Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center

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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.[1]


During the phase I of the project, ten local higher education institutions set up new campuses on the Xiaoguwei 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. In the phase II of the project, two local higher education institutions set up new campuses on the Xinzao town. The twelve institutions are:[2]

Phase University Chinese Est. Type Location
Phase I Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学 1924 National Xiaoguwei Island
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 1995 Provincial
Guangzhou University 广州大学 2000 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
Phase II Jinan University 暨南大学 1906 National Xinzao town
Guangzhou Medical University 广州医科大学 1958 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 Industry 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 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. In general, there are two types of bus service provided: Regular buses that operate like buses in the city, making frequent stops and it takes longer to ride, and commuter express buses dedicated to serve the university town, with buses mainly running on expressways and making several 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, 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 farther locations like the other universities or the shopping malls on the island. The most heavily used bus route is 381, which runs along the middle ring road that connects all ten universities and two metro stations.

Sports facilities[edit]

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.


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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