Maoming is located in southwestern coastal area of Guangdong, China, adjacent to Yangjiang on the east, Zhanjiang is on the west and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the north, facing the South China Sea. It is 320km from Maoming to Guangzhou and 90km to Zhanjiang. It covers a land area of 11,458 km2, which is 6.4% of the total area of Guangdong Province, with a population of approximately 7.47 million. Maoming was established in 1959. Currently, Maoming has 6 subordinate prefectures, cities and county, namely Maonan District, Maogang District, Dianbai County and the cities of Xinyi, Gaozhou and Huazhou In 2012, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 195.12 billion RMB Yuan, the Fixed Assets Investment has reached 42.74 billion Yuan and the Public Finance Budget Income was 7.81 billion Yuan.
Maoming is rich in natural resources. It has mountains, plains and the sea. Most area of Maoming is in foothills, the others are plains and sea-side beaches. In total area of Maoming, there are some 13.8% of plains, 55.8% of foothills, 11.2% of mountains, 6.6% of plateaus, 12.6% of rivers are and arable area covers 706.5 km2. Maoming has many natural sea ports, includes Shuidong Bay, Bohe Bay, Jida Bay and so on. These natural bays and ports bring plenty of sea products. And lobster, squid, Mud Crab (Female) and oyster abound herein. The total output of aquatic products ranks the first in Guangdong Province.
Maoming is rich in Mineral Resources. Most of them have a large quantity. More than 50 kinds of minerals discovered in Maoming of which the potential value over 400 billion Yuan. The Kaolin deposit reaches 600 million tons, ranking the first in quality and quantity in China. The oil shale deposit reaches 5.5 billion tons, ranking the second in China. Rare-earth mine and porphyry-type tin mine is of large scale in China. The jade mine in Xinyi city, as one of the three major jade mines in China, is renowned as Green Jade of South. The scale of Yinyan tin deposit is the third in China, Dongkeng gold deposit ranks the second of Guangdong Province. The reserve of Titanium is the largest in Guangdong Province.
Maoming is also rich in tourist resources, include coastal tourism, co-tourism, hot spring tourism, heritage tourism and the red tourism and so on. The Shuidong Bay Tourist Resort has two laudatory names, “Southern Beidaihe” and “The top beach of China”.
Located in the south of the Tropic of cancer, Maoming belongs to tropical and subtropical monsoon climate. The annual average temperature is over 22 ℃. The annual average rainfall is between 1530mm -1770mm. The annual sunshine duration is 1560 hours to 2160 hours and the rate is over 35.6%. Maoming is good for plantation in all seasons. Forecast area covers 54% of total area.
Known as “Petroleum City of Southern China”, the petrochemical industry of Maoming plays an important part in China which is based in petroleum refinery and ethylene production. It is the largest integrated petrochemical bases of China. It is also an important base of Energy Resource, Raw Material, and Heavy Chemical Industry. SINOPEC Maoming Company set up in 1955. After a series of expansion projects, the crude petroleum processing reaches 20,000 tons per year, and the production of ethylene reaches 1 million tons per year. The Refining Technology Development Project is under construction, which will develop to 30 million tons petroleum refinery per year. Maoming’ agriculture is famous as High yield, High quality and high economic benefit. It abounds with litchi, longan, banana, mango, peanut, sugar cane and mulberry-feeding silkworm. Maoming has a name which is the hometown of litchi, longan and banana in China; Maoming is the largest fruit production base and the largest Tilapia production of China. And Maoming has been described as Capital of Tilapia. These years, Maoming has awarded some titles, which include “National Garden City”, “China characteristic and Charm City”, “China Top Tourist City”, “National Advanced City in Creating Civilized Cities” and “National Advanced City in Gardening”
Maoming is a candidate city of National Highway transportation Hub. Guangzhou-to-Zhanjiang expressway is totally in use. Highways from Maoming lead to all directions including state road No.207 and No. 325. They connect each other through the Maoming Avenue. Baotou to Maoming highway is one of the important highways in National Highway System which is from south to north, the infrastructure project in Maoming section has been started in 2013. In the late of “12th Five-year Plan”, a highway will be built from Zhanjiang to Shantou. It starts from Lianjiang (Anpu), connects Suixi in Shan Kou highway. It goes through Huazhou, Gaozhou, Yangchun and Gaoyao, finally connects with Guangzhou highway.
Recently Maoming has 6 railway lines which are finished, in construction and in planning. Of them the three lines of Sanshui to Maoming, Hechun to Maoming and Luoyang to Maoming have been put in to use, and the other lines, the line of Maoming to Zhanjiang has been in construction; the Maoming Section of Guangdong Western Coastal Railway and the railway in Bohe New Port Zone are in planning. The Guangdong Western Coastal Railway line through Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Yangjinag starts from Shenzhen in the east area to Maoming in the west, which the running duration will be within 2 hours when from Maoming to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The project estimates to be finished in 2015.
As far as airport is concerned, a Framework Agreement for Zhanjiang Airport Relocation & Reconstruction had been sighed with the Government of Maoming, Zhanjiang and the provincial, which will promote the project. The new location of the airport will be undertaken as a 50km area far from the urban center of Maoming City. The preliminary work has been started in May 2011. It is estimated to finish in May 2016.
The southern part of Maoming faces to the sea. It has a good condition for developing Neighboring-port industry. Maoming Port is which in National Class A level. It is facilitated with 300,000-ton-SPM system (Single Point Mooring system) which is the largest in China for crude petroleum unloading. There are many over-10,000-ton wharfs for petroleum product and containers. The throughput of Maoming Port reaches 20 million tons per year. Bohe New Port Zone is characterized with deep water, less sand, good shelter, easy-constructible and low cost. The port zone has 76 wharfs above 10,000 tons, which include 30,000 tons wharf for crude petroleum and 200,000 tons wharf for stone.
Maoming is rich in water resources. There are many rivers and streamlets. Of them 39 rivers have over 100km2 domestic rainwater-colleting areas. The largest river of Maoming is Jianjiang River. The others are Meihua River, Luo River and so on. The Multi-year average runoff depth of Maoming reaches 960mm and the average runoff is 11 billion m3. The transit of water reaches 800 million m3.
The topography of Maoming is from north to south, regolith is large, alluvial valley plain and coastal plain are gently terrain, These conditions are good for forming plenty of crevice water and pore water. The reserve of ground water reaches 3.87 billion m3. There is 2.5 billion m3 ground water can be developing and utilizing.
As a vigorous sea-side city, Maoming is positioned as a beautiful modernized city by the sea, industrial port city, ecological city and happiness city. To achieve this goal, Maoming people take advantage of the great opportunity of creating a new economic growth pole to the development of Western Guangdong area recommended by Guangdong Province; according to the thought of “Improving the infrastructure construction, pushing industries upgrading, accelerating city transition, gathering development elements, building happiness Maoming”; going around three tasks of “Constructing deep-water ports, developing modern industries, building Binhai New Area”; to have a comprehensive implementation of the development strategy of developing coastal area; to accelerating the development of world-class petrochemical industry base, a Guangdong logistic base of important energy resource and a characteristic modern agriculture base. It needs to push forward the transition of city and set off a new round of development.
Maoming has a bright future. Friends and business people from all over the world are warmly welcome to Maoming for sightseeing, investment, settlement, further communicating and cooperation. Let us create our splendid future together.