|Performers from Johor State, Malaysia, dance at the eighth China-ASEAN Expo in October 2011 in Nanning, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua] |
Exploring business opportunities in Southeast Asian country offers a route into more ASEAN markets, as Bao Chang reports in Malacca.
Across the blue Strait of Malacca, there will be a man-made island, that is poised to become a new travel hub of Malaysia, and is set to appear in 2020.
Northwest China's Gansu Chamber of Commerce, along with Malaysia's Mestika and IEPU, have invested 1.3 billion yuan ($206 million) to establish the island as a new landmark in Malacca that engages in the travel, entertainment, commerce, culture and resort businesses, most of which will involve Chinese investors.
"Walking through Malacca, the legendary ancient city, I feel little exotic atmosphere, because the major business street is full of shops and hotels with a glittering array of Chinese billboards," said Song Liuming, a Chinese tourist.
Linking the Pacific and Indian oceans and located at the crossroads of Asia and Oceania, the Strait of Malacca has been a trading passage since the days of Zheng He, China's most famous navigator, who visited it five times during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Today, Chinese people are enthusiastic about investing this ancient city, which has many historical connections to China.
According to the market researcher MYC MM2H SDN BHD, most of the investment in the 607-hectare island is from Chinese investors.
In this traditional economic hub of Malaysia, the most active businessmen are undoubtedly Chinese. Chinese companies are also the country's biggest trading partner.
Song, an entrepreneur from Jiangsu province, said that he saw business opportunities in the travel industry and was sure it would be very profitable to invest and set up a tourist agency in the country.
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