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Old December 10th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #681
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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.
China audit finds slow progress on Beijing's new airport project
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2015-12-10

BEIJING - The construction of Beijing's new airport is behind schedule due to lagging land requisition and demolition work, the country's top auditing authority said on Thursday.

By the end of October, Beijing and Hebei province delivered less than half of the total land needed, with 16.7 million out of all 27.3 million square meters of land still required, according to a report from the National Audit Office.

The new airport, which was authorized for construction by the State Council in December 2012 and is considered a key step for the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, is expected to be finished by 2019.

Meanwhile, the report showed that many other major construction projects were also behind schedule with 12 railway projects barely achieving 10 percent of their annual plans which involve 8.57 billion yuan (1.33 billion U.S. dollars) of planned investment.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #682
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1.53 bln USD fund for infrastructure in region around Chinese capital
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SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Northern Chinese province Hebei, which surrounds the capital Beijing and costal city Tianjin, has initiated a 10 billion yuan (1.53 billion U.S. dollars) fund to support infrastructure construction in the region, the provincial fiscal authorities said on Wednesday.

Hebei province will commit 1 billion yuan in fiscal funds while the remaining 9 billion will come from banks, insurance companies, trusts and other capital contributors, likely from state-owned or private firms. The fund was established to support infrastructure projects in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in northern China through public-private-partnership (PPP).

Authorities began promoting the PPP model since 2015 as a solution to funding shortfalls in infrastructure construction after local governments were banned from borrowing through its financing vehicles, a risky practice that has seen local governments spending short-term funds raised at elevated costs on long-term public projects with mostly low or negligible returns. The PPP model encourages participation in infrastructure projects from investors outside the government, thus shifting some of the spending burdens away from local governments.

However, the PPP campaign has so far been met with a largely tepid response from the private sector. Only 31.5 percent of the 1,043 PPP projects the central government promoted in May 2015 got their contracts signed as of the end of November, according to a research note from Nomura Complexity of deal structure, lack of confidence in partnership with local governments and the gap between the high return expected by private sector investors and the return that can be realistically offered by the projects are among reasons behind the limited success of PPP so far in China, analysts from Nomura said.

Instead of working on their own, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have sought increasing coordination in infrastructure development across their jurisdictions amid a mandate to close gaps in economic development between Beijing and its neighbors. Cooperation among the three has already began in the fight against environment pollution and improving transportation links in the region.
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China to sink billions into new airports this year
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2016-01-11

China is to invest about 77 billion yuan ($11.7 billion) this year on the construction of civil aviation infrastructure, especially airports, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The agency said it will step up construction of important new airports, including those in Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao, Xiamen and Dalian.

Eleven key infrastructure projects and 52 upgrades or expansion work on civil aviation facilities will be started this year, the administration said in a statement.

It said work on Beijing's second international airport, the largest construction project in Chinese civil aviation history, is progressing well.

Work on the terminal and air traffic control facilities began in September and construction of support facilities is expected to start in June.

The airport is scheduled to be completed in June 2019 and to become operational in December that year, the administration said.


The civil aviation agency will also work with the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planner, to publish a blueprint this year on the locations of new civil airports to be built before 2030, according to the statement.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 07:24 AM   #685
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Emperors' residence to be restored
19 December 2015
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One of the buildings at Beijing's Palace Museum, or Forbidden City, most closely associated with imperial life is to undergo a major renovation based on traditional construction techniques, the museum announced on Friday.

The Hall of Mental Cultivation, the residence of the last eight Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) emperors, was partially restored in the early 1980s, but for years has received in the part open to the public up to 800 visitors at a time during peak hours.

The Forbidden City was China's imperial palace from 1420 to 1911. The 3,800-sq-m Hall of Mental Cultivation, built in 1537, served in part as a place for emperors to meet officials. Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) was the first monarch to live there, and the building witnessed the early days of the reign of the legendry Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).

Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang said of the restoration: "It's more of a scientific research than construction project. As long as the original components can still be used, we'll not replace them with new materials."

Shan regretted that some previous restorations in the palace employed professional construction companies that were not the best choices, despite their efficiency, because they lacked expertise in traditional Chinese palace construction.

The new restoration will strictly comply with old royal files on the hall, and Shan said the project will enrich their experience on the conservation of palace constructions and explore methods of revitalizing endangered traditional renovation techniques among young generations.

"Each worker at the restoration site will receive a year of training," he said. "Time is not the priority. We are more concerned with quality."

The project is roughly scheduled for completion by 2020 to celebrate the 600th birthday of the Forbidden City.

A major difficulty during the restoration, Shan said, is that the hall is filled with historical antiques that will have to be removed. Nearly 1,900 supreme cultural relics, including a royal painting and calligraphy collection, daily-use articles, and ancient books, have stood in the hall for more than a century.

Only a 1,000-sq-m area of the hall has been open to the public, but the large crowds in that space during peak times have raised safety concerns and have made for a poor visiting experience, Shan said.

"But because of the condition of some of the construction, visitors were only able to see the rooms through windows," Shan promised that visitors will later be able to enter the rooms for closer views of the cultural relics.
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Capital to clean water, reduce coal
25 January 2016
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Municipal government planning to install more clean-energy boilers, plant trees and build parks

The Beijing municipal government will focus on "green development" by reducing coal consumption, cleaning up water and building more parks this year, the city's mayor said on Friday.

"Coal will be replaced with clean energy in 400 villages, while in urban areas coal-fired boilers generating a total 3,000 megawatt hours will be powered by clean energy as well," Mayor Wang Anshun said when delivering the government work report at the annual meeting of the Beijing People's Congress.

During the past five years coal consumption has been cut in half, a drop of about 14 million metric tons, Wang said.

The clean energies include natural gas and electricity that emit fewer pollutants. According to the Beijing Bureau of Environmental Protection, most of the city's coal-fired boilers have been retrofitted for natural gas, and electricity is used to power boilers in suburban areas where there is no gas network.

The city will also make 200,000 high-emission vehicles obsolete and raise the ratio of new-energy cars in public transportation, urban sanitation and postal services, according to Wang. The report also set a target to close all small and polluting businesses within two years in four districts in the southern part of the city - Fengtai, Fangshan, Tongzhou and Daxing. Meanwhile, the city will crack down on any violations of air pollution laws, Wang said.

Another key project is to clean up 27 rivers with smelly and contaminated water, Wang said. In the next three years, more effort will be given to prevent direct drainage of polluted water and enhance the ability to dispose of such pollution.

Moreover, new parks will be built on 400 hectares of land in urban areas, and trees will be planted on more than 10,000 hectares of land in rural areas.

Cao Jinzhen, a deputy of the Haidian delegation and a professor at Beijing Forestry University, said air quality control is the priority for the municipal government.

"I suggest more importance be attached to water pollution and soil contamination before it is too late. Prevention is more crucial than cleaning up," Cao said, adding that the city should also take comprehensive measures to properly dispose of trash that will contaminate rivers and land.

Wang said in his report that the city will perfect the system for garbage classification and recycling renewable resources this year. "Trash from kitchens and construction sites will be severely controlled and 56 percent of trash will be recycled," he said.
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Beijing expects to ease traffic jams

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Beijing plans regulate roadside parking, and improve public transport. The ratio of green commuting is expected to reach 71 percent, said Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport in an action plan issued over the weekend.

Beijing depends heavily on its subway to ease traffic, and will extend one existing line, start building 2 new lines, and speed up work on 16 lines under construction, with 40 lines covering a total of 609 miles planned by 2020.

The transport administration also plans to changes to 40 bus routes, and offer new services to encourage people to commute more efficiently.

Priority will be given to cyclists and pedestrians with 186 miles of cycle paths and 10,000 more bicycles for public hire by the end of this year.
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Cladding Installation Begins on Supertall China Zun Tower

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Baby boom leads to rising demand for larger flats
23 April 2016
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With 400,000 births expected in Beijing alone this year, developers hope excess supply of luxury homes will be taken up by needs of bigger families

A baby boom on the Chinese mainland is helping stoke demand for luxury apartments in Beijing.

This has surprised demographic planners and property developers who had not foreseen that the relaxation of China's one-child policy earlier this year would lead to the imminent emergence of larger urban families - and help reduce stocks of high-end projects in the city.

The official number of pregnant women in Beijing in March was the highest for any single month since May 2014, according to data cited by the 21st Century Business Herald. About 400,000 births are expected in the capital this year, exceeding the 360,000 estimated previously, the report said.

Restrictions that limit couples to a single child were formally lifted in January. The Lunar New Year may also explain the boom in parenthood, as many Chinese couples believe babies born in the Year of Monkey are gifted.

The marketing head at Beijing-based agency Yahao Real Estate, Guo Yi, said the baby boom will stimulate demand for large flats.

"Four bedrooms would be ideal if a family has two children, as they would need about 140 to 200 square metres," Guo said.

She said that the trend in Beijing is for children to have their own room, while the parents take the master bedroom. Additional space is also needed for any live-in helper.

The baby boom is likely to last for at least a decade according to experts cited by the 21st Century Business Herald.

Meanwhile, Guo said the growing size of urban families could be a welcome match for the excess supply of larger-flat projects underway in Beijing.
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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.
Anyone having any new information about the S6, or the other unbuilt S-es for that matter? First it was half a decade of nothing, then a renumbering (dropping the S prefix), then a "back to the drawing board" last year, and now it is back to nothing.
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Beijing works to let sustainable Games begin
16 May 2016
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The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympics opens to the media on Friday. It is located in the former Shougang Group production complex in Beijing. Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily

Beijing has started fulfilling its promise to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a sustainable way by refurbishing an abandoned industrial complex to house the event's organizing committee.

At the dilapidated Shougang Group steel mill site, mine silos and corroded warehouses have been transformed into offices for 160 staff members of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

In February, when all the renovations are finished, about 1,000 employees will settle in to prepare the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to committee officials.

The factory closed in 2010, when Shougang moved its steel plant out of the capital.

Its repurposing follows President Xi Jinping's call for a frugal approach to hosting the Games while complying with the International Olympic Committee's reform proposal, said Guo Huaigang, director of the committee's Secretarial and Administrative Department.

Liang Zongping, Shougang board director, said the resettlement and refurbishment presented the company an opportunity for reforming outmoded industry.

"We have started planning for the site's post-Olympics operation in winter sports entertaining and related service sectors," he said.

Liang said the old venues being refurbished have passed third-party environmental tests for safe use as offices.

Boasting existing facilities and organizing expertise from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Beijing, with co-host city Zhangjiakou, in neighboring Hebei province, won the rights in July 2015 to host the 2022 Winter Olympics at three venue clusters in downtown Beijing, the capital's northwestern Yanqing county and Zhangjiakou.

At an organization briefing in March, President Xi stressed that innovation, green-development and frugality and opening-up should be employed in Games preparations, in line with IOC proposals to reduce Olympics bidding and hosting costs.

The organizing committee, chaired by Beijing Party chief Guo Jinlong, will now focus on finalizing the designs of all facilities before construction begins on other venues and urban infrastructure later this year.
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Is the thread exist where i can see what China will build to Olympics?
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Construction on Beijing Universal Studios park starts
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The construction team broke ground on a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing's east suburban district of Tongzhou, according to Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

The first phase of the project, which includes a park, two resort hotels and a Universal CityWalk retail-entertainment complex, is expected to open in 2020, according to a spokesperson with the engineering group.

Tourists will be shipped between the park, hotels and CityWalk on a manmade river.

Previous reports said the project, covering four square kilometers, has secured investment of 50 billion yuan (about $7.4 billion).

The park was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in September 2014. It will be the sixth of its kind in the world, and the third in Asia.
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China Railway Construction consortium wins $2 billion Beijing airport project
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BEIJING (Reuters) - A consortium that includes China Railway Construction Corp has won a 15-billion-yuan ($2.2-billion) project to build a railway track for Beijing's new airport, the group said in a stock exchange filing on Monday.

The PPP project will take around 35 months, with the project capital set at 35 percent of the total investment, it said.

Beijing is building a second airport to meet fast-growing demand for air travel. The first phase is expected to be finished by 2019, officials recently told reporters.

It could eventually be the world's largest, serving 100 million passengers annually after two more phases are complete.
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Top China developers battle for Beijing land site in sign of increasing competition amid red hot property market
November 16, 2016

Land put up for auction in Beijing’s northwestern Haidian district failed to find a buyer on Wednesday after bidding hit a price ceiling set by the municipal government as it expands efforts to cool the sizzling property market.

The government did not select winning bids for two land parcels because all four bidding developers met the tighter new land sale rules that require buyers to keep residential developments built on the sites as long-term investments for rental and not for sale.

In a move to cool down the red-hot housing market in the capital city, the municipal government set tougher requirements on the sale of two sites auctioned on Wednesday.

Under the new requirements, bidders enter the second round of selection when the price ceiling set for the lot is reached. The winning bid is determined by the total development area the bidder designates for rental purposes.

Bidding for the 83,550 square metre parcel in northern Haidian district entered the second phase of selection when the 5 billion yuan price ceiling was hit.

However, the four developers – Poly Real Estate, Longfor-Beijing Capital Development Holding consortium, Greenland Holding Group, and China Vanke – each promised to devote 100 per cent of the residential property for rental purposes.

According to the rules, they will now enter the third phase of selection that is judged on building standards used in the development. The four developers will submit their building proposals in 10 days and a verdict will then be given.

Another land parcel in Haidian went through a similar process on Wednesday, when four final bidders not only promised to hold for rental all the residential properties, but also adhere to rent-only for the ancillary commercial part of the project. They now have to enter the third phase of the auction and compete on building standards.

“For these bidders, making money is not their purpose,” said Kang Peng, an analyst with Centaline Property Group. “The 100 per cent self-holding [rule] violates their fundamental high-turnover model. Having a foothold in the capital and branding is their only justification.”

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Beijing to curb population by industrial transformation
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BEIJING - Zhang Yue has been a wholesaler in Beijing for nearly a decade. But if he wants to continue his business, he now has to resettle in a strange, new place.

Zhang, 40, from eastern China's Anhui Province, started his clothing wholesale chain at the Beijing Zoo wholesale market 10 years ago. Starting last year, major wholesale markets in Beijing have been relocated one after another.

"Many wholesalers and I have visited Yongqing County for several times, and, probably, my family are going to move there next year," Zhang said.

Yongqing County, an hour's drive south of Beijing, is located in neighboring Hebei Province. With an investment of 60 billion yuan (US$8.7 billion), a new market is being built there to provide new work and homes to those displaced from Beijing.

RELOCATION AND POPULATION

"Some wholesalers have already moved to Baigou, Baoding City in Hebei, a two-hour drive from Beijing," Zhang said.

According to the latest municipal development plan, Beijing plans to cap its population at 23 million by 2020, reducing the population in six core districts to 15 percent lower than 2014 levels.

Non-capital functions, including manufacturing, logistics, wholesale markets, and partial functions of public service, are gradually being phased out to ease Beijing's "urban disease," the municipal government said in July last year.

Built in the mid-1980s, Beijing Zoo wholesale market became a hit with young people wanting to look fashionable on a budget.

The relocation of the market started in 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

So far, over 300 wholesale markets have closed or relocated in the past three years in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and curtail population density in Beijing.

"As businesses are moved away, so are the people who work in them," said Ren Luyan, director at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.

According to the commission, the annual growth of Beijing's population in 2014 and 2015 decreased by 231,000, down 1.3 percentage points, compared with the former three years of the 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015) period.

Beijing was home to 21.7 million permanent residents by the end of 2015, 189,000 more people than 2014, registering a 0.9 percentage point decrease in its growth rate.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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Intercity railway network gets the green light

China's top economic planner has greenlighted a proposed intercity railway network linking Beijing, Tianjin and neighboring Hebei province, according to a statement published on its website on Monday.

The blueprint, which targets 2020 as its initial phase, consists of nine railway lines with a total length of 1,100 kilometers, according to the statement by the National Development and Reform Commission, which estimated total investment of 247 billion yuan (US$36 billion).

The network is a major infrastructure project of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integrated development plan.

The three major lines will connect Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei's capital Shijiazhuang. With high-speed trains moving at up to 350 km per hour, traveling time among the major cities will be cut to less than an hour.

The Outline of Collaborative Development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, which was passed last year, proposed moving some of the Beijing's noncapital functions - such as regional wholesale clothing markets - to neighboring areas, as well as improving environmental protection and transportation.

Experts said they see the approval of the network as an opportunity for development of local transport and real estate.

"The network will improve transportation systems in the area and make life more convenient for residents," said Yan Yuejin, senior analyst at E-house China Research and Development Institute. "It will also see more real estate investment move to the outskirts of the city, creating a more balanced distribution of housing resources."
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