Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center
Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (HEMC), Guangzhou University Town or Guangzhou University City (Chinese: 广州大学城) is an area featured by higher education institutions, located on Xiaoguwei Island (Chinese: 小谷围岛) in Panyu District, Guangzhou, China. It was opened in 2004. With an area of approximately 17.9 km2 and 3.53 millions square meters of indoor space, the complex is capable of accommodating 350 to 400 thousand people.
Ten local higher education institutions set up new campuses on the island with a total of 120,000 students. All except Guangzhou University (which was relocated to the Mega Centre) maintain their old campuses within the city. The ten institutions are:
|Sun Yat-sen University||中山大学||1924||National|
|South China University of Technology||华南理工大学||1952||National|
|South China Normal University||华南师范大学||1933||Provincial|
|Guangdong University of Foreign Studies||广东外语外贸大学||1995||National|
|Guangdong University of Technology||广东工业大学||1952||Provincial|
|Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine||广州中医葯大学||1956||National|
|Guangdong Pharmaceutical University||广东药学院||1958||Provincial|
|Xinghai Conservatory of Music||星海音乐学院||1932||Provincial|
|Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts||广州美术学院||1953||Provincial|
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.
All ten universities have their own sports facilities while other venues were built by the government and intended to be shared by all the universities, including the central stadium, which is one of the largest in Guangzhou.
- Guangzhou University City (Chinese)