In accordance with Xiamen's overall plan and development strategy, and taking advantage of Haicang's advantageous location, Haicang Investment Zone (厦门海沧台商投资区) aims at becoming a new port area, a new industrial area and a sub-center of greater Xiamen in the 21st century. The investment zone is divided into the following four functional areas in line with its overall plan: Haicang Port Area, Xinyang Industrial Area, Southern Industrial Area and Haicang New Urban Area.
Haicang Port Area
Haicang Port Area covers an area of 12.4 square kilometers with development focus on port transportation, the energy industry and warehousing. As many as 36 berths of over ten thousand tonnage grade will be built, ten in the first phase. Four berths have now been put into operation and the port railway linking with Yingtan-Xiamen Railway was completed in 1999.
New Urban Area
With a planned area of 27.6 square kilometers, the Haicang New Urban Area, a would-be sub-center of Xiamen, focuses its development on real estate and tertiary industries. Facilities such as banking, commerce and trade, tourism, public communication, primary and middle schools, kindergartens, professional training centers, hospitals, recreation centers and hotels are available in the zone.
Southern Industrial Area
Seventeen point seven square kilometers in size, adjacent to the port area and with a flat terrain, the Southern Industrial Area has the most superior geographical conditions in Haicang. It gives first place to the development of large-sized modern technology-and-capital-intensive chemical projects, especially middle and downstream petrochemical projects.
Xinyang Industrial Area
Xinyang Industrial Area is a key industrial area of both Haicang Investment Zone and Xiamen City. With a planned area of 29.6 square kilometers, it focuses on capital and technological intensive industries of small and medium size, including machinery, electronics, fine chemicals, plastics and new building materials. It is well equipped with infrastructure facilities, such as roads, water supply, power supply, drainage and waste discharge. More than 100 projects have settled down in the area, of which more than 30 are in production. When all these projects are in full production, their output value will total as much as 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion).