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Tucked away in the southern corner of Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, Hengqin has been a national-level New Area since 2009. Because of its geographical location adjacent to Macao, it has been targeted as an important area of land connecting the economies of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao during a new round of reform and opening up policies in China.

Area: Hengqin covers an area of 106.46 square kilometers, more than three times as large as Macao. The island is made up of one town, three communities and 11 villages.

Demographic: Hengqin New Area is home to more than 7,000 people among whom 4,203 have been permanent residents since its establishment in 2009.

Seven major industries: Hengqin New Area focuses on developing finance, business services, tourism, innovation culture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, research and development centers for sciences, educational bases and high technology as its pillar industries.

Gross Domestic Product: According to the Macao Daily Times, Hengqin's GDP rose 72 percent year on year from January to June 2014, reaching 2.3 billion yuan (US$371 million). Foreign investment in use hit US$163 million, up 206 percent year on year.