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Friday 28 Jan 2011

China to create biggest megacity

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01/02/11 Dave, Seattle
Adding the population of adjacent Hong Kong, this would be nearly 50m inhabitants. The article is a bit misleading in referring to the 'area' targetted as ranking as the 32nd largest country in the world. The population might rank 32nd, but the area is 134th, between Denmark and Switzerland. Still, an enormous "city state." One wonders about the benefit of glomming these nine cities into a single megalopolis. Certainly there are benefits to planning the area as a coordinated region, but this smacks a bit of megalomania.
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01/02/11 Frank, London
It is interesting to see Hong Kong not included in the scheme. As I said before when authorities started developing financial centres near Hong Kong, Chinese officials are punishing the place of its tainted past and quite autonomous approach. I bet you, Hong Kong will be downgraded to a Chinese provincial town (little city) status. From a Chinese mind set point of view, it makes sense.
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31/01/11 WillG, Washington, DC
Necessity is the mother of invention. I hope they start with significant water treatment and solid waste disposal plans.

What they also need to do is mitigate storm water runoff and reduce air pollution. If planned properly, they could use green roofs to help accomplish those two tasks.

Dongtan (http://cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com/2008/08/new-green-city-for-china.html), before it was scrapped, had plans to use not only green roofs, but also a number of waste and pollution reducing designs and techniques.

Let's hope those are in the plans for this project.
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Nine of China's tier-two cities to be merged in ambitious plan to create world's largest city 

Industrial centres Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmenm, Huizhou and Zhaoqing are to be merged in a six year plan to create the world’s largest metropolis. 42million of China’s 1.3bn population are currently located within the boundaries set out for the ‘Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One’ scheme, in cities that comprise approximately 10% of the country’s economy.

The immense project aims to link the nine cities via water, energy, telecommunications and transport networks, with 29 new rail lines planned for the 16,000 sq mile site. Ma Xiangming, senior consultant on the project explains: “It will not be like Greater London or Greater Tokyo because there is no one city at the heart of this megalopolis...It will help spread industry and jobs more evenly across the region and public services will also be distributed more fairly.”

The area targeted is so vast that were it considered a country rather than a city, it would rank as the 32nd largest country in the world. New transport links will ensure that travel between the cities will not take more than one hour, and it has been suggested that the price of gasoline and electricity will be standardised. Xiangming continued: “The idea is that when the cities are integrated, the residents can travel around freely and use the healthcare and other facilities in the different areas.”


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