The government in China have just announced that they are planning to build an entire new city next to Beijing in an attempt to combat the city's extreme pollution levels. Reports have stated that the new city will be located just 62 miles away from Beijing, and the government will be tackling the major issues of pollution and overpopulation in the capital city with the creation of Xiongan New Area. The new area will be over 400 square miles greater than the size of New York City.
The surprise announcement of the new city over the weekend created a gridlock on the roads leading up to the area that will soon be Xiongan, as property buyers rushed to the region. The announcement led to those property prices doubling, which meant that the government put an emergency sales ban in place after interest increased, according to local media reports. News agency Xinhua said, "Xiongan will be an answer to China's growth conundrum: breakneck urban sprawl must give way to a balanced and inclusive development strategy." They also added that Xiongan could allow for sustainable growth.
The Chinese government is now aiming to move some economic activity from Beijing to Xiongan, as they hope that this would allow residents to live closer to services and therefore have non-industrial employment opportunities. They also hope that this action will reduce traffic pollution by allowing people to get around using more sustainable transportation methods. China's president Xi Jinping said Xiongan would be "a demonstration area for innovative development…[which] should prioritize ecological protection [and] improve people's well-being." Xiongan is said to be part of a planned megaregion called Jing-Jin-Ji comprising Beijing, Tianjin, and the Hebei Province. The government is now aiming to bring economic growth to rural areas with the megaregion.
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