The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an important space carrier for the state to build world-class urban agglomeration and participate in global competition. It consists of two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao and nine cities in Guangdong province, namely Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.
(The Guangdong-HongKong-Macao Greater Bay Area)
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is the fourth largest bay area in the world after New York bay area, San Francisco bay area and Tokyo bay area. In 2017, the population of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area reached 69.57 million, and its GDP exceeded 10 trillion RMB, accounting for about 12.17% of China's total economic output. The total GDP ranked 11th in the world, equal to that of South Korea. Among the four major bay areas, it ranks the second in economic aggregate and the first in population, land area, port and airport throughput.
On January 11, 2019, Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office of the state council, said that the central government has made clear the strategic positioning of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen four cities. On February 18, the central committee of the communist party of China (CPC) and the state council issued the outline of the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.