.

With a planning area of 103 square kilometers, Mingzhu Bay radiates all the 11 cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and five international airports.

Endowed with unique location, it is a test field of a new round of reform and innovation for China.

Integrating into the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou is more and more serving as an agglomeration of economic and human resources.

With firm resolution to develop, more and more projects are being implemented in the city, bringing rapid progress to the Flower City. Right behind the renewed charm of the old city is its innovation and hard working.

To demonstrate the spirit of China, offer wisdom of China and provide schemes from China has always been on the mind of the people living in this open and innovative city.

In the context of a new round of economic globalization, Guangzhou has been given strong impetus for continued reform and opening-up, by the traditional city image related to Cantonese opera and Xiguan ancient houses, the new modernization process motivated by AI technology, and the initiatives to build the Belt and Road and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

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