Beijing showcases Winter Olympic plans

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/20 23:08:39 Last Updated: 2017/10/21 2:46:49

Committee coordinates development with Hebei Province, city of Tianjin

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games venues will be completed by the end of 2019 and all the facilities are under full construction, capital city officials announced at the ongoing 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, media reported on Friday.

Venues like the National Speed Skating Oval will be completed by the end of 2019, Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, said at the discussion of the Beijing delegation on Thursday, the China News Service reported.

The Winter Games will promote coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, especially traffic and communication, Zhang said.

Construction of venues in the suburban district of Yanqing and co-host city Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province have also begun. The Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway and Yanqing-Chongli highway are also well underway. Winter sports will also be promoted as a tourism feature for the region.

Meanwhile, Beijing's acting mayor Chen Jining reintroduced the city's 2016-35 urban plan, which was released in September, the China News Service reported.

Xiongan New Area in Hebei and the subsidiary administrative center of Tongzhou district will serve as "two wings" of the Beijing Urban Master Plan (2016-35), Chen said.

"The two wings are not to compete with each other, but to support, cooperate and promote each other." City-level governments will be the first to move out from the city center, he said.

Supporting Xiongan matters to Beijing and Beijing will cooperate with Xiongan in eight areas including infrastructure and hospital construction, Chen said.

The State Council in September urged Beijing to cap its official population at 23 million by 2020 and keep it there, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Beijing's permanent population was 21.7 million at the end of 2016, according to the report of the Xinhua News Agency.

In April, the central government announced plans for Xiongan New Area as a new development for Beijing and the surrounding regions. The area, 100 kilometers south of Beijing, includes Hebei Province's Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties.

Global Times

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