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Field trip reports

During field trips the students and staff from the University of Basel were exposed to many ways of how China has been realizing economic potentials in the Pearl River Delta, and how regional development differentials are being dealt with.

On all visits a total of 40 students and staff persons gained an understanding of urban commercial land use and planning in Guangzhou, the changing urban fringe, gated communities of the nouveau riches, State industrialization efforts via special economic development zones, Shunde rural industrial development and economic transition in the Pearl River Delta, border city developments in Zhuhai and Macao, urban and regional development in the underdeveloped areas such as Northern Guangdong’s Danxia Mountains.

During small scale field work of groups of Chinese and Swiss students life of the people in small towns in underdeveloped Guangdong was studies but also in urban villages of Guangzhou itself. The specific Donguan Industrial Model which differs from the Shunde industrial model was experienced where labor intensive industrial forms are omnipresent but also modern high tech complexes the size of a major city are being created out of nowhere (Songshanhu High-Tech Industrial Park). Local economic development from manufacturing to real estate was studied in Zhangmutou Town, urbanization and industrialization of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone with the fourth largest container port of the world was visited (Yantian Harbour), and finally urban development and planning in Hong Kong was examined.