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By Ding Yi / Jan 14, 2021 04:42 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Visitors to the gardenlike coastal city of Zhuhai could soon be able to view the “Chinese Riviera” from a bird’s perspective, as EHang pioneers the use of self-flying people-movers for sightseeing trips in China.

Guangzhou-based EHang has signed agreements with three local companies to jointly launch a sightseeing business using its futuristic-looking autonomous aerial vehicles in Zhuhai, a popular tourist destination located on the western cusp of the Pearl River Delta adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, according to a company statement on Tuesday.

In 2019 the State Council, China’s cabinet, issued guidelines to develop the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area that covers nine cities in Guangdong, of which Zhuhai is one, with a specific focus on encouraging tech innovation.

Tuesday’s announcement comes as EHang pushes forward with its plans to develop its ambitious urban air mobility project that focuses on aerial sightseeing, passenger transport, island hopping and aerial logistics.

The Zhuhai launch is not EHang’s first attempt to explore the area of aerial sightseeing. Last month, the Nasdaq-listed company announced plans to trial a sightseeing business using two self-flying vehicles on a roughly 1 kilometer route in the scenic southern Chinese city of Zhaoqing.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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