Conghua eyeing modern equine industry
Conghua has a solid foundation for the development of the modern equine industry. It started to build an equine epidemic-free zone in March 2007, which was internationally accredited in April 2010. The international recognition has allowed it to export racehorses to the European Union.
The equestrian center in Conghua was known as the Asian Games Equestrian Center in 2010. It was later renamed the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Conghua Racecourse, the first world-class racecourse and training center for thoroughbred racehorses in the Chinese mainland.
The HKJC Conghua Racecourse boasts well-equipped equine facilities such as medical institutes, rehabilitation & treatment centers, swimming pools and pasture, which make it an ideal place for horse training and racing. It was formally put into use in August 2018 and held its first Exhibition Raceday event on March 23, 2019.
With the support of relevant authorities in Hong Kong and Guangdong, the racecourse has adopted an innovative cross-boundary transportation mechanism for moving racehorses between Hong Kong and Conghua, which successfully cuts the time needed for customs clearance by over one third via "one approval, multiple entry and exit' cross-boundary horse inspection and transport" arrangement.
Thanks to the special mechanism, over 10,000 racehorses have been transported between the two places over the past two years.
According to a recent blueprint, the district will intensify its efforts to develop its equine industry, further expand equine industrial chains, build a multi-layer mechanism of racehorse products and create a world-class Guangzhou-Hong Kong economic circle for the equine industry on the basis of the HKJC Conghua Racecourse.
The HKJC will invest 2 billion yuan ($308.36 million) to build phase two of its affiliated Conghua Racecourse, which will include a permanent stadium, two-story horse stables and automatic horse walking machinery.
In addition, an equine quarantine and isolation project has been under construction and added to the list of key projects within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
It is an indispensable local supporting facility for implementation of the quarantine in the trade of racehorses and their cross-boundary transportation, and will favorably impact the sales, auction and breeding businesses.
The project is also of great significance for building a world-class Guangzhou-Hong Kong economic circle and an incubation center for a fashion-oriented creative value chain for the equine industry.