Paul Chong                                     Thursday, 2 February 2017


(Short name for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei. Ji is a one-character abbreviation often used for Hebei province.)

The name Jing-Jin-Ji has a definite crystal ring to the name of Xi Jinping.
A megapolistic dream of President Xi Jinping.
Jing-Jin-Ji: Birth of a megalopolis with Chinese characteristics.A mega project unparalleled in human history.

  • the size of New England
  • the largest megacity in human history
  • Northeast China will soon be home to a massive regional hub with a population five times that of the New York metropolitan area.
  • an area of 82,000 sq miles larger than 100 US cities combined
  • 130 million population when completed, some 10% of China’s one billion-plus people. Currently, it’s 110 million combined.

Hebei, a poorer, steel-producing province roughly the size of Oklahoma. Tianjin was connected to the capital Beijing via a high-speed train in 2008 that covers the 130-kilometer (80-mile) distance in a mere 30 minutes.

Integration of the areas will spur more development as well as help to relieve Beijing’s belching smog, sprawling traffic jams and notoriously long commutes—which in some cases stretch to as long as three hours.

Though Beijing and Tianjin officials have stayed tight-lipped on plans, Hebei stirred the pot recently when the provincial government announced on its website (in Chinese) that the city of Baoding (150 kilometers from Beijing) was preparing to take on some of Beijing’s administrative functions, without offering specifics. But it’s already causing real estate prices to soar. It’s actually three very large cities that are being forced to merge together to, bizarrely, reduce the size of one of them: Beijing.
The new city should unite Beijing, Tianjin and the Hebei region into one supercity.


*Beijing will become more on political, cultural and high tech industries, the high end functions.

*The Port of Tianjin, which is one of the busiest ports in the world, vying to become the financial heart of China’s northeast.

*Hebei will have heavy industries, and the relocation of   ‘non-capital functions’.

China has committed $36 billion to further build high-speed rail connection . . . to improve transport links between Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei.
Getting around Jing-Jin-Ji speedily will be ensured.
This colossal infrastructure building endeavor will include of a total of nine projects that will consist of 1,100 kilometers of new track being laid by 2020.
integration will allow entire regions of cities to function as singular urban organisms that can be better administered, planned, and economically developed.

The frameworks that China’s megaregions are being built upon are the enhanced transportation grids that run through them, which often consist of new high-speed and conventional rail lines, metro systems, light rail, and highways that allow people and goods to travel from one city to another as though they were all part of the same urban entity. There will still be significant amounts of green space and rural areas within these city clusters.

# In addition to Jing-Jin-Ji, China is currently building around nine other such megacity clusters across the country, which include one consisting of 16 cities and 80 million people in Yangtze River Delta and another which draws together 11 cities another 48 million people in the Pearl River Delta.


Beijing’s Megalopolis: Jing-Jin-Ji



Beijing has become the first city to be awarded both Summer (2008) and recently announced Winter Olympics (2022). Everything about China is either premier first or super big & colossal like The Grand Canal, The Great Wall of China & Yangtze Three-Gorges Dam. Now what’s this about Jing-jin-Ji?

In China, megacities or supercities are a dime a dozen. But Beijing’s Megalopolis is not a new supercity that has organically emerged from the Chinese countryside. It’s actually three very large cities that are being forced to merge together to, bizarrely, reduce the size of one of them: Beijing.

Beijing is already bursting at the seams with around 21 million people, and 600,000 more pour into this city every year.
The capital has developed on steroids over the past 30 years, and the growth has brought with it the typical problems that come with a huge metropolitan.
To alleviate Beijing’s urban problems, solutions have been discussed & conceived as far back as 1980. The rapidity with which the Chinese government implement its decided projects is unimaginably awesome & unbelievable.

China’s new megalopolis, Jing-Jin-Ji, would be bigger than Uruguay & more populous than Germany & Vietnam or 6 times the size of New York City. As large as one-third the population of US or the size of the State of Kansas will be living there. This megalopolis in China is so big it’s estimated to be the size of 17 Sydneys and, once complete, will be home to 130 million people.


While the massive project, which will see Beijing, the port city of Tianjin and the Hebei hinterland region connected by high speed rail, began two years ago, Chinese authorities have been talking about creating it for more than a decade.
China already has two megaregions in the south, the Yangtze River Delta (south of the Yangtze River) and the Pearl River Delta (which comprises of nine cities including Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau), and has plans to create ten more, but Jing-Jin-Ji (“Jing” for Beijing, “Jin” for Tianjin and “Ji,” the traditional name for Hebei Province) is considered different because it was born out of political pressure rather than economic prosperity.

The combined economic output of Jing-Jin-Ji surpassed 6 trillion yuan ($970 billion) in 2014, accounting for about 10.9% of the country’s total GDP.

“It will happen,” associate professor Duanfang Lu, an expert in urban planning, said. “Especially now with China’s high speed trains. I think like a lot of things that involve large investment, as long as the central government is determined to achieve that it will be achieved.”

President Xi Jinping has promised “economic reform”and is pushing forward with the megacity and plans to construct new subway lines and update existing highways to handle the congestion.

The Jing-Jin-Ji region will encompass 82,000 square miles that link Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. A high-speed rail will make commutes between the cities no more than an hour.

In July 2015, the South China Morning Post reported that the integration of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei would be the “signature project” of Xi Jinping’s administration . . . undoubtedly a tremendous showpiece for the world at large.

“The plan assigns specific economic roles to the cities,” according to the Times. “Beijing is to focus on culture and technology. Tianjin will become a research base for manufacturing. Hebei’s role is largely undefined, although the government recently released a catalog of minor industries, such as wholesale textile markets, to be transferred from Beijing to smaller cities.

China’s ambitious plan to transform Beijing and its surrounding areas into a 130 million-person “megalopolis” — a metro area six times larger than New York City — is beginning to take shape.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent, An Australian by Consent

Saturdaay, 1 August 2015