Hengqin Island Tourism District
- Macau, China 2003
- Site Area: 2,700 hectares
Hengqin Island, the largest among the 146 islands in Zhuhai, southern China, sits adjacent to one of Asia’s fastest developing tourist destinations, Macao. With a mere 15.7 square kilometers of area, Macao has little room to grow. But Hengqin Island, more than triple the size of Macao, is ideally situated to provide resort and recreation facilities that will complement Macao’s urban nature and gaming focus. With a vision of establishing a premier international tourist destination, Jerde divided a 6,600-acre site into several integrated tourism zones to combine family-oriented attractions with luxury resort facilities. On the east side of the island, which is accessible by road from Macao, Jerde created a theme park and waterfront hotel zone intended to serve as the main corridor of tourism linking China to Macao. On the opposite side of the island Jerde inserted a more secluded waterfront resort around a newly created lagoon. Upscale resorts, including a luxury spa and two resort hotels are located along the mountainside overlooking the lagoon. Visitors will have access to private beaches, as well as several 18-hole golf courses. Though the total development covers more than 3,000 acres of land, Jerde arranged the districts on reclaimed areas along the outer edges to keep much of Hengqin’s natural hillsides intact.
- Open/Public Space