In the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ inaugural Nationwide Economic Development Report of China 2015, the county of Gu'an received numerous accolades – the county ranked third in terms of innovative capabilities, tenth in terms of economic development potential and was amongst the top 100 in terms of economic competitiveness.
Before 2002, Gu’an’s annual revenue was less than USD14.9 million, and it was the second-last county in terms of level of development in the city of Langfang.
In 2002, CFLD identified the potential in Gu’an and entered the market, initiating a period of rapid development with the construction of Gu'an’s New Industry City, located 50 kilometers south of the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, in the Greater Beijing region.
CFLD leveraged on China’s nationwide focus on the following five strategic industries – aerospace, biomedical, high-end equipment manufacturing, E-commerce and modern services industries, to transform Gu’an from an investment-driven opportunity with potential into an international industry development powerhouse. This has resulted in Gu’an recording a fiscal revenue of USD88.4 million in 2015.
In a short span of slightly over 10 years, Gu’an has transformed, from a traditional agricultural society to an innovation-driven industry smart city, which is sustainable, livable, and business-friendly.
Apart from upgrading the infrastructure of Gu’an, CFLD also invested in developing the “heart ware” or the lives of its inhabitants – by improving the standard of living of its people. This dovetailed smoothly with Gu’an’s goal of transforming the city into a medium-sized city with the capacity to accommodate a population of one million people. As of December 2016, CFLD has invested in USD41.9 million in Gu’an to further develop its infrastructure.
In order for Gu’an to be a sustainable and livable city for people to work, live and play, CFLD developed:
Gu’an New Industry City has always followed a steady growth path into the future through such industries as aerospace navigation, bio-pharmaceutical, new materials development, robotics and quantum communications.
Now in its 14th year in Gu’an, CFLD is taking it up a notch by utilizing the intellectual and technological expertise of Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park in the vicinity, to establish Gu’An as a Global Technology Center (GTC).
By successfully integrating the different aspects of technology, industry, capital, and services, GTC has evolved into an advanced business incubation ecosystem that fuels the growth of start-ups and other emerging industries.
This is seen in the Gu’an Marketplace, which is part of the Global Technology Center. It has become a springboard for innovation and entrepreneurship with Its ability to attract international resources and combined with local expertise, it is unrivalled as a competitive business enabler. In October 2015, the Gu’an Marketplace was recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China as a catalyst for technological transformation.
Gu’an New Industry City has set the benchmark for future industry cities, and it is recognized by city, provincial governments and the central government as a leading model for urbanization. In July 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China released a database on PPP Projects – of which Gu’an New Industry City was named the only regional-level PPP project.
The Gu'an Aerospace Industry Park
Gu'an Satellite Navigation Industry Park (GSNIP)
Gu'an Peptide Valley Biomedical Industry Park (GPVBIP)
Gu'an E-commerce Industry Park
Tsinghua University Pilot Incubation Industry Park of Major Projects (TPIIP)
Gu'an New Material Industry Park (GNMIP)