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Old January 15th, 2019, 02:59 PM   #741
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January 15, 2019
Preparations for 2022 Olympics gearing up
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China's preparation this year for the 2022 Winter Olympics will focus on venue readiness and training of Games-related staff, according to local governments.

Despite the deep winter chill and tough outdoor conditions, construction sites in northern Beijing's Olympic park and its mountainous Yanqing district are bustling with workers and machinery in the process of building the National Speed Skating Oval, the National Alpine Skiing Center and National Sliding Center, three new venues of the 26 needed for the Olympics over three zones-in Beijing's downtown, Yanqing and the capital's co-host Zhangjiakou, Hebei province.

Major structures of all four new competition venues in Beijing, including the Big Air slope in Shougang Industrial Park, will be completed by the end of this year

With three years to go before the Olympics opens in February 2022, construction will be accelerated. Major structures of all four new competition venues in Beijing, including the Big Air slope in Shougang Industrial Park, will be completed by the end of this year, according to the city's construction regulatory body.

Completion of the Alpine skiing center in Yanqing within two years will allow the first official test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics, an international Alpine skiing race, to run on the mountain slope in early 2020, according to Wang Gang, director of Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office.

"We are well ahead of schedule in preparing all the venues for the Games with all the new venues in downtown Beijing and Yanqing to take shape this year," he said on Monday during the annual session of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress.

The office also said that the transformation of eight existing venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics, to serve competition, ceremony and media functions in 2022, is in full swing and is expected to be complete in early 2021.

The repurposing of the National Aquatics Center-known as the Water Cube for hosting swimming in 2008-into the Ice Cube for curling in 2022, and the National Indoor Stadium, built for gymnastics at the Summer Games, into the ice hockey arena, will be the main focus this year, according to the city's municipal development and reform commission.

Major progress is also expected in Zhangjiakou this year as Hebei Governor Xu Qin revealed on Monday that all eight competition and noncompetition venues for six snow-based sports-snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon-in the city's mountainous Chongli district are scheduled to be finished this year.

"Hebei will construct the venues and supporting infrastructure for the Games with high quality," Xu said in a government work report to an annual session of the provincial people's congress.

Chongli district, about 150 kilometers northwest of Beijing, will be connected by a high-speed railway with Beijing, which will cut the travel time from the current three hours by bus to 50 minutes once construction is completed by the end of this year.

Chongli is also striving to develop a winter sports industry, with 15 overseas companies having signed development deals with local partners in winter tourism, equipment manufacturing and education, according to the work report.

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Beijing authorities have set height limits on new buildings in the central business district in a bid to curb density, forcing a number of office projects to head back to the drawing board.

JLL said the height limit has been capped at no more than 180 metres. Previously, developers would consult the CBD Managing Committee, which sets zoning restrictions in the most prosperous district of Beijing, on height restrictions on a case-by-case basis.

Future office buildings in the area are expected to range from 100 to 200 metres in height, according to CBRE. The affected buildings were originally planned to be 190 to more than 300 metres, the consultancy said.

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Bad idea?

I think this is because all the viable sites for a supertall building within the Beijing CBD have all been filled up, and there are no other viable sites for such a building within the Beijing area at all. Also, how is the limit going to 180 metres instead of somewhere in the 200-metres range?

I understand a height restriction being in place within the 2nd Ring Road, but the whole Beijing area? The CBD was probably the only place in Beijing where supertalls could be developed, including a potential 600 m (China Zun Tower is only 528 m, and there is a big gaping hole to the south of that tower). I think this means any new buildings within the CBD are all going to be at the same 180 metres level, and that Beijing won't be getting a 600-metre tower at all.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 04:30 PM   #743
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Opinion: Alleviating Beijing's urban woes with new areas
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With 2019 marking the fifth anniversary of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development, work on the Xiongan New Area and Beijing sub-center, the two new wings of Beijing, have transitioned from the planning to the construction phase, the State Council Information Office announced on Friday.

The aim for the Xiongan New Area and Beijing sub- center is to alleviate Beijing's non-capital functions and promote the coordinated development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, as complementary areas to the Chinese capital.

Xiongan New Area, located in Hebei Province, is part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei capital region, and the sub-center, located in Beijing's Tongzhou district, will be built into a top-of-the-line modern district. In the process, schools, hospitals, research institutions, and corporate headquarters are to be relocated from Beijing to these new areas.

Beijing has long faced with traffic congestion, pollution issues, high housing prices driven by the limited land, etc. For example, the regular traffic jams in the morning and evening are an urban nuisance. Nothing could be worse than the thousands of cars stopped at a crossroad for an hour. They also exacerbate the issue of air pollution, due to the exhaust emissions.

The Chinese government has made changes to address the issues including restricting automobile use by license plate numbers and issuing pollution alerts which restrict all driving over a short period of time.

With the new areas, it is thought that people and traffic will be divided between the two areas. Moving the non-capital functions could reduce traffic and pollution.

The planning for the two areas has also focused on striking a balance between development and protection. Xiongan New Area will control the use of land by developing up to 30 percent of its area in the long run, leaving the rest for green space and water landscapes, Chen Gang, deputy governor of Hebei Province and director of Xiongan New Area Administrative Committee, said at a press conference Friday. And the population density of Tongzhou district will be capped to 9,000 per square kilometers.

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Limited land? Beijing is open on 3 of its 4 sides; except for the Jundushan and Xishan mountains to the north-northwest, it's in the middle of a huge plain.

Traffic congestion? Pollution issues? Maybe stop encouraging sprawl and autocentric development with your 10-lane roads and developments out in the hinterlands. And while you're at it, get rid of that CBD height limit, too. Beijing's population density is way behind Shanghai and the cities of the Pearl River delta, nevermind big cities in the rest of East Asia like Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei.

The author of that piece needs to stop pretending that exurban developments, like Xiongan, are anything more than a gift to the construction industry.
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Clearly, Beijing's planners don't want to turn their city into London's The City with skyscrapers overshadowing hundreds of years of imperial history and the Forbidden City smack in the middle of it.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 07:02 PM   #746
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The problem with this project is that it is a project planned by the government. In other words, it is a planned economy. That's why it will not work or not as hoped, because the best development happens when people are free. Then people will trade and change their standard of living, forming more complex networks, and thus creating those incentives that will allow technologies to become more and more standard. Thus, capital and companies are increasingly settling.
A government-planned Utopia resembles a chair that stands on one leg, while a city of free people resembles a chair with many legs and accordingly stands more stable.
What has marked the economic development for the last 30 years in China? Yes, Capitalism is the fuel that causes the economic boom, but the Government has guided the direction by providing the roadways metaphorically speaking.

There are ZERO purely Capitalist systems in the world—most nations have a socialist political structure. In the US, it’s welfare, Medicaid and Medicare; UK and Europe, it’s National Healthcare and Pension system. I would expect idealistic comments from a college freshman, not a well travelled blogger.

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Old January 17th, 2019, 02:08 PM   #747
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Clearly, Beijing's planners don't want to turn their city into London's The City with skyscrapers overshadowing hundreds of years of imperial history and the Forbidden City smack in the middle of it.
There is plenty of space within the 3rd, 4th, and 5th ring roads to obviate the need for an entire new city. And--as I think Seoul is coming to realize--Beijing will have to come to terms with the fact that dedicating so much space for roads sui generis was a big planning mistake, and that space is far better used prioritizing non-personal methods of transport which are much more space-efficient.

If you're going to claim that space is a problem, maybe try being efficient with it first.
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Beijing has no space problem, and solving traffic problems by moving the functions further apart is not a brilliant idea. They do seem committed to population caps though. The riff-raff will not be allowed into Beijing and Shanghai.

Xiong'an makes no geographic sense. There is no benefit in making a near-equilateral triangle with Beijing and Tianjin. However it could be seen as an effort to "upgrade" the interior/hinterland. The main difference of JingJinJi to the Bohai Economic Rim is the developing the inland compared with the coastal approach (from the Korean border to Qingdao) of the latter.

City planners have dreamed of moving Beijing for a long time. First to the west, and recently to the east: The Guomao CBD is fairly recent, and planned, move of the centre of economic gravity to the East. Tongzhou is even more recent. Tianjin Binhai New Area the most extreme case. Binhai must surely lose from the lack of central attention.
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If a government interferes in any way with human action, it will lead to economic distortions and waste of resources. Inefficiency and distorted prices are just as much the consequence as negative effects resulting from them.
Height limitation ... this is a state intervention. If the building is smaller than it could be, it must be rebuilt elsewhere. This has effects on resources and prices. Conversely, if a building is built larger than there is demand, problems again arise because of a lack of demand.

Only a free market compensates for supply and demand, uses resources with the goal of profit-oriented economies and thus slows down unnecessary waste.

The same problems exist with land distribution and land use. They are not geared to the demand of Chinese people but are determined by bureaucrats and bureaucratic companies that artificially push the economy thanks to an all-embracing state apparatus, thanks to cheap credit and indebtedness. But as Ludwig von Mises has shown, one day an economic crisis is the inescapable consequence of such a wrong policy.

The same is true of western civilization, which has frightening parallels with China's system, which is why the morally raised finger against China often has to turn against itself first.

Anyone who thinks in his head like an advocate of the planned economy and demands state intervention and then uses the words "market" or "market economy" according to his mood ends up in a sea full of contradictions. But this is precisely where systems fail. It is the intellectual defeat that takes place long before real defeat.

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The cause of the economic crisis is the policy of cheap money. Artificially low interest rates mean a culture of debt and inflation. This follow economic collapse. The profiteers of such a system speak a you that the causes are different. But that is not correct. Ludwig von Mises understood our monetary system. But the mainstream suppressed his findings.

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And frankly, China is a Keynesian monster. Yes, also the USA and Europe are such beasts. The US is now even less, as the central bank has raised interest rates, but where the interest rate would really lie, can only discover a free market. Such a discovery is not a one-off but a permanent one, as human action itself would thus change interest rates. Central banks, on the other hand, play god and pat in the dark. Therefore, an interest may always be too high or too low compared to a free market condition.

Low interest rates are followed by indebtedness spirits that are difficult to control. Take the upper hand threatens the national bankruptcy. If a state has brought many areas of the economy under its control with the help of debt and inflation, then the entire system is threatened with shipwreck when interest rates have to rise at some point. If they do not rise, the economic crisis threatens. If they rise, national bankruptcy threatens as well.

Therefore, a state should not presume to bring large parts of the economy and society under its control. Dependencies arise in a fragile system. You then go under together.

Trump is certainly not the solution. But many Americans hit by the financial crisis of 2008, like the Europeans, have made a populist turn to the right that does not really recognize and eliminate these problems. That's the dilemma. And China is in the same dilemma.
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The cause of the economic crisis is the policy of cheap money. Artificially low interest rates mean a culture of debt and inflation. This follow economic collapse. The profiteers of such a system speak a you that the causes are different. But that is not correct. Ludwig von Mises understood our monetary system. But the mainstream suppressed his findings.

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It would be interesting to know what is the real GDP of China (chinese experts who denounce the fake state statistics are put in jail, and more and more even state statistics themselves simply disappear because they can't make them lie), to see if it truly is an economic miracle still in the 2010s...
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80 mln cubic meters of Yellow River water diverted to Xiongan
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ZHENGZHOU, March 14 (Xinhua) -- About 80 million cubic meters of water from the Yellow River, China's second longest river, was diverted to a major lake in Xiongan New Area in north China's Hebei Province during the past winter.

The annual water diversion project, which ran from Nov. 29 last year to March 10, is aimed at improving the environment of Baiyangdian Lake in Xiongan and ease water shortage in the cities along the 482-km-long diversion route, according to the Henan Yellow River Bureau.

The route starts from Puyang County in Henan Province and runs through five cities in Hebei Province before reaching Baiyangdian.

The project is the first permanent water conservancy project after the establishment of the Xiongan New Area, a new economic zone about 100 km southwest of Beijing.
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Hebei forging ahead on new era's journey
29 May 2019
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Workers begin laying rails on Monday for the expected railway line connecting Beijing and Hebei province's Xiongan New Area. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Li Dalong, 30, was excited when he heard that an express rail will be built between Beijing's new airport and Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei province, where he has worked for about two years.

"Going back to Beijing will be more convenient and it's like the capital and Xiongan form one whole city," he said.

Li used to work in Beijing before he went to Xiongan in May, 2017.

He had obtained a registered permanent residence, or hukou, in the capital, which is treasured by many as it is hard to get and comes with rights to various public services.

However, he left the hukou behind to work in Xiongan, expecting a modern new city.

Xiongan New Area, set up in April 2017 and spanning three counties in Hebei's Baoding about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing, entered construction stage this year.

It will be built into a national model of high-quality development and a new engine for the modern economic system, according to a 2018-2035 master plan for guiding the area's development.

The construction of infrastructure is one of the first projects the area has started, for which Li came to work at as a technician of prefabricated buildings with CRCC Xiongan Construction Co, a construction company in Xiongan.

"The express rail is in planning and is aimed to provide convenience for residents in the new area to take flights in the capital," Wang Dongfeng, secretary of the Communist Party of China Hebei Provincial Committee, said on Tuesday.

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Beijing sets up $724m fund for 5G mobile tech efforts
30 May 2019
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Beijing on Wednesday set up a 5 billion yuan ($724 million) fund to spur development of the fifth-generation or 5G mobile technology industry, its latest effort to gain an edge in the commercialization of 5G tech.

The fund was established jointly by the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd, Beijing Yizhuang International Investment and Development Co Ltd and State-owned China Jianyin Investment Ltd. It will focus on investing in leading high-tech firms across the entire 5G industrial chain.

"At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost China's innovative and high-quality development," Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wednesday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

"Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and technological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abundant talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making breakthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system," Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators - China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom - have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, according to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.

Wang said by the end of this year, 5G network construction will cover the area within the Fifth Ring Road in the city.

The Beijing municipal government plans to invest at least 30 billion yuan by 2022 to build 5G networks, according to a 5G development plan released in January. In Beijing's road map for 5G development from 2019 to 2022, the municipal government has set a goal to develop its 5G-related industry to realize an income of 200 billion yuan by 2022.

The city said it hopes that by 2022, Beijing-based scientific research units and enterprises can be a key contributor to global 5G technical standards, accounting for more than 5 percent of all primary and essential international 5G patents.

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First test run for train on line to Beijing's new Daxing airport
17 June 2019
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The first phase of a new subway line connecting downtown Beijing to the new international airport under construction south of the city saw its first test run on Saturday, indicating that preparations for the opening of Beijing Daxing International Airport in September are in full swing, according to local officials.

The rail transit line, designed to link the new airport in Daxing district and Caoqiao subway station in Fengtai district, spans 41.4 kilometers and passes through three subway stations in the capital. The train can reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour.

Automated subway trains will be used on the new airport line, said Yang Guangwu, chief engineer of the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office. When put into operation in September along with the new airport, the trains will be capable of fully automated driverless operation and will be the fastest subway trains in China.

Construction work at Beijing Daxing International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of this month, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It will enter commercial operation before Sept 30.

The new airport, which is located at the junction of Beijing's Daxing district and Langfang, a city in neighboring Hebei province, is designed to take pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs.

Beijing Daxing International Airport is set to handle up to 45 million passengers annually by 2021, with the figure expected to rise to 72 million passengers by 2025.

"Operation of the new airport subway line means a lot to the capital's rail transit system, since it increases the average speed of urban rail transit in Beijing and will further boost the economic development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region," Yang said.

The top speed of most subway trains in Beijing is currently around 80 km/h, he added.

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Train to Beijing's new airport passes trial run
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A new type of subway train, which is expected to run between downtown Beijing and the Daxing international airport that is under construction south of the city, will offer passengers a unique experience thanks to cutting-edge technology and design.

The train launched its first trial run on Saturday in Beijing, its developer CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co said on Monday.

The trains are named after "Baijing", or "White whale", and each features the world's most advanced fully-automatic driving system that not only allows driverless operation but enables the vehicle to wake up, self-check and go dormant automatically, according to Liu Jiangtao, a senior designer of CRRC Qingdao.

"The system liberates human labor from routines such as daily examinations ... and it also enables the trains to establish arrival times more precisely," Liu added.

Liu said that each train's structure is made mainly of extruded aluminum with several hollow cavities. This means the train is resistant to air loss, so passengers feel less vibration and hear less noise.

Each train is designed to run at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and it will take about 20 minutes to get from Caoqiao, one of the subway stations in southern Beijing's Fengtai district, to the new airport, covering 41.3 kilometers.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport, at the junction of Beijing's Daxing district and Langfang, a city in neighboring Hebei province, is designed to take pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs.

The trains, as well as Beijing's airport subway line, are expected to go into formal operation with the new airport in September.

Liu said the trains' interior design follows aviation standards and is divided into a business-class carriage, six regular carriages and one for luggage, with a maximum passenger capacity of 448.

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There has been a dearth of interesting new development projects in Beijing the last few years. I don't know if that is the new normal.
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Designed for better living
Not merely duplicating Shenzhen or Pudong, Xiongan can be a model, livable city with green public transit systems
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Xiongan New Area is another new development strategy of national significance after the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Shanghai Pudong New Area. Its planning and development not only present unprecedented opportunities for Hebei province, but will also have a profound influence on the economic development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the whole country.

Xiongan will fundamentally shift the extensive and high resource-consuming economic growth pattern to an intensive one driven by technology and innovation. It will focus on the quality rather than pace of economic growth.

To build Xiongan into a better and more livable city, transport planning and the design of public spaces should be green and sustainable.

First, transport links are the arteries of a city. Proper transport development and planning are essential for urban development. Xiongan needs to adjust its travel structure to ensure it realizes a people-oriented transport design. Future urban mobility will feature multiple travel modes consisting of bicycles, public transit systems and walking. While increasing transport flow, Xiongan needs to change the travel mode of residents to alternatives other than cars.

In the past 10 years or so, the construction speed and scale of China’s subway system has never been seen before. That said, we must also pay attention to the construction and operational quality of the subway stations, including such indicators as the accessibility of stations, station dynamism and overall passenger transport intensity. Domestic subway systems still lag far behind foreign ones in terms of these indicators.

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