Guangdong will roll out a pilot policy taking effect May 10 to open up uninhabited islands for private development, according to local authorities.
Guangdong has nearly 2,000 islands, more than 90 percent of which are uninhab
ited, with a total area of 1,513.17 square kilometers and coastlines for 2,378.13 kilometers.
According to the policy announced by the provincial Department of Natural Resources, mark
et-oriented means for transferring the rights to uninhabited islands, including tendering and auct
ioning, should be adopted for tourism and entertainment, transport, industrial warehousing and fishing.
The department will be responsible for approving the transfers, wi
th city-level and county-level natural resources authorities to handle the preliminary work.
The department together with the provincial culture and tourism department l
ast year issued the island tourism development plan for Guangdong from 2017-2030.
A total of 195 islands are included in the plan, 167 of which are uninhabited.
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The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre
asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.
Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L
ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.
Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub
sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub
sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.
Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate
s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.
lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p