China approves master plan for Xiongan New Area
China’s central authorities approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan New Area in early January 2019, stressing it’s a significant step in developing a high-quality city with a modern economic system, according to Xinhua News Agency, China’s state owned newswire.
Ecological protection is key for the Xiongan model. According to the master plan for Xiongan released in April 2018, by 2035, China aims to build Xiongan into a modern city that is green livable and smart, with harmony between human civilization and nature. By the mid-21st century, it is expected to provide a Chinese solution to “big city malaise”. The master plan is the fundamental guideline for the development, construction and management of Xiongan New Area and should be strictly implemented, according to the approval.
In April 2017, China announced the establishment of Xiongan New Area, spanning three counties in Hebei Province about 100 km southwest of downtown Beijing. Work has started on some projects in the area, including intercity railways between Beijing and Xiongan and afforestation. In addition, a public service centre has already opened.
In terms of construction, Xiongan will promote green buildings by using environmentally friendly and recyclable construction materials and applying energy saving technology through the entire process of design, construction and operation. Prefabrication will be encouraged.