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Old December 14th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #701
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Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei natural gas pipeline put into use
30 November 2016
China Daily

The Beijing Major Project Office announced the completion of a Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei natural gas pipeline on Nov 29 in Beijing.

According to officials, the total gas consumption of Beijing is expected to reach 11.9 billion cubic meters during the heating season, especially in December and January.

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei natural gas pipeline, which sprawls across Tianjin Baodi District, Hebei’s Xianghe, and Beijing’s Tongzhou District has a length of 77.5 kilometers with an annual transmission capacity of 17 billion cubic meters.

Guang Hongpeng, deputy director of the Beijing Gas Group Dispatching and Operation center, said, “The natural gas pipeline aims to ease the gas pressure at peak heating season and make for better atmosphere in and around the capital.”
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Beijing's subway is going full bore
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Jan. 12, 2017

Two more new lines will connect with the massive matrix of Beijing subway construction projects in 2017, adding to the 20 projects already in progress, officials announced on Wednesday.

The two lines - Line 28 and the Yanfang Branch Line - will mark the start of construction of all the lines that have been approved in the current master plan, said Yang Guangwu, chief engineer of Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office, coordinator of Beijing's subway construction.

Line 28, also known as the CBD Line, will run through eight stations under Beijing's central business district as well as the Beijing East Railway Station in Chaoyang district. Planners expect the line to relieve congestion in the area.

In light of the expected crowds, officials are considering expanding the capacity of the line by upgrading the line from a proposed small-scale Automatic People Mover system to a standard subway line, according to Beijing Daily.

The Yanfang Branch Line connects Zhoukoudian, the site of the Peking Man Relics Site, to the city-center bound Yanfang Main Line, which is expected to open in 2017. Both new lines are expected to open no later than 2021.

The Yanfang Line will be the first Chinese-made auto-operating subway line, and is expected to be operational in 2017.

"The automated operation will greatly ease the workload for drivers, thus bringing more safety as well as flexibility for scheduling," Yang said. "It also reduces errors made by manual driving." He added that the technology would also be applied to some of the lines now under construction.

The other two lines scheduled to open in 2017 are the Western Suburban Line, a tram that travels the scenic northwestern suburbs of Beijing, and the S1 Line, the first Maglev railway transit in Beijing, which Yang described as "safer and with better ability to climb hills".

With these three lines in their final stretch of construction and testing, five more lines and extensions began construction in 2016. Among them are Line 3, which has been on the drawing board for more than 50 years, as well as the line that will link to Beijing's new airport.

This brings the number of ongoing projects in 2017 to 20, with a total length of more than 350 kilometers, or about 60 percent of the length of subways already in operation. According to officials, 2017 is the biggest year of construction in the history of Beijing subway construction.

With 574 kilometers in operation, the Beijing subway is already one of the biggest urban railway transit systems worldwide, serving 11 million passengers daily. Officials said that by the time all these ongoing projects and their approved extensions are finished in the next few years, the total length will reach 999 kilometers, serving 18.5 million passengers daily.
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Sustainability focus of 2022 Winter Olympics
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15 Feb 2017

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, jointly with Zhangjiakou in North China's Hebei province, the initial reaction of the international community was lukewarm.

Over the past two decades, the cost overruns of hosting the Olympic Games have skyrocketed.

While Barcelona 1992 ($9.7 billion) and Athens 2004 ($3 billion) contributed to the debts of Spain and Greece, London 2012 ($15 billion) intensified the United Kingdom's economic distress before the Brexit referendum and Sochi 2014 ($22 billion) added to Russia's economic challenges amid the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. And for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, the costs soared to $10 billion amid Brazil's economic, political and security challenges.

Thinking big is no longer the Olympic goal. Rather, the point is to think smart. No wonder the 2018 Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang, a small mountain town in the Republic of Korea and the smallest venue for the Winter Games since Lillehammer in Norway in 1994.

If Olympic cost overruns are a rule, how can the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics be a success?

Cost control is the first precondition. Unlike most hosts, China has a good track record. For the Summer Games, only few hosts-most impressively Beijing in 2008-have managed to keep the cost overrun to a reasonable level. But for the 2022 Winter Games, the aim is much higher: the official budget is barely $3.1 billion.

The second precondition is damage control. In 2014, the IOC introduced the Olympic Agenda 2020, which promotes sustainability and cost control, in order to transform the Olympics into a "plug-and-play" event with minimal economic and environmental damage. For instance, Beijing 2022 is likely to use six venues that hosted the 2008 Summer Games to minimize the cost of construction.

Third, sustainability must be pervasive. The six new competition venues will be built using renewable technologies with energy-saving and environmentally-friendly materials, while electricity for lighting, venue operations and transportation will come from solar and wind power.

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Subway line to connect Beijing with new airport by 2019
March 10, 2017

Construction of a subway line connecting downtown Beijing with the capital's new airport is picking up pace and will be in service by 2019, the municipal government announced on Friday.

A trip on the 41.36-km line will take only 20 minutes, making it the fastest of its kind in China, the government said in a news release.

Meanwhile, the municipal government said that Beijing plans to build two streetcar lines in Fengtai district within the year.

The two streetcar lines will connect with two existing subway lines to improve the communications network in southern Beijing.

The streetcars are expected to be more environmentally friendly and cost-effective, as energy consumption of a streetcar is about one third of a traditional bus, which will help the capital cut emissions.
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April 4, 2017
New zone seen as a role model for growth
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International experts and media reports say China's new economic zone will help relieve the burdens of Beijing as a metropolis, promote regional coordinated development and create a new growth pole for China, setting an example for developing economies.

China announced on Saturday that it would establish the Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei province, as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Bambang Suryono, an Indonesian scholar and president of the Jakarta-based Nanyang ASEAN Foundation, said Beijing, a megalopolis with a history as capital of more than 800 years, is facing such "urban ills" as traffic jams that plague big cities.

Setting up the Xiongan New Area to build a creative and livable city will help ease Beijing's urban burdens, Suryono said.

The establishment of the Xiongan New Area is "the latest step in China's efforts to cure severe ‘urban ills', such as traffic congestion and air pollution in Beijing by curbing the capital's population growth and moving certain nonessential facilities, including manufacturing and logistics, to nearby regions," says a report from Press Trust of India.

Authorities intend to transform the region into a new growth pole, it said.

Ronnie Lins, CEO of Center China Brazil: Research & Business, said that avoiding over-development of mega cities is a common issue facing all developing countries.

The Chinese government is exploring new development models for big cities, diversifying their functions and easing their burdens, which will solve environmental issues, promote development of surrounding areas and provide references for other developing countries, Lins said.

Zhu Zhiqun, a political science professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in the United States, said the establishment of the Xiongan New Area is an important measure that will greatly influence China's future development.

Zhu also said he believed Xiongan will make the integrated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region come true and promote the rapid and comprehensive development of North China.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Xiongan New Area offers foreign investors fresh opportunities
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About four decades ago, Shenzhen was a small fishing town with about 30,000 residents immediately north of Hong Kong. Today, it has grown into a high-tech economic powerhouse, covering about 2,000 square kilometers with about 11 million people - which is roughly the population of Belgium - China's answer to Silicon Valley in the United States.

In the 1990s, just more than a decade after the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone was established, China decided to build another economic zone, the Pudong New Area, in Shanghai. The area covers about 1,200 sq km and the number of people living there equals that of Finland, that is, 5.5 million.

Opportunities, however, are there for those who have the vision and courage at the outset

Shenzhen and Pudong are just two examples of China's determination to transform and integrate itself into the world by channeling global resources. Shenzhen, for example, has attracted talents from around the world through its representative offices abroad, particularly European countries.

Shortly before President Xi Jinping's visit to Finland and his meeting with US President Donald Trump last week, China announced that another high-tech but environmentally friendly hub, Xiongan New Area, will be built in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

China's leadership has shown great determination and vision in explaining the significance of the project, which will eventually cover about 2,000 sq km. While solving many of Beijing's urbanization problems, the new area will also help integrate Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, and create a new sustainable economic pole in North China.

The project is among several far-reaching ones undertaken by China since Xi became the country's top leader in 2012. The ideas of the Belt and Road Initiative (Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Silk Road Fund are all examples of China deepening its reform and opening-up.

Although Xiongan New Area is high on China's domestic agenda, it could offer excellent opportunities to foreign - especially European - investors, businesses and talents worldwide, as well. Foreign investors and businesses have already harvested the fruits of their engagement with Shenzhen and Pudong. Now that China plans to turn another area into an economic powerhouse, global investors should weigh its potential as early as possible.

Compared with previous years, foreign investors are now on par with their Chinese counterparts because preferential policies have been phased out. However, for a still-growing economy with a population five times more than that of the United States and three times that of Europe, China's potential market defies imagination. Building Xiongan New Area is one example of releasing that potential.

With China already entering a rapid-growth stage in some leading sectors, the goals of the new area will be extremely high - certainly higher than Shenzhen and Pudong - even though the project is still on paper. Potential partners from the rest of the world, especially those from Western Europe and the United States, have gathered rich experience in developing economies while expanding cities. So they should be very interested in Xiongan, as it is about sustainable urbanization.

Foreign urban planning experts and consultants, for example, can invest in Xiongan even at the blueprint stage by contributing novel ideas.
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Xi Jinping’s dream city may turn out to be China’s biggest public works project, ever
The ambitious project will count as the largest infrastructure project in the history of modern China, according to estimates.
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April 13, 2017

Xiongan New Area, the Chinese president’s ambitious plan to remake a backwater into a dream city, could lure as much as 2.4 trillion yuan (US$348 billion) of investments over the next decade, adding as much as 0.4 percentage point to China’s economic growth every year, according to a projection by Morgan Stanley.

The new city, designed as a salve to ease Beijing’s notorious overcrowding, air pollution and congested traffic, will redirect up to 6.7 million people to the 100 square kilometre area, eventually expanding the area’s size 20-fold over a decade.

That could potentially make it the largest ever infrastructure project in the history of modern China.

State-backed institutions and companies are likely to be the biggest winners out of the mega project, as they are in the best position to get the lion’s share of construction works and services, analysts said.

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Development of Xiongan kicks off
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Xiongan New Area in Hebei province, which will soon start construction, is calling for worldwide competitive bids for the planning and design of the area's first phase, a local government official said on Wednesday.

The zone designated for the first phase will have a footprint of 30 square kilometers, Niu Jingfeng, deputy head of the area's preparatory committee, said at a news conference.

The work of land requisition is about to begin. That will be followed by residential demolition and the resettlement of villagers, and then by infrastructure and ecological projects, he said.

"Constructing the Xiongan New Area, which is of national significance, is a very challenging historical test for Hebei," Niu said, adding that the province is determined to "obtain good marks".

Niu said the area has set up a leading group for the area's planning and construction, led by the province's Party chief, Zhao Kezhi, and Governor Xu Qin, the top two government officials in Hebei.

Under their leadership, first-class institutions and high-end talent are drafting development plans for the area.

Hebei has also established a committee for the area's preparatory work.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Beijing acts on population growth
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BEIJING - Beijing has made progress in cooperation with its neighbors and will act to restrict population growth.

Beijing officials met with the press on Friday to review progress made over the last three years in the integration of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

Liu Bozheng, deputy director of the office overseeing the integration, said Beijing will meet its annual targets of restricting population growth and moving non-capital functions away from the city.

This year, Beijing will continue to relocate wholesale markets, factories, universities and hospitals to suburban areas and Hebei, he said.

In 2016, Beijing's population was 21.7 million, and the number of permanent residents in the six urban districts fell by 3 percent year on year, said Liu.

"The changes are unprecedented. Before, the mode of growth was to congregate resources, but now we must delegate and move out resources to achieve more planned and sustainable development," he said.

From 2013 to 2016, Beijing closed 1,341 general manufacturing and polluting enterprises. This year, 372 manufacturers have already been relocated, 74.4 percent of the annual target.

Manufacturing and agriculture dropped by 72.75 percent and 26.42 percent, while, industries like finance, culture and technology grew as much as 22 percent.

"Industrial restructuring is the key. It is like pealing away the outer layers of a cabbage, and cooking its core, which is of better quality," said Liu, with Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.

This year, a total of 255 construction projects will get underway in Tongzhou, the subsidiary administrative center.

"We invited some of the world's top designers to build Tongzhou, which covers 155 square kilometers," said Liu.
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June 14, 2017
2022 Olympics plans praised by inspectors
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Members of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission who completed a second visit to the Beijing area on Tuesday said they remain convinced of the area's ability to host a successful Olympic Winter Games with long-lasting benefits in 2022.

The two-day visit, including field inspections of four venues and a meeting with the Beijing 2022 organizing committee, was intended to oversee the area's preparations for the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

The plans include sustainability and reuse of refurbished facilities, such as those built for the 2008 Summer Games, as well as incorporating the region's economic and social development.

"We are very pleased with the progress made by Beijing 2022 to deliver a successful, athlete-centered Olympic Winter Games. This visit has given us full confidence that this ambition will be realized," Alexander Zhukov, chair of the commission, said at the closing news conference on Tuesday.

Sites visited by the commission on Monday were the National Speed Skating Oval, the Wukesong Arena, Capital Gymnasium and the organizing committee's headquarters at Shougang Industry Park, which will be used by the community after the Games. On Tuesday, they listened to briefings from Beijing 2022 in six aspects such as updates on venue design, construction and marketing.

"It's impressive to see how Beijing 2022 has not only capitalized on the legacy from 2008 but has also integrated long-lasting, sustainable benefits," said Zhukov, an IOC member and the president of Russian Olympic Committee.

Beijing will stage all events on ice, including ice hockey and skating, at downtown venues including Wukesongthe basketball arena for 2008 - and the newly built Speed Skating Oval.

Northwest Beijing's Yanqing county is to host Alpine skiing, bobsled, skeleton and luge, while co-host city Zhangjiakou in Hebei province will stage the remaining skiing events at existing facilities that will be upgraded.

Zhang Jiandong, executive vice-president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee, said all venue design, construction and infrastructure, including the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, are on schedule.

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Cracks appear in Beijing’s housing market, as up to 80 pc of sellers lower asking prices
Transactions have slumped since mid March amid a sudden U-turn in confidence as the credit squeeze weighs on homebuyers
June 20, 2017
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Beijing’s secondary housing market has cooled for a third straight month, with growing evidence that buyers now have more leverage to negotiate than they did earlier this year, thanks to government efforts to tighten credit and curb pockets of overheating by pinpoint policy adjustment.

The market has cooled sharply since March 17, when Beijing’s municipal authorities tightened rules such that those who had paid off previous mortgages would no longer be classified as first-time buyers. In addition, new caps on mortgage lending meant second home buyers had to put up a minimum payment of 80 per cent. A majority of prospective buyers were priced out due to the higher purchasing threshold.

Housing agents say transactions have slowed dramatically as sellers are reluctant to compromise much on price while buyers are sitting on the sideline waiting for bigger bargains.

Monthly sales transaction are set to touch a 28-month low in June as just 4,082 homes changed hands in the first half of the month, compared to 10,250 for the whole May, which reflected a 27-month low, according to agent 5i5j.

Meanwhile, more than 80 per cent of Beijing owners are reducing their asking prices, while just three months ago, 80 per cent were raising prices, according to property agent Homelink.

Another report by Beijing-based property agent Maitian said about 60 per cent of the city’s homes put on the sale during March 17 to June 11 have lowered their prices. But only 5 per cent cut total prices by more than 1 million yuan (US$146,449). Of those that have cut prices more than 1 million, almost all are home valued over 10 million yuan.

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Beijing's new international airport takes shape, eyeing 2019 launch
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June 30, 2017

Beijing's new international airport is taking shape as the steel structure of its terminal buildings was completed Friday.

Authorities said the airport, currently known as Beijing Daxing International Airport although its official name has not yet been released, is expected to begin operations in 2019.

The airport's terminal buildings, covering an area of 313,000 square meters, will consist of a centerpiece and five arms resembling a phoenix spreading out its wings, according to sources with the contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

The design of the five wings will use images from Chinese culture such as silk, tea, porcelain, farmland, and Chinese gardens, the sources said.

The distance from the far-end of each wing to the center building will be less then 600 meters, a design that distinguishes the airport from most large international airports that inevitably require commuters to walk long distances, they said.

The airport, located 46 km south of Beijing's city center, is being built to take pressure of the over-crowded Beijing Capital International Airport located in the northeastern suburbs.

The distance between two airports will be about 67 km.

The new airport has been designed to handle up to 72 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo each year by 2025. It will have four runways and accommodate 620,000 flights per year.

After later expansions, the airport will be able to handle 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo a year.
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July 17, 2017
New road brings Xinjiang closer
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The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in far northwestern China has just become a bit closer to the capital, as three sections of a new expressway along risky terrain opened to traffic on Saturday.

The new sections have a combined length of more than 1,200 kilometers. The 930-km Linhe-Baigeda section is in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region; the 134-km Baigeda-Mingshui section is in Gansu province; and the 178-km Mingshui-Hami section is in Xinjiang.

The sections run through the Gobi Desert, which is characterized by drought and other poor natural conditions. The more than 500 km running through desolate and uninhabited areas of Inner Mongolia, which posed a challenge to construction workers.

The Beijing-Xinjiang Expressway, or G7, is one of seven expressways connecting Beijing with other major cities under a national expressway plan.

"The expressway is a new passage ... and the most convenient road to link Beijing with the northwestern region of Inner Mongolia, northern Gansu and Xinjiang, which will enhance communication between northern China's eastern, central and western areas," said Ren Jinxiong, an inspector in the Ministry of Transport's planning division.
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Jingjinji, and for that matter the now less fashionable Bohai Economic Rim, are regions that encapsulate Beijing, while Xiong'an New Area does not (but that may deserve a new thread nonetheless).
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Old October 4th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #719
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October 03, 2017
Water, woodland to dominate Xiongan New Area landscape
China Daily Excerpt

More than 70 percent of Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei province will be covered by water and trees, according to a leading official.

"We will not construct high-rise buildings, concrete jungles or glass walls in the new area," Chen Gang, director of the Xiongan New Area administrative committee, said.

He added that protection of the local ecological environment will be regarded as a top priority during the construction process, which will follow a green development path.

According to the development plan, announced in April, the area will cover about 100 square kilometers initially, but will be expanded to 200 sq km in the middle term, and rise to about 2,000 sq km in the long term.

Infrastructure, businesses and residential buildings will cover less than 30 percent of the total area, while the remainder will be home to forests and bodies of water, according to a statement published on the area's official WeChat account on Thursday.

The aim is to build a livable new area, with plant life, forests and water being the main elements, said Liu Baoling, executive deputy director of the administrative committee.

He added that trees are already being planted across a 120,000-square-meter pilot region to provide experience with the cultivation of seedlings, planting technologies and management.

Based on that work, a manual about the area's overall afforestation will be produced to guide further planting work.

Another forestry project, covering 7 sq km, will start by the end of the year.

By 2030, the area's woodland coverage rate will surpass 40 percent, more than double the national average, according to Liu.

At present, the coverage rate in the three counties spanning the new area are 19.72 percent in Xiongxian, 9.3 percent in Rongcheng and 7.29 percent in Anxin.

In addition to woodland, Xiongan is home to Baiyangdian, one of the largest freshwater wetlands in China.

Know as the "Pearl of North China", Baiyangdian, which covers 366 sq km, contains 143 small lakes and is essential to the conservation of water on the North China Plain.

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Old October 4th, 2017, 08:09 PM   #720
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Very good, Beijing needs as much greenery as it can get
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