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Old February 16th, 2015, 05:04 PM   #661
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Beijing gets ready for crucial IOC inspection
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2015-02-15


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The Beijing municipal government is urging everyone involved in the 2022 Winter Olympics bid to make an all-out effort to be prepared for the final inspection by the International Olympic Committee in a month.

Beijing's joint bid with Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, will enter its decisive phase in March with the visit of representatives of the IOC Evaluation Commission. The IOC will vote for the eventual host between Beijing and its only rival, Almaty in Kazakhstan, in July.

The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a resolution on Friday calling for all resources to be mobilized to prepare for the visit.

"Under the guidance of State authorities, the municipal government should work closely with Hebei province to be fully prepared in all possible areas that the IOC will evaluate and to optimize final preparations for the bid based on IOC rules," said a statement released by the committee on Friday.

Wang Anshun, Beijing's mayor and the bid committee chairman, emphasized that details will play a significant role in the evaluation.

"We should meet every part of the IOC's host city standards to ease any potential concerns," Wang said during an earlier briefing on the evaluation visit.

Beijing submitted its official candidature file in January, responding to more than 200 questions and requirements raised by the committee. The file set out details of the bid objectives, venue plans, transport arrangements and security measures.
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29 January 2015
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This photo taken on Saturday morning shows a big hole on a street in Beijing's Xicheng district. The hole has since been filled in with 1,400 cubic meters of concrete. XU XIAOFAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

The residents of Beijing are no strangers to sinkholes.

They have seen sinkholes resulting from the construction of subways, the collapse of underground infrastructure, even inexplicable natural phenomena.

Yet none of them had been like this one caused by an illicit building project under the home - a home away from home, to be precise - of a lawmaker from Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, East China.

The 15-by-5-meter, and 10 meter-deep hole caused the collapse of the proprietor's own quadrangle as well as part of another next to it on Tuesday. Fifteen households had to be evacuated due to safety considerations.

The accident temporarily halted public transport and water supply along a historical street in uptown Beijing, all because the moneyed entrepreneur lawmaker wanted to dig an 18-meter-deep, five-level basement under his Beijing home.

Historical courtyards, mostly old quadrangles, in the historical districts of Beijing are subject to strict government protection. Part of the proprietor's home is under grade-II protection according to Beijing's regulations. Which means all building projects related to it must be approved by the relevant authorities.

The lawmaker has not consulted them. Not because he was not aware of the need. His 2010 attempt to renovate the property was stopped by the district authorities, and he was fined.

Last July, the authorities again summoned the owner, ordering him to stop the new basement project, which he had started without approval. Again, he was fined.

This lawmaker from Xuzhou is reminding us, again, of exemplary lawlessness.
Legislator who built secret basement is facing arrest
18 February 2015
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Collapse of illegal structure damaged adjacent road and neighbors' homes

Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a legislator blamed when the illegal construction of a basement under his Beijing courtyard home in Xicheng district caused a road to collapse.

Li Baojun, who was a former member of the Xuzhou People's Congress in Jiangsu province, resigned earlier this month.

The collapse occurred on Jan 24 when five workers were attempting to dig a basement beneath the building on Deshengmennei Street.

According to the Beijing Information Office, the cave-in resulted in a crater 15 meters long, 5 meters wide and 10 meters deep.

Traffic was disrupted and the subsidence damaged at least four rooms in properties owned by people north of the site.

Since the collapse, netizens have criticized Li's breach of the law, particularly as he was a legislator.

Li, president of Haiying Group - a corporation in Jiangsu focusing on auto parts production - bought the five-room 190-sq-m home in April 2010. Since two of the rooms fell under a historical and cultural protection program, any restoration or reconstruction work had to be approved by district authorities.

The Beijing Planning Commission said Li had applied to renovate the building but the permit only allowed him to refurbish the building, not dig a basement.
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Moscow-Beijing high-speed rail may go across Kazakhstan, says ambassador
17 February 2015
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BEIJING, February 17. /TASS/. A planned high-speed rail link connecting Moscow and Beijing could go across Kazakhstan, Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov said on Tuesday.

The China-invested project to build a high-speed railway between Moscow and Kazan, the capital of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, could be extended to China, the ambassador said citing specialists.

If the project, in which China is ready to invest 400 billion roubles is implemented, the railway could be extended to China, connecting the two countries across Kazakhstan, he said. "Another transport scheme could be built, that could become part of the route of a new Silk Road," the diplomat said.
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Beijing to keep population down
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2015-03-06

Beijing plans to control the size of its population and to have no more than 23 million people by 2020, said a national legislator and senior Beijing official on Friday.

Beijing municipal deputy mayor Li Shixiang, also a deputy to the nation's top legislature, revealed the figure during a group discussion at the ongoing "two sessions". It is the first time that the Chinese capital put forward a new target after its population grew much faster than expected.

In 2005, the State Council, or China's cabinet, set the goal of having a total of 18 million people for Beijing in 2020.

Currently, the city's population has surged to 21.54 million and the city will allow a small rise to no more than 21.8 million by the end of the year.

The targeted population of 23 million was calculated based on the capability of the city's water resources to support its residents, according to the deputy mayor, as the South-to-North Water Diversion project has not brought a fundamental change to improve the water shortage situation.

Overcrowding has exacerbated the city's traffic and environmental problems.

Premier Li Keqiang said in his report on the work of the government that the fight against "urban diseases", such as air pollution and traffic congestion, must be stepped up to improve people's living standards.

Fighting pollution continues to be a priority as the government pledged to cut energy intensity by 3.1 percent and reduce emission of major pollutants, said Li.

From 2014, the city began to relocate some of the businessmen in the wholesale markets near Dahongmen and Beijing Zoo to nearby cities in its neighboring Hebei province.

A clothing market in Langfang, Hebei province, which opened at the beginning of this year, boasts 150,000 square meters in construction area and nearly 4,000 booths. More than 80 percent of its salesmen are from the two wholesale markets in Beijing.

In the future, Beijing will continue to relocate industries viewed as unhealthy to its development and focus on its role as the country's capital, the vice-mayor said.
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Athletes conquer Beijing's 82-story skyscraper in vertical run

Hundreds of runners from over 30 countries took the stairs and conquered the 82-story CBD skyscraper in Beijing on Sunday, Sept 7, 2014, by running up 2,041 steps to the rooftop finish line.

The vertical run, held at the 330-meter tall China World Summit Wing Hotel, was an official race for the 2014 Vertical World Circuit, which is held in some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building in New York City.

Poland's Piotr Lobodzinski and Australia's Suzy Walsham stole the show, winning the title for men and women.

Lobodzinski crossed the finish line in 10 minutes and 1 second, although he did not break last year's 9 minutes and 55 seconds record set by Thomas Dold of Germany. Dold came in second place this year, nine seconds later than Lobodzinski.

"It was amazing to compete with so many athletes and crossing the finish line atop Beijing's highest building is an incredible feeling," Lobodzinski said in a press release. "I feel on top of the world."

In the women's race, last year's winner, Walsham, defended her title with a time of 11 minutes and 50 seconds.

"It was a tough race with so many elite athletes performing so well, but I pushed myself towards the end and I wanted to win this race again," Walsham commented. "It feels wonderful to share this accomplishment with so many elite runners from across the globe."

The building's rooftop, where the race finished, offers bird's eye views across the city of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and other travel attractions.

Stair climbing, first known as "vertical races" in the 1970s, is now a global sport, although still relatively new to many. Stair climbing has quickly caught on among fitness enthusiasts attracted not only to the physical demands of this gruelling sport, but also to the novelty of competing in unique urban settings - the world's modern and popular skyscrapers.

Other cities joining the 2014 Vertical World Circuit are New York, Taipei, Paris, Benidorm, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Hong Kong
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Do we have news and updates on any actual building projects in the city? Endless local articles is a bit dry, and like the rest of the Chinese city projects, I wouldnt waste my clicks any more.
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Regional integration will help narrow income gaps
23 March 2015
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Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area plans to create new innovation platforms for technology

Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun announced on Saturday that the capital will work with Tianjin and Hebei province to boost innovation, industrial upgrading and restructuring, so the three become a leading force for the national economy.

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is the third growth pole of China after the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta. Its total gross domestic product accounted for about 10 percent of the country's GDP last year.

The Beijing municipal government will focus more on technological innovation and cooperate with the authorities in Hebei province and Tianjin to set up platforms for innovation, Wang said.

Wang made the remarks during the China Development Forum 2015, which is being held in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse from Saturday to Monday. The forum, attended by senior Chinese officials, has attracted more than 400 foreigners from 19 countries and regions.

President Xi Jinping put forward the initiative for the integration and coordination of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province in February 2014 in a bid to balance development, the environment, population and resources, while building an economic zone surrounding Beijing.

More than 100 million people live in the region, which has a combined area of 216,000 square kilometers. Yet there is a big development gap between Beijing and Hebei. Heavily polluted Hebei still has several million people living in poverty, and it faces the challenge of cutting its excessive iron, steel, cement and glass capacity.

"Compared with Beijing residents, the average income of Hebei residents is only 55 percent in urban areas and 50 percent in rural areas," Wang said at the forum.

The Beijing municipal government will work hard with its counterparts in Tianjin and Hebei to narrow the income gaps in the region, he said.

The mayor pointed out that infrastructure, including the construction of subways and railways, will play a key role in integrating the three areas.

The capital will "lay out the annual task list for transportation infrastructure integration, ecological and environmental protection and industrial transfer, so as to make new progress as soon as possible", Wang said.

Beijing's subway system already carries approximately 10 million passengers a day on workdays. By 2020, the total subway length is expected to increase to 1,000 kilometers, according to the Beijing government work report. Construction on four new subway lines is due to start this year.

Beijing will also accelerate the transfer of non-essential functions, such as general manufacturing, downtown wholesale markets, as well as some educational and medical services this year, Wang said.
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Beijing seeks new private investment to expand subway
10 April 2015
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Move comes after construction costs soar in past few years

Beijing plans to attract more nongovernment funds to fuel the rapid expansion of the subway network, the company responsible for providing finance and planning new projects has revealed.

Construction costs have almost doubled in the past six years, the Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co said.

The technical and economic performance index, which reflects construction costs, increased to 1 billion yuan ($161 million) per kilometer in 2014 for subway lines in the downtown area, according to figures released by the company. The corresponding figure in 2007 was 571 million yuan.

The municipal government has annual allocations to fund subway construction projects, and these reached 15.5 billion yuan in 2014.

Most of the money is provided by the company, which has invested more than 251.3 billion yuan in the network in recent years - enough to build 110 Bird's Nest stadiums or 246 Water Cube aquatics centers.

Now the capital's municipal government has released a guideline designed to attract more funds from private sources to finance large public projects, including the subway.

Yang Xuhui, an official at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, the city's top economic planner, said companies can invest either alone or as a part of a consortium.

"More than one company has shown an interest," he added.
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Legislator who built secret basement is facing arrest
18 February 2015
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Collapse of illegal structure damaged adjacent road and neighbors' homes

Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a legislator blamed when the illegal construction of a basement under his Beijing courtyard home in Xicheng district caused a road to collapse.

Li Baojun, who was a former member of the Xuzhou People's Congress in Jiangsu province, resigned earlier this month.

The collapse occurred on Jan 24 when five workers were attempting to dig a basement beneath the building on Deshengmennei Street.

According to the Beijing Information Office, the cave-in resulted in a crater 15 meters long, 5 meters wide and 10 meters deep.

Traffic was disrupted and the subsidence damaged at least four rooms in properties owned by people north of the site.

Since the collapse, netizens have criticized Li's breach of the law, particularly as he was a legislator.

Li, president of Haiying Group - a corporation in Jiangsu focusing on auto parts production - bought the five-room 190-sq-m home in April 2010. Since two of the rooms fell under a historical and cultural protection program, any restoration or reconstruction work had to be approved by district authorities.

The Beijing Planning Commission said Li had applied to renovate the building but the permit only allowed him to refurbish the building, not dig a basement.
Experts eye underground problems
21 July 2015
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Defense radar seeks out broken pipes and illegal basements to help city administrators

China's major developer of tactical missiles, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, is using its defense technologies to help city administrators and business sectors, according to engineers at the company.

Advanced radar technology, essential to a missile system, has been adapted to detect broken equipment up to 30 meters underground.

"Many underground gas and water pipes, electrical conduits, TV cables and sewers were made many years ago and are often in bad condition. Traditional examination and repair methods require digging up the roads they are buried in, inconveniencing residents and commuters," said Zhang Peng, a chief engineer at Beijing Huahang Radio Measurement Institute.

The institute is part of the company's Hiwing Technology Academy and specializes in missile radar and photoelectric equipment.

"Our ground penetrating radar is the perfect solution to the problem - it is able to detect and locate broken utilities without causing damage above ground," he said.

The equipment can also help city governments find cellars built without permission by residents looking to expand their living space, Zhang said.

He said local authorities in some large cities are concerned by safety hazards posed by these basements. The construction of one cellar resulted in a serious collapse in Beijing in January.

"It is now very difficult for authorities to inspect illicitly-built cellars in Beijing's sprawling maze of hutong, but with the ground penetrating radar, inspectors can easily detect them," Zhang said.

The device can also assist archaeological surveys, architectural safety checks and security clearance for important events, he added.
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New rail network set to boost 'cluster'
19 October 2015
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A project to improve industrial infrastructure in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region will be led by the construction of an extended high-speed railway, as Hu Yongqi reports.

Wang Jingting, a native of Tangshan in Hebei province, lives and works in Beijing. On weekends and holidays, she either drives or takes a train back to Tangshan to relax or attend family functions.

The 27-year-old sales assistant rents an apartment in Beijing, but soaring property prices mean she's unlikely to ever be in a position to afford a home of her own in the capital. However, she can't live in Tangshan and continue to work in Beijing, because the round-trip would take about five hours.

Wang's dilemma may be solved by construction of an intercity rail line that will connect Beijing and Tangshan. Work will begin at the end of the year, and when the link opens in 2020 the journey will be reduced to just 30 minutes, one-fifth of the current two and a half hours. The drastic reduction in commuting time would offer Wang the option of moving back to Tangshan, buying an apartment and traveling into Beijing every day.

The railway is part of an ambitious plan to integrate the transportation system in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster, boost local economies and upgrade the industrial infrastructure. In the next 35 years, 615 billion yuan ($97 billion) will be spent to build 23 intercity railways that will connect Beijing with neighboring areas in the cluster, cutting travel times for passengers and freight cargos.

Wang, one of the 110 million people who will have access to more-convenient transportation, was delighted at the news. "The integration plan won't have much impact on my life for a while, but when the line is completed, travel will become much easier. The journey will only take 30 minutes, so I will be able to buy an apartment at home and take the train to work in Beijing," she said.
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Beijing Universal Studios theme park to kick off infrastructure construction

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) - The first phase program for Beijing Universal Studios theme park, which is jointly invested by Beijing Tourism Group and US-based Univesal Sudios, will start infrastructure construction, Beijing Daily reported on Friday.

The first-phase program was scheduled to complete construction and start operation in 2020.

A-share listed companies under Beijing Tourism Group include Beijing Capital Retailing Group (600728.SH), China Quanjude (Group) (002186.SZ) and BTG Hotels (Group) (600285.SH).
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New town plan advances in Beijing
Updated: 2015-11-12
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Demolition of old houses in Beijing's Tongzhou District has been completed in preparation for construction of a new subsidiary administrative center.

"A new town in Tongzhou district will be built in the future, with convenient access to transportation and complete entertainment and educational facilities," said Guo Baofeng, director of the Tongzhou branch office of the city's commission of urban planning. "More construction projects will be launched as detailed plans come up."

Located in northwestern part of the district, the new town is expected to cover 155 square kilometers. New construction sites will cover 80 square kilometers, which is equivalent to that of the old downtowns in Beijing, according to the commission.

The central business district in the new town, being both the financial district and the premier shopping area, will be built at the intersection of the Beijing and Hangzhou Grand Canal.

Up to 7 km of underground roads are expected to ease traffic congestion on a large scale, while the Batong Line, a surface-level rapid transit rail line, will connect the downtown with the district.

Some things are already in progress. Construction of Beijing's Universal Studios theme park kicked off on Nov 5, with completion expected by 2020.
The whole project - a combinaton park and resort — will cover an area of 4 square kilometers, according to the commission.
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Ole Scheeren, a German architect, has won a prestigious contract to build the Guardian Art Center, a futuristic auction house in Beijing.

The lot two blocks away from Beijing’s historic Forbidden City has so far been off limits for architects both Chinese and foreign.

Over the last 15 years, developers have created dozens of designs for the space where Wangfujing Street crosses Wusi Avenue but all were rejected by China’s planning authorities.

That’s set to change now German architect Ole Scheeren is building a futuristic auction house, a hybrid building spanning exhibition halls, restoration studios, restaurants and a hotel. It will be the first auction house designed for the art world’s new global elite.

"Beijing is a monumental city. The buildings shouldn't look too light."

The client is China Guardian, a young private company dealing with Chinese antique art, the fourth-biggest auction house in the world after Christie’s, Sotheby’s and the Chinese government’s Poly Auctions.

The success of Mr. Scheeren’s design is partly thanks to his years of experience working in China. Mr. Scheeren started out designing for Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his OMA office in 2004 in China. He led the construction of the headquarters of the state television CCTV with a design for a huge complex composed of two high-rise buildings. Mr Scheeren’s building now houses 10,000 employees working in the CCTV headquarters, which has become a landmark of the new Beijing.

The structure cemented Mr. Scheeren’s reputation but his latest creation is of a new kind of building, almost the antithesis of CCTV. The Guardian Art Center is less an ultramodern, out-size symbol, more a modest building that’s at ease with its surroundings, a historic area of traditional Hutong structures.

Mr. Scheeren is a fan of the low historic houses that are built around courtyards and form narrow alleys. “I moved to China many years ago to work with this culture,” he said. It’s his first chance to work in this context.

At street level, the new Guardian Art Center meshes easily with the Hutong houses around it; the center’s first floors are made up of small, cube-shaped buildings. Above that floats a massive block of glass which is reminiscent of the city’s modern buildings. “Beijing is a monumental city,” Mr. Scheeren said. “The building shouldn’t look too light.”

It also shouldn’t be too ostentatious, Mr. Scheeren felt. In creating the Guardian Art Center’s 120 hotel rooms, the architect mimicked the brick structure of the traditional Hutong, with offset windowpanes and subtle grooves that suggest a simple structure.

The cube-like structures at the base of the building have facades made of a gray stone that’s typical of Beijing, with smaller and larger circular windows in a pattern Mr. Scheeren said relates to a landscape painting called “Dwelling in the Fuchun-mountains,” by Huang Gongwang that’s a masterpiece of historic Chinese art. It’s an important reference for Chen Dongsheng, who founded China Guardian.
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Pivotal Beijing cloverleaf junction closed for overhaul
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Photo taken on Nov 14, 2015 shows the overhaul site of Sanyuanqiao cloverleaf junction in Beijing, capital of China. A pivotal cloverleaf junction in a downtown Beijing commercial zone was closed for overhaul this weekend, amid hopes of reinforcing the 30-year-old structure without paralyzing traffic flows. [Photo/Xinhua]







Construction workers work at the overhaul site of Sanyuanqiao cloverleaf junction in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 13, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - A pivotal cloverleaf junction in a downtown Beijing commercial zone was closed for overhaul this weekend, amid hopes of reinforcing the 30-year-old structure without paralyzing traffic flows.

The most challenging part of the overhaul, the replacement of the 1,300-tonne bridge structure, began at 11 pm Friday on Sanyuanqiao cloverleaf junction on the northeastern part of Beijing's Third Ring Road.

Road workers were instructed to dismantle the old bridge and replace it with a prefabricated new steel structure.

The process was initially planned to last for 24 hours, but the central beams of the old bridge were in a much worse condition than expected, causing extra dismantling work.

Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport has extended the traffic ban to 30 hours from the initial 24 hours.

Traffic to the bridge zone will resume after 5 am Sunday, the commission said in a circular posted at its website and sent to millions of mobile subscribers in Beijing Saturday morning.

Replacement of the bridge structure costs 39 million yuan ($6.1 million), according to the commission.

The Sanyuanqiao cloverleaf junction is a major congestion point on a tollway to the airport. It also links two pivotal highways: the Third Ring Road and the highway linking downtown Beijing with the outlying Shunyi District.
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Beijing new airport to be able to handle 100m passengers
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BEIJING - Beijing's new international airport, which is currently under construction, will eventually be able to handle 100 million passengers annually, authorities said Friday.

Before 2025, the airport will be able to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tons of cargo and mail, and have 4 runways, according to a plan approved by government last year.

It is planned that the new airport will have seven runways.

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Construction on the runway started late last year, and construction on the airport's terminal started in September 2015.
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BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) - The first phase program for Beijing Universal Studios theme park, which is jointly invested by Beijing Tourism Group and US-based Univesal Sudios, will start infrastructure construction, Beijing Daily reported on Friday.

The first-phase program was scheduled to complete construction and start operation in 2020.

A-share listed companies under Beijing Tourism Group include Beijing Capital Retailing Group (600728.SH), China Quanjude (Group) (002186.SZ) and BTG Hotels (Group) (600285.SH).
Universal theme park to open by 2020
20 November 2015
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Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBCUniversal which owns Universal Studios Hollywood, expects to open North China's first international theme park in Beijing by 2020.

An official from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform told the Beijing Daily that construction of the $8 billion Hollywood theme park started at the beginning of the month.

Its first phase is expected to be completed by 2019 with the site opening to public the following year, said the official.

With a 10 million-visitor target, the official said the park will have seven main sightseeing areas, including those based on the Jurassic Park and Despicable Me film franchises, making it a strong addition to the Chinese capital's already-impressive array of tourist and culture sites.

Universal Studios did not reply to China Daily's request for confirmation, but the report said the park and resort would feature strong Chinese elements in its catering, hotels, and consumer goods offering onsite.

An official with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform was quoted as saying there will be ample transport links to the park.

Already it has been confirmed that the Batong subway line, which connects Tongzhou district to downtown Beijing, and Line 7 will pass through the site.

Subway line S6, which has been upgraded to connect Beijing with Tianjin municipality and Hebei province, with access to the capital's two main airports, is also likely to be linked with Line 7 at a new Universal Park stop, the official was quoted as telling the Beijing Daily.

Beijing's Sixth Ring Road, and the Beijing-Harbin Highway are also expected to connect with the park.

Universal is partnering on the project with Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co Ltd, a consortium of four State-owned companies.

The company's sixth giant park globally, and third in Asia after Singapore and Osaka in Japan, it is expected to cover 1.2 square kilometers - five times the size of the former and twice the latter, respectively.
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Netizens marvel at China's 43-hour bridge swap
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2015-11-24

China has long been crowned the world's workshop for its output of televisions, steel pipes, Christmas decorations and countless other products enjoyed by customers worldwide. Now global buyers may want to add another "Made-in-China" designation to their wish lists - construction teams.

A video clip featuring Chinese builders swapping out a bridge in downtown Beijing within 43 hours has gone viral on social media in China and abroad.

The two-minute time-lapse video recorded workers replacing the Sanyuanqiao cloverleaf junction, which is a major congestion point on a tollway to the airport. It also links two pivotal highways: the Third Ring Road and the highway linking downtown Beijing with the outlying Shunyi District.

The project started at around 11 pm on Nov 13 and ended on Nov 15. The most challenging part of the overhaul was the replacement of the 1,300-ton bridge structure, which cost 39 million yuan ($6.1 million), according to Xinhua.

Video : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_22514770.htm
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Govt move to Tongzhou set for 2017
26 November 2015
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New buildings under construction; city hopes to improve its public services

The capital plans to move most of its municipal departments to the suburban district of Tongzhou in 2017, the Beijing Municipal Committee announced on Wednesday.

All or most of the municipal government's departments will move, as the office buildings are scheduled to be completed that year.

Tongzhou was designated as the site of a new administrative center for the municipal government to help relieve the current heavy pressure on public services in downtown Beijing, where the central government is located.

The relocation is also part of the integration plan for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster, which aims to ease congestion in the capital and achieve more balanced development in the region.

According to the announcement, the new administrative center in Tongzhou will put infrastructure upgrades and ecological improvement on top of the agenda. The municipal government hopes to improve public services in education, healthcare, cultural events and industries in the district.

Meanwhile, villages within the city's boundaries will be overhauled and low-end manufacturers and logistics companies removed.

"A total of 297 projects will be carried out in Tongzhou, such as building new subway lines and expressways, and improving ecologies," Lu Yan, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said at a news conference on Wednesday.
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