Hengqin Island, perched between the gambling mecca of Macau and the Chinese province of Zhuhai, is being developed aggressively. Niu Jing, director of the administrative committee of the Hengqin New Area, pinpointed seven industries that will be permitted to expand on the island, which is several times the size of Macau—tourism, commercial services, finance, creative culture, traditional Chinese medicine, science and education research and high-technology.
“Investment covering these industries will be welcomed,” Niu said.
What will not be welcomed, says Niu, are casinos, even though several of the casino operators own land on the island that they will designate for non-gaming resorts. The exclusion of gaming was included in the Overall Development Plan of Hengqin, which was approved by the State Council in 2009.