TYCOON Henry Fok Ying-tung's dream of turning desolate Nansha into a sophisticated town moves a step closer today as planners discuss the first draft of the project. He sees the town in Panyu as a transshipment port, tourist centre and commercial hub. The much-anticipated development is still in its infancy, with work begun on infrastructure such as part of the seven-kilometre sea-wall for a feeder terminal. ''Infrastructure development is the most difficult of all. Once an adequate infrastructure is in place, other construction can come along quickly,'' said Mr Benjamin Fok Chun-yue, youngest son of Mr Henry Fok. Mr Benjamin Fok, who is part of the team in charge of the Nansha project, said development of the 22-square-kilometre town - larger than Macau, at 17.41 sq km - should come along step by step. ''It is divided into stages. The first phase focuses on development near the passenger ferry terminal,'' said Mr Fok. The terminal, with its traditional Chinese architecture, supports the Fok-operated catamaran and hydrofoil service between Hongkong and Nansha. ''Then we need to build hotels, office and residential blocks for travellers,'' he said. Mr Fok estimated that more than half of the development would be for residential and commercial use. There would be a series of small residential districts, each with buildings for commercial, retailing and social welfare activities, he said. The range of residential blocks would cater to a variety of incomes, from employees in the service industry to wealthy merchants from China, Hongkong and other parts of the world, he said. ''Some people in Panyu are well-off manufacturers. They may even be richer than people in Guangzhou,'' said Mr Fok. Tourist projects will include shopping malls and restaurants for family-oriented visitors. ''We think many Hongkong people like to take their children out for the weekend. They may visit Nansha as an entire family,'' said Mr Fok. The plan also includes sports facilities - swimming pools, a yacht club and a golf course with bungalows. Mr Fok said there were provisions for technological projects, including the production of computer software. ''In Hongkong, software technicians have a high turnover. But staff in China are more stable,'' he said. Town halls, exhibition centres, libraries, theatres and recital halls are all featured in the plan. Support facilities include a telecommunications tower, hospitals, schools and training colleges. But Mr Fok pointed out that the town could turn out very different from the preliminary plan. ''The scheme is being constantly revised to meet the rapidly changing demand due to the rapidly changing economy.'' The project is a joint venture between Mr Henry Fok, who is director of the Henry Fok Ying Tung group of companies, and the local government. Guangdong Enterprise is also understood to have a stake.