New economic zone to ease Beijing congestion

China has unveiled plans for Xiongan New Area, an economic zone about 100 kilometers south of Beijing. It will span Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties in Hebei province, eventually covering 2,000 sq km.
By comparison, Metro Manila is 613 sq km.
Hebei says it welcomes international bids to plan and design the new urban area’s initial phase, which encompasses 30 sq km.
The new development is expected to redistribute residences, businesses, and industries out in the region.
As well, the proposed area may offer an attractive alternative to agencies and organizations that do not need to be in the nation’s capital, such as educational, research and financial institutions, administrative organs, large enterprises.
General and regulatory planning for the new area is in the works.
It will encompass not just urban zoning matters, but also address livelihood, relocation of enterprises, social and economic development, industry layout and environmental protection for Baiyangdian wetlands there, the largest freshwater lake in China’s north.
Reports said that government also plans to introduce high-quality education and technological innovation resources into the new area and try to attract major projects such as national laboratories.