Tianjin, Chengdu & Guangzhou


Tianjin city region is the port city for Beijing, downtown Tianjin is 74 miles east of Beijing. The city region has a population of 13 million. Tianjin is one of the fastest growing cities in China and 2013 had a GDP of approximately £92 billion. The city region is heavily industrialised with a focus on petrochemicals, bio-pharma, aerospace, equipment manufacturing, and military technology.

  • Tianjin Port: handled 402 million tons of cargo and 10.1 million TEU of containers in 2010, making it the fifth largest port by throughput tonnage in the world
  • Tianjin Airport: is one of major airports in the north of China and handled 7.3 million passengers and 202,000 tons of cargo in 2010

For further information on Tianjin, please download the following documents.


Chengdu has 14,4 million inhabitants and is the capital of Sichuan Province (China’s 4th largest province with 81 million inhabitants). The city has an ambitious low carbon work programme, including sharp carbon intensity reduction and the increase of non-fossil energy share. Chengdu also aims to build itself into a sustainable smart city as an effective way to create green GDP. The countryside remains the poorer part of Chengdu City, and its environmental pollution becomes continuously serious. Chengdu City is also developing an integrated urban-rural development, in order to improve the jobs and income opportunities, reduce the urban-rural divide, and reverse the current trend of environmental degradation that is jeopardizing both people and nature.

Chengdu has several economic and technological development zones, including the Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone (CETDZ) and the High-Tech Industrial Development Zone and the Tianfu New Area (including Tianfu Software Park).

The most innovative city development is taking place at Tianfu New Area, a planned area of 1.578 km2, 85% of which is under the jurisdiction of Chengdu. The priority of the area is to develop a circular economy and establish strategic new industries such as energy resources, new materials, energy conservation, biotechnology, and the new generation information technology and high-end equipment manufacturing. Field visits at Tianfu New Area will include the Xinglong Lake Ecological Area, a large ecological construction project, with an artificial lake at the centre and total area of over 3 km2.

Further information on Chengdu can be found here and here


Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, is the capital of Guangdong province. It is the 3rd largest city in China with a population of just over 14 million. It is a port city located on the Pearl River Delta with Hong Kong 75 miles to the south east and Machu 90 miles to the south. The Guangzhou Development District (GDD)

  • Was established in 1984 and in 2013 had a GDP of approximately £21 billion
  • Has 115 fortune 500 companies are located in the development zone
  • Since 2000 the focus has been on 3 elements, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (GKC), Guangzhou Science City (GSC), Guangzhou International Bio Island (GIBI)
  • In 2013 the 1st EU-China Regional Policy Cooperation Pilot Area in China including an EU-China cooperation innovation park was established in GSC

For further information on Guangzhou, please download the following documents.