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WORLD’S BIGGEST ‘MEGATROPOLIS’
China builds a city larger than Britain!

Jing-Jin-Ji, a massive urbanised region, is forming around the Chinese capital city of Beijing. There 700 miles of railways were built within three years.

CHINA’S ‘MEGATROPOLIS’ is a massive urbanised region — 137 times the size of London  — which is forming around the Chinese capital city of Beijing would cover 83,403 square miles and have 100 million residents. This  mega-city would be home to around one-tenth of the country’s population.
It is larger than Britain, or some 137 times the size of London. The authority plans to build an extensive network of high-speed railways and motorways to make sure that by 2020, residents of the humongous Jing-Jin-Ji urbanised region would spend less than an hour on their commutes. It is rising as a northern metropolitan region rivaling the Pearl River Delta in the south and the Yangtze River Delta in the east.
Situated in the north-east part of China on the coast of Bohai Sea, the planned mega-city is set to consolidate some of China’s most populous urban areas.
It’s set to include Beijing and Tianjin, with 20 million and 13 million residents respectively, as well as Hebei, the province that surrounds them and has 74.2 million residents.
The massive urbanised region would cover a whopping 83,403 square miles (216,020 square kilometres), about 3,000 square miles larger than Britain.
 

The Jing-Jin-Ji is located on coast of Bohai Sea in the north-east part of the country. The mega-city aims to consolidate some of China’s most populous cities including Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

It’s also about 137 times the size of Greater London, which occupies 607 square miles (1,572 square kilometres).
Other major cities in Jing-Jin-Ji region include Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei with around 10 million people, Chengde, the summer retreat of ancient emperors and Qinghuangdao, the eastern end of the Great Wall of China.
Shijiazhuang is situated east of the Taihang Mountains, a mountain range extending over 400 kilometres from north to south with an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 metres (4,900 to 6,600 ft), making Shijiazhuang a place for hiking, outdoor trips and cycling.

It will combine Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei
Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei are known as Jing, Jin and Ji in short. Vast resources have been poured into the mega-city.
More than 340 billion yuan (57.3448 billion U.S. dollars) was invested in Jing-Jin-Ji’s five pillar industries, namely education, health, transport, ecology and human resources, reported China’s  Economic Information Daily.
By 2020, eight new intercity railways would be completed; and by 2050, a further 16 would appear on the map.
In November, the Chinese government approved some 250 billion yuan (£29 billion) for the region to build 700 miles (91,126 kilometres) of railways within three years, according to an article on NBC News.

Positive feedback
Jing-Jin-Ji seems promising to Beijingers, not only because it might finally give them some “breathing room” as the city is relieved both from air-pollution and overcrowding, but because the project has received positive feedback regarding on-the-ground results. While Jing-Jin-Ji is part of a long-term development project itself that is planned to take place over a 100-year period, in combination with the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone (an urban project led by Shanghai Pudong, similar to the building of Shenzhen in the 80s but bigger) and the One Belt One Road project, China is already the leading world in building high-speed train railroads.

New capital economic zone
The development of the Jing-Jin-Ji mega-city was first approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission in 2015, which called for a ‘new capital economic zone’.
According to the vision, Beijing will remain as the Chinese capital and the political and financial centre. The city is set to cut down its manufacturing industry and focus on the energy-saving and environmental sectors.
Some of the manufacturers are due to be moved to harbour city Tianjin, which would also focus on its Free Trade Zone.
On the other hand, Hebei would expand its clean manufacturing and wholesale trading industries.
Although the government planned to develop the three regions on a collaborative effort, it’s understood that up until now authorities from Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have been drafting their administrative plans separately. 
However earlier this month, the China’s National Development and Reform Commission said they are due to break the administrative barriers between the three regions, reported Xinhua News Agency.
According to Minister He Lifeng, the Commission is preparing a plan to officially combine Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.
It’s also thought that the plan could facilitate the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be jointly held by Beijing and Zhangjiakou, both in the Jing-Jin-Ji mega-city.
Jing-Jin-Ji is not the only super urban region in China. In Pearl River Delta Region another mega-city measuring some 180,000 square kilometres (70,000 square miles) is forming.
With an estimated population of 64 million people, the southern China’s financial and manufacturing hub stretches from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.
— Internet

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Jing-Jin-Ji, a massive urbanised region, is forming around the Chinese capital city of Beijing. There 700 miles of railways were built within three years.

CHINA’S ‘MEGATROPOLIS’ is a massive urbanised region — 137 times the size of London  — which is forming around the Chinese capital city of Beijing would cover 83,403 square miles and have 100 million residents. This  mega-city would be home to around one-tenth of the country’s population.
It is larger than Britain, or some 137 times the size of London. The authority plans to build an extensive network of high-speed railways and motorways to make sure that by 2020, residents of the humongous Jing-Jin-Ji urbanised region would spend less than an hour on their commutes. It is rising as a northern metropolitan region rivaling the Pearl River Delta in the south and the Yangtze River Delta in the east.
Situated in the north-east part of China on the coast of Bohai Sea, the planned mega-city is set to consolidate some of China’s most populous urban areas.
It’s set to include Beijing and Tianjin, with 20 million and 13 million residents respectively, as well as Hebei, the province that surrounds them and has 74.2 million residents.
The massive urbanised region would cover a whopping 83,403 square miles (216,020 square kilometres), about 3,000 square miles larger than Britain.
 

The Jing-Jin-Ji is located on coast of Bohai Sea in the north-east part of the country. The mega-city aims to consolidate some of China’s most populous cities including Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

It’s also about 137 times the size of Greater London, which occupies 607 square miles (1,572 square kilometres).
Other major cities in Jing-Jin-Ji region include Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei with around 10 million people, Chengde, the summer retreat of ancient emperors and Qinghuangdao, the eastern end of the Great Wall of China.
Shijiazhuang is situated east of the Taihang Mountains, a mountain range extending over 400 kilometres from north to south with an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 metres (4,900 to 6,600 ft), making Shijiazhuang a place for hiking, outdoor trips and cycling.

It will combine Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei
Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei are known as Jing, Jin and Ji in short. Vast resources have been poured into the mega-city.
More than 340 billion yuan (57.3448 billion U.S. dollars) was invested in Jing-Jin-Ji’s five pillar industries, namely education, health, transport, ecology and human resources, reported China’s  Economic Information Daily.
By 2020, eight new intercity railways would be completed; and by 2050, a further 16 would appear on the map.
In November, the Chinese government approved some 250 billion yuan (£29 billion) for the region to build 700 miles (91,126 kilometres) of railways within three years, according to an article on NBC News.

Positive feedback
Jing-Jin-Ji seems promising to Beijingers, not only because it might finally give them some “breathing room” as the city is relieved both from air-pollution and overcrowding, but because the project has received positive feedback regarding on-the-ground results. While Jing-Jin-Ji is part of a long-term development project itself that is planned to take place over a 100-year period, in combination with the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone (an urban project led by Shanghai Pudong, similar to the building of Shenzhen in the 80s but bigger) and the One Belt One Road project, China is already the leading world in building high-speed train railroads.

New capital economic zone
The development of the Jing-Jin-Ji mega-city was first approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission in 2015, which called for a ‘new capital economic zone’.
According to the vision, Beijing will remain as the Chinese capital and the political and financial centre. The city is set to cut down its manufacturing industry and focus on the energy-saving and environmental sectors.
Some of the manufacturers are due to be moved to harbour city Tianjin, which would also focus on its Free Trade Zone.
On the other hand, Hebei would expand its clean manufacturing and wholesale trading industries.
Although the government planned to develop the three regions on a collaborative effort, it’s understood that up until now authorities from Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have been drafting their administrative plans separately. 
However earlier this month, the China’s National Development and Reform Commission said they are due to break the administrative barriers between the three regions, reported Xinhua News Agency.
According to Minister He Lifeng, the Commission is preparing a plan to officially combine Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.
It’s also thought that the plan could facilitate the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be jointly held by Beijing and Zhangjiakou, both in the Jing-Jin-Ji mega-city.
Jing-Jin-Ji is not the only super urban region in China. In Pearl River Delta Region another mega-city measuring some 180,000 square kilometres (70,000 square miles) is forming.
With an estimated population of 64 million people, the southern China’s financial and manufacturing hub stretches from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.
— Internet


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DATA TAKEN WITHOUT CONSENT
Facebook’s Zuckerberg is sorry

FACEBOOK Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers last week that his own personal data was included in that of 87 million or so Facebook users that was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
But he pushed back on Congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake of the privacy scandal at the world’s largest social media network.
“Every time that someone chooses to share something on Facebook... there is a control. Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there,” the 33-year-old internet magnate told the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce committee.
The hearing was Zuckerberg’s second in two days, to which he once again wore a dark suit instead of his usual gray T-shirt. He took questions for nearly five hours in a US Senate hearing without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business, foiling attempts by senators to pin him down.
Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for nearly a month, since it came to light that millions of users’ personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump’s election campaign among its clients. Zuckerberg faced broad concerns from members of Congress about how Facebook shares user data. “How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?” asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee.
—Internet

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FACEBOOK Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers last week that his own personal data was included in that of 87 million or so Facebook users that was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
But he pushed back on Congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake of the privacy scandal at the world’s largest social media network.
“Every time that someone chooses to share something on Facebook... there is a control. Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there,” the 33-year-old internet magnate told the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce committee.
The hearing was Zuckerberg’s second in two days, to which he once again wore a dark suit instead of his usual gray T-shirt. He took questions for nearly five hours in a US Senate hearing without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business, foiling attempts by senators to pin him down.
Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for nearly a month, since it came to light that millions of users’ personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump’s election campaign among its clients. Zuckerberg faced broad concerns from members of Congress about how Facebook shares user data. “How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?” asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee.
—Internet


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