SOME 34 km east of Tian’anmen Square in the heart of Beijing, new premises for the municipal government are taking shape.
At the end of this year, four city departments will move to the office complex in Lucheng Town, Tongzhou District.
The move is part of wider efforts to address overcrowding, congestion and pollution in the capital, as its population exceeds 21 million.
Another major project under construction is the new international airport, 46 km south of Tian’anmen Square. Designed to relieve the strain on Beijing Capital International Airport, the US$11.6 billion airport in Daxing District will open in 2019.
The administrative complex and the airport will support the integrated development of the region covering Beijing; Tianjin, a port city 120 km southeast of Beijing; and Hebei Province.
The central authorities required that the Tongzhou complex must employ international standards while retaining Chinese characters throughout its planning, design and construction.
“The subcenter construction should adopt most advanced concepts, highest standards and best quality,” said Beijing Mayor Cai Qi.(Xinhua)