Xiaoguwei

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Xiaoguwei Island (Chinese: 小谷围岛) is a district of Xinzao Town (simplified Chinese: 新造镇), Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.[1][2] The Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center occupies the entire island which is about 17.9 km2 in size.

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The island can be accessed through the toll Nansha Port Expressway, which links the island to Haizhu District to the north and Panyu District to the south. A two-section cross-river tunnel provides alternative free of charge access to the island, linking it to the Luntou (Chinese: 仑头) area in Haizhu District via the planned Biological Island (Chinese: 广州国际生物岛). In addition, a bridge connects the island to the southeast part of Haizhu district near the Yingzhou Ecological Park.

Two Guangzhou Metro stations are located on the island. The Higher Education Mega Center North Station (Chinese: 大学城北站) and Higher Education Mega Center South Station (Chinese: 大学城南站) of Line 4 provide access to Guangzhou's convenient metro network.

The island is covered by a dozen of bus routes, with buses mainly running between the university town and the city centre of Guangzhou. In general, there are two types of bus service provided: Regular buses that operate like buses in the city, make frequent stops and takes longer to ride, and commuter express buses which are dedicated to serve the university town, mainly run through the expressways and have less stops. Many of these express buses travel between the old and new campuses of the universities. There are also shuttle buses provided by some universities which travel between their own campuses. However, these buses are reserved for the university faculty and staff and therefore can not be used by the public or students. Within the university town, students and teachers usually walk or cycle to classes, and ride a bus to further locations like other universities or some of the malls on the island. The most heavily used bus route is 381, which runs along the middle ring road connecting all ten universities and two metro stations.

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Coordinates: 23°3′8.3″N 113°23′21.27″E / 23.052306°N 113.3892417°E / 23.052306; 113.3892417