A super city with a population of 130 million, is that even possible? Yes, it is as it happens.; this is China where no project is too big. The project called “Beijing’s Seventh Ring Road” is an integrated transportation network of Beijing and Tianjin, with Hebei working on two new ring roads that will surround the two cities creating just one. The grand traffic network will include convenient air, sea and land traffic, which will “absorb” cities like Shijiazhuang (石家庄), Langfan (廊坊), Baoding (保定), Chengde (承德), Zhangjiakou (张家口) and Tangshan (唐山 ) in Hebei Province, reports Sina. This transport network will serve as the backbone, which links cities in the three areas together.
The ring road consists of two separate roads. One road is to be 940 kilometers and other road 1,250 kilometers long. “The integrated transportation network will be complete by 2020, allowing people to travel between major cities in the region within an hour and fueling regional economic development,” said Gao Jinhao (高金浩), head of the province’s traffic bureau to China Daily. Furthermore, Gao called for more light rail and subway lines to be extended to Hebei. Gao said this would promote more interaction among cities in the new northern economic hub and fuel future coordinated regional development. Hebei is weaker economically than Beijing and Tianjin, and the province’s current traffic system also lags behind. As the transportation network is continually being reinforced between the cities, local residents have voiced their approval of further amalgamation, the mega city project is moving closer to a reality.
The idea of a Beijing supercity is sure to bring dividends if successful. The Nanfang describes President Xi Jinping’s ambition to turn the urban areas of Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin and its 130 million people into a single mega city as Xi’s “legacy” project. Estimates place the price of amalgamation to be 42 trillion RMB.
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