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Old October 6th, 2017, 09:03 AM   #721
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Very good, Beijing needs as much greenery as it can get
Actually, Xiongan is in the far outskirts as they're trying to decentralize the government out of Beijing. Building from scratch, they are not bound by a lot of the historic elements in the city and can do everything right, hopefully, in the first shovel.
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Old October 29th, 2017, 04:00 PM   #722
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October 20, 2017
Danish touch in renovation of Beijing hutong
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The project in the Qinglong Hutong area in Beijing focuses on ecofriendly urban planning. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

With bungalows on one side and office spaces on the other, Qinglong Hutong, an alleyway in Beijing, is witnessing a renovation since September.

Many other such old alleyways in the Chinese capital have been newly designed in recent times.

Some 11,000 people live in and around the Qinglong Hutong area, which has a street named after it, with the alleyways of Cangjingguan and Xilou nearby, as well as the subsidiary Beixiaojie Street.

As the host city for the 2018 Beijing Design Week, Copenhagen is bringing its eco-friendly urban planning concept to help rebuild the area.

In 2012, Beijing and the Danish capital signed an agreement to help each other in sustainable development.

Copenhagen aims to become the world's first "zero-carbon city" by 2025, according to Marc Jorgensen, the urban planning head of Copenhagen.

We aim not just to make (a) nice postcard (look of the place). We want to make something that is really perceivable by the residents of the hutong

At the Sino-Danish Roundtable on Livable Cities, hosted by Copenhagen city on Sept 24 as part of 2017 Beijing Design Week, Jorgensen suggested that Qinglong Hutong should focus on the development of local heritage and create better public spaces for informal meetings.

After a tour of the Qinglong Hutong area, the official and other specialists from Denmark and China discussed the renovation project.

Stensgaard Morch, CEO of Copenhagen Municipality, introduced the city's experience in making changes to its architecture to help it become greener.

"In 1980, Copenhagen was a totally different city," Morch said.

"Now, we have 450 kilometers (of) bike lanes and 62 percent of all trips to work are made on bikes."

Li Zhaohong, executive deputy director of the Dongcheng Administrative Committee, presented the Qinglong Hutong Community renovation plan at the meeting.

Mads Jensen Moller, CEO of the Danish company Archiland, which is working on the project, said gray, green and blue - respectively representing mobility, soft connectivity and water - will be the main colors for the renovation.

A top wish of the residents, according to a survey by the Dongcheng district, where the area is located, was getting more room for social activities in the narrow lanes that were crowded by cars.

Wang Wei, dean of Urban Planning and Design Institute under the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, says the concept of urban renewal and renovation of the city should follow the larger plan.

"Urban context is the collective memory of the city. Urban culture is the soul and the old urban areas are the core of this context," Wang says.

Moller has lived in China for four years, including one year in a hutong. He moved back to Denmark with his adopted Chinese daughter in 2011.

He sees the old alleyways as a cultural heritage not just of Beijing but the whole world.

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Old October 31st, 2017, 10:49 AM   #723
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September 29, 2017
New landmark for art opens in Beijing
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A new art building opened in Beijing on Sept 28, just two blocks away from the Forbidden City. The nine-floor Guardian Art Center is a one-stop art facility that will host auctions and exhibitions. It also has a hotel and secure art storage.

The center, which cost more than 2 billion yuan (US$303 million), is hosting the fourth edition of Guardian Fine Art Asia in October, which features about 40 galleries, mainly antique dealers, from home and abroad, and the autumn auction of China's leading auctioneer China Guardian Auctions, to be held in December.

Kou Qin, general manager of Guardian Art Center and director of China Guardian, says the opening of the art center is China Guardian's attempt to diversify its art business to attract museums, art dealers, artists and art lovers, instead of only art buyers.

"It shows our confidence in China's art market and cultural scene. China's economy has kept booming for years, and the government is now calling for improvements in culture and art," says Kou.

China's art market surpassed that of the United States in 2016 to become the biggest in the world with a turnover of US$4.9 billion, according to the 2016 Global Art Market Annual Report launched by Artprice.

Kou says that the local government has long supported their construction of the art center, which was designed by German architect Ole Scheeren.

Meanwhile, the art center plans to set up branches in different cities across China, a proposal that has been warmly welcomed by local governments, says Kou. The building of its first branch in Suzhou in Jiangsu province - a city that is famous for its traditional Chinese gardens - just finished construction. And its second branch in the coastal city of Sanya in Hainan province is under construction. In total, Kou says it will probably set up about eight branches.

The modern complex of the Guardian Art Center in Beijing, facing the traditional Chinese-style complex of the National Art Museum of China, houses a three-floor space for exhibitions, halls for auctions, an underground art warehouse and a five-star hotel with about 120 rooms.
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Old November 19th, 2017, 08:21 AM   #724
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November 18, 2017
2022 Winter Olympics host district opens construction bidding
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Suburban Beijing's Yanqing district, home to Xiaohaituo Mountain, one of the host sites for the 2022 Winter Olympics, launched bidding for sports venue construction on Friday.

The venues open for bidding are the Olympic Village and mountain media center, as well as the transformation and operation of the Yanqing Olympic venue cluster after the games conclude.

Beijing and Zhangjiakou City in north China's Hebei Province won a joint bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in July 2015.

With ample snow in the winter and high-altitude mountains, Yanqing lies between Beijing's city proper and Zhangjiakou. The venue cluster in the rural district is set to stage the Alpine skiing, bobsled and luge events for the 2022 Games as well as to house a national training base.

Zhang Yuan, deputy district chief, said at the launch of the bidding that Yanqing's Olympic sports venues will be high-quality engineering projects to promote China's ice and snow sports.

He said the open bidding is expected to draw private investment and construction contractors, preferably those with advanced technology and winter events operating experience.

The construction contracts will be in the form of public-private partnerships, including Build-Own-Operate (BOO) and Rebuild-Operate-Transfer (ROT) projects. The terms of the partnership will be 30 years, he said.
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Xi Jinping’s dream city ‘won’t succeed without market reforms’
Urban development expert warns that Xiongan will never be transformed into a hi-tech utopia if it is too reliant on state control
November 19, 2017
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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambition to build a dream city in the country’s industrial heartland is unlikely to come true without more aggressive market-oriented reforms, a researcher affiliated with China’s state planner has warned.

The comments by Qiao Runling, an urban development expert at the National Development and Reform Commission, follows the pledge to transform the Xiongan New Area into the next business hub along the lines of Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Speaking at a forum held by financial news outlet Caixin last week, Qiao said the tight government control over the economy in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, which covers Xiongan, had become a barrier that would prevent Xi’s dream from coming true.

“The conditions there for private sector development are much worse than those in the Yangtze River Delta,” Qiao said. “How can Xiongan start to boom from this kind of soil? There has to be a big question mark.”

The region has for decades been dominated by heavy industries like steel, leading to severe environmental problems.

But the Chinese leadership has decided that under a “thousand-year plan” Xiongan, located at the centre of the region, will have an economy driven by hi-tech and green industries, such as biopharmaceuticals and electronics.

The grand plan has been subjected to little critical scrutiny from Chinese officials or academics since Xi offered his personal approval in April. He said the city would be “a historical legacy left by this generation of Chinese communists”.
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Sinopec targets Xiongan for earth energy
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Nov 27, 2017

State-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, also known as Sinopec, said it will further develop geothermal energy in Xiongan New Area, Hebei province, as it seeks to make the smog-ridden region smokeless.

Sinopec Star Petroleum Ltd, Sinopec's geothermal energy development arm, said it would increase the geothermal and other new-energy heating area in Xiongan by 10 million square meters to 16 million sq m in 2017.

In 2016, by replacing coal with geothermal energy, the geothermal heating area in Xiongxian county, part of Xiongan New Area, reached 4.5 million sq m, making it the first region to achieve its smokeless city plan.

Geothermal energy is the heat from earth, which is sustainable and clean. Typically, such heat can be harnessed from hot water resources, shallow ground, underground hot rock and molten rock called magma.

Lyu Dapeng, director of the publicity department of Sinopec Group, said the oil giant and the Hebei provincial government agreed early this year to promote the use of geothermal energy in Xiongan New Area.

"We aim to make the region an example of geothermal energy utilization for the world," said Lyu.

The company wants to create 20 smokeless cities during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), covering 100 million sq m.
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November 30, 2017
Capital absorbs 'sponge city' ideas
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Beijing is collaborating with the US state of Wisconsin to build a "sponge city" by creating an ecological circle, from the removal of water to its sustainable return to nature.

The Chinese capital city's water authority, together with The Water Council nonprofit organization in the United States and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, hosted a water conference on Wednesday to transfer the US technology, following a similar one in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, two days earlier.

On the theme of "One Water, One World", the meeting was the first event between the two countries on a water solution, with a special focus on building a "One Water" sponge city circle

On the theme of "One Water, One World", the meeting was the first event between the two countries on a water solution, with a special focus on building a "One Water" sponge city circle.

Milwaukee, a city in Wisconsin, accommodates over 200 water technology companies and has become the global center of water technology resources.

"The state of Wisconsin is considerably experienced in dealing with this issue because of the expertise and knowledge all these companies had," said Terry Branstad, US ambassador to China. "And Beijing obviously has a significant strategy to deal with the water issue and the need to have reliable, clean water for the over 21 million residents."

One of the sponge city pilot areas in Beijing is located in the city's subsidiary administrative center Tongzhou district, an area of 19.36 square kilometers. Eight categories of projects - including building and community, road and square, park and greenbelt, and water system renovation - are on schedule.

The city plans to have 20 percent of its urban areas meet the sponge city standards by 2020, and 80 percent in another 10 years.

Pan Anjun, deputy director of the Beijing Water Authority, said that a dozen policies related to rainwater collection and sponge city have been formulated. The upcoming Opinions on Advancing the Sponge City Development in Beijing will further strengthen the foundation of building a sponge city.

The sponge city concept was introduced in China in 2012. In March, Premier Li Keqiang said in his Government Work Report that sponge city construction will be expanded nationwide.

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Nov 28, 2017
Backlash as Beijing fire safety blitz forces exodus of city's underclass
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BEIJING (Reuters) - In Xinjiancun, a ramshackle village of migrant workers on the far southern fringe of Beijing, demolition machinery tears into buildings as residents drag out the last of their belongings under the gaze of police and security staff.

A citywide fire safety blitz prompted by a deadly blaze this month is forcing thousands of migrant workers out of their homes and businesses, igniting unusually direct criticism of city government measures seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.

Beijing’s municipal government launched the 40-day “special operation” targeting fire code and building safety violations after a Nov. 18 apartment fire in Xinjiancun killed 19, almost all of them migrants.

The Beijing government said it had acted on more than 25,000 violations in the operation’s first week, which it described as purely “for the lives and safety of the people”. Tens of thousands of people are believed to be affected, activists said.

While restaurants and shops not up to code in more affluent areas have not been immune, the safety blitz has mostly targeted outlying parts of Beijing where enforcement of construction codes has tended to be lax, and where migrant workers congregate due to cheaper rent.

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The idea that solving traffic and infrastructure problems by spreading the city further out is flawed.

The common non-sanctioned building modifications and extensions, like adding another floor, or removing a ground-level wall from an apartment to create a store, or subdividing it Hong Kong style to maximise the number of tenants, may be unwelcome and sometimes dangerous. However the city plans are often poor, the "jailbroken" architecture often serve a need from planning shortcomings.

The rational thing to do would be to look at why these extensions are done, what need they serve, and find ways to achieve these in a safe and government-sanctioned manner. Not to kick out hardworking “low-end population” in the middle of winter.
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The problem is these slums are affordable to the migrant workers, who can't get better accommodations otherwise. But the strange thing is for that class of workers, companies often provide dormitories, so why are they renting on their own?

I also haven't heard of problems with migrant workers robbing/causing social disorder lately in Chinese cities to justify clearing them out. But keeping them in unsafe living conditions probably is not the best thing to do. Since they don't have hukou, they will be outside the government's safety net here.
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January 18, 2018
Beijing new airport to test run in Oct 2019
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Beijing's new international airport will start test operation in October 2019, local officials said.

Engineering projects will be finished in July 2019 and the test operation will start three months later, said contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

The airport, located 46 km south of downtown Beijing, is designed to take pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport located in the northeastern suburbs. It is located on the border between Daxing district and Langfang, a city in Hebei province.

"Daxing district will prioritize the construction of the airport and the airport economic zone," said Wang Youguo, acting head of the district government.

Airport 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.

It will have four runways and accommodate 620,000 flights per year. It will be able to handle up to 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of cargo each year in the long run.
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