Posts Tagged ‘Pearl River Delta’
China is planning to create the world’s biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis twice the size of Wales with a population of 42 million.
City planners in south China have laid out an ambitious plan to merge together the nine cities that lie around the Pearl River Delta. The “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme will create a 16,000 sq mile urban area that is 26 times larger geographically than Greater London, or twice the size of Wales.
The new mega-city will cover a large part of China’s manufacturing heartland, stretching from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and including Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. Together, they account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy.
Over the next six years, around 150 major infrastructure projects will mesh the transport, energy, water and telecommunications networks of the nine cities together, at a cost of some $300 billion. An express rail line will also connect the hub with nearby Hong Kong…
Ma Xiangming, the chief planner, said no name had been chosen for the area. “It will not be like Greater London or Greater Tokyo because there is no one city at the heart of this megalopolis,” he said. “We cannot just name it after one of the existing cities…”
Twenty-nine rail lines, totalling 3,100 miles, will be added, cutting rail journeys around the urban area to a maximum of one hour between different city centres…
“Residents will be able to choose where to get their services and will use the internet to find out which hospital, for example, is less busy,” said Mr Ma.
Pollution, a key problem in the Pearl River Delta because of its industrialisation, will also be addressed with a united policy, and the price of petrol and electricity could also be unified.
I’ve never been a fan of big cities – with few exceptions: New York City back in the 1950′s. Music and food made it worth it. London and Geneva in the 1960′s. No doubt there were more. I’ve inevitably chosen to domicile in suburban or preferably rural areas. Access to urban accoutrements are useful; not necessary.
Still, for very many they make great sense. Convenience of everything from cultural to economic needs is a potential bonus.
Now, I wonder if they’ll have a naming contest? I’d be first in line to enter.