The Nansha Technology Development Zone was carved out of Panyu District in 1993. In 2005 it was named Nansha District. In September 2012, Nansha was designated a State-level New Area (国家级新区) as Nansha New Area the sixth such area.
^China DailyNansha New Area launched Updated: 2012-09-13 14:56 "China has mapped out a new State-level development zone in South China's Guangdong province, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Wednesday. As the country's sixth State-level New Area, the Nansha New Area is expected to get national support from a series of preferential policies and innovation reforms on tax policy, land management, financial innovation and industrial development. The other zones are in Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing, as well as Zhejiang and Gansu provinces."
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