China News Network Guangzhou, October 10 Question: Hong Kong youth Ling Junjie plays the role of "super contact" to build a platform for exchanges and cooperation between young people from Hong Kong, Macao and the mainland

China News Network reporter Sun Qiuxia

At the end of September, as soon as he returned from a business trip in Europe, he immediately rushed to Nansha, Guangzhou, to participate in the "Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center" settled enterprise networking activities. In early October, he visited Chengdu to investigate places suitable for the development of entrepreneurship among Hong Kong and Macao youth.

Ling Junjie, Chairman of Hong Kong Ceylon Group, has been engaged in youth work in Hong Kong for more than ten years, not only building a platform for Hong Kong youth and enterprises to develop in the mainland, but also helping mainland enterprises to "go global", and is a veritable "super contact".

"I am very touched by the development of the mainland, and I hope that young people in Hong Kong will seize the opportunity and visit the mainland more. In addition to the Mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, there are many opportunities in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha and other places. Hong Kong people have a creative advantage and need to integrate with the huge market on the mainland. Ling Junjie said in a recent interview with Chinanews.com.

The picture shows Hong Kong youth Ling Junjie. Photo by reporter He Junjie

In the 20s of the 70th century, Ling Junjie's grandfather came to Hong Kong from the mainland to develop, and the family has been engaged in real estate development business, most of which is in Hong Kong, and Ling Junjie is the first person in the family to invest in the mainland. Talking about his relationship with the mainland, he told reporters that it was mainly due to his visit to Beijing in 2006.

In 2005, after graduating from studying in the United States, Ling Junjie returned to Hong Kong, and by chance, he attended the "National Conditions Workshop" at the National Academy of Administration the following year, which gave him a deeper understanding of China's history, culture and economic situation, and also felt the rapid development and change of Beijing.

"When I was 10 years old, I traveled to Beijing with my parents, and Beijing was not developing as well as it is now. When I grew up, I came to Beijing and found that Guomao and Sanlitun were very energetic. This trip to Beijing had a great impact on me and stimulated my enthusiasm to participate in the future development of the motherland. I started learning Mandarin in 2006 and gradually made some friends from the mainland. Ling Junjie said.

Since 2009, Ling Junjie has successively helped mainland enterprises to "go global" from Hong Kong. From project negotiations one by one, he deeply felt the rise of China, and at the same time witnessed the rapid development of the country. "Facing people from different countries, I feel the pride of being a Chinese," he said. ”

As an investment intermediary, Ling Junjie has also been following the development of the mainland for a long time, and since 2014 he has invested in a number of start-ups in the mainland, including Lalala, Tuhu and Shenzhen Jitoku Media. In the current economic environment, Ling Junjie believes that there are abundant development opportunities for start-ups in emerging industries such as new energy, new consumption, new media and health technology.

The picture shows Chuangxiang Bay in Nansha, Guangzhou. Photo by Liu Wei

In order to help Hong Kong and Macao youth better integrate into the development of the Mainland, in December 2021, the "Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center" jointly established by Hong Kong Xinhua Group and Hong Kong Ceylon Group was officially put into operation, with the core goal of promoting the integration of Hong Kong, Macao and international youth into the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and has now become an important entrepreneurship and employment service platform in Nansha.

"Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center" is located in Nansha with convenient transportation and rich resources "Chuangxiang Bay", close to Jiaomen Station of Guangzhou Metro Line 4, and opposite the popular shopping mall of Nansha commercial complex "Galaxy COCO Park". Since the operation of the center, it has enjoyed the "Hong Kong tax", venue operation subsidies and loan facilities, which has greatly reduced the operating costs of the center and the burden on the entrepreneurial team.

Ling Junjie introduced that the reason for choosing Guangzhou Nansha is mainly because there is a lot of policy support for Hong Kong and Macao youth, and at the same time, the cultural difference between Nansha and Hong Kong is small, which also greatly reduces the threshold for Hong Kong youth entrepreneurship and exchanges. In addition, Nansha is strategically located in less than 1 hour by high-speed train from Hong Kong West Kowloon to Nansha Qing Seng Station.

The picture shows Xie Wei, deputy secretary of the Party Working Committee of Nansha Development Zone, and Ling Junjie, co-chairman of Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center, presenting commemorative certificates to the settled enterprises in 2023. Photo courtesy of Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center

It is understood that the "Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Center" has recently attracted more than 20 new entrepreneurial teams to settle in. These teams are not only from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, but also from the UK, France and Cameroon. At present, more than <> Hong Kong, Macao and international entrepreneurial projects have successfully entered the mainland market through this youth innovation center and achieved good results.

"Hong Kong's proximity to the most economically dynamic region on the mainland makes it an ideal springboard to enter the mainland market and attract mainland enterprises to expand their international business here." Innovative platforms such as the Xinhua Hong Kong and Macao International Youth Innovation Centre have further strengthened Hong Kong's role as a liaison with the Mainland and the world. Ling Junjie said.

For Hong Kong young people who want to start a business in the mainland, Ling Junjie suggested that they can first go to the mainland to walk, see and learn, so that they can accurately judge where is the most suitable soil for their own development. At the same time, we should take advantage of the development momentum of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and act as soon as possible. Entering the market earlier means more opportunities and time to adjust your direction. (End)