According to Hengqin New District Administrative Committee, Hengqin Station will open this year, seamlessly linking the city with Macau Light Rail once the latter begins, currently slated for 2019.
The second largest underground station in the country, the construction of Hengqin Station has proved challenging given the area’s geological complexity and the fact that the station’s large body mass will be surrounded by skyscrapers.
The station, adjoining Hengqin Campus of the University of Macau, is a grand-scale project with total length of 760 meters and width of 44 meters. Equipped with seven ventilation pavilions and 29 entrances and exits, the facility is expected to become the command and transfer nucleus linking the Zhuhai and Macau transport networks in future. Connections to surrounding underground shopping malls will make it a new shopping hub as well.
The Macau Light Rail will extend into Hengqin Port to link with Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity MRT at Hengqin Station.The straight-line distance between the two platforms is only three meters. The transportation infrastructure calls for a convenient vertical traffic system, which is to connect the underground hub’s comprehensive Transfer Hall and the exit-entry passenger Inspection Hall on the second floor.
Passengers traveling between the Chinese mainland and Macau are to experience seamless transport services with a speedy customs clearance.
Hengqin is now the only 24-hour border-crossing port in Zhuhai. By simplifying the border crossing process for Macau and Hong Kong residents, with “One Inspection for Two Places” to be implemented in the future, living and business in Hengqin and Macau will gradually integrate.
The Hengqin government says that, the Hengqin-Gongbei Intercity MRT line will be operated as a public transport service with four carriages per train and a departure interval of just 10 minutes between each train.
Passengers of Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity MRT can make seamless transfers at Zhuhai Railway Station, for example to Macau, Zhuhai airport and Hengqin.
According to the Zhuhai Government, work on the first phase of the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity MRT Extension Line from Gongbei to Hengqin began in 2014 and is expected to meet acceptance requirements later this year. The second phase, Hengqin to Zhuhai Airport, will run southwest with a total length of 22.80 kilometers. It is expected to be completed by 2022.
The highest speed achievable on the line, is expected to be 200km/h with a trip from Gongbei to Chimelong taking only five minutes.
Hengqin International Tennis Center will be open for use by residents of Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macau free of charge from 11 August to 31 December, Huafa Sports has revealed.
The Zijin Hengqin Lecture Series was held on 4 August at Xiangzhou Port in Hengqin, bringing a traditional Chinese cultural feast with the characteristics of the Forbidden City to attendees from Hengqin and neighbor cities.
Hengqin International Tennis Center hosted a special ceremony on 21 July to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy tournament.
The 2nd 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum dealt with a range of strategic issues including Guangdong Province’s brand image building and dissemination, scientific and technological innovation and construction of the Greater Bay Area.
The forum was coordinated by the GMTCM Park – the first project jointly developed in Hengqin by the governments of Macau and Zhuhai.
Zhuhai issued its first five-year mainland residence permit on 9 September 2018 to a Macau citizen living in the city. According to government information, 751 more eligible individuals from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan have now received permits.
From 19 to 21 September, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Forum on International Communication, China (Guangdong) will be held at Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hengqin New Area. It is the second edition of the annual event.