The planning scope is defined at two levels, namely, the scope of overall planning research and the scope of detailed planning.
（1）Scope of overall planning research: the research covers two parts: the coastal zone and the land area of Xiaomeisha , totaling about 383 hectares, of which the coastal zone extends about 157 hectares and the land area 226 hectares. It is expected to provide overall planning idea and spatial structure for both parts and detailed planning for the coastal zone.
（2）Scope of detailed planning: the detailed planning focuses on Xiaomeisha coastal zone (as marked by the red line), which is composed of sea area and coastal land construction control area, totaling about 157 hectares. The sea area is about 141 hectares, including beach (yellow area, containing an 800m long sandy coastline) and sea (blue area); the coastal land construction control zone is about 16 hectares (purple area). The blue solid line means coastline and the blue dotted line beach-sea demarcation line.
Fig.3 Planning Scope
This international consultation is intended to bring in international horizon, forward-looking thoughts and innovative concepts. Design firms are expected to, in consideration of Xiaomeisha’s prominent mountain-sea-city resources, explore a new paradigm for coordinated land and marine development as well as ecological conservation and marine tourism development, and provide overall spatial development idea for both the land and sea areas of Xiaomeisha and detailed planning for its coastal zone, setting an example for China’s marine ecology conservation and novel ocean development. The specific objectives are as the following:
（1）Through the investigation and judgment on the development trend and a review on the mountain, sea and urban conditions of Xiaomeisha, clarify the overall framework for the spatial development of its land and sea areas ;
（2） Focus on the planning of the coastal zone, plan the future projects and activities in the area, work out a world’s top multi-level (coastal land area and sea area) space development blueprint that fits the regional marine utilization requirements, and provide a viable systemic planning scheme, so as to offer detailed design instructions for further planning implementation;
（3）Propose reasonable capacity and operation modes for the future projects within the design scope and conduct an initial analysis on the return of investment, in order to ensure the cost effectiveness of the project; based on the planning of the sea area, put forward development instructions and supporting facility requirements for the land and sea associated part to realize coordinated development between the two.