Hengqin, an island located off the southern coast off China, is fast becoming a tourism hotspot.
The island is becoming China’s latest holiday destination resort, with a number of major companies such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide investing in the region, reports Reuters.
After China announced plans to turn the island into a tourist destination two years, a number of developments have been springing up in Hengqin.
Starwood Hotels has announced that it is planning to build Sheraton and St Regis properties in Hengqin, complete with luxury rooms and top quality amenities.
Within the next year, a number of recreational facilities are scheduled to open up, including a massive shark and whale aquarium, which, at 22,000 cubic metres, is reported to be the largest in the world.
The island will also be the site of the biggest aquatic theme park in Asia and an international business district spanning 5.8 square kilometres.
In addition, developers are working on a large-scale water and land transportation network that will include multiple highways. An undersea tunnel from Macau to Hengqin is expected to be unveiled in 2012.
Although no gambling will be allowed on the island, the destination is expected to be a major draw for foreign visitors planning tailor made holidays to China.
Neighbouring region Macau is expected to benefit from the development of Hengqin into a seaside tourist resort, as it strives to gain more revenue from mass market holidaymakers and reduce its reliance on business travellers.
Zhao Zhen Wu, a Chinese government official working on the development of Hengqin, told Reuters: “In the coming year there will be big changes.
“Hengqin’s investment philosophy is geared to the world, particularly Hong Kong and Macau. We welcome foreign investment, especially from Fortune 500 companies.”
Hengqin, which is a free trade zone, is expecting to attract some 200 billion yuan (£20 billion) in investment by 2015.